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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

Black (黑)Black (黑)

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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.68%

Brewed by:
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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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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With intense chocolate and booze, Mikkeller Black lives up to its name like few others can. The rise of alcohol keeps the stomach warm and the mouth rich with flavor- making this beer a perfect sipper for those long movies or captivating book that makes you want to delay a revisit to the fridge.

If black is in the name, then black is what's delivered to the eye as an onyx-like hue and sheen is displayed in deep and reflective light. The head builds like cement on the beer and without hardly a waiver in its settlement for nearly two minutes. As the rich and foamy medium sand-tan head colapses into a rocky and fluid terrain, there's an ordinant amount of sticky lace that reveals intricate patterns of lace along the glass. A very appetizing stout!

Rum, bourbon, chocolate, espresso, walnuts, and molasses all fill the nose with equally high intensity but alternating with each visit of the nose to the glass. Roasted grain gives a nearly campfire-like woodiness and smokiness to accompany the heightened sweet aromas that are somewhat unexpected.

In contrast, the toffee and molasses sweetness superscedes the roast. This is very unexpected as the espresso and bittersweet cocoa follow closely behind but can never command the forefront of flavor. Oily walnuts, bourbony alcohol taste, vanilla, caramel, burnt woods, and wine-like sherries give a sweeter, succulent, and fruity character to ride along side of the roast and malty sweetness- sometimes in complementary fashion, sometimes in contrast. Delicious but somewhat unsettled as the fusal flavor of alcohol becomes the highlight of the beer while warming and taking away from the subtle interplay of esters, oxides, roast, and caramelized sweetness.

Undoubtedly robust and full in body, the beer carries a highly viscous weight with a velvety and creamy start. Followed by a turn to heat, roasty astringency, and firm mid palate- the beer's procession continues into a very long and developing boozy numbing heat, intense roasty bitterness in the back of the throat to accompany a moderate astringency that's masked by a surpringly long linger of sweetness and starchy malt aftertaste.

Black is a smack in the face of roast, sweetness, and booze all at once. Maybe an early development of one attribute, then the other would have garnered a better impression from me, but the on slaught of this three headed monster becomes a tital wave of taste that's hard to process to the taste buds- muddled intensity at best; a boozy mess at worst. But the quality of independent flavors all prove very taste and strong and are somewhat seductive as it allows me to ignore the sum of the parts and focus a little on the pieces of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 06:54:18 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of kojevergas


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire top served into a pils glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Labelled best before 12/12/17. Reviewed from notes.

Presentation: The green glass is inexcusable, especially for a talented brewer light Mikkel.

A: No head. At all. There's a tan colour floater. It's lovely for what is present. The ABV is taking its toll. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: A strong aroma of rich chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, and slight esters. A strong aroma.

T: Heavy cocoa and chocolate, with some unexpected milky sweetness. Complex but heavy handed. The alcohol is strong. It's certainly strange. Vanilla and caramel are present. The richness is too extreme. I wouldn't call it balanced - even taking into account its ABV. It's hard to like, even though Mikkeller is me favourite brewery. Roast would greatly help it. The alcohol is just too much (and I enjoy Black Tuesday!). It's built alright, but with too much desire to be heavy.

Mf: Too thick. Smooth and wet. Heavy on the palate. It sort of complements the flavours generally.

Dr: If it were 9%, it'd be great. It's very difficult to drink as a beer, harder than most liqeurs. I wish it were more drinkable. It might age well, but I don't know that it's yeasty enough. A failed experiment at best. Try it if you truly love the higher ABV beers in the style, but otherwise don't bother with it on account of its price.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:35:21 | More by kojevergas
Photo of blakelive784


2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A- Pours a dark ruby red colour with no head. Looks pretty similar to red wine. Excusable for the high abv.

S - Cocoa, bitter chocolate, ethanol, some sort of band aid note, dark fruit and wine. Many esters abound, and it's difficult to describe.

T - Pungent earthy cocoa beans overpower any subtle flavors, followed quickly by the ethanol, reminding you to sip. Tart fruit and sour candy make up the rest of the body. Definitely a sipper, and not really all that enjoyable.

M - smooth, and wet, rather like wine.

D - entirely too rich to be drinkable, and doesn't really bring any interesting flavors to the party. A disappointment from a great brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 06:37:47 | More by blakelive784
Photo of KAP1356


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 17:26:17 | More by KAP1356
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:32:55 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 07:56:55 | More by superspak
Photo of Agold


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:22:58 | More by Agold
Photo of Normeister

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 15:27:24 | More by Normeister
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 17:53:41 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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,

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:43:43 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Thehuntmaster

South Africa

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 20:01:08 | More by Thehuntmaster
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

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:14:47 | More by biga7346
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 22:40:41 | More by dcloeren
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 13:56:16 | More by eric5bellies
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 06:40:56 | More by jewbrew
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 15:06:39 | More by Greywulfken
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 15:23:42 | More by womencantsail
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United Kingdom (England)

1/5  rDev -73.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2009 Bottle.


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.


Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:04:47 | More by ImperialStoat
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 15:13:22 | More by stakem
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 04:42:38 | More by Thickfreakness
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 06:57:55 | More by mulder1010
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 04:07:15 | More by Brewski4Drewski
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 20:45:48 | More by AmericanGothic
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 22:30:10 | More by Knapp85
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 18:57:08 | More by DmanGTR
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.