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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 48
Gots: 104 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
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.

Mar02x, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With intense chocolate and booze, Mikkeller Black lives up to its name like few others can. The rise of alcohol keeps the stomach warm and the mouth rich with flavor- making this beer a perfect sipper for those long movies or captivating book that makes you want to delay a revisit to the fridge.

If black is in the name, then black is what's delivered to the eye as an onyx-like hue and sheen is displayed in deep and reflective light. The head builds like cement on the beer and without hardly a waiver in its settlement for nearly two minutes. As the rich and foamy medium sand-tan head colapses into a rocky and fluid terrain, there's an ordinant amount of sticky lace that reveals intricate patterns of lace along the glass. A very appetizing stout!

Rum, bourbon, chocolate, espresso, walnuts, and molasses all fill the nose with equally high intensity but alternating with each visit of the nose to the glass. Roasted grain gives a nearly campfire-like woodiness and smokiness to accompany the heightened sweet aromas that are somewhat unexpected.

In contrast, the toffee and molasses sweetness superscedes the roast. This is very unexpected as the espresso and bittersweet cocoa follow closely behind but can never command the forefront of flavor. Oily walnuts, bourbony alcohol taste, vanilla, caramel, burnt woods, and wine-like sherries give a sweeter, succulent, and fruity character to ride along side of the roast and malty sweetness- sometimes in complementary fashion, sometimes in contrast. Delicious but somewhat unsettled as the fusal flavor of alcohol becomes the highlight of the beer while warming and taking away from the subtle interplay of esters, oxides, roast, and caramelized sweetness.

Undoubtedly robust and full in body, the beer carries a highly viscous weight with a velvety and creamy start. Followed by a turn to heat, roasty astringency, and firm mid palate- the beer's procession continues into a very long and developing boozy numbing heat, intense roasty bitterness in the back of the throat to accompany a moderate astringency that's masked by a surpringly long linger of sweetness and starchy malt aftertaste.

Black is a smack in the face of roast, sweetness, and booze all at once. Maybe an early development of one attribute, then the other would have garnered a better impression from me, but the on slaught of this three headed monster becomes a tital wave of taste that's hard to process to the taste buds- muddled intensity at best; a boozy mess at worst. But the quality of independent flavors all prove very taste and strong and are somewhat seductive as it allows me to ignore the sum of the parts and focus a little on the pieces of flavor.

BEERchitect, Jan 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.4%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jtmcgraw
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

jtmcgraw, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire top served into a pils glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Labelled best before 12/12/17. Reviewed from notes.

Presentation: The green glass is inexcusable, especially for a talented brewer light Mikkel.

A: No head. At all. There's a tan colour floater. It's lovely for what is present. The ABV is taking its toll. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: A strong aroma of rich chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, and slight esters. A strong aroma.

T: Heavy cocoa and chocolate, with some unexpected milky sweetness. Complex but heavy handed. The alcohol is strong. It's certainly strange. Vanilla and caramel are present. The richness is too extreme. I wouldn't call it balanced - even taking into account its ABV. It's hard to like, even though Mikkeller is me favourite brewery. Roast would greatly help it. The alcohol is just too much (and I enjoy Black Tuesday!). It's built alright, but with too much desire to be heavy.

Mf: Too thick. Smooth and wet. Heavy on the palate. It sort of complements the flavours generally.

Dr: If it were 9%, it'd be great. It's very difficult to drink as a beer, harder than most liqeurs. I wish it were more drinkable. It might age well, but I don't know that it's yeasty enough. A failed experiment at best. Try it if you truly love the higher ABV beers in the style, but otherwise don't bother with it on account of its price.

kojevergas, Dec 22, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A- Pours a dark ruby red colour with no head. Looks pretty similar to red wine. Excusable for the high abv.

S - Cocoa, bitter chocolate, ethanol, some sort of band aid note, dark fruit and wine. Many esters abound, and it's difficult to describe.

T - Pungent earthy cocoa beans overpower any subtle flavors, followed quickly by the ethanol, reminding you to sip. Tart fruit and sour candy make up the rest of the body. Definitely a sipper, and not really all that enjoyable.

M - smooth, and wet, rather like wine.

D - entirely too rich to be drinkable, and doesn't really bring any interesting flavors to the party. A disappointment from a great brewer.

blakelive784, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

theformula, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

DoctorB2B, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

WarnerJC8, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle dated best by 14/04/21 poured into a snifter...

A - Pours as dark as black can get with no light having a chance to get through this body. Surprisingly, a tan, 1 finger head forms. Tight bubbles then recede to a cap of the same color.

S - Burnt roasted malts, peat, a smokiness, and some ash as well. Rich chocolate comes through as well. Dark fruits and molasses come through as does a little tobacco. Really intense aroma.

T - Taste suffers a bit from all of the burnt and ash like flavors. Intense flavors of burnt malts, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and molasses covered dark fruits. Really heavy, intense flavors.

M - Big, heavy bodied beer. Very low carbonation (surprising considering the head that formed) that leads to a creamy smooth feel.

O - Really interesting beer. Probably the most intense flavor wise for me since East End's Toaster. The Burnt, ashy flavors took away for me, but overall, this was one hell of an experience.

KAP1356, Dec 04, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a little Japanese DNA in me, plus picking up some "Nihonga" from my father, I recognized the character as being Japanese for "koko" or "black." Because it's an Imperial Stout, I just had to grab it! Rich, nose-filling aroma is very smoky with undertones of molasses, coffee and licorice and a hint of miso. It says "Drink me!" to anybody who loves dark beers. The pour is even more promising - night black with a thick, fluffy, tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor - woo hoo, such flavor! Strong notes of quality coffee, caramel and molasses with hints of licorice and chocolate, rather sweet but not cloying. Smooth, heavy texture is somewhat tingly and syrupy. Crazy and wild? That's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it, uh-huh uh-huh!

Cyberkedi, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

danieelol, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

patm1986, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

davesway10, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of LockeSD
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

LockeSD, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of MKanaga
5/5  rDev +31.6%

MKanaga, Nov 21, 2011
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1/5  rDev -73.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours thick opaque black color with a thin lacing of a head that lasts. Almost no carbonation to speak of, the cork did not pop when I removed it. Some very small bubbles do show up eventually, hinting that there is some carbonation present. Aromas of huge roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, molasses, caramel, tobacco, biscuit, and toast. Some very complex aromas going on here, not much alcohol noticed surprisingly. Taste is intense: big burnt malt, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, molasses, caramel, tobacco, vanilla, and some spicy hops. Light amount of bitterness noticed on the finish; with lasting notes of dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, and coffee on the finish. Very light carbonation and huge full body; with a big creamy and slick mouthfeel that coats the mouth with each sip. The low carbonation actually fits well because of the huge body and creaminess of this beer. Alcohol is well hidden surprisingly; only a warming on the finish noticed. Definitely a big sipper to be enjoyed slowly. This has no cloying sweetness surprisingly. Overall, this is a very solid stout that was definitely not offensive at all. I probably won’t be getting this again due to the price tag; but it was quite the experience with huge roasted flavors and surprisingly great balance.

superspak, Nov 20, 2011
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.