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Black Tie - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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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mulder1010

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle poured into a wine glass

A-- Poured black, almost motor oil black in the glass. Very thick looking and sort of ominous looking. Dark roasted coffee bean looking head that at best was one finger, settled down to just above film. Few lines of lacing but not much else.

S-- Whifs of the barrel right after opening this. Whole lot of scotch and peat in the nose followed by smoked malts, burnt coffee, liquid smoke and more scotch to offset the malts and coffee smell. Do I get ice to put this on?

T-- More scotch and wood in the taste. A whole lot really. Also get a lot of smoke with this as well. Fairly thick taste.

M-- Big body and low carbonation. I had to let this sit in the mouth for a bit and besides the wood and scotch I got more liquid smoke, over roasted or burnt coffee, and big, rich baking chocolate. Very dry finish and get a whole lot of peat with the finish and an acidic overdrawn espresso finish. Barrel really overpowers the beer in a lot of ways. There is some thinness in the beer body itself but it is hidden but the amount of peat and acidic espresso that really kills what the beer is.

O-- Is this a scotch with a lot of peat or is it a beer? The barrel really eats away at what the beer is and the overdrawn coffee hurts it. Still am finding I like it. Probably would be better with some long term cellaring I think. It is a serious slow sipper due to the barrel and the coffee taste but not all that bad once you get down to it. Personally I am finding I like this more and more even with so much scotch in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 13:42:54 | More by mulder1010
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impulse buy in the check-out lane at Target the other day. Really, I don't buy much Mikkeller due to the price points but hell, every once in a while can't hurt. I've spent a few dollars on stupider stuff.

My plus-size Terrapin snifter will take this whole bloody 500ML bottle in one swoop. Black on black, dark head that's hefty for a big stout. Nose is a lovely with hard whiskey, steroid-bulked up malts, & nice sweetness on top of the malts. My salivary glands perk up.

Black Tie is much smokier than expected - no hint of that from reading the label or sticking my nose in it. The smoke isn't pure, but leavened with good black farm dirt. The stout underneath is a bit tough to get at; the scotch makes its presence known in a mix of whiskey & vanilla, along with an oaky dry in the back-waters. There are malts in there too, but submerged beneath the murkiness of the other ingredients. Suprisingly lively. I'm enjoying this, but I'd much have preferred a 12 oz. bottle or splitting a bomber vs. putting down 500ML.

Well, what? Good beer, but not at all what I was expecting. The barrel is lovely, but this strayed into smoked beer territory. But who cares? Tasty, but the pleasant flavors were slugging each other rather than ballroom dancing. Another couple years in the cellar might have done this one good.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 02:18:58 | More by maximum12
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Black Tie

Appearance: very dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: dark fruit, chocolate, and a sweetness.

Taste: roasted malts, cocoa, a faint sweetness, and a hint of dark fruit with a whiskey twist.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and smooth.

Overall:
This is a very pure stout. You can taste the quality of the ingredients. The barrel aging isn't overpowering at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:20:23 | More by megahurts4
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer with a tan head that had decent retention. Exceptionally dark and viscous.

S - Roasted notes with a bit of chocolate and a little too much booze. Smells like it could use time time. Roasted notes are nice, but the whiskey is just a little too strong.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, scotch. There's enough scotch that this beer actually has to be pretty big to keep the flavor profile that it does. Quite a bit going on, but not sure it's the best combination of large flavors, just a bit much for me.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation and an alcohol-like finish.

O - Good beer, not great, and maybe it will be better with time, but it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:08:17 | More by AgentZero
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100floods

California

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a bubbly pitch black with a thick bronze head. Wow, very interesting aroma. It smells a little like smoked/roasted honey at first and there's something that resembles the scotch/barrel, but it's not what you'd expect. This is definitely something I've never smelled before, it almost smells like this mead I made years ago. The first sip tackles my tasted buds from multiple angles. The mead/honey aroma carries into the taste. You definite get some woody flavors, and then some hints from the scotch. So.... where's the stout? After much searching, I find it hiding in the corner, away from the honey, wood and alcohol flavors. The scotch barrels provides a nice change from the typical whiskey or bourbon barrels, but it blends with the woody flavors enough that it's presence is faint. This is definitely the type of barrel aged beer that uses the beer itself as a jump off point for further experimentations via barrels and such. Mikkeller definitely achieved something new and unique, but does it succeed as a good beer? I'm not quite sure. the honey and scotch barrel would be good with an IPA? Definitely points for innovation, but not worth the price I paid for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:05:34 | More by 100floods
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh man, what to say. What a fantastic bottle. Grabbed it at Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquors on a big Mikkeller haul. Had it with a friend over a game of pool. Pours a perfect murky, dark brown with just over a finger of thick, dirty, dark orange head. Smell was a little stifled as it's not super carbonated and the head was so stagnant - got some smokiness, chocolate, and a bit of sweetness to it though.

On the taste, that chocolate gets replaced with the smoky, burnt malt. It's got this medium-heavy body that just blows up the peat of the scotch and the overall sootiness. The honey's a bit cloying, if you want to be negative about it, but hell, I went for it. The complexity and all the flavors working together could be a bit much for some, but if you're willing to dive in, this one is among the best. Cheers Mikkeller!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:05:06 | More by petacutlasaurus
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elegant black tie black with a hugely creamy crown of dark brown sugar colored mousse that filled slightly more than half the snifter on the pour. This is an outstanding looking stout that shows off more sticky suds than a high-ABV, barrel-aged ale has a right to.

Those things that make Black Tie different than the typical Double/Imperial stout are three in number: smoked malt, honey and 4 months spent in barrels that previously held Scotch whisky. The nose is almost brutal in its black tar-like, phenolic, smoked peatiness. Amazingly, honey is easily appreciated.

Mikkeller's first inclination was to name this incredibly distinctive ale 'Man Beer'. That isn't as marketable a name as Black Tie, but it's definitely more appropriate. This stuff will put some serious hair on your chest and will scare off all but the most adventurous.

It might have been overkill to blast the drinker with sooty smoke *and* pungently peaty phenolic Scotch whisky *and* honey... all of which clamor for your attention and come dangerously close to clashing when all is said and done. Thankfully, time and warming manage to slap some mid-bottle manners into what was a borderline brutish beginning.

This beast will most likely take kindly to another... oh... decades worth of aging. Other than those flavors already mentioned, there's a good bit of roasted malt that delivers the classic flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Maybe it's the 11.5% talking, but this bad boy is growing on me with each passing sip.

With respect to flavor, alcohol doesn't have a chance in hell when there's so much else going on. Brain and finger numbing is another matter entirely. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, but still manages a lightly sticky viscosity. Damn good bubbles too.

Mikkeller Black Tie is Man Beer of the highest order. Never mind the tuxedo and tails. This extremely enjoyable exilir is more black leather jacket, black jeans and jackboots. Time to find a soft place to land. Wow, what a wild ride!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 13:39:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle - Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME
Chalice type stemware

A- Good looking, decent 1" head of caramel color. Large bubbles in the foamy head stuck around for longer than I was anticipating. Poured well, black as night, large viscosity.

S- Peat.... the Highland Park scotch oak comes through immediately, followed by bitter chocolate, and almost burnt roasted malt. After warming oak and dark cherry start to come to the nose.

T- Again Peat.... I do love an aged RIS but the scotch barrel is almost too much. Perhaps aging it it a sherry-wood or port-wood cask that was used to aged scotch, just to mellow the dry peaty-ness. Bowmore 21yo Portwood I feel would have been a better barrel choice. Followed up with the bitter roasted chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits. The alcohol is definitely noticeable which is nice because of the scotch nuances.

M- Good but nothing spectacular, on par with a barrel aged stout.

D- Average. I could split a bottle with a friend and that's about it. More personal opinion I think as I'm not a scotch drinker but rather a bourbon man. I prefer the sour mash, vanilla oak notes of American Oak.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 15:52:57 | More by ajcormier
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip

A. Poured 2 fingers of some of the darkest head I have seen. Head is dark cola colored. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color of the beer is jet black.

S. Has a bit of mustiness, kind of an earthy smell. Then comes dark chocolate and roasted malt. As it warms the earthiness comes out as more of the aromas imparted from the barrels it was aged in. Start to pick up some honey and vanilla. Very interesting aroma on this beer.

T. Taste is pretty bitter up front. Bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Get a bit of the woody earthy flavor that I got in the aroma. Taste is fairly smooth. Don't get a lot of whiskey flavor. ABV is well hidden. Warms up quite nice. This beer needs to be consumed around room temperature, to allow a lot of the flavors to mesh.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

D. Drinkable. This Imperial Stout had some unique aromas and flavors going on. I am guessing that comes mostly from the aging in Scotch Whiskey barrels. Got some nice honey and vanilla flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 21:16:55 | More by siradmiralnelson
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to my man Finewinemike for sending me this 500ml bottle of possible black gold. Pouring at fridge temp into a tulip glass.

A- Pours like motor oil with a nice 1 finger darker brown head with a even combination of little bubbles and bigger. Poured aggressively. Super thick lacing on the side of the glass with plenty of alcohol feet left behind.

S- Roasted malts with huge sweet notes from the honey and slight smoke. On top of that is a nice blend of oak and vanilla with tons of scotch whiskey and alcohol.

T- Strong roasted/smoky malts and unsweetened dark chocolate, with a nice coffee presence in there as well. But what takes the show is definitely the strong scotch whiskey flavors from the barrel. Unlike the smell the oak and vanilla are undertaken by the alcohol flavors (almost to much) and are only slightly there. The same goes for the honey, the stout flavors and the whiskey take over but that's expected. Very complex and definitely a big beer no doubt.

M- Full thicker body with moderate carbonation and finish's like a scotch whiskey. Leaves that burn in the back of your throat hah.

Overall this beer is really really good but not amazing. It's super complex and well blended but at the same time it's kind of a mess. The beer finish's way to hot and the scotch is a little bit to much. Really over takes the stout flavors and makes you fight to pick them out. Don't get me wrong it's an excellent beer, but not the best barrel aged beer I've had.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:06:30 | More by Arenbeer
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into red wine glass. Typical dark opaque impy stout color. Pours as if no head will develop, but surprisingly a very respectable layer appears, mocha color. Smell is delicious. Pure honey, reminiscent of Sam Adams Honey Porter. I was anticipating a similar taste but this quite smoky. Even more surprising is the absence of heat given this was aged in a scotch barell. Ends up being pretty tame. I'll give it credit for the balance between smoke and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:15:19 | More by HoppyMcStout
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brystmar

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a tulip in LA.

A: I've said beers pour "jet black" before, but this takes the cake. 100% opaque with 1.5 fingers of dark head. Solid retention, good lace on my glass.

S: holy booze Batman! Roasty malts, booze, chocolate, more malt. Did I mention alcohol?

T; dark and mysterious. Well-toasted malt and chocolate characteristics dominate start to finish. Oaky flavors rear their heads midway, boozy warmth carries you home. Not overly strong though, balance is good!

M: big and creamy. About as good as it gets from the bottle.

D: big bold beer like this doesn't lend itself to high marks in this category, no exception here. A phenomenal brew overall though!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 05:23:23 | More by brystmar
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madvermin

California

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, with a dark tan head that retains decently well for the style and coats the side of the glass decently.

First smell I got when opening the bottle was rubber, but thats kind of the same smell I get from Glenlivet scotch, so it wasn't unexpected. After pouring, the smell is of a lesser rubber/scotch, coffee, and some wood. There is some sweetness lurking in the background, but it's tough to tell what kind.

Taste is phenomenal. I am not the biggest fan of scotch, and would take bourbon over scotch any day, but the scotch flavor plays so well with the coffee in this that I don't know why there aren't as many scotch barrel aged beers out there. The honey they say they brewed it with comes out here a little bit, and overall this tastes intoxicating...the alcohol is hidden, but comes out enough to make the scotch taste that much better.

Texture is creamy and milky, and drinkability is fantastic for the style. I want more scotch barrel aged beer after this.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:52:59 | More by madvermin
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a completely thick, opaque texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy brown colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A fantastic-looking beer.

S: A big, robust aroma of coffee, chocolate and a healthy dose of scotch.

T: Tasted of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, malt, and the aforementioned scotch (this element is not nearly as powerful as you might think). A hearty, complex, and flavorful beer. Surprisingly, the alcohol content is not a factor.

M: A well carbonated beer with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An exceptionally drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 13:05:19 | More by avalon07
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Black Tie, Imperial Stout Brewed with Honey and Aged in Scotch Whiskey Barrels. Mikkeller Black Tie is an elegant and generous imperial stout. This beer has benefited (sic) from aging in barrels. Crafted with the finest craftsmanship for the pleasure of the connoisseur. 11.5% Alc/Vol." 500 ml bottle, brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at Nogne-O, Grimstad, Norway.

High anticipation. This had better be good. But, of course, Mikkeller has never really let me down, before.

Blackest black, with a thick, full, rich roasted brown head, bubbly, lacy, beautiful. killer dialer. This shows great promise.

Aroma: huge. The Scotch barrel really comes through, in fact, it's practically jumping out. Scotch whiskey, with imperial stout flavors hiding below. Impressed, so far.

Taste: Dark chocolate, molasses, ...and boom! Scotch! Honey, though advertised, isn't tasted, and perhaps was used for fermentation. That whiskey flavor is dominant, though, and takes over every aspect of the brew.

And...I don't think it works. Maybe an imperial stout is not the best match for the Scotch barrel. Maybe it could have been married with an old ale, or an IPA, but it's not meshing, only clashing. This is one of those "who put chocolate in my peanut butter?" beers. It tastes like someone poured a dram of Dewar's in what might have been a great imperial stout, but I can't tell, the flavors have been utterly smothered and swallowed.

I paid too much for this, but I just had to try it. It seems so promising! Bourbon barrel-aging an imperial stout is very good. Scotch barrel=aging? Misfire!

You know what, though? Halfway in, it's mellowing, and I'm digging it a little better. I almost want to take back what I wrote moments ago, but that would be false, for the forefront matters, and initial impressions are important. Now, currently, the bittersweet, malty flavors of an imperial stout are catching up with the Scotch, maybe even overtaking it. Is it perhaps sliding to the background? Maybe it is!

And it is becoming more mellowing, more relaxing, more elegant, more of what is advertised on that paper wrapped around the bottle. Perhaps aging could help make this better in the front and closer to what I'm tasting now?

Right now, this is delicious. Bitter, sweet, vanilla and honey, espresso and chocolate, with whiskey running under. Mmmm. My faith is restored, you Danes and Norwegians. Good work. Just remember: give it time.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 07:10:20 | More by feloniousmonk
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with almost no head. What foam that existed was bubbly and brown. Not much in the form of lace, either.

S - It smelled boozy and sweet - not malty sweet, I think it was the honey coming through. Very unique aroma.

T - It was sweet with honey and caramel malt with some mild okay notes. There was a noticeable vanilla and smoke presence, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very interesting stout. The honey really changes things. It left a weird smoky aftertaste 30 minutes afterward.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 16:08:24 | More by zeff80
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HeyItsChili

China

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of Mikkeller Black Tie from GBX.

A - Pours the color of a petrified plank of ulvedols oak, scorched once by some long forgotten fire. The rich dark brown head proves less fleeting than the ulvedols oak, which is now extinct in the native land it shares with Mikkeller, Denmark. Though this was brewed in Norway.

S - Boozy, dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate are faintly there, wood smoke, dark malt, coppery and sweet. Dark tobacco from a fine cigar wrapper.

T - Dark roasted malts, dark honey almost molasses sweetness. A dark fruit flavor like plums that have been soaked in port. Faint sour carbon smoky flavor mixes with a dry, boozy aftertaste.

M - Creamy and velvety, not syrupy by any means. Low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 17:43:47 | More by HeyItsChili
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is dark brown-so dark its nearly black-in color. Pours with a foamy brown head that eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention from there. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The overall impression of the nose is slightly sweet, with a smokey and boozy accent. Its quite complex and offers whiskey, dark chocolate, smoke, and a touch of honey. The honey and whiskey combined give of a similar impression to a nose heavy in bourbon.

T- Smoke is the most prominent flavor initially with mild chocolatey backbone. The chocolate comes through a lot more for the finish and a touch of honey comes through as well-buts its almost hard to discern through the smoke and chocolate. A mild alcohol heat lingers-but the brew is dry otherwise.

M- Mouthfeel is great-smooth, creamy, thick, slightly dry. Carbonation is low.

D- This is a very good, easy to drink beer overall by Mikkeller. The honey/whiskey combination gives off an impression of bourbon-but the honey makes the mouthfeel thick and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 13:55:20 | More by PittBeerGirl
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark black, viscous and very creamy brown colored head.

S-the nose has hints of fusel alcohol right up front, tons of honey in the nose with a mix of whiskey. smoked peat moss with roasted malts towards the back. sweet but strong malt presence.

T-the taste is much smokier than the nose. the honey is much more faint, charcoal, smoked peat, roasted malts, light notes of vanilla, honey with some sweet dark fruits in the back.

M-medium to full body, creamy on the palate, very dry carbonated finish. interesting feel and not too heavy.

D-not a bad beer, interesting flavors and the honey seems to blend well with the barrel aging making it somewhat sweet but still huge malt body.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:10:35 | More by cpetrone84
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cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-Poured a deep thick oil black with a perfect dark tan head into my oversized snifter. Semi slick lacing and a swirl of the glass brings the head back to life. Can't look anymore attractive than this one. Really stunning.

s-Interesting. Chocolatey, creamy, and a nice touch of peaty wood. Much more together than the black hole whiskey.

t-Peatiness is subtle in the background, but really what makes this one different. Malty and very RIS like but without an alc bite. Rich and full like an oatmeal stout. I really appreciate the stout and find that the wood aging adds an interesting element to the flavor. The base beer is really great and I can't decide if the barrel aging takes away from the beer or is enhancing the flavor. Depending on what you like, I can see people really loving this or being not into it. Gets better when you get acclimated to the barrel taste but at first very different for me and a bit offputting (and I'm a scotch fan and a stout fan). very roasty and slightly smokey.

m/d-Leaves a bit of a whiskey aftertaste but without a bite. Thick and rich. I've had a few stouts aged in scotch barrels and I find that these barrels are not the match that bourbon barrels are for stouts. Perhaps scotch barrel aging would be better suited for a different style? In any event, this is a very drinkable beer, dangerously drinkable. This is definitely worth a try for the mikkeller fans as it is an interesting twist on a stout. mikkeller beers are very hit or miss for me and this one is one I'd consider a hit.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 03:39:37 | More by cosmicevan
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours black as night with a big three fingered mocha colored head. It sticks around for what seems like an eternity and leaves some of the best lacing I have seen. If I didn't know any I would have thought there was a milkshake in there. Just a gorgeous looking beer.

S- Big roasted malts with the sweetness from the honey picking through. Some nice bits of coffee, dark chocolate and black licorice. I was thinking I would pick up more whiskey but it is well integrated. The alcohol is pretty well covered up.

T- There is the whiskey. Not overpowering but it is the first thing my tongue detects. Smooth chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol is a little more apparent.

M- About as thick of a beer as I have had and it is great. The smoothness of it is wonderful. You barely pick up any carbonation and that is fine by me. You get a little heat on the back of the throat making for a good winter beer.

D- This is the first beer to wow me in a long time. Everything about this beer is right on. The great balance of flavors combined with the thick body and looks amazing in the glass as well. I will definitely be revisiting this beer in the near future. Pick it up if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 15:47:04 | More by Wisconsinality
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a good head and some lace. The aroma is plenty of deep peaty scotch matched with a deep roastienss. The beer is dominated olfactory by smoky woody peaty notes with some molasses and sea air. The flavor follows both peaty and roasty with some coffee and plenty of mineral, iodine, salt, chocolate, raisin, and molasses flavors. The booze character is huge on this beer, but that's all right really as much as it tastes like an Islay scotch that character really needs to be there as well. This is one awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 18:53:37 | More by BieresDesMoines
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pixieskid

Germany

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is definitely one of the best Imperial Stouts I have had in a while and a great example of what barrel aging adds!

full bodied, chewy yet creamy mouth feel; frothy carbonation.
Solid rich malt presence upfront; strong dark chocolate notes with a hint of sherry.
Nice whiskey presence with overtones of vanilla and a lingering woodiness throughout.
Finishes with a great oakiness, slight coffee bitterness and a nice milk chocolate note.
Overall; amazing mouth feel, solid notes and complexity. Alcohol is present, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 14:29:24 | More by pixieskid
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WestValleyIPA

California

4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Poured into my Zatec fluted glass from a 500 ml bottle. Holy crap is it ever black. A finger of brick colored head, medium retention, decent lacing. Smells oh god of honey. I didn't read too much into the making of, but seems probably like Highland barrels. Some nice roasty coffee on the nose as well. Tastes glorious. Honey up front flowing into burnt dry coffee and then fading out into more of a sugared coffee. A bit of dark chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is it's only flaw, and it's minor. A bit thin on the tongue, but still nice and creamy. I wanted to give this a perfect score from the taste and smell, but couldn't do it. Nice warming alcohol in me, but not overpowering for near 11%.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:28:55 | More by WestValleyIPA
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ratedz

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a huge two finger chocolate brown head. Impressive looking beer in the glass.

A quick sniff reminds me of a jar of honey, but getting into it a little more reveals some smoky notes along with a bit of whiskey.

Taste is full of roasted malts. A hint of honey comes into play, but it is quickly overtaken by more smokiness. The little bit of whiskey that was present in the nose is not noticeable at all. Roasted/burnt malts dominate every other flavor.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Light carbonation and relatively thick body.

Not much alcohol burn for a whiskey barrel aged beer, which makes it a little more drinkable, but the heavy smoke flavor didn't do much for making me want to slam it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 02:15:43 | More by ratedz
Black Tie from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.