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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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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-03-2012 01:39:20 | More by Hopstout
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-04-2013 21:19:17 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-06-2013 03:48:18 | More by jeff1973
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-05-2012 02:19:40 | More by TonyTalon
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out extremely black with a stable 5mm tan creamy foam lid which leaves intricate patterns with every swirl of the goblet.

Smell.... Holy Booze, Batman! It takes some time to get accustomed to the level of hot bourbon aroma in this one, and to smell the dark baking chocolate and woody char. But once my head gets used to it, the rich and thick BT aroma signature appears and steals the show.

Intense boozey bourbon flavor blows the back of my head off. Sadly, most of the complexity of the nose gets annihilated by the boozey hotness. Instead, I am left with burnt wood charcoal and medium amounts of blackjack licorice...at least it is drier than most of the other high gravity brews that I have had...

Body is on the thicker side of medium, light carbonation.

In summary, a beautiful nose, but the flavor is overly harsh with solvent-y booziness which is an unfortunate flaw on an otherwise great brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:53:59 | More by WastingFreetime
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:10:00 | More by Dreadnaught33
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scott2269

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

01-01-2014 01:03:35 | More by scott2269
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JackieTH

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 19:25:02 | More by JackieTH
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M1A2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-01-2014 19:37:35 | More by M1A2
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gpawned

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-21-2012 17:26:11 | More by gpawned
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danieelol

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

02-03-2013 13:33:37 | More by danieelol
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-01-2014 00:32:46 | More by DangerDawg
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.2%

05-09-2013 18:45:47 | More by JustinMatthew
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours an oily, slick, black as I entirely expected it would. Surprisingly, there is a 1 finger thick, foamy head that is a tan, sand-like color. It does eventually recede to a film along the top of the beer.

S - The smell is super powerful and is all bourbon up front. Powerful bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and some bitter coffee come through. Much like Black, there is a very strong roasted malt presence that comes across burnt and ashy. Ever so slightly charred flavor comes from them. There is some dark fruits coming through along with some sweet notes of caramel that I attribute to the barrel.

T - The flavor starts as the nose did - with a strong slew of bourbon. It is closely fllowed by the heavily roasted malts that give an almost burnt, ashy flavor to the profile. Molasses, vanilla, caramel, bitter coffee and dark chocolate also come through along with some brown sugar notes. I think I taste some black licorice coming out as well on the back end.

M - The alcohol heat comes through pretty strong in this one and does tend to detract in the enjoyment. The body is slightly thicker than medium bodied and has a light carbonation to it.

O - Pretty intense beer - even more so than the normal version of Black. The strength of the roasted malts battles the sweetness ofthe bourbon and vanilla, but they go back and forth in the battle with one never really winning. This is a definite sipper and one that would be worth splitting with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:32:34 | More by KAP1356
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

5/5  rDev +27.2%

04-24-2014 22:42:18 | More by appetiteforparis
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12.7oz green bottle.

Pours a beautiful thick pitch black that is topped by medium dark tan head that is frothy and very slow to recede. Smells of bitter sweet chocolate, booze, chalk, with a ton of heavy bourbon notes present. First sip is creamy, then bitter, with a strong dark chocolate super bitter finish. The creamy mouthfeel really stands out as the complexity of this beer happily greets me. WoW – so many great things happening here. The 19.3% ABV is present but not in your face. As it warms, the bourbon shines to the front of the class and dominates this wonderful beer. The bitter finish lingers long after every amazing sip. Very nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:15:49 | More by ATLbeerDog
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours thick black, lovely tan one finger head.

S - Straight up the bourbon hits you. Definitely barrel aged! Pretty sure I'm getting some vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate. Faint oak in the background along with roasted malt.

T - The reviewer below me is definitely spot on. Lots of roasted malt, charred oak and bitter finish. You can definitely not dark chocolate coming through. Also, the alcohol is very pronounced. I usually don't mind this if it retains the bourbon characteristics, but this is way off.

T - Full bodied, low-medium carbonation.

O - Everything is great but the taste. Too much charred oak in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 02:05:49 | More by cvm4
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-07-2012 02:37:12 | More by tripledbrew
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 08:32:42 | More by Thehuntmaster
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C2H5

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

04-14-2012 22:13:32 | More by C2H5
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-20-2012 21:46:52 | More by Yabev15
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-16-2014 03:59:12 | More by ChaseTheAce
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-20-2012 17:07:23 | More by FullObs
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wesley14

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-25-2013 21:18:07 | More by wesley14
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

06-23-2012 01:38:40 | More by Cyclone8
Black Buffalo (黑牛) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.