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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

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 16.28%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: bark on 07-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle 19,3% ABV.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 16/02/2022

Appearance: Mikkeller does it again! How do these guys get all there stouts to look this good? The body is absolutely pitch black and is topped by a large, creamy, cocoa brown head that displays great retention and leaves thick patches of lace as it recedes. A swirl yields thick, yellow tinted alcohol legs on the glass.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious! The initial nose is all bourbon with notes of sweet vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, chocolate and oak. As the beer starts to warm the base Black notes begin to become apparent with dark chocolate, thick dark fruits, soya sauce, heavily roasted malt and a little char. Alcohol is clearly noted, but not anywhere near what you would expect from a beer that is nearly 20%!

Taste: The flavour displays similar notes to the nose, however the Black notes are more pronounced with a ton of heavily roasted malt, lots of char and a very bitter finish. The sweet bourbon notes (caramel, vanilla and oak) are not as well integrated with the base beer notes as in the nose and seem to clash a little with the charred, bitter finish.
All that said, Black Buffalo is still a pretty tasty beer! The alcohol is well noted in the flavour, but I did not find it bothersome.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very oily, with a moderate level of smooth carbonation. The second half of the glass has a distinct liqueur feel.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and would certainly have it again. I am however, not sure that sweet bourbon is the best barrel treatment for such a roasted, bitter imperial stout. I think peated-whisky would be a much better complement!

Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a Koningshoven chalice. Stamped 4791202. I've been holding on to this one for about six months.

A: Utterly opaque, and just a shade or three short of black. The sparse bubbles that serve as head are brown and cling desperately to the sides of the glass.

S: Huge, raisiny, and estery. Overwhelmingly sweet, with a dead-flat yeast that I associate with old barleywines (think J.W. Lees 1994). Compared to the original, the ginger is still present, but any smoke or meatiness is entirely absent. Perhaps the bourbon sweetness killed faint peat? Definitely a strong beer.

T: Mmm. This is a huge, creamy, smooth, deceptive sort of beer...to start. Then you take a tiny swallow and BAM! it goes down like Alabama moonshine-- Harsh, fiery, and delicious, with a kick that goes immediately to the head and intoxicates after a single half-ounce. The fore/maintaste is full of coconut and chocolate. The aftertaste has all the smoke that was missing from the nose, with a healthy dose of over-ripe, fermenting peach.

M: A touch withdrawn, or flat, but compared to everything else, it pales.

O: An insanely powerful, hugely flavorful, eminently enjoyable beer. Mikkel seems drawn to extremes, and this one is definitely that. Recommended. Will have again, if I can ever find one.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around a little while. There's also a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted and burnt/charred malt, caramel, and a bit of dark fruit. It tastes like bourbon, bittersweet and milk chocolate, vanilla, burnt/charred malt, booze, coffee, molasses and some licorice. The alcohol is noticeable, but it's not as hot as I was expecting it to be considering it's 19.3% ABV. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a good enough brew, and it would be interesting to see how this one ages. $13.99 a bottle.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice black color with some tan head and just a bit of lacing, obvious alcohol legs.

The smell has a deep bourbon and a smell, some rich almost meat like smells. Cholocalte and vanilla malts, a smoky like character with the bourbon, big old' beer.

The taste is pretty similar, lots of bourbon and heat, it's sharp but I don't mind. Kinda sweet with plenty of brown sugar and pecan pie in the taste, mostly bourbon like notes, actually not as hot as I suspected, and pretty smooth. Some smoky flavors to go with the sweeter notes, nice.

Overall not bad but a little over the top, almost drinks like a spirit rather than a beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of paytonpowell
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I first enjoyed this lovely brew at my job in a standard wine stem at cellar temperatures.

A:With an ultra thick completely obscure appearance this beer could blot out the sun, so so very opaque there is no question to where this will lead other than a rich stout.

S: Thick heavy aroma of bourbon immediately emanates out of the glass followed by subtle hints of chocolate and red berries; for many I can see this being off putting but Mikkeller has never been one to appeal to the masses or go for true subtlety. The alcoholic character of this ale to me is something that is not all together a detractor but an indicator of potential. The hints of what is to come being far greater than what is at the moment.

T: Splash of bourbon followed by warm rich dark chocolate overtones and hearty wood beneath the massive layers above it. Definitely needs many years of cellar attention for the those nuances of flavor to fully develop and expose the true nature of what this beast has inside of its dark depths.

M: Thick, heavy, and a brutal alcoholic tang. This beer delivered all I could have ever hoped for and more out of such an exposed mingling of Buffalo Trace and Mikkeller Black. I do expect a mellowing to occur down the line.

O: This was a remarkable brew, but as with many of these extreme beers they do require a bit of cellaring for a true appreciation. I look at this as a piece of art that will slowly reveal itself over the passage of time. I have two and am thinking of maybe even grabbing a third as the years will do this kindly. A reunion with this in about a decade will do the trick as far as I am concerned; it has the balls to dominate that long I am sure.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

The beer is near black with a thin beige head. The aroma offers a large and in charge malt character, followed by some roast notes. Whoa! The flavor will kick your ass. Oh mama...this is a sadistic, wonderful beverage. Alcohol is over the top rope, but it hurts so good. Hooray beer.

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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with a very small tan head. Strong vanilla and bourbon aromas along with some booze. Quite a bit of roasted malt, maybe a little char. Sweet sugar and caramel with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet with a touch of bitterness from all the roast. Brown sugar, caramel, and a dark chocolate maltiness to go with lots of bourbon and vanilla. A light booziness and still plenty of roast/char flavors.

Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Black Buffalo (黑牛) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.