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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 52
Gots: 113 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of crusian
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

had to actually grab locking pliers to get this thing open... the cork was not budging.

poured into my bulbed bottom chang glass... :)
pours like motor oil. no head... but then I notice that there is a tiny bit of lacing clinging to the glass edges... there is a bit of hope in this.

nose... smells like beef bouillon and soy sauce... and booze.

front is very sweet, sugary, chocolate, and holy aftertaste of booze/coffee/beef bouillon. Beef bouillon fades after a few sips, but the others stay. Cant say I have ever had a beer that tastes like beef bouillon... for 17.5%, this doesnt really show it much... I mean yeah, you can tell there is a really high abv, but this is "covered" well... I actually kinda like this. I am not sure how to rate this... it really is not an imperial stout, if I rated to that, it would be really low, but this is in a class by itself... Sip for a few hours... cellar for a few decades.

Photo of foogerd
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a snifter
Even with an aggressive pour this monster produced 0 head color is pitch black.
Smell i got was surprisingly sweet as in pure dark chocolate almost a pancake syrup like smell it was that sweet, for 17.5% i was shocked to smell not a trace of alcohol
Feels like im drinking chocolate covered coffee beans its deliciously sweet with alcoholic bitterness surrounding the sweetness , theres a rough bitter finish at the end which is actually a welcoming edge.
Feels very smooth n syrupy on the mouth not as thick as other "big" stouts carbonation is perfect for what they were going for here
All in all a great brew really happy i got this before i wouldnt be able to find it anymore as i see its retired, if u can get your hands on this go for it its a stout done to perfection with its alcohol content deviously hidden.

Photo of LinusBohman
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one in Copenhagen, in Ölbutikken, wich is a really nice store with a wide selection of beers and a really good selection of Mikkeller beers.

Drank it in a normal drinking glass since I had no special glassware for beer. Served at room temperature. (about 22 degrees celsius)

A - Pours intensely black with a small head wich is coloured dark brown. Just how I want this type of beer to look.
Corbonation is just enough.

S - This is clearly an imperial stout with most of the classic characters, dark chocolate, roasted coffee but with a very sweet smell to it, a bit like dark syrup.
Also the alcohol is apparent in the smell.

T- As I taste this heavy little bugger the first thing that appears to me is a heavy roasted flavour wich transforms into a taste of sweet dark chocolate, dark syrup and sweet liqourice. The alcohol is not at all as apparent as in the smell.

M - As expected the body is quite thick and feels really smooth in your mouth.
A bit dry on the palate. Carbonation is not that notable and that´s suitable for this type of beer.

D - Quite a good beer although very heavy.The sweetness gets a bit heavy to the end though and I wouldn´t want to drink more than one bottle.
And the fact that it has the high alcohol content it has makes it a bit of an evening stopper since you will become quite drunk otherwhise...

Photo of FreshHawk
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pitch black with a tiny, almost non-existent, fizzy, dark cafe tan colored head. This disappears fast leaving just a bit of a ring of lace around the edge.

S - Dark coffee aroma with a fair amount of dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Somewhat of a soy presence and some whisky, peat, and smokey aspects with just a bit of vanilla. Slight sweet, molasses like aroma as well, and alcohol is pretty noticeable, but given the ABV it is pretty well covered.

T - Strong alcohol presence with some dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Some whisky, peat, and vanilla flavor is present. A dark fruit liqueur and soy sauce flavors come out mid sip giving it a tart, sourish type of flavor that isn't that great. Roasted flavors, faint hint of sweet dark fruit, and whisky come out a bit more on the finish, along with the ever present and strong alcohol.

M - Slightly above medium body with very little carbonation. Smooth and slick, oily feel.

D - Far too hot and boozy to be very drinkable. Definitely a sipper. Mid sip, the dark fruit tartness and soy sauce is a bit off-putting. Start and finish aren't bad though. Not one that I would drink often and definitely a nightcap drink.

Notes: Best Before 29/04/19. The combination of intense alcohol and the soy/tart mid sip made this a little unappealing. Not one I would seek out again, but it wasn't the worst beer I've had. Would be interesting to age.

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a thin, yet long-lasting, tan-colored, foamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A huge, powerful aroma of chocolate, coffee, alcohol and a sugary element.

T: Tasted of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a hard to miss alcohol component. This is a complex beer, and certainly not one you can drink quickly.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied, viscous, chewy.

D: This is definitely a drinkable beer, but not something I'd drink everyday.

Photo of lumikuuro
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle.

Appearance: Almost black with slow forming brown head which exhibits good retention and leaves lacing that is so thick, there are rings of head on the glass. Sediment in base of glass.

Aroma: Powerful, varying ratios each time the glass is raised. Vanilla, coffee, alcohol, vinous aromas, hints of chocolate.

Taste: In no particular order, as this beer has so much flavour: vanilla, coffee, chocolate, vinous, alcohol, hint of cinnamon and other spices. Sweet, but with an underlying roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Extremely full bodied, smooth, dry.

Drinkability: Obviously a sipper and an occasional beer, but this is outstanding. You can tell it's strong, but it feels more like 12%. Lots of excellent flavours and aromas. Highly recommended.

Photo of sweemzander
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Poured almost totally flat except for some tan bubbles that went away pretty quickly.

(S)- A deep roasted profile with lots of raisins and a tiny bit of dusty/musty molasses. Smells almost like soy sauce on the finish.

(T)- A rich roasted profile. A light smokiness with dry bitter cocoa, molasses, and a caramel-glazed fig thing in the middle. Rather malty with a big sweetness. Finishes with a boozy warmth going down with an equal level of bitterness.

(M)- A better carbonation level than what the appearance led me to believe. A good balance too; big roasted malts with an even bigger sweetness and bitterness that flows into a considerable boozy warmth.

(D)- Very very sweet with an even bigger bitterness. The ABV definitely throws its weight around in the middle and end. I am glad to have tried this, but at almost $19 for a single bottle; it disappoints for what I paid and what I got. Decent, but there are far better stouts our there for the money. Time might improve this, but it is just so sweet and alcoholic and bitter to enjoy this fully. It will take me forever to finish this beast!

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Cork exitted with an unenthusiastic "pa-lop." Poured out like motor oil: thick, blackish brown, and syrupy. Dark brown head began to form, but then changed its mind (a hair-thin halo stuck around for the entire session). Each swirl coated the glass walls in a thin resin, leaving isolated splotches of lacing. Body was utterly black; opaque. Oddly enough, this beer looked better after it warmed; this particular sample displayed better head retention and long, stringy lacing.

Smell: Hickory, smoked meat, caramel, freshly ground coffee, dark fruit, and other similar aromas. Very complex, and the alcohol remained completely absent even after the beer warmed. Loads of fun to whiff. Well done!

Taste: Chocolate, figs, red currants, and molasses provided a sweet, syrupy welcome. Unfortunately, bitter ash and alcohol quickly swept those flavors aside, leaving the palate coarse and parched. The initial sweetness dissipated pretty quickly in the aftertaste, which was dominated by ash, pine, and loads of roasted barley. To call this intense would be an understatement. Luckily, the finish softened as my buzz grew, allowing those sweet flavors to hang around a little longer. Still, this stout is not meant for the faint of heart. Get ready for a beast!

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, heavy, and hot. Goosebumps and singed nosehairs followed each gulp, making it tempting to just swish and spit. As stated above, however, the ABV became more tolerable once I established a sturdy buzz. Think double proof cough syrup.

Drinkability: Not one of Mikkeller's best imperial stouts, but still enjoyable. Set aside at least an hour for this one, especially if you're drinking the entire 12.7 ounces on your own.

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Plan-B, this was a must drink according the bartender.

A total black pout, at least the name doesn't disappoint in its name. Great retention and lacing...The aroma is SUPER sweet, is this a beer or some kind of milk coffee? First thing I think of is a shot of Bailey's Irish cream, notes of cream, vanilla beans or ice cream...The taste first just makes me go, this is weird because its an overcomplex explosion of flavor. It is super sweet at first, tons of sweet cream at first, then chocolate finish that is weirdly medicinal, not fun at this point, a medium bitter coffee finish. Really almost touch all your senses but just too much for me to get a handle on and still enjoy without overanalyzing...The feel is medium strong but sticky...The drinkability is awesome, this is 17.5% and no way you would know it. Its slightly warm to drink but the sweetness covers up the alcohol so much.

This has to much going on to be great. Its a so-so stout, but if you just want to get f-ed up drink this 17.5 beer quick and easily and you're off to a good start.

Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This borders on hard liquor! Dark body, dark khaki head. Winey, roasty smell. Coffee and dark chocolate lurk in the background.

Wine, whisky and dark, roasted malts. Not much else.

Very thick...not bad..but this really is a night cap. At (barely noticeable) 17.5% this is pretty much the beginning and the end.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Eulogy, Philadelphia, PA, 6/17. From notes.

Came to the table with a toasted mocha head, and the color simply lived up to the beer's name. Black, black and and more black. Head stuck around longer than a beer of this size typically does.

Aroma was intense shots of black licorice, caramel, coffee, graham cracker, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol.

Guess what? The flavor was just about the same, and it was all balanced wonderfully, with new sensations and impressions emerging with every sip. Coffee was rather pronounced, with vanilla, chocolate, big juicy-ass cherry, graham cracker and totally in-check alcohol giving everything a cozy flair of warmth. Coffee is thankfully well-incorporated and doesn't overtake everything else, but it remains the most dominant flavor.

Unbelievably round, creamy, silky and gooey on the tongue. Really doesn't get much better than this.

Drinkability? Whatever...this is a sipping beer, and shouldn't be docked points for not being sessionable. Because a bland golden lager isn't really one to swirl in the snifter and savor slowly, is it? So I'll give drinkability a 4 and leave it at that. Marvelous. Superb. And other assorted hyperbole.

Photo of juju7
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Polarising stuff. Pours jet black with hardly any carbonation or head. Leaving it not much to look at or get excited about, even if it is appropriate to style. Hey, the bottle is green! Couldn't tell when the beer was in it-the definition of opaque. This kicks you in the nuts pretty hard. Very interesting port-madiera kind of vibe. I'm actually struggling to get past those flavours. Some tar, molasses and a slight roastiness. Sweet and pleasurably painful on the palate. A beer for the S&M enthusiasts out there. Rich and complex and quite alcoholic, sticks to your lips. Truly unique with a character of it's own. A beer that bitch slaps you and makes you get down on your knees to worship at it's altar of beery godness.

Photo of TrueRates
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Synthetic cork has is printed 12/17. Quite the pain in releasing the cork from the bottle, but once done, very little hiss came through. Poured dead flat jet black that has gorgeous lacing. Aroma is ash, burnt charcoal, espresso, couverture chocolate. The taste is superb! Heavy roast black coffee, aged Madeira like with great acidity, thin body that just has so much depth in flavor, and lastly a melange of booze soaked harvest fruit. Finish is long lasting and just glorious. I'd imagine this beer aged in Islay barrels would be total top-notch. Some iodine, earth, and peat would just put this one in the winner's circle. Yum, yum, yum!!!

Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam... probably a couple of years old now this bottle...

Poured deep inky black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Barely any head - what there is pours a murky brown colour and this fades instantly... no lacing at all...

Where to start with the aroma !! Rich booze soaked fruit loaf, lots of charred sootiness, dark bitter chocolate, strong liquorice, very sweet smelling - lots of black treacle and muscovado sugar, cigar smokiness, alcohol soaked fruit (blackcurrants, dates, raisins, prunes), roasted nuts - praline, soy sauce and balsamic...

Taste - Very sweet initially with lots of black treacle, balsamic and soy sauce. After the sweetness comes lots of charred smokiness with definite cigar notes, sweet espresso, very boozy - maybe just a little on the hot side, cough mixture notes, aniseed, alcohol soaked dried fruits (raisins, currents and prunes), bitter chocolate...

Feel - Very smooth and oily... very full bodied... needless to say that this one is a sipper at 17.5% !!

Overall - A superb example of an extreme impy stout and much more balanced than I was expecting... highly recommended...

Photo of PartyBear
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Massively thick viscous jet black liquid, with a small dense creamy tan head, and light carbonation. It look fantastic. The nose is hugely dark and heavy, with roasted malts, chocolate, rich coffee, and big booze hint of alcohol at the end. The taste is initially sweet with an overly sugared cough syrup way (not good), this is followed by a massive swing to a powerful bitterness, with a burnt charcoal flavour, brutal rubber-like taste, and a not so well hidden punch of alcohol. The taste is a huge letdown. I love Mikkeller beers, and will buy anything that Mikkel brews but this one just doesn't work.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. $17.

A. Pitch black with an extrememly dense head, light brown. The head looks like it was poured from a nitro tap. Completely opaque, nice rings of lacing, looks like an imperial stout should. Excellent.

S: rich chocolate, fair amount of coffee and a decent amount of booze, but it isn't overwhelming. Behind the booze is a nice note of brown sugar and molasses. Lots of decent flavors in the nose.Black cherry is a nice undertone as well. Not too shabby here. Strong burnt flavors.

T: hugeness. Everything in this beer is huge. Roastyness is the first thing that hits the tongue followed by a huge sweetness from both the chocolate and a generally strong malty sweetness. Incredibly strong bitterness from the roasted malt, its not as bad as chewing on charred food but rivals that. Lingering bitterness and a huge coffee profile just stick in the mouth. This is a double-imperial stout, everything in the imperial stout classification is doubled in this beer flavorwise.

M: thick. No other way to describe it, this is the thickest beer I've ever had. Boozey to no end, and warming, a little less booze would be nice but this is awesome.

D:definitely a sipper, this is just too much to drink in any amount, but this Is incredibly enjoyable. I definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys huge beers, especially stouts. Definitely beats the pants off of DFH WWS in the extreme imperial stout category. Nice beer. Recommended.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

350ml caged and corked

A: poured black as night with a thin slighty brown head and very little lacing.

S: very good smell of roasted malts chocolate and a very tiny bit of hops in the back. Not a whole lot of a booze considering it's a 17% ABV beer.

T: the taste was fenominal with the malts chocolate and booze all coming together to produce a wonderful smack on my palate. At the end I got a hint of a bit of bitterness that doesn't take away from the overall taste.

M: was full bodied with just a good amount of carbonation to top off this great dark monster.

D: I could drink lots of this beer but would have to take it easy cause of the ABV's on the brew. Would defenitely try to get another one of these.

Photo of DefenCorps
1.33/5  rDev -65%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at Max's today. Received thanks to a bartender error.

As before, this is jet black with a dense, dark brown head with great retention and lacing. In fact, 3 hours later, there was still a thin ring present (and about 5 of my 6oz).

The nose is horrific but not as bad as the bottle I had. Merely a combination of sickeningly sweet sugar syrup and a mild burning rubber character. Some roast is noticeable as well, but this is all sweet. The palate opens with a disgusting sweetness followed by a trainwreck of a burning rubber character, just awful with some alcohol and some licorice. Sweet in flavor and drying and hot on the finish, this is undrinkable. Just putrid and vile.

Photo of drpimento
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well. This is a crazy assed beer. A freight train of flavor. Cork had the slightest (almost thought I'd imagined it) burp. Poured with a tan soap bubble head and no lace. Aroma is VERY roasty malty molasses volatile with hints of cocoa & coffee. Flavor is like aroma but brings out a lot more of everything. Including the alcohol. Although it does disappear quickly in the finish. Body so lush and was at first thought undercarbonated, but upon reconsideration really good for this beer. Of course not a session.

Photo of chefmikeanderson
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After taking 10 minutes of trying to get the "cork" out:

A: Super dark with really no head at all. I poured from about a foot above my glass and just got bubbles but no real head.

S: Big smell of alcohol which i would expect. Smells like a chocolate liquor with coffee and just a touch of soy sauce. has a port quality to it which i enjoy but huge in alcohol

T: Bitter dark chocolate at first then after swallowed the coffee hits me. Theres some sort of raisiny date taste goin on and still that little bit of soy sauce comes out. it has a little rum influence kind of as well. Picture a dark rum with chocolate and coffee with a strange really bitter raisins soaked in a sweetened soy sauce

M: my mouth gets totally dried out with a very very low carbonation feel

D: Considering this beer is 17.5% its not to bad. the alcohol doesnt get in the way of drinking this for me... its the taste that gets in the way. I wanted to like this beer so much after reading a good bit of negative reviews but it just isnt happening. I shared this with a few non BA's and half of them liked it so maybe this is just a hit or miss kind of beer. Im glad i tried it but i wont make a special trip to get another

Photo of photomike
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch one, going on 2 years old, I believe.

Extremely difficult to remove the cork from the green 375ml bottle.

Poured very aggressively to yield what can only be described as "loose bubbles." Not really a head per se, but a funny little patch of black ringed bubbles. Deep, dark and intimidating. A small ring of bubbles forms eventually and sticks around for a while. Weird dotty lacing.

Smell is of soy sauce and port. In a kinda nice way. Deeply sweet vinous scents (overripe blackberries, rum-soaked orange peel, blueberries) are counteracted by a briny saltiness and vapory alcohol. Complex and intense.

Taste is at least as intense. Boy this is a punisher. Sweet up front, with plum, date and raisin flavors quickly turning into something completely different. Ashy, intensely bitter flavors of tobacco, chalk, earth, and extremely dark chocolate lead into a dry, astringent finish. This is a whole lot of beer.

Even with 2 years of age on this, the beer is still quite hot. Nearly still, there's a nice, oily mouth coating and slick texture.
Quite astringent, but otherwise pretty pleasurable.

The definition of a sipper. Tasty, but take your time.

Photo of Richardberg
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a chalice. Totally jet black. Inky; not super vicious like some big stouts. No head despite chilling and a vigorous pour; a few bubbles discernable.

S - burnt malt dominates. Leans toward sweet/syrupy. Yummy mix of all the usual stout aromas: java, cocoa powder, smoke, even peat. Ethanol, of course, though not the rocket fuel it couldve easily become.

T - primarily sweet, but lots of dark chocolate. Alky comes out and makes its presence known. Coffee remains but the utterly smoky/burnt character is actually a little muted.

M - full bodied, very oily, and fairly sticky.

D - a sipper, naturally. And a good one. But for something so expensive I'd want something more than just a really strong dark chocolate...not super complex & too sweet to be a truly elite beer among the ultra strong category.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for bringing me this beer from Lafayette, LA.

The beer pours black with no head. Very inky looking with some large brown bubbles. The aroma is dark fruit, alcohol and brown sugar. The flavor is alcohol, smoke, tobacco, chocolate and some sweet malt. The mouthfeel is very oily and no-very low carbonation.

Photo of alkchrios
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one to share with a friend. At 17.5 it absolutely packs a punch. Pours a jet black with a burnt caramel colored half inch head. Smells of roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Also hints of dried fruits are present. Since this is a 17.5 ABV you can smell hints of the booze. As for the taste.. the alcohol is not overbearing oddly enough although I think drinking one or two of these is probably enough. The taste to me is sweeter than I expected..you still get flavors of chocolate and coffee as well as a smokey earthy flavor. Dried fruits are also present on the pallet. Slight carbonation gives way to, not a rough finish.. but not the smoothest finish ever. The taste lingers on. I absolutely love this beer and suggest everyone try one at some point.


Photo of kzoobrew
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle. 12/12/17 printed on the cork.

Still black liquid poured into snifter. Opaque body with no signs of carbonation. Absolutely zero head. A few bubble linger on the edge but are only barely worth mentioning. The lack of carbonation concerns me as I go on.

Intense. The aroma is just huge. Dark roasted malt, rich roasted malt and coffee all in copious amounts. The only thing that could over power the previously mentioned attributes is the booze, oh and it does. Very sweet liqueur like alcohol presence. The aroma is brash and boozy but I think that is to be expected. While it is certainly a lot to take in it is very enjoyable. Aroma has everything I look for in an Imperial Stout, and a lot of it.

As I take my first sips, I feel like this may be the first beer I have been overwhelmed by. With a beer named Black the appearance is obvious. This beer tastes black. Charred malt, chocolate and java flavors are all very strong and equally dark. An intense sweetness backs up the darkness to remind you that you are not actually drinking charcoal. The use of dark cassonade provides an intense sweet flavor. Booze once again presents itself as a sweet liqueur.

Full bodied brew, which is no surprise. The surprise to me the the almost creamy texture. There is zero carbonation, this is much closer to drinking straight booze. Champagne yeast leaves a very dry finish, works very well.

Black is absurd and overwhelming, no doubt. Unapologetically big and boozy. This is not everyones cup of tea but it works for me. Now you would only need more than one of these in a sitting if you have a death wish. Personally, I like living and will stick with one. The price and nature of this beer do not make it one which will be consumed often, I will seek it out again though.

Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.