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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 53
Gots: 119 | FT: 6
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Denmark

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kkipple on 02-19-2008

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.
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Ratings: 485 | Reviews: 241
Photo of wordemupg
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Photo of Hellrob
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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

Photo of AlastairM
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of lsfrontman
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of DanK4
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rarbring
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.

Photo of bark
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of shanblur
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of gushov
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mjmadsen21
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Mar02x
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of emdawg
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jtmcgraw
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | 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.

Photo of blakelive784
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.