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Black Buffalo (黑牛) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black Buffalo (黑牛)Black Buffalo (黑牛)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  19.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: bark on 07-18-2011)
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

krl2112, Thursday at 03:59 AM
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4/5  rDev +2%

pathman, Jun 24, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Vigorous pour yields a small mocha head. Then nothing. Glass-staining and very leggy.

Smell - Raisins and booze. A little bit of chocolate. And then more booze.

Taste - Really alcoholic. Raisins. Bourbon is present, but it's difficult to discern between bourbon liquor flavors and the alcohol from the stout. Intensely roasty malt. Very acrid and burnt finish.

Mouthfeel - Acrid, bitter, rough, and very alcoholic. Well carbonated, though.

Overall - Some interesting flavors, but one of the most unpleasant finishes I've ever experienced in a beer. I kept going back for more, though.

Alieniloquium, Jun 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

scott2269, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

DangerDawg, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

wesley14, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is brown-black, opaque, with a thin tan cap of foam that sticks to the edges of the glass. It looks inviting. Scents of burned oats, charry grass, burned coffee grounds are detected before being overwhelmed by the smell of grain alcohol. Wow it burns the nasal passages a bit as well. Taste is atrociously grainy, alcohol, burning. Background notes of dirt, burned tobacco, bitterness like spent coffee grounds. Not good. Mouthfeel is burning. It's medium bodied. A friend and I were splitting a 375mL bottle, but just two mouthfuls were more than enough for us and the rest went into the fireplace with a rewarding burst of blue flames! Wow this one wasn't good.

JackieTH, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

egrace84, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Mattys21, Jul 27, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it's review #250, and I thought for this one I would review something rare and unique: Mikkeller Black Buffalo. At 19% ABV it is nearly double the strength of the previous strongest ABV beer I've ever tried (Gulden Draak in case you were wondering). It is also the first Danish beer I have tried, and the first American Double Imperial Stout. That's a whole lot of firsts right there.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Deep black body - can't tell if it is cloudy but I suspect so. The head is a light brown and settles down to a ring of lacing.

S: Big aroma, actually has a pervading vegemite scent all over. There are notes of roasted chicory, fresh dirt, molasses and a hint vanilla thrown in as well. A dark and moody aroma all over.

T: If you like insanely bold flavours then this is the beer for you! Roasted chicory, coffee grinds, molasses and bourbon are the primary characters of this brew. Thankfully the vegemite is just in the aroma because as much as I like vegemite it would not go down well in a beer. There is a smoky note in there as well, and a sugar hit? Of course - in a beer of this intensity it is unavoidable, however it doesn't cloy as much as in a Belgian Tripel, which of itself is quite an achievement. The finish is well-balanced between dry and bitter.

M: Heavy bodied, vinous and with a light dense carbonation. Oily as hell, but again this was expected.

D: This is not your everyday beer; in fact while writing this review and finishing my first glass I am already beginning to feel the alcohol hit the bloodstream - point is if you're going to polish off a bottle of this you are spending the night in. Other than that it is a rare special occasion treat that really shows how well a beer can be crafted outside of the comfort zone (or ABV) of a normal brew. Overall an amazing feat of brewing.

Food match: You might want to forego eating anything with Black Buffalo - the flavours are too powerful, it's more an after dinner drink anyway.

doktorhops, Jul 27, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors.

A - Dark tan foam lingers as a solid cap, leaving behind specks of lace; pretty impressive carbonation for nearly 20%. Black body, with a vague hint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - Intense chocolate fudge, vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, cloying brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness, and some overt alcohol and chemical notes. The latter seemed to bother my friends more than me, but it's still pretty hot.

T - The taste is significantly rougher, with a mix of cloying sweetness and charry ash. Unlike the Cognac edition the barrel-aging doesn't mask the elements I dislike in the base beer, although it doesn't intensify them like the whisky version did either. Jumbled mix of chocolate, licorice, vanilla, tar, ash, oak, and Buffalo Trace.

M - Medium body, grainy and tannic texture, with a lingering sticky finish. Loads of boozy, alcohol heat here, although nothing excessive for the ABV. Carbonation is low, but style-appropriate.

D - Everyone else despised this, but I thought it was merely OK. Manageable in a 2oz serving, but probably needs years to calm down. That being said, the Cognac version went off the rails after about 2 years, so who knows if this will improve over time. Maybe worth trying if you're really desensitized to booze like I am, but not for the faint of heart.

MasterSki, Jun 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

JustinMatthew, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
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Jspriest, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, lots of oak, bourbon and vanilla, molasses, black licorice, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, lots of oak, vanilla, and Bourbon, black licorice, molasses, and dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. The Bourbon is a nice and bold, but well balanced.

ngeunit1, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of danieelol
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with great head and persistent lacing for the ABV.

Smell is chocolate pie, chocolate syrup, chocolate ice cream, chocolate protein powder, soy, coconut, wood.

Taste and mouthfeel does not come together for me. Too spirituous/too much booze. Very astringent and almost sour in the mouth. Not particularly hard to drink, just more spirit-like than imperial stout-like. Just really, really hot. Does have a nice aftertaste with roast malt, chocolate and wood.

Would love to try again in 2-3 years to see what's happened to it.

danieelol, Feb 03, 2013
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Black Buffalo (黑牛) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.