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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)

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very good

482 Ratings
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 53
Gots: 119 | FT: 6
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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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3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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!

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is completely still. No head at all, but I guess that is to be expected with a %17.5 beer. Oddly enough, not seeing any legs either. Aroma is a bit caramely with a bunch of roast and coco, very mild soy. Oddly enough the taste is not as boozy or sweet as I would have expected it would be. Lots of roast and some dry cocoa, nice balance of sweetness and a nice warming booziness. A bit of fruitiness, but not a ton. Could use a bit of carbonation. Any at all would be nice. This beer is juice flat. Regardless, I was happily surprised by this beer. Thought it had the potential to be a bit of a mess, but it turned out very well.

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4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a crazy rich stout. Alcohol bitters were completely absent on the tongue and replaced with big notes of black strap molasses and dark chocolate torte. After taste smacks of fermented plum and cracker - in a good way. Paired extremely well with all courses ranging cheddar and chorizo, tuna tartare and a pork sandwich. Had a second bottle to ensure repeat performance this good was possible - and it was.

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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick pour into the glass, with some deep mocha brown colored bubbles of foam clinging around the edge. Doesn't get much blacker in color than this, almost to the point of having a purple tinge to it.

Boozy in the nose right away, smells more like a spirit than a beer. Has elements in the aroma of dark rum, vintage brandy and port wine all wrapped together. Some licorice, with lots of dark fudge and cocoa powder. A very rich Dutch chocolate cake perhaps? As the beer warms I pick up a nice vanilla bean aroma behind all the dark fudge, with toffee and burnt caramel aromas as well. It's also very earthy on the nose too, smells of charred wood and chocolate covered espresso coffee beans.

No carbonation and rather sweet up front on the palate. Thick, wow! This is a sipper for sure. The Abv.-booziness is detectable
just as much in the taste as the nose. Similar taste of dark fudge, rich chocolate cake and cocoa powder, with a slight roasted malt character. Vanilla bean, toffee and burnt caramel come through as well. Almost a faint nuttiness in there, with some dark fruits mixed in. Still has that earthiness, kinda funky. Charred wood and a developing smoke, peated malt taste in the mouth. It's not overly sweet or boozy on the palate, rather smooth really. Not a hugely complex beer but, the flavors it represents are strong and rich. Again thoughts of dark rum, vintage brandy and port wine keep coming up as I sip through this beer. Something that would pair well with a good, spicy maduro cigar.

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

dark as night, no light coming through on this one at all, but also no head as the flat, lifeless body just laid there, quite odd indeed. aroma is dark peat, hints of campfire smoke, notes of light cocoa, and a hint of deep burnt notes, but that was the highlight as it went down from there. very lifeless, flat body did not let the taste come through nearly as much as it could have and this led to a rather lackluster profile. nice barrel notes, loads of wood and peat,

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4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 17,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.
BB 14/04/21

I have heard vastly different opinions about this beer, so I am not quite sure what to expect. I just hope it’s not flat.

Appearance: Ok, most certainly not flat! A fairly gentle pour yields an immense creamy tan brown head that towers over a pitch black body.
I thought it was a general rule that alcohol kills head retention and lacing?
Doesn't look like Mikkeller read the rule book! The head lasts an absolute age (it started to annoy me as I was pretty keen to get drinking) and left some of the best lace I have seen in a very long time! I can't see any way this beer could look more perfect!

Smell: Wow, what a nose! Superb combination of all things burned and an underlying sweetness.
Burned malt, charred wood, ash and a touch of smoke dominate initially with tar, cocoa and espresso also noted. A little warming brings out the sweeter notes; molasses, licorice, sweet dark fruits, port and brown sugar.
With such big aromas, I was pretty surprised to find some citric hops lurking in the background.
As expected with a beer of this abv, alcohol is noted, but it's far from bothersome.

Taste: Absolutely massive hit of heavily roasted malt, charred wood, tar and smoke - this is one of the biggest roast characters I have come across. Subsequent sips allow some other flavours to emerge from behind the massive roast. Cocoa, espresso, lots of molasses, dark fruit, salty licorice and some soya sauce.
Fascinating interplay between the underlying sugary sweetness and the intensely bitter roasted character.
Wonderful finish of intensely bitter burned malt character - I'm pretty sure I'll still taste this when I wake up tomorrow.
As with the nose, alcohol is noted but is not bothersome.

Mouthfeel: The body is actually quite a bit lighter than you would expect from such a huge beer. Medium/full, slightly sticky with moderate smooth carbonation.

Overall: I love these massive stouts and this is one of the best! Highly recommended for those who like extreme beers!

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3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a brandy snifter:

A: Jet, deep black, motor oil, absolutely no head at all, very still. Looks thick, viscous.

N: Massive bourbon notes, cotton candy, very burnt sugar, candi sugar, wet grains, sour milk; it's an odd smell, not very inviting and extremely boozy. Some toffee and smoke.

T: Brandy, cooking sherry, cotton candy, an alcohol burn that just sticks around in the throat all night long. Some cocoa nibs in there, grassy spicy hops almost balance this thing out but man this is boozy. It is very much like drinking a fine sherry or brandy.

D: This is a absolute sipper, as the beer warms it gets less intimidating. A great fireplace beer. I would try pairing it with some starchy carbs like waffle fries and a Rueben sandwich

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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.