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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
88
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 20
Gots: 22 | 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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Dope

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black pour. Huge effervescent very dark brown head. Excellent legs. Fades slowly, eventually leaving some really nice bubbly lacework behind. Decent retention too.

S: Potent boozy bourbon with HEAVY roasted malt. Loads of chocolate and char primarily. Big, sweet and boozy. Delicious.

T: Wonderful mix of bourbon and roasted malt up front. Lots of caramel, chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Sweet and heavy through to the middle. Sweetness fades into the finish, turning it into a heavy acrid char and baker's chocolate. Super boozy and harsh acrid in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Heavy but not syrupy. Very acrid and drying on the back end.

O: This one is a really tough call. Up front it is sweet and a wonderful bourbon and roasted malt mix. On the back end it is super drying, super harsh alcohol and very acrid. It's like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Very strange. Maybe if you sat on it for a few decades it might smooth out. Right now it's very boozy and sharp for sure. I averaged out the scores to account for a really good beginning but really bad end.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:32:32 | More by Dope
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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.

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2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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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.

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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.

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Illinois

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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.

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Australia

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Pennsylvania

2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

375ml green bottle shared with friends and poured into a matching Mikkeller Teku. The brew appears black in color with a tan cap. A full wall of tan head leaves faint spotty lacing effect sticking to the glass.

The aroma includes notes of fruity alcohol esters. Some roasty coffee to strong burnt grain. As more sniffs are taken, it becomes dominating with solvent booze that burns the nose.

The taste is straight burning. Just a huge inclusion of solvent alcohol coupled with raw oak and alcohol like vodka. Some earth and tobacco with bitter roasty elements and just a sheer amount of numbing alcohol. The more you hold this beer in your mouth and try to pick out flavors, it honestly burns and dulls your senses.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. That alcohol is atrocious. Just outrageous and too much without seemingly any other character to take in. This could have been aged on dirty toilet seats and firemans boots instead of buffalo trace barrels and none of us would be to the wiser. To this brews credit, I was drunk after drinking my pour.

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Black Buffalo (黑牛) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.