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Black Tie - Mikkeller ApS

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Black Tie was first dubbed Mandeøl (Man Beer). It was brewed for the Swedish market and only as draught beer. After spending four months in Scottish whiskey barrels and then being bottled it earned it's present name, Black Tie. Black Tie is an imperial stout with honey and smoked barley. Sweet, smokey and sophisticated - slick and sexy like a black tie.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

(Beer added by: niklas0770 on 06-16-2010)
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Reviews by johnnieoz:
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle, batch nr etc section contains no visible information.

A: Deep black color with an espresso-colored head that dissipates rather quickly. Some lacing with bountiful tears on the side of the wine glass.

S: Honey aroma is strong on this one. But it is nearly balanced out by the Scotch infused wood.

T: Not as sweet as the nose would suggest...thankfully. Dark malts are present with some coffee and cocoa flavors, but the peaty Scotch and honey coat the palate.

M: Full-bodied and very dry with appropriate carbonation for the style.

D: A sipper that is boozy yet not overly hot.

The honey and Scotch combination sounded intriguing and promising, and the delivery is there. This is an unique imperial stout that some will love and some will hate. Not one of my favorites yet, but a quality beer that I suspect could grow on me.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:36:42 | More by johnnieoz
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-05-2014 13:19:29 | More by Jah_Json
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2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Yikes, this was a real mess of a beer.

The scotch whiskey and char notes are so overpowering that it is difficult to even drink.

The mouthfeel is almost ashy.

This beer is not for me. Glad that it was something that was shared with me, rather than something I wasted my money on.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 15:47:40 | More by thebigredone
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An intense beer. Good, worth trying, but I honestly thought the balance was a bit off. The alcohol was a bit too much and there was not enough complexity of the flavors. The smell and color are good. No real head but that's pretty typical of these types of beers. I think because this is barrel aged it has such an intense flavor and alcohol taste to it. If you like over the top beers you should like this. It's worth trying but don't expect much chocolate or coffee flavors to come out.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:03:26 | More by Dave2010
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-14-2013 17:04:04 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-08-2013 03:07:22 | More by BillRoth
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-08-2013 09:08:27 | More by zestar
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-26-2013 02:05:47 | More by GRG1313
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-14-2013 02:53:25 | More by Kevincredible
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-10-2013 02:52:26 | More by jarrgal
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-19-2013 15:14:33 | More by bluesplit63
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5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Blacker than black, one finger dark brown head, spotty lacing.

S - Oak, scotch, nuts, smoke, black malt.

T - Smoke, oak, roasted almonds, cocoa, brown sugar. Very woody.

M - Viscous, low carbonation. Heavy.

O - I love this beer so much. I will have to pick up all of the remaining bottles at Stateline Liquors asap.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 16:06:24 | More by Rickythejeweler
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2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

10-29-2012 01:26:02 | More by t0rin0
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-12-2012 21:10:39 | More by wesley14
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-12-2012 01:49:23 | More by polishkaz
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

09-04-2012 16:23:39 | More by Morten
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml : snifter
2010 vintage.

Pours black with a thick, foamy, dark brown head. Dissipates to leaves a thin foam across the surface.

Honey and cocoa notes blend well with the whiskey and oak notes.

Starts out okay, with more honey and cocoa notes, but is quickly by strong boozy Scotch notes.

Medium body, a bit viscous, low bubbly carbonation.

A good beer, though the intensity of the Scotch/whiskey/char notes in the palate are a bit distracting.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 08:21:16 | More by vkv822
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2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The pour is black in color with a small tan head. Really just an intense nose. Very heavy on the roasted malt, char, and ash. A mild alcohol note, some herbal aromas, peat, smoke, and wood. The flavor is quite off-putting. Over the top roast, ash, and char with a rather pronounced alcohol flavor. Quite bitter, chalky, and astringent, as well. Some whiskey, wood, and vanilla notes. Just a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:13:53 | More by womencantsail
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

06-22-2012 18:58:32 | More by theminutemen
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-26-2012 14:54:54 | More by kevgod
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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, with some light smoke, burnt malt and a little bit of oak. The beer is very burnt tasting. The malt is heavily charred, but there is also a little bit of chocolate and whiskey. I also unfortunately get a little bit of bandaid character in the flavor. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:39:02 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle of Black Tie into my Mikkeller Mugshot Tulip Glass.. I was told by the folks at West Lakeview Liquors that this had been aging at the store for 18 months.

Appearance: Black Tie glugs an inky, jet black color out of the bottle and forms a two-tier very dark brown, almost espresso looking head.

Smell: globs of raw white honey and milk chocolate; one of the better smelling imperial stouts I've had in a while (possibly ever?)

Taste: rich and sweet; this a beer that deserves to be savored slowly.. The smoked barley adds a nice smokiness that really plays wells with the honey.. The Scottish whiskey barrel seems to have taken a backseat, but this may be because my bottle sat for a long time bottle's age.. either way, it's workin' well - I think I prefer the whiskey element to be somewhat subdued in this context.

Mouthfeel: unbelievably smooth and slick. This is the area where I think Mikkeller excels.

Overall: probably a bit too expensive at $17.49, but I'll have to admit, Black Tie was an absolute pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:00:35 | More by BlastBeats
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-29-2012 02:33:12 | More by quilty
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Black Tie from Mikkeller ApS
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