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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

Black (黑)Black (黑)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.68%


Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  17.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.

(Beer added by: kkipple on 02-19-2008)
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours coal black with a finger of dark tan head. Ok head retention.

S- dark bitter chocolate, oily espresso and licorice envelope the nose at first. Burnt caramel and an almost smokey charcoal in the middle. Very prominate alcohol stings the nostrils and dominates the other aromas towards the end with a touch of coffee liquor.

T- tastes like a shot of espresso with sugar. Sugariness is offset by a substantial roast bitterness with notes of concentrated coffee, anise and burnt charcoal. Very hot alcohol throughout the beer giving it a liquor like quality with an astringent aftertaste.

MF- thick oily mouthfeel with a heavy body. Medium carbonation.

D- poor drinkability

Overall an interesting brew that needs a few years in a cellar to mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:35:58 | More by Viciousknishs
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour from Wowcoolman’s tasting.

16% ABV per label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a very roasty and almost medicinal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it’s quite strong and intense.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:14:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oily brown, light brown head. Some light lace.

Faint booze and tons and tons of malt.

Heavy, big, with some banana, cherry, and maybe plum. Faintly bitter. Kind of a barleywine.

Smoothish but kinda burns on the finish.

Decent, but really big. Should be categorized as an American style barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 03:16:47 | More by zaphodchak
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yamar68

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The 12.7oz bottle produces an impressive head, given the ABV. About two and a half fingers of medium dark brown head that laces nicely. Tons of boozy legs.

I was expecting a sweeter nose... instead it's harsh bitter coffee, toasted grains, abstract booze presence, coffee really is the dominating player though.

The taste is far less inviting - burnt chocolate, bitter coffee and a cheap vodka quality (if you can call it a quality).

Honestly, I can't believe this adorns the Mikkeller name. I'm beginning to see his beers in the same light as, say, BrewDog - absurdly overpriced, gimmicky, poorly executed.

A waste of money.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 02:05:08 | More by yamar68
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.5% abv.

A - Pitch black, thin soapy mocha head, spotty lacing.

S - Espresso beans, brown sugar, roasted malts, alcohol fumes, cookie dough.

T - Burnt sugars, black coffee, charred oak, roasted malts, ash, bitter hops.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation, long bitter aftertaste.

O - Should have split this one! It took an hour and fifteen minutes to finish my bottle. Glad I got to try this one. I'm pretty sure this is from 2010. This is my 54th Mikkeller beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:25:00 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

17.5% version.

A: Pours midnight black with a large and dense medium brown head. Fades slowly, leaving huge swathes of lacing behind.

S: Mountains of bitter chocolate and char. Lots of black licorice too. Some nice brown sugar too. Spicy, biting alcohol aroma.

T: Loads and loads of chocolate. Up front it is sweet with the addition of some brown sugar but then it quickly becomes a bitter baker's chocolate with tons of charred wood and smoke. Finishes dry with some lingering alcohol, though no alcohol bite is present funnily enough. Lingering char in the aftertaste lasts forever.

M: Big, heavy, slick. Drying from all the char in the aftertaste.

O: A surprisingly drinkable huge stout. Very little alcohol bite. However, it is quite one-dimensional, pretty much all bitter chocolate and the char - oh my. It's like drinking an ashtray sometimes.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 04:17:15 | More by Dope
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into snifter. Label claims to be 16.5% not 17.5%

A- Dark, black, oily abyss. Two finger dark tan head with sheets of lacing. Alcohol is clinging to the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, brown sugar and a underlying dose of alcohol waiting patiently for you to sip. There is a dose of cinnamon and licorice with a touch of molasses.

T- Super dark bitter chocolate (80% + cocoa) burnt coffee, burnt toast, barrel char and a touch of brown sugar and vanilla. Molasses and licorice are very subtle but you finish off with a dose of alcohol taste, not burn or warmth just an astringent alcohol taste. Lingering bitter and burnt aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, slight carbonation, sticky on the lips.

O- I didn't know what to expect with this one. I see Mikkeller and think "this might be good". I see the abv and wonder if this is well crafted or a hot mess. I really shouldn't doubt Mikkeller. This is very good, high abv or not this is something worth the time to sit and sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:18:45 | More by korguy123
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 16.5%, according to the good folks at the AGLC and/or the agent for this bad boy in Alberta. Been sitting on this one for a spell.

This beer pours a deep abyss of blackitude, with the only the slightest slivers of weighted-down cola highlights, and two ebullient, rangy fingers of thick, puffy, almost sludgy, beige head, which sinks away at a snail's pace, seemingly fighting gravity the whole way, eventually leaving some damned near-perfect honeycomb webbed lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of dense roasted, meaty malt, heavy on the bittersweet chocolate, some sassy saltwater taffy, nose-twinging alcohol, soused black fruit flesh, cigarette ash, spicy root vegetables, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is too much to take in all at once - one is assaulted by a boozy, salty chocolate affront, up front (sorry!), which softens you up quite well, before plastering you with more of the same, but now with some cowering black fruit ruins, ashy stamped out campfire, a coffee urn's discharge when left on said conflagration, a well obfuscated, though subtly tinny booze edge, and musty, dusty, chalky hops.

The fizz is actually rather palpable here, doing one a not insignificant service, the body a hefty, thick, unctuous weight, and on the far side of crazy in terms of smoothness. It finishes still fairly sweet, in cocoa, grain, fruit, and booze, with the partitions varying in scope, yet enticing all the same.

Given the presentation, resultant expectation, and eventual personal submersion, this is one big-assed malt, booze, fruit, and reservedly hopped-up beer-bomb; thoroughly complex, but still a bit rough, because, you know you like it that way, don't you? I know I do.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 06:17:56 | More by biboergosum
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Casedogg43

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my neighbor Don Mattingly for bringing this one over.

A: Terrific! Black may be a understatement!
S: toasty malts and the 17.5%
T: again, the 17.5% over powered this one. More than I like. Took away from the brew IMO.
M: average for a big stout
O: glad I had the chance too sip on 6oz of it. But will not hunt this one down

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 04:11:02 | More by Casedogg43
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up, eh, roughly 2 years ago at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Okay, one of the sickest pours ever. About as black as I've seen pour and a head. Okay, theres tan heads, mocha heads, dark chocolate coloured heads...and then theres this. This head was BLACK. Granted, it faded into a thin mocha halo with light thin mocha wisps. But that initial head is so, so freakin black. Unreal, never seen anything like it.

S - Aaaaand back to reality. Not too too much booze which is pretty nice, the aromas though are kind of eh. Slightly salty and leathery. Super light smokey malts and light dark fruit. Shockingly light.

T - Hrm..initialliy this is somewhat sweet and salty. Sweet malts and light soy sauce. It fades to ALOT of smoke, almost peaty. Really weird progression, starts very sweet then goes to light saltiness, ending with huge roast almost burnt malts and smoke.

M - Considering how high the ABV is this is incredibly smooth. Its got basically no carbonation, which, I guess is acceptable. Booze does creep up though of course.

O - Overall, this is an experience. Not really very stoutlike on anything. Smokey, sweet, salty...just, kinda weird. Its not bad and definately should be shared between people as this full bottle is WAY too much

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 23:04:55 | More by rudzud
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec '07, reviewed May '12 (4.5 years).
Pours black with no head.
Aroma is very sweet smelling, more like a port than a beer. Some vegemite shows along with grape notes. Also some chocolate fudge.
Flavours include smooth booze, roasted malt, more roasted malt and ash. Some soft vinous notes. Pretty serious stuff, but good for sipping. A fairly hoppy bitterness in the finish. Not all that complex though.
No carbonation and a very syrupy body that suits the beer well.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 10:01:12 | More by CrazyDavros
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AgentMunky

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. 16.5% ABV.

A: Black-dark opaque. Light medium-dark head has good retention and great lacing.

S: Ginger. Roasted malt. Touch of meatiness. Smoky oatmeal. Estery notes that might be alcohol.

T/M: Incredibly thick and very strong. Coffee beans on the fore and endtaste; drily bitter on the aftertaste. Fruits, berries, chalky roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla bean. Loads of flavour, loads of bitterness, loads of booze. This is a superlative imperial stout.

O: Gods, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended; must have again. I may be a bit biased towards both Mikkeller and imperial stouts, but if either interests you, you must try this. A+.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 07:58:27 | More by AgentMunky
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oline73

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Poured into a tulip glass. 2012 edition.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a layer of tan head that leaves a thin layer on the edge of the glass as it fades.

Smell: Smoke and some roast with a malt sweetness. I'm also getting some dark chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol.

Taste: This is a very roasty, heavy stout. Somewhat bitter with a lot of malt sweetness. The roasted malt flavor along with the sweetness is giving me some dark chocolate. There is an alcohol burn and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with smooth carbonation and some heat from the alcohol. The finish is rather slick.

Overall: This is an intense beer in all aspects. Very bitter and boozy in the finish. Some time might smooth that out. I'd still have another.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 18:57:38 | More by oline73
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black and still with no head and minimal lacing but expected for a beer this big

S: Rich roasty malts; lots of booze--bourbon especially; lots of dark fruits, raisins; so boozy and sweet and rich...mmm

T: So boozy and sweet and boozy and sweet: alcohol, bourbon, coffee with faint chocolate and raisins

F: Almost no carbonation and creamy and a bit viscous but surprisingly thin too

O: Wow, this is big; almost too big; it's delicious but man, this is boozy

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:52:15 | More by dbossman
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cosmicevan

New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up locally a while back. Dated 30/06/20 on the cap. Enjoyed from a mikkeller wine glass.

a - brew poured a deep sludgy black with a full 2 fingers of creamy tan grey head that sat there forever.

s - I could smell the booze as soon as the cap came off the bottle, although my bottle says 16%. Closer inspection is chocolate roasted malts smothered in rubbing alcohol. Some spiciness gives it a nice glaze.

t - Although the heat is on, my first sip was actually quite good. The nose lead me to believe that I had embarked on a chore by opening this bres, but the favors are pretty creamy and milk chocolatey. Make no mistake though this beer is a booze BOMB. if you can get passed the intense alcohol, there is a nice almost milk stout in there.

m - BOOZY my mouth is tingling. Like drinking moonshine, but the backbone is a nice sweet milk stout.

o - overall, mikkeller beers are SO hit or miss for me. This one kind of tows the line between both. The beer is actually nice, but the novelty of the intense alc burn takes away from the flavor quite a bit. That being said, once you get over the booze this is a great one and done beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:14:08 | More by cosmicevan
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Devoidb


4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A- pours very dark, with a pleasantly rich creamy looking head

S- strong dark chocolate, cherries with a nice boozy hint.

T- bitter chocolate with some bourbon cherries, surprisingly smooth. It leaves a unique bite at the end, almost reminds me of a delicious iced Irish coffee.

M- thick with a nice silk texture leaving a charred/oak bite that lingers

O- Great, well balanced and a rich warming beer. I was skeptical at first considering it's 17.5% but I felt it was very palatable and can't wait to buy another one to age. You gotta love Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 00:27:05 | More by Devoidb
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into tulip 1/3/12

A shes pretty dark alright there's a little cola at the edges but not much, massive three finger mocha foam has great retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving thick partial rings of lace deep down the glass

S some over-ripe plum with a little chocolate covered raisin, molasses, and booze, a little faint though a bit of a surprise

T much more dark roast in the mouth with loads of charred wood and some smokey bourbon, I'd believe this was bourbon barrel aged if I was told so, some licorice comes through and the booze is there but very well concealed all things considered

M pretty thick with just enough carbonation, some heat but controlled, and a very strong char aftertaste

O pretty good for a big intense brew but I found the Islay and Cognac versions far superior, this one's almost one sided with big burnt malt notes but I happen to like that to a degree

I might be tasting this next week at this rate, I do like this stuff but I don't think I'm going to drop the $$ to give the Islay and Cognac bottles in my cellar some company

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:57:31 | More by wordemupg
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Hellrob

Italy

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I can't put a rating for this beer. too strong, too spiced, it has destroyed our palates and my stomach. very strong. too bitter
I can't put a rating for this beer. too strong, too spiced, it has destroyed our palates and my stomach. very strong. too bitter
I can't put a rating for this beer. too strong, too spiced, it has destroyed our palates and my stomach. very strong. too bitter

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 12:38:30 | More by Hellrob
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black as night as appropriately named. Upon the pour, only a thin, mocha head appears which instantly dissolves to leave no lacing. This beer was picked up back in 2010, so it does have some age on it.

Robust aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, bourbon, and perhaps a hint of licorice float from the glass.

The flavor is equally aggressive as it sweet and boozy featuring sweet chocolate and fruit with an aftertaste that is part port and part smoky roasted malt and hints of earthy peat come through as well.

The body is thick and viscous, yet smooth with a warming boozy finish that coats the palate like a fine port wine.

I am quite impressed with this beer and rank it up their with its peers such as WWS and Mephistopheles. While it seems to differ from some of these other monster Imperial Stouts, it still offers fantastic character that is a treat to the senses.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:08:10 | More by CHADMC3
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours an intensely opaque black with two fingers of dark tan fluffy head that slowly recedes leaving brilliant lacing.

S- Dark roasty chocolate in the nose with some medicinal-type booze that's not off-putting.

T- Bang! Definitely a sipper. Comes on strong with heavily roasted malts that linger and linger. The booze is quite powerful as well but lingers on the throat more than the tongue. There's actually a simple yet potent balance of hardcore roast and hardcore alcohol.

M- Dry and sharp. Heavy body and medium-high carbonation.

O- IMO, beats the hell out of Worldwide Stout. It's just as potent and roasty but has more pizazz. Maybe needs a bit more age but, since there's no freshness date (and it's in green glass), it would be tough to tell how long to let it go for unless you bought it straight from the brewery or distributor.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 03:46:48 | More by Immortale25
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DanK4

Maine

4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer blew my mind. Mikkeller has an outstanding reputation for producing quality beers, but this beer was a monster. An incredible nose profile of the most incredible rich chocolates and warm boozy goodness. Thick mocha head that hung around to admire, and on that note I don't think I've ever seen such a dark head on a beer. The taste is what really blew me away though- upon first sip I knew exactly what I had been searching for in an Imperial Stout and this beer was everything I needed. It sat so well on all parts of the palate and the after-bite was just as good as the initial sip. It is not a drinker, but a sipper for sure. As it warmed to proper temp the nose profile opened up even more and you could smell the malts and grainy wholesome stout notes. While it did get a bit chore-like to finish the whole beer, it was an amazing experience and I am going out to buy another bottle asap before I cant find it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 16:51:07 | More by DanK4
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rarbring

Sweden

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black(!) brew, a brown head, leaving no lacing but very good curtains.

Smelling of dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, sherry and cherry!

Tasting of sweet candid cherries, chocolate and cold coffee and soy sauce.

No carbonation, a soft and oily texture, a light dry finish.

Very nice and well balanced, 2007 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 22:23:55 | More by rarbring
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bark

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007 (black foil).

The liquid is clear, the colour black. No head, although there are some brown bubbles on the liquid.

The powerful smell got distinct note of soy sauce. Raw alcohol. Coffee. Nuts.

The taste is dry and strong. Dried fruits. Fiery alcohol. Liqueur fills candy. Dandelions. Sherry. No noticeable bitterness. The aftertaste got thick oily flavours of soy sauce, coffee and cocoa sauce. The finish brings a surprisingly strong bitter flavour as well as hints of figs.

No carbonation. The liquid is thick and smooth.

An interesting and powerful brew. However I can appreciate the craft, I wouldn’t buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 18:34:43 | More by bark
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shanblur

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. 8oz pour in a small snifter. Dense black color with speckled lacing and multiples bubbles on the edge. Smell is intense, much like a port. Dark fruit, coffee flavors and a nice boozy aroma. Flavor is complex dark fruit, nutty, coffee. Very intense. Dense and chewy mouthfeel. Glad I had the opportunity to try this. This was the original 2009 which supposedly was dated try before 2020. More like port than a beer. Would love to sample this with more age.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 19:33:38 | More by shanblur
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pitch brown fluid, dark as a moonless night on Broadway. I don't know why I said that, I just think it describes the beer perfectly :). On top rests a perfect beige head with hardly any retraction.

S - A smooth blend of oak, tar, peat and black forest fruits.

T - Surprisingly different RIS - it has chocolate, coffee and still an unusual fresh because of the fruit tones and the used hops. The booziness doesn't feel like the 16,5% ABV at all.

M - A very drinkable, low to medium carbonated beer with a bitter finish. What I do miss is a thick creaminess in the body.

O - What a pleasant to drink beer considering the ABV and it even tastes black - What's in a name? After drinking it a while you do get the idea its to overwhelming though.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 19:12:12 | More by Mar02x
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.