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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 510
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 55
Gots: 129 | FT: 8
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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 UncleJimbo
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 375-mL bottle at De Kulminator in Antwerp. (Thanks, Dirk!)

This stout poured jet-black in color with thin, sudsy foam that disspiated quickly, leaving a liquid that looked like black oil. The smell was full of chocolate, cherries, plums, and molasses, and a touch of coffee, pralines, and tobacco. There was a very strong malty aroma characteristic of imperial stouts. The taste was rich chocolate malt with flavors of molasses, and prunes. The taste was rather sweet up front but gave way to resinous hops at the finish. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with full body and low carbonation feel. It was warming. This was a very nice stout to sip and enjoy. Very nice, but too strong to want to drink more than one. (733 characters)

Photo of erz316
4.27/5  rDev +16%
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. (1,866 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very unusual. 17.5% alcohol and it sells for $15.99 for 375 ml!! I was only able to try a small amount but what an experience it was.

It pours a very dark brown with no light. The nose is intense with coffee and spice and charred wood.

I took very small sips. I mean 1/2 tsp. at a time. The taste literally exploded in my mouth. However it went away quickly. It took me a while to drink this small amount. Overall this was a very enjoyable beer but I will not pay the price for it. (496 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy F*#!K!

This beer pours a viscous oily black with sickly tan seeping head. This is surely of the devil. Nose is a plasticy tar smell with huge alcohol and coffee like aromas. Taste is a fucking explosion. Big alxxxohol and dark malty sickness in the beginning. A sweetness through the middle followed by a space mountain of coffee and chocolate bitterness. Creamy on the finish. Coffee bitterness lingers. Some alcohol burn, but mild for the abv. Putrid black death. Amazing flavor here. Mouthfeel is very good, especially for the abv. The drinkability just has to be docked a bit here, but if you bought a beer that is 17.5% and expected to slam some at the summer company picnic, well then your just a goddamn idiot. Overall I am very impressed with this beer, and will certainly be spending the outrageous $$$ to obtain at least a few more of these for the cellar. Can't wait to see what these will be in about 3 years. Wow. Great and gnarly unique brew. (962 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark and slightly opaque black brown, with almost no carbonation. It looks extremely heavy and sludgy in the glass. Head is only a slight coarse foam of crusty bubbles. Not bad. Needs some head -- but given the ABV, the lack is perhaps understandable.

Big dark roasted characters on the nose. Very pleasant hints of oak and whiskey that give some depth. Bit of reddish sweetness to back it all together. Very pleasant.

Taste is extremely rich, very sweet and extremely boozy. Big vinous characters and a huge whisky or port spiritous burn. Slick and rich feel lets the palate mature over time, eventually yielding some sweet berry and heavy wood. Oh me oh my. This is an extremely complex and extremely flavoursome brew. Almost medicinal on the back, which lends just another layer of complexity. Wow.

This is a very strong, very aggressive and extremely complex brew. It's surprisingly drinkable for 17.5% ABV, maybe because every sip gives you another layer of complexity. You keep going back in anticipation of what you might discover next. Really wonderful. (1,077 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours an intensely opaque black with two fingers of dark tan fluffy head that slowly recedes leaving brilliant lacing.

S- Dark roasty chocolate in the nose with some medicinal-type booze that's not off-putting.

T- Bang! Definitely a sipper. Comes on strong with heavily roasted malts that linger and linger. The booze is quite powerful as well but lingers on the throat more than the tongue. There's actually a simple yet potent balance of hardcore roast and hardcore alcohol.

M- Dry and sharp. Heavy body and medium-high carbonation.

O- IMO, beats the hell out of Worldwide Stout. It's just as potent and roasty but has more pizazz. Maybe needs a bit more age but, since there's no freshness date (and it's in green glass), it would be tough to tell how long to let it go for unless you bought it straight from the brewery or distributor. (914 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I bought about a year or so ago in Indiana and lugged out here to CA when we moved. Decided to drink it now mainly because the reviews dont suggest any pressing need to age it. Pours Black, black, black. I guess they got the name correct. Surprisingly stable and tightly packed brown head reverse cascades out of the beer. Big grasping lacing clings and crawls up the glass. Looks fantastic. Nose is all chocolate, truffles, and sherry. Definite rich black cherry notes as well. Smells like a decadent chocolate cherry cheesecake. Wow. Two 5's so far, that's unexpected. Flavor is smooth as all hell...at first...then it opens up and hits you with a growing coffee grounds bitterness, along with deep dark cacao and vague dark fruits that i can't place. Some slightly grassy hop notes sneak in there too, before a growing, extremely pervasive alcohol warmth spreads across everything and demands your attention. Alcohol dries out the mouth a bit and leaves more of the coffee bitterness as an aftertaste. A massive flavor experience though...not the best imaginable flavor, but pretty good and totally extreme. Mouthfeel appropriately huge and thick, though i wouldn't say syrupy..more like just...thick. An exciting beer to drink...lots of fun and every sip is as interesting as the last. (1,296 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: served on tap into a short Goose Island glass, I think it really is black with a nice very dark tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: lots of chocolate, dark and milk chocolate, molassess, some licorice

T: again lots of flavors of chocolate abound mixed with anise and hints of soy sauce, lots of hot higher weight alcohol and phenol flavors, changes drastically as it warms, very sweet, candy sugar

M: thick and creamy with low carbonation, alcohol is well present and accounted for

O: this is a thick dessert beer, be perpared for the flavors assocated with this high an alcohol content, reviewed from notes taken on 3/6/14 (646 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, this is a huge beer and perhaps not to everyone's taste, but I loved this one. Talk about extreme! This isn't just a beer that has been made super strong for the hell of it. It's bursting with amazing flavors and well worth sipping with some like-minded friends. Pours black with a tan head that settles to a ring. Smells rich and vinous with lots of dark fruit and some spice. Wow! The flavors just keep going and going. Huge and hot with alcohol and with big flavors of dark fruit, big coffee flavors, some chocolate, and a wallop of bitterness. Sharp finish. Mouthfeel is big, rich, and chewy. This is like a Port of beers. Lots of alcohol, yes, but lots of fruit and other flavors make it a nice digestif. (715 characters)

Photo of ineva
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sniffer Glass

A:Piano black with a Raw Umber head about two fingers worth.

S:Robustly oven fresh malts, Deep caramel dark chocolate honey.

T:After an abundant amount of sweetness and a thrilling amount alcohol heat, what follows is a black coffee awakening. Bitter chocolate molasses and caramelized malts.

M:Leaves a Rich oily coat lacing that'll keep your body nice and warm as well throughout the winter.

O:Never tasted anything like it definitely unique. The head change and the face numbingness was pleasant as well. (540 characters)

Photo of Ljunkan
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost dark black colour with a nice mediumsized brownish head.

The smell is really powerful; chocolate, coffee, very sweet candy-like aromas. The alcohol is noticable. It really feels like we have a brutal monster here!

Taste is also brutal with notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, fudge, liqourice, even som port notes, brown sugar, honey, roasted malt and of course, alcohol. It ends with a long, long bitterness. I think I should have noticed the alcohol even more though, it almost feels balanced.

Mouthfeel is very fullbodied, oily, thick, long, bitter and "evil".

Drinkability is well, not that high. To be honest I almost struggled with some of the last cl. Drank a half bottle, but maybe it would be best to share it with three people instead of one. (773 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pitch brown fluid, dark as a moonless night on Broadway. I don't know why I said that, I just think it describes the beer perfectly :). On top rests a perfect beige head with hardly any retraction.

S - A smooth blend of oak, tar, peat and black forest fruits.

T - Surprisingly different RIS - it has chocolate, coffee and still an unusual fresh because of the fruit tones and the used hops. The booziness doesn't feel like the 16,5% ABV at all.

M - A very drinkable, low to medium carbonated beer with a bitter finish. What I do miss is a thick creaminess in the body.

O - What a pleasant to drink beer considering the ABV and it even tastes black - What's in a name? After drinking it a while you do get the idea its to overwhelming though. (751 characters)

Photo of alkchrios
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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.

cheers. (771 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a huge, foamy, creamy tan head. Nutty chocolate head. A huge, sweet, malty smell. A big boozy bite, especially in the finish. The hop bite starts small and burns down the tounge. (199 characters)

Photo of kodt
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woah, big thick creamy head. This beer is huge, extreme bitterness, strong roasted malts, some chocolate but then you are assaulted by the bitterness.

Despite the extremes, I actually enjoy this one. (201 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
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! (2,081 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. 16.5% ABV.

A: Black-dark opaque. Light medium-dark head has good retention and great lacing.

S: Ginger. Roasted malt. Touch of meatiness. Smoky oatmeal. Estery notes that might be alcohol.

T/M: Incredibly thick and very strong. Coffee beans on the fore and endtaste; drily bitter on the aftertaste. Fruits, berries, chalky roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla bean. Loads of flavour, loads of bitterness, loads of booze. This is a superlative imperial stout.

O: Gods, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended; must have again. I may be a bit biased towards both Mikkeller and imperial stouts, but if either interests you, you must try this. A+. (715 characters)

Photo of deereless
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Absolutely pitch black, a swirl of the glass shows some serious viscosity, lots of sticky head and apparent lacing - 4.50, S: Thick and intense aromas, the standard coffee and chocolate common in Imperial Stouts but there are also quite a few unknowns which I can assume are the cassonade and the champagne yeast, has a grapefruit or currant-like aroma, hint of wood and licorice - 4.50, T: Intensely boozy, extremely sweet, like raisin juice, the champagne yeast imparts some truly unique flavors, flavors of Bundt cake that has been soaked in rum-raisin ice cream chased with a mocha frappuccino, an intense beer all around -4.75, M: Some serious gooeyness mixed with a smooth creaminess - 4.50, D: Insanely intense and unusual beer, a great sipper and one that I enjoyed immensely - 4.50 (793 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.51/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one's been in the wine fridge for about 2 years. I drank one fresh and loved it. Let's see what the age has done.
appearance: Well....black. no head to speak of. More like that balding pattern where there's a rim around the ears. A few rather large bubbles cluster around the sides of my DFH snifter. Then again, it's 17% abv.
smell: Wow. Complex. Let's see. Deep, dark malt. Dark chocolate. Smells like an aged tawny port and a stout mated...i mean, it smells great!
taste: Wow squared. It's like a war between conflicting, equally strong flavors that somehow resolves before destroying your mouth. i mean, it tastes great!
mouthfeel: The body doesn't do the nose and taste justice. It's relatively, surprisingly wimpy.
drinkability: Not really. I scored it a little higher than i would given that it's in the Monster category. Amazing stout but please no more than 1 (or maybe even 1/2) at a time for me. (912 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mikkeller Black

Appearance: Dark brown with almost no lacing.

Smell: Alcohol, dark chocolate, slight coffee, and roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, and a subtle hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy.

Wow. This is definitely one of the strongest beers available in flavor and alcohol content (17.5% ABV). Don't mistake strong for bad! This is actually very tasty and good. It starts off sweet and ends in a bitterness. (469 characters)

Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.