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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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very good

399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 42
Gots: 94 | FT: 4
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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 gford217


3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

375mL bottle, at least a year old, poured into a tulip.

No surprise that it pours pitch black and produces a small but very creamy tan head that shows good staying power and leaves plenty of boozy legs on the way down.

The aroma is pretty strong with lots of sweetness and alcohol. There is a heavily roasted espresso character with lots of burnt sugar and sweet dark fruits. It's smells almost medicinal in the end but still ashy. Weird.

If the aroma is strong, then the taste is downright overpowering, and not necessarily in a good way. The first sip is a blast of burnt chocolate malts, caramalized fruit and burnt coffee, but with a prevalent sweetness from the booze and sugar. Also some charred wood and smoke in the finish with a massive alcohol burn. Again, it gets almost medicinal in the finish, like cough syrup with a recently extinguished cigarette butt dropped in.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick, syrupy sweet and massively boozy. But still charred and ashy.

I'm not exactly sure what to make of this one. There are definitely some good flavors in there, but the overall character is so ridiculously ashy and sweet altogether that my taste buds are left in shock. To say the drinkability is low would be a mild understatement. I need to go lie down....

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 03:11:00 | More by gford217
Photo of PhxHorn


4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy shit, Batman, this is one helluva beer. It pours an opaque black with a half inch tan head, leaving tons and tons of lace in its wake. Smells--and this is from 6 inches away--of chocolate and coffee. Taste is huge: coffee, chocolate, cherry, molasses, bourbon. Major licorice aftertaste lasting minutes. Minutes, I tell you!!!! Tons of flavor. I didn't realize the alcohol content was so high, until I started to feel it. Well hidden for a stout. This is such a huge beer, I couldn't rate drinkability that high. It took me 90 minutes to get through it. But holy fuck, this is a big huge great beer. One of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:31:17 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of Tom8Analise


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very dark black thick stout with a very thin white head. Not much lacing at all.

S- Smells very strong at first like alcohol. Then when swirled around for a little bit the smells of sweet coffee, caramel and molasses.

T- Taste is absolutely amazing! Very strong coffee, bitter dark chocolates with some smokiness and lots of alcohol.

M- Very smooth which is surprising because it's almost like taking a shot of pure alcohol. Very warm. Makes your mouth water intensely after every sip.

D- Drinkability is good but because it's so strong we wouldn't be able to have more then the one bottle, Unless you plan on getting completely smashed.

Cheers and enjoy!
Tom and Analise

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 16:51:29 | More by Tom8Analise
Photo of Docer


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle up as I finally found it at The BeerMongers here on 12th and SE Division. Nice small bottle... and found out it was a stunning green once I poured the beverage. 17.5% Alcohol.... huge.

- Nice rich solid black stout... very mild and bubbly cider-like head... expected from a strong imperial... fits the style to a "T".

- Nice rich roasted chocolate malt.. very deep in aroma.. some nuttiness.. booziness.. grain, oat, and bittering chocolate and/or coffee bean essence.. must be from the malt only.

- Wonderful rich and complex stout... slightly boozy but in a fine liquor kind of way.. like a fine bourbon on the rocks... but yet a thick and creamy black stout that is full of wonderful rich malts, oats, and nuts. Truly a winner of a stout.. well ahead of its class.

- Rich and chewy flavor.. but the booze aspect makes the mouth water, and ready the palate for another few chugs.

- Few chugs are very possible... I can actually drink this think like a beer.. it is smooth and hides it's strength very very well. What a fantastic stout... right up there with Older Viscosity. A must have!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 15:09:11 | More by Docer
Photo of JohnQVegas


1.43/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Been sitting on this one for awhile. I'm not sure if there's even been a second batch, but this one is definitely from the first if so.

Pours pitch black, like motor oil, with absolutely zero carbonation. Nada. Very thick and viscous, to the point of not even looking like beer anymore.

Nose is crazy solvent like, paint thinner with a touch of old coffee grinds and sickly antifreeze sweetness. Not at all pleasant to me.

Taste is really not any better. Huge boozy solvent alcohol, ashy burnt bitterness, sweetness that's beyond cloying and tastes like pure high fructose corn syrup - it's like I filled a glass halfway with corn syrup, halfway from there with paint thinner, and then stirred in the rest with somebody's grandmother's ashes. I couldn't even bring myself to swallow. I spit back into the glass several times as I walked to the sink to drain-pour this monstrosity.

Mouthfeel is slick, no carbonation, literally like drinking something with texture halfway between motor oil and syrup.

Drinkability is nil. I couldn't get one sip down. Mark this one off as a fail.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 21:42:31 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of MisterClean


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to MackTBone and third lap for bringing by a sampler.

A - Pours black (what did you expect?), with no head, some carbonation and leaves no lacing.

S/T - Heavy notes of soy, some caramel and a moderate dose of alcohol.

M - Full-bodied, very warming, viscous and moderate alcohol. Malt dominated as well.

D - A good beer, but the alcohol was a little too warming. There were probably an abundance of hops as well, but the warmth covered up most of the hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 02:26:18 | More by MisterClean
Photo of macktbone


4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Omg this has been sitting in my friends cellar for a year and omg. It's awesome.

A- black as night and more.

S- soy and more

t- a beautiful boucay of hops and devilish stotness that covers spectrum of flavors.

M- in course with the style

d- not fit the weak of heart but easily agood option!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 01:47:05 | More by macktbone
Photo of erz316


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the corked bottle into S. Smith's pint glass

A - green bottle, with attractive minimalist design. would never have been able to tell the bottle was green while the beer was sill in it. cheap foam cork is used, and pries off with a minimal effort. pours a beautiful black, thick looking liquid. the head is an intriguing medium brown colour, very large bubbles. liquid is completely black/opaque, no semblance of light even at the bottom of the glass. there are some yeast chunklettes floating around

S - well, from the second the cork came off one could smell the pervasiveness of the alcohol. there is a faint coffee smell, but it becomes a but zingy, to use a highly empirical term, in the nose. a small under tone of bakers chocolate

T - goddamn! for how much booze they back into this bad boy it is smooth as a fine whiskey. a bit of sweetness hits the tongue and lips at first; the light sweetness molds in with the alcohol whilst in the mouth. the finish has some odd taste a 'freshness' to it that is like when one eats a bunch of strong mint gum, this is most likely the alcohol messing with the palate; this occurs before the residual flavours exit and before the hardcore bitterness kicks in, the real after taste. the after aftertaste is great, with chocolate and espresso remains in the mouth, sort of like eating some chocolate covered espresso beans, the flavor is molded very well. the nose is a bit misleading, there is only a strong bitter hop taste for the most part during the actual drinking, and the other flavours come back once the hops and booze have gone away. but, I'm not complaining. needless to say, the body is like a sumo wrestler.

MF - very thick, almost syrupy, and there is a supreme lack of carbonation.

D - for how much alcohol there is in this brew, I am astounded at how drinkable it is. not flinching, nothing.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 22:43:54 | More by erz316
Photo of spratmi


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured an extremely dark black with no head or lacing. Syrupy in appearance.
S: Notes of ripe fruits like figs and prunes. Malty with strong hints of sweet chocolate.
T: Very sweet and syrupy. A string note of sweet dark chocolate up front. Roasted malt blending with ripe figs and prunes. Earthy flavors with a note of tobacco. Noticeable alcohol heat in the end.
M: Full and buttery with no carbonation.
D: An interesting beer. Strong and flavorful. Great for sipping by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 03:59:59 | More by spratmi
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz. Green Bottle
Black Foil/Caged/Corked
Cork: 12/12/17

Pours a thick black color, some carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is pretty nice, malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee, hints of alcohol, slight vanilla. The taste is not bad for a brew this high in ABV, malty, lots of dark stuff, sweet on the lips, the ABV hits ya pretty good, definitely a sipper. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, I like it, but it is a hot brew, ABV pretty up front, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:37:09 | More by Wasatch
Photo of JoeMayo


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not sure of when it was bottled, but it I've had the bottle for at least a year.

A- Pours pitch black and pretty viscous. Absolutely no head. I swirled the wine glass very hard and only managed to get a very thin dark amber ring, which quickly dissipated to nothing.

S- Alcohol. Followed by roasted malt, hints of chocolate and bourbon. Sweet plum and dark fruit come through as well.

T- Alcohol. Very sweet and syrupy, yet still hot, even after a year in the cellar. Bitter roasted barley and dark fruit. It also tastes slightly oxidized.

M- Sticky and hot

D- I split this with a friend and took quite some time to get through my six ounces. Overall, it wasn't bad, but:
1) Way too hot, even after cellering
2) The amount of time it takes to calm the alcohol would ruin the rest of the beer.
3) Far too expensive

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 16:13:10 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of bowersdm


2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

12.7oz bottle shared with family at my dad's 50th b-day party. the portion that I drank was poured into a pint glass.

A - black with barely any semblance of a head....'twas more like a halo of carbonation, and it wasn't even enough to determine its color.

S - alcohol, ethyl alcohol, ethanol, the product of an acid-catalyzed hydration of ethene. holy hell, this smells boozy. I don't know when this beer was originally released but on June 23rd 2009, it was still the booziest beer I've ever had (save for maybe, maybe, DFH WWS). vanilla, cocoa, roasted barley.

T - milk chocolate, coffee/espresso, enormous alcohol presence that is present throughout but fully comes to fruition in the end. oak, vanilla, tobacco, char/smoke, molasses. it was a very good and complex Imperial Stout, but everything got lost in the excessive alcohol.

M - it burns. it was very lightly carbonated...if at all?

D - this was like drinking bourbon, or vodka mixed with an RIS. very, very, very low drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:43:17 | More by bowersdm
Photo of paco1029384756


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

Pours black with a very small creamy dark tan head.

Scent of molasses, dark fruit, earth, coffee, and alcohol. I've been aging this one since its release and there is still a strong alcohol presence.

Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. Powerful and sinus biting flavor here, I would not mind revisiting this in a year. The alcohol is still fairly strong, but I bet this brew will be pretty damn good in a couple years.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, thick, oily and nearly flat.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 02:08:37 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of champ103


2.03/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Pours a viscous and opaque black color. At first a small bubbly tan head forms and quickly recedes to nothing. No lace.
S: Smoky and woody malt. More burnt malt than roasted. Some chocolate and molasses. Some raisin. Tons of alcohol.
T: Sickly sweet malt that tastes of molasses, raisin, and chocolate powder. The chocolate is very bitter. Burnt dry malt again. Charcoal and ash. The alcohol is overwhelming.
M/D: A full body that has a syrupy and sticky consistency. Almost no carbonation, and very dry. Hot alcohol all the way down. I am going to have to force myself to finish this.

This is a step up from the Barleywine. Though that is saying very little. I did not enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 03:16:20 | More by champ103
Photo of srandycarter


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

A - Very black, not much pop with the cork. Extremely small head. Very little lacing. High ABV would account for lots of this.

S - Sweet malt and booze.

T - Wow. A cocktail beer! Booze, burnt coffee, toasted malt, bitter and did I say boozy?

M - Surprising good for the ABV. Carb sufficient, a little out of whack and overly bittering on the palate at finish.

D - Check please. One is MORE than enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:23:04 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Parrotshake


1.95/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

375ml bottle that's prompted a number of visitors to ask "what's with that Japanese shit in your pantry?". Pours... well, black. Black as the blackest thing you can think of. No head, just a couple of tiny colonies of brown bubbles floating about. Motor oil in a glass.

On the nose... mostly lawnmower fuel. Burnt sugar cane, hints of raisins and dark fruits. Smells face-meltingly sweet. I think I'm in trouble.

Taste-wise, I can't make sense of it at all.
Port again, predominantly, but with twice the ABV - like someone's poured a little rubbing alcohol or some of my Uncle's horrible home-made Grappa into it. All your typical port notes are in there - raisin, rum, prunes, maybe a little tobacco - but just completely swept away by stinging alcohol and over-the-top sweetness. Dark chocolate in the aftertaste, which is the most stout-esque thing about it, IMO.

Relatively thick, oily mouthfeel with zero carbonation. Not unlike drinking a commensurate amount of molasses. Burns a little going down.

What the hell was that?

* edit: I can't convince anyone to help me finish this off, so this will be my first ever drain pour. Not the skunked 1.5L bottle of Grolsch someone gave me recently, not even my friend's Dad's 2% ABV shampoo-tasting homebrew that he insists on giving me a dozen of every Christmas.
If you have a bottle of this, don't open it for another 7 or so years, and if you happen to, forgive Mikkeller because they do some otherwise fine work :P

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 08:04:24 | More by Parrotshake
Photo of HopDerek


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours deep jet black into a snifter. Very little life in the head, just a touch of burnt mocha. Hardly any lacing but a solid oily coating. Smells of burnt malts, soy sauce, chocolate, anise, charcoal, and alcohol. Tastes of citrus peel, raisins, and some sweet malts up front briefly along with a touch of chocolate and caramel before an assertive blow of burnt toast, soy sauce, charcoal, alcohol, and burnt coffee comes in and crushes your tastebuds and leaves your body shivering in fear. Full in body with low carbonation, sticky and thick. A sweet barleywine-like beginning with an insane abrasive charring finish and lots of booziness. Way too much to handle even 1/2 a bottle of, thank goodness for friends to share with. Though when all is said and done, they may wonder if you consider them a friend or an enemy!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 22:34:29 | More by HopDerek
Photo of John_M


2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a dark black brown color with minimal head retention, but lots of sticky lacing. I've seen this look before in beer with prolonged barrel aging, so this look is a good thing IMO. On the nose the beer smells quite impressive. There is a huge aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and booze. In fact the booze comes across as a bit over the top, the first tip off that there might be something wrong here. On the palate, I'm afraid this beer is a complete mess. The alcohol is not very well integrated into this beer at all, and at least IMO, only further erodes the flavor profile. Initially I get a huge blast of coffee, licorise and booze, with a very hoppy, strongly licorise finish. There is also an underlying sweetness which almost makes me want to gag. The sweet licorise flavor really dominates in this beer and does not pair well with the high alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the beer is fairly smooth. However, even here the excessive boozy sweetness really detracts from this beer. Maybe some short term cellaring will help to tame the alcoholic burn I'm getting, but right now this is hard to take. As for drinkability, IMO it isn't, and i've scored it accordingly.

I'm a big fan of Mikkeller beers and was really looking forward to trying this one. However, this beer strikes me as an experiment that's gone very badly wrong, leaving me with a rather expensive glass of drain pour. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 11:22:57 | More by John_M
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black, intimidating, perfectly still body, but, man, check out those legs!

Smell: Scent of blackstrap molasses, prunes, and espresso reinforced by cutting whiffs of fusel alcohol.

Taste: Sharp roasted malt taste with concentrated molasses, espresso, and an altogether jarring, wincing sweetness. Heavy pour of dark fruit liqueur. Caustic bitterness in the middle. A few drops of soy sauce. Plenty of hot reckless alcohol from beginning to end, particularly on the sweet, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Sans carbonation.

Drinkability: This one is crude and unrefined, just as it was when I first had it nearly a year ago. I would certainly rather have a WWS, but that's just me. Let's set a tentative revisit date of, oh, let's say 2018. Though, I'm starting to wonder if this one will actually improve.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 05:04:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

(From notes)

A - Nearly black color, and even though had a more vigorous pour, really couldn't get a well-developed head.

S - Really peppery alcohol, boozey, whisky aromas. Almost a bit of a savory aroma, followed up with a punch of really dark fruit sweetness. Just a hint of roasted malts

T - After the initial shock of alcohol, the taste is very deep in its Imperial Stout qualities, pretty sweet underneath the alcohol burn and fewer roasted qualities than I would have like for the style. Just to be clear, this brew was beyond hot in the alcohol taste and really was overpowering to the detriment of the brew.

M - Pretty viscous, with a small tinge of carbonation. The alcohol burn really confused things here for me.

D - The booze really drives this portion of the rating down for me. I understand what Mikkeller was trying to do, and I really think aging this brew is more important than anything I can say in this review. In short, barely drinkable for me given the alcohol shock in the flavor.

Overall, this is definitely experimental and I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it. I would not buy this again, or at least try it again, unless it had been aged for quite some time. Way too hot fresh. I'm sure that this could be a complex and interesting brew otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 19:59:13 | More by Nickls
Photo of coldmeat23


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Just like it's namesake, this one pours black. Jet black. No light penetration, whatsoever. Beautiful. This one doesn't really form a head, just a thin film of cappucino colored foam, covering the surface. That's not really surprising, at 17.5%ABV, though. There is a small amount of decent lacing, surprisingly.

The port-like alcohol scent is large and dominant. Some good notes of dark fruits. Some bittersweet chocolate. Very slight hint of roasted maltiness claws it's way to the surface.

Jesus, that's huge.
A crate of sweet dark fruits just crashed into my pallette. Wow. Cherries, figs, raspberries, blackberries, and more.
Then comes a mild interjection of smooth, yet dark, dark, dark chocolate. This is followed by dark roasted coffee. Such a dark roast that to roast them any longer, they would burn up. Hints of charred wood.
This is all carried along by an insane port-like alcohol presence. Actually, it's almost akin to sake.
Very interesting.

Big and full-bodied. This one is thick. Almost syrupy. Definitely coats the glass, very well.

Just one per sitting. It may be prudent to invite friends over to share this one with you. This is a huge beer. Even in a pint bottle, it's almost too much for one person. It's very good, but it overpowers.
Oh, and make it the last brew for the session, too. My pallette is destroyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 19:25:52 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of glid02


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this courtesy of Ding - thanks!

Pours pitch black with a thin dark tan head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving a wispy layer and a thin ring around the glass without much lacing. It does manage to coat the glass with a light brown film.

Smells of chocolate, dark fruits, and booze. Slight hints of roasted malt come out as well, but the chocolate and dark fruits are definitely more prevalent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark chocolate and dark fruits combine with roasted malts up front, followed by hints of tobacco - not smoke but an earthy taste I'd associate more with chewing tobacco. The ending is mostly sweet but there's a bitterness that comes out a second after the sip. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I certainly didn't struggle to finish the bit that I had, but I'm glad I didn't have to finish the bottle myself.

Overall this was an interesting beer. The hints of tobacco certainly added another dimension to the beer, but I can only recommend this if you have others to share with.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:49:42 | More by glid02
Photo of JWD


3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to jcb890


A- looking good here, i was interested at the amount of carb it has for being so high on the ABV. I realized after the pour that the bottle was green, you would never know with the pitch black beer in the bottle. The head was rather light and fluffy and light in color.

S- Still looking good, sweet with some interesting smells that i have yet to find in a RIS, kind of like dirt!!

T- Sweet & roasty and actually good up front with a brutal and lingering gross aftertaste that will be with you tomorrow(somebody mentioned asphalt later PERFECT descrition). I stuggled to finish the bottle, about 2 hours.

M- Thinner than expected partially due to the active carb in it.

D- One is enough for my lifetime, i might get another and cellar for 20 years and see if it smooths out.

I just had to try this, i will be trying a dark horizon next week and will be interested to see how they differ.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 04:50:13 | More by JWD
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.53/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (9 months old): Poured a pitch black color with a small foamy head with little carbonation and minimal retention. Aroma consists purely of alcohol ester with some grossly sweet notes also discernable. Taste is dominated by bad alcohol ester and is grossly sweet in a much exaggerated way. This beer has totally no balance and I cannot even envision this improving with cellaring. We split a 375ml three ways and not one of us could actually finish the sample. I am all for extreme beer but some type of balance must be maintained which is definitely not the case here.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 21:30:46 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of bort11


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green corked bottle poured into my Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet. This is interesting. From a good solid pour, it took about 20 seconds for a dense, chocolate milk colored head to appear. For a second, I thought there would be no head. I'm used to higher ABVs to not have much head, but to see it slowly bubble up was pretty cool. Color is .... black of course.

Smell isn't very powerful. The liquid is keeping the aroma trapped. There is a mild boozy alcohol. Taste explodes where the smell does not. There is some blackberry juiciness, a little soy sauce saltiness, bitter charred wood. Pretty boozy as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick and borders on oily. I think it's the alcohol warmth that burns that off and finishes drier. Big, big beer. Very slow sipper. Blipped "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 02:57:22 | More by bort11
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.