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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

459 Ratings
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 48
Gots: 111 | 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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

Thehuntmaster, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of biga7346
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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

biga7346, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours just like it's namesake... Black. Produced a thin film of black coffee colored soapy head and disappeared rather quickly. No light getting through this motor oil.

The aroma of this beer is very nice. Getting tons of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, some bourbon and some serious BOOZE!

Pretty excited about this beer until it hit my lips... This is one hell of a mess. The booze over powers most flavors, but this beer is just sweet as all hell. All of the dark chocolate and coffee is covered in sugary syrup.... not very tasty. Every sip I take I feel like Kevin McAlister looking at a picture of Buzz's girlfriend, WOOF!

The mouthfeel is thick and very syrupy. It coats your tongue, the inside of your mouth, your lips and your teeth with boozy sweetness. I think I just gave myself about seven cavities after taking a few sips...

Overall, this beer wasn't exactly a disappointment because this is kind of what I was expecting. I was expecting this because Mikkeller just keeps on disappointing me with the majority of their beers that I have had. Wont be purchasing another one of these ever again.

dcloeren, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on Tap at the Sail and Anchor, Fremantle.

A - Pours an oily dark Ebony colour with a small tanned head that dies quickly.

S - Aromas of choclate and roasted malts with a stringent spirit like aroma of strong alcohol.

T - The flavours were at extremes and mostly were very hot and spicy. No subtleness present. The boozyness takes this beer over and leaves an unpleasent sticky charred flavour in your mouth.

M - Full to medium body and light to medium carbonation.

O - I prefered the Islay edition and there is no balance to this brew. It pulls your taste buds form one place to another without much enjoyment.

eric5bellies, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of jewbrew
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had This beer beside a couple amazing bottles of wine.

What a refresher. Although you would think a 17.5% stout would be as dark as most BA's feelings about themselves it's not!

This bottle had notes of roasted malt, vanilla, whisky barrel, caramel, espresso, and a long lasting finish.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel, nothing overpowered my palate besides some boozy heat. Mikkeller did a nice job making a well balanced stout considering the huge amount of alcohol.

jewbrew, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Greywulfken
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm ready to be either floored or disgusted by this beer - reviews have varied greatly!

A: pitch black, 2-3 fingers of dark tan foam - a good start for any stout

S: okay - sweet molasses, some espresso - nothing to set it apart from what you'd expect in a strong, sweet stout

T: bitter, burnt sugar, background anise/licorice, alcohol is too strong and up front - dare I say it tasted somewhat like rubbing alcohol smells - probably my least favorite tasting stout

M: meh - too much lingering alcohol; not sticky or too clingy though

O: mediocre - it's not as awful as I had feared, but it is certainly not a beer I'd buy again, nor would I recommend it to anyone other than someone really into trying and comparing different beers.
Worth noting that as it warmed, it became more drinkable (move taste score to 3, up from 2.5?), but the strong alcohol taste persists.

Greywulfken, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch one of Black shared by Andrew. Thanks!

A: Appropriately, the beer pours black in color. It also has no head, but I guess I'm not surprised.

S: Doesn't smell anywhere near as offensive as I feared. Booze, certainly, but it's mostly just roasted malts. There is a hint of ash and burnt sugar, maybe some licorice, too.

T: Although the aroma wasn't too bad, the flavor is quite another story. Lots of tar flavor accompanied by sugar. There is more tar and asphalt, followed by booze. A very intense licorice flavor, almost like anise extract. A bit of burnt sugar and prunes.

M: Medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.

O: The aroma was pleasantly surprising, but the flavor was just unfortunate.

womencantsail, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of ImperialStoat
1/5  rDev -73.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2009 Bottle.

THIS IS FUCKING TERRIBLE.

Appearance: Muddy red-black with a few feeble bubbles, no head. It looks like Ebola-ridden blood.

Smell: Have you ever washed your hands with hospital soap? Imagine you did and then an old man spat Nescafe onto them. Alcohol and cheap coffee. That's it.

Taste: Syrupy, sickly-sweet ethanol. No distinguishing characteristics of "prunes" or "baker's chocolate" or "vanilla ice-cream" or anything like that - just SUGAR and ALCOHOL and SADNESS. Oh, and don't expect any carbonation to come along and wash the awful taste from your tongue because there is none. That's right: even CO2 has ethical problems with being attached to this beer.

Overall: When Jesus died for our sins, he was specifically talking about Mikkel's production of this beer.

ATROCIOUS.

ImperialStoat, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for providing this one during our Mikkeller tasting. 375ml synthetic cork and caged bottle poured into a couple of mini snifters. The brew appears black in color and looks to be still. There is no head formation despite an aggressive pour. Faintly through the edges are some lighter brown hints and ruby coloration is seem through the body when held to the light.

The smell of this brew is sweet chocolate and a big booze factor. Some hints of tobacco and leather. The alcohol is strikingly fusel and tingled the nose even at a colder than ideal temperature.

The taste is initially sweet with chocolate and burnt coffee flavoring. Some leather, tobacco and earthy flavors throughout. There is a very bold booze element to the finish that tingled and even burns the tongue a bit. The aftertaste is a bit dirty like ash.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a lack of carbonation. Just a slightest hint of carbonation would have went a long way here. Huge alcohol impact in this brew, the 17% is not hidden at all and is the primary focus in this example. A decent sipper for the most part that's worth trying but now that my curiosity has been fixed, I don't see a need to revisit this again.

stakem, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been dying to try this! Finally available at a beer distributor near me!!! Hoping it's worth the $15.99!

A- Poured into my DFH Signature glass... Darker than the fur on an Italian woman's back... a huge deep tan head that fades kinda quickly, but leaves more lacing and cobwebs than any brew I've ever poured! It sits still as an ink well with no noticable carbonation. Sticky like Strawberry Diesel!

S- Coffee and licorice are the first thing that bust you in the face!!! Deep roasted malts... very woody and unctuous... dark cherry fruits, raisins, figs and more over the top burnt malts! Picking up just a bit of alcohol and chocolate. Roasted espresso and good n plenty dominate! Roasted malt sweetness and bitter coffee balance nicely. Not picking up even a trace of hops (pine/citrus/fruit).

T- OMG! Like a glass of dark death... Roasted espresso, licorice twizzlers, and bitter cocoa! HUGE alcohol punch that totally suits this brew! I love high alcohol stouts and barleywines!!! This is fabulous! I understand those of you that don't... but damn this is sharp, bitter, subtly sweet, and delicious!!! Real roasted coffee flavor... not overdone like alot of coffee brews that offer nothing else!

M- If you dig coffee and roastiness in your Stouts... this could be your Holy Grail!!! Thick, sticky, nice alcohol burn, and it makes my tongue say WOW!!! No carbonation... but probably the stickiest brew I've ever had!

O- This is rediculous!!! Not as sweet as some, more real coffee bitterness than others... This quickly has become one of my favorite stouts!!! Worth every penny as far as I'm concerned!!! Wish it was in 12oz bottles! Get it or don't... I do! Forget the price and try this if you can!!!

Thickfreakness, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Local Tap House Mikkeller tap take over

A-- Poured ink black. Thin, dark brown layer of film. Slight bit of lacing at the top of the glass. Traces of alcohol legs. Thick and evil looking beer.

S-- Burnt chocolate licorice bullets, near burnt malt, bits of port or wine quality to this and quite earthy. Just traces of the ABV in the nose.

T-- Scorching. Serious scorching. Scorched malt, chocolate, licorice, ash, char, burnt leather, tobacco, warm port and a decent hop taste to this. Grity, earthy taste. Obvious alcohol taste but somewhat restrained.

M-- Full, coating and heavy. Bordering on licking or drinking an ashtray. Licorice stands out but the ash and char in the mouth really supersede this. There is a bit of fruity hop character in this that makes it somewhat strange. Hard to drink at times and nearly like a full on big port.

O-- BA treatments are much better. This was full on and unforgiving. Feel like I drank an ashtray. ABV is there but not that massive at all. Flavor character is just of smoking some non filters and throwing the ash in a stout and mixing in some dark chocolate and burnt licorice for flavor. Stick to BA beers, hides the scorching very well.

mulder1010, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Houblon Chouffe tulip.
A: As the name suggests, dark black. Creates thick, dark brown head but dissipates quickly for a stout.

S: Alcohol, dark fruit, roasted malt and alcohol. Smells vaguely similar to wine.

T: First sip the alcohol takes center stage but gives way to a great stout flavor. Roasted malts and sweetness, maybe fruit. This beer gets better every sip, the alcohol notes fade and room temp brings forward maybe oatmeal? Good malts.

M: A little thin, not as silky as the stouts I normally drink. Pleasing overall mouthfeel.

O: Solid Brew. Definately not as harsh as some have said. I can't believe some one drain poured this beer! Worth fighting it down if that what you have to do, rewarding when finished. The 16 ducket tag was a bit high but I'll revisit.

Brewski4Drewski, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a totally opaque, black color with 1-1/2 fingers of billowy tan head. Great retention and fantastic lace.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt, some vinous hints. Intense!

T: Leads with the roasted malt, chocolate following close behind. Finishes with a little bitterness, then the chocolate and roasted malts continue to linger. Under all this are some of the vinous qualities present in the smell, and some sweetness also. Like the smell, very intense. Alcohol is present but doesn't get out of control. Purely delicious.

M: Surrealistically smooth and creamy, very sensual, quite satisfying.

O: Had this for the first time several weeks ago and was quite impressed. Now focusing on it for the review, I have to say this is a perfect beer. Bravo!

AmericanGothic, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was freakin' nuts. This beer showed up a few times in my area so I made it a point to pick it up. I love the simplistic label and how it's corked really makes it an interesting looking brew. The beer poured out as a thick really dark black brew. Not much head after the initial pour. The lacing wasn't really there either. The smell is very strong. Lots of booze, roasted malts, lots of molasses on the nose. The taste was huge, massive amount of flavor here. There is a big boozy burn here, with a rich roasted malt flavor and no hops. To me this beer was just a massive brew. I enjoyed it alot. The mouthfeel is thin but oily. Not much carbonation. Overall this beer is huge, I really enjoy it as a sipper. I'm aging a bottle right now looking forward to seeing if it gets better over time.

Knapp85, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared this with a few friends at a tasting.

Poured black. Yep, this is aptly named. Black with mahogany hues at the very edge of the surface of the glass, but otherwise this is an oily, thick, viscous, and threatening abyss. Very little head was to be expected. Coats the glass as I swirl it. Very enticing. Very intimidating. The aroma is probably more assertive than that of Dark Lord. Huge, huge, HUGE waves of cocoa, burnt toast, and roasted barley. A decently prominent note of ashiness as well, but not in an offensive way. Vanilla and a light hint of plums helps bring balance to it. However, the flavors are still a bit harsh from the alcoholic presence. Definitely warms you up as you drink it. A new flavor, I think it's more of a raisiny/prunelike flavor arises in the finish, with a lot of bitterness akin to charcoal. Slight touch of leather. Very little carbonation, mildly slick. Very rich. I will be sure to age my other bottle for at least 10 more years before opening it. But definitely a good beer in my opinion.

DmanGTR, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch, inky black. No head. A touch of lacing.

Very sweet, port wine aroma with lots of esters, alcohol and fruit.

The flavour is odd. Strong, sweet malts. A fair amount of alcohol. Port. Bitter, acrid roast. A hint of spiciness. For me this has a lot of interesting notes but they don't work entirely well together. For instance, I feel like I have diabetes coming on while at the same time having masively bitter, acrid roast trying to counter it.

Full body with moderate carbonation.

This is an interesting beer and I could see it being polarising. I'm not convinced that the roast entirely works or that this is the best use of the ingredients here and the flavours are iffy.

dgilks, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A – Dark brown with murky brown highlights. Zero head.

S – Rum soaked raisins. Light smoke. Prune. Molasses.

T – Rum, oak and raisins are loaded throughout the profile, paired with the darkness of 70% cocoa, prunes and thick molasses. The beer’s dark roasted malt is well rounded, without a sharp bitter character, and carries a vanilla-like sweetness. Warm of booze is omnipresent throughout the drink.

M – Full body opens smooth and soft before launching into white hot booze through the finish.

O – It would take years to mellow this out, but the complexity and flavor is impressive enough to sip it slowly while young. Would be great with steak served black and blue.

vfgccp, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of YaKnowBrady
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged green bottle (not sure why Mikkeller keeps doing this with their high alcohol beers, seems counterproductive), into my new Lenox brandy snifters (thanks to my wife for the early birthday gift).

Immediately smell the coffee and alcohol. Picking up burnt grains and peat immediately. Pours like black liquid glass, with no real head development, just a small collection of 15-20 small bubbles that collect in the center of the glass, that don't dissipate through the entire drinking of the bottle. Like a tiny raft of bubble refugees, hoping for freedom, only to be swallowed whole.

This is some serious stuff. Taste of soy sauce, alcohol, coffee, alcohol, cocoa, and alcohol. Like Dylan, it spits hot fire. As the fluid warms, it sips more like a dark brandy, with a splash of imperial stout.

Overall, I really enjoy it, but one to keep on the shelf for a while, and break out on REALLY special occasions.

YaKnowBrady, May 26, 2011
Photo of nhindian
1.33/5  rDev -65%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Blind Beer #8 from Khazadum, with the text: "You may want to be careful with this one."

Poured into a large snifter from a 375ml bottle; corked, capped, and foiled. This cork was a bitch to get out as well.

A - Oh my God does this beer re-define darkness or what. I can't say I've seen anything pour as dark as this beer to date, and even the thinnest parts of my snifter are still obscured by this liquid. Absolutely no head at all and no lacing, but there are some serious alcohol legs on this. I was actually a bit astonished when this poured out, since it was a corked and caged green bottle... Seriously scary looking. (3.5/5)

S - I have seen hell, and now I smell it. This is a frightening aroma, no doubt about it. If I could imagine what the inside of a witch's cauldron brewing the potion of immediate death, this is it. It's an insane melange of intense soy sauce, chocolate, burnt plastic, slight smoke, anise and lots and lots of booze mixed with fruits. I am honestly afraid to put this anywhere near my mouth. (2/5)

T - No. NO. I take a small sip and almost immediately gag. This is liquid fire and brimstone and sulphur and if anyone wondered why the world didn't end this weekend, it's because the Rapture was contained in this Pandora's bottle. It's a ton of soy mixed with teriyaki and immediately my mouth repels it. I seriously can't believe how awful this is. Lots of alcohol. I don't want to taste this again to get more accurate descriptors, sorry. After some persuasion, I try again. This beer is insanely cloyingly sweet and makes Dark Lord look like a baby. If you thought Avery Mephistopheles had a ton of black licorice, the anise in this is remarkable. (-5000/5)

M - Unfortunately even the tiniest sip of this invades the palate and coats the mouth in it's vileness. It's flat, thick, lifeless, and I can feel it sucking my youth and vitality through my gums and tongue. (0/5)

D/O - Is this joke? The fact that whoever made this took the time to cork it with an impenetrable rubber cork, a cage, and cover it in foil makes me think that was the most effort they put into making this beer. But if I were them, I'd make it as hard and disheartening to open this beer, too. (LOL/5)

If I hadn't received Sam Adams Triple Bock in a trade literally today, I would guess that, but failing that I can't say I've heard of anything approaching this train wreck.

The reveal: Mikkeller Black (黑). I honestly was thinking Mikeller after seeing the blackness come from that kind of packaging, but dismissed it immediately after tasting it. I am reading the other reviews for it and they must be joking. I'm surprised this beer is only 17.50% ABV. There is no way this beer could ever be considered an A+ in some people's eyes. There's no way. I see you left the price tag on this, and I honestly feel sorry that you paid $16.50 for this.

I am hoping I was wrong in my last review that Envious was a killshot because after this, I feel like I just got shot thrice.

This beer gets the honor of being only the second or third beer I've ever drainpoured.

nhindian, May 24, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 375ml caged and corked bottle. Thanks for bringing this over Dan (I still need your BA name dude!)

A- Pours a jet black color. No head shows up on this beer at all. As with the head there is no lacing as well. Just looks like a cup of black coffee sitting here.

S- Alcohol comes through first...holy crap and does it come through. Some light darker fruits come through next in the beer which mixes with a light tobacco like aroma. Darker chocolate and hints of smoke comes through next with oak in the background. The alcohol really does come through toward the ending and this tingles the nose a lot.

T- Roasted malts with a hint of darker fruits comes off the front soaked in alcohol. Middle of the beer shows a light chocolate and oak with another round alcohol. Molasses, brown sugar and darker fruits give a light sweetness in the backend that gives little balance to this beer. Smoke and huge alcohol heat in the ending of the beer clear all hints of sweetness.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is very light for the style and for the beer in general. Medicinal alcohol, roasted malts, and light darker fruits are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, smoke, and hints of sweetness. Flavors were all over the place and not balanced at all for the beer. Although not a off flavor the alcohol tended to be much and gave a off flavor quality to it.

O- This beer is a hot mess. I was glad I got to try it but my god the alcohol heat is just out of this world. The flavors overall are dominated by this huge ABV and I don't think much aging could help this one from being anything much else. I couldn't fathom drinking a whole 375ml of this by myself or really want to for that matter.

alleykatking, May 19, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black as night into my snifter with no head whatsoever even with a very aggressive pour...

S - Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, anise, and sweet molasses with a booze like finish.

T - This is super sweet, roasted malts, molasses, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, very boozey yet enjoyable.

M - Thin to medium and lacking carbonation.

O - Super sweet and no carbonation... tasty but still somewhat disappointing overall.

StoneBrewFanatic, May 10, 2011
Photo of feylure
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I really love this brew. I'm a fan of stouts, and this tends to hit the spot quite well.

Appearance is black. Like, pitch black with a bit of brown around the edges. It doesn't really appear to be carbonated.

Smell is sweet and has notes of chocolate along with the presence of alcohol.

Taste great. Sweet, dark barely hits first with a full body. The middle fades into a roasty, dark chocolate flavor and the end has a dry mouthfeel to it, but that being coupled with the chocolate gives it a nice edge and reminds me of actually eating extremely dark chocolate. There does appear to be a little carbonation on the tongue. The tail lingers with the same smokey chocolate flavor.

Overall, I love this beer. It's pricey, but it's another great shade of strong stout that sits next to Dogfish Head World Wide Stout and Brew Dog Tokyo.

Cheers

feylure, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this some number of months ago at Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquors. Maybe a month after I bought it, I wandered over to it on my shelves and learned it was 18% ABV. Then I wandered away. Fast forward a few months and I'm FINALLY ready to dive in (after some challenging experiences with Sink the Bismarck!, Sammichlaus and Fort).

So, while catching up with a friend visiting from out of town, we crack open the Black after splitting a John John Ale from Rogue. From the pour, we're pretty entranced. Jet black pour with oily lacing. Looks very rich and sweet. On smelling, got nailed with flashbacks of Bismarck! - hops shoot up my nose and, after tasting it, I realize it's not just an aromatic similarity. Second only to Bismarck, this is the most hop-oily beer I've ever had, only in the case of the Black, that oil texture is mixed with stout elements instead of pseudo-spirits.

I definitely prefer this beer to the 41% behemoth, but not by a whole lot. It's quite difficult to drink, but is pretty rewarding as you do. It's warming and smooth, but achieves those qualities with a cost. This beer's got heat. Enjoy carefully.

petacutlasaurus, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller Bar. From notes.

A - Black with a 2 finger mocha head. Creamy head. Some carbonation coming up but seems faint. Pitch black in colour. Fairly good lacing.

S - Huge coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Very pungent with the sweet elements of the aroma attacking and the coffee sort of backing it up well. The aroma seemed to be quite stunning for a beer of this strength. I got no alcohol.

T - Quite sweet. In fact very sweet. The sweetness and alcohol mix well together though. The sweetness is quite strong with the alcohol at about a medium level but it is kinda cool. Chocolatey the whole way with that coffee again in the background.

M - Full body with tingly carbonation. Sweet finish and quite thick.

D - Obviously too sweet to have more than a 200mL sample but it balances the alcohol quite well and makes for a good night cap. Declicious.

tbeckett, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of ibbjamin
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Received this as a gift about a year ago. I pour the 375ml corked and caged bottle into a large snifter to review.

Very difficult to remove the plastic cork with minimal carbonation evident. Leaves no head or retention. Like the name suggests, black in color. No lacing. I am not certain the affect of the aging had on the seemingly non-existent carbonation; other reviews I just read of the beer have a similar indication.

Nose seems a bit hot with warming alcohol evident even before it touches my lips. Lots of sweet malts and some smokiness. While it is certainly malt-forward, I do detect some earthy hops in the background. Also there are hints of dark chocolate, oak, leather, port wine and tobacco.

Deep taste of sweet and roasty malts, very dark chocolate, molasses, oak and leather. Comes off quite hot, reminiscent of a boozy after dinner port. Aftertaste brings on some brown sugar with a lot of smoked malt. Less balanced than my nose predicted with the alcohol and malt dominating here.

The mouth of this beer is in need of carbonation which would improve its drinkability greatly. Full bodied but comes off a bit watery. Long finish of malt and smoke.

My overall impression would be improved with added carbonation and to tone down on the smokiness. I like a big stout that can mask its ABV; this beer did not succeed in this department. I'll grab a Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from this great brewery next time I'm in the mood for a big stout; this one just didn't do it for me.

ibbjamin, Apr 09, 2011
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.