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Black (黑) - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 43
Gots: 94 | FT: 4
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  17.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.

(Beer added by: kkipple on 02-19-2008)
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AlastairM

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-26-2012 10:26:17 | More by AlastairM
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lsfrontman

United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +31.6%

02-25-2012 14:55:14 | More by lsfrontman
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black as night as appropriately named. Upon the pour, only a thin, mocha head appears which instantly dissolves to leave no lacing. This beer was picked up back in 2010, so it does have some age on it.

Robust aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, bourbon, and perhaps a hint of licorice float from the glass.

The flavor is equally aggressive as it sweet and boozy featuring sweet chocolate and fruit with an aftertaste that is part port and part smoky roasted malt and hints of earthy peat come through as well.

The body is thick and viscous, yet smooth with a warming boozy finish that coats the palate like a fine port wine.

I am quite impressed with this beer and rank it up their with its peers such as WWS and Mephistopheles. While it seems to differ from some of these other monster Imperial Stouts, it still offers fantastic character that is a treat to the senses.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:08:10 | More by CHADMC3
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 03:46:48 | More by Immortale25
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-09-2012 22:16:54 | More by John11486
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GrindFatherBob

New York

5/5  rDev +31.6%

02-06-2012 19:49:32 | More by GrindFatherBob
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DanK4

Maine

4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer blew my mind. Mikkeller has an outstanding reputation for producing quality beers, but this beer was a monster. An incredible nose profile of the most incredible rich chocolates and warm boozy goodness. Thick mocha head that hung around to admire, and on that note I don't think I've ever seen such a dark head on a beer. The taste is what really blew me away though- upon first sip I knew exactly what I had been searching for in an Imperial Stout and this beer was everything I needed. It sat so well on all parts of the palate and the after-bite was just as good as the initial sip. It is not a drinker, but a sipper for sure. As it warmed to proper temp the nose profile opened up even more and you could smell the malts and grainy wholesome stout notes. While it did get a bit chore-like to finish the whole beer, it was an amazing experience and I am going out to buy another bottle asap before I cant find it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 16:51:07 | More by DanK4
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jsh420

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-06-2012 01:34:36 | More by jsh420
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rarbring

Sweden

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black(!) brew, a brown head, leaving no lacing but very good curtains.

Smelling of dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, sherry and cherry!

Tasting of sweet candid cherries, chocolate and cold coffee and soy sauce.

No carbonation, a soft and oily texture, a light dry finish.

Very nice and well balanced, 2007 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 22:23:55 | More by rarbring
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bark

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2007 (black foil).

The liquid is clear, the colour black. No head, although there are some brown bubbles on the liquid.

The powerful smell got distinct note of soy sauce. Raw alcohol. Coffee. Nuts.

The taste is dry and strong. Dried fruits. Fiery alcohol. Liqueur fills candy. Dandelions. Sherry. No noticeable bitterness. The aftertaste got thick oily flavours of soy sauce, coffee and cocoa sauce. The finish brings a surprisingly strong bitter flavour as well as hints of figs.

No carbonation. The liquid is thick and smooth.

An interesting and powerful brew. However I can appreciate the craft, I wouldn’t buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 18:34:43 | More by bark
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-21-2012 20:47:17 | More by mtbdonn
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shanblur

Indiana

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

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. 8oz pour in a small snifter. Dense black color with speckled lacing and multiples bubbles on the edge. Smell is intense, much like a port. Dark fruit, coffee flavors and a nice boozy aroma. Flavor is complex dark fruit, nutty, coffee. Very intense. Dense and chewy mouthfeel. Glad I had the opportunity to try this. This was the original 2009 which supposedly was dated try before 2020. More like port than a beer. Would love to sample this with more age.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 19:33:38 | More by shanblur
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-19-2012 13:23:27 | More by sholland119
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gushov

Germany

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-15-2012 18:32:46 | More by gushov
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-13-2012 05:45:38 | More by mjmadsen21
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-12-2012 04:42:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 19:12:12 | More by Mar02x
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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emdawg

New York

2/5  rDev -47.4%

01-01-2012 05:51:41 | More by emdawg
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-24-2011 07:00:32 | More by jophish17
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jtmcgraw

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-23-2011 22:28:44 | More by jtmcgraw
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kojevergas

Texas

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
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blakelive784

Colorado

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
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-17-2011 01:54:07 | More by TasteTester
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theformula

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-15-2011 00:10:19 | More by theformula
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.