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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

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 16.58%
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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Wishdiak

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

12-29-2012 00:53:58 | More by Wishdiak
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-09-2012 03:41:22 | More by DrunkinYogi
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-07-2012 02:37:12 | More by tripledbrew
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-29-2012 02:07:19 | More by t0rin0
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MrRockstar

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.6%

10-22-2012 22:50:11 | More by MrRockstar
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gpawned

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-09-2012 00:22:53 | More by djaeon
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Woodysbeard

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

09-28-2012 19:36:12 | More by Woodysbeard
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Jayman931

Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle served in a snifter. Let this beer warm up a bit for, best results. Let it decant....gets way better

Very very dark and opaque. Suprisingly log lingering head (medium tan) Not sure how you have a19.3 % beer and keep a head like that.

Smells like vanilla, bourbon and alcohol.

Taste is bourbon...with caramel/vanilla then warm alcohol and a lingering bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel...warm

Overall good for what it is....share it with friends. I like this alot better than Mikkeller Black

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:20:35 | More by Jayman931
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jsm1289

New York

1.05/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is by far the most disappointing beer of my entire life. I have had black hole cognac edition ( 13%) and it was a decent offering. I have heard very mixed reviews about black tokyo and variants of that sort, but I came into this experience with a positive attitude. I opened the bottle and took a whiff and almost gagged. Huge pungent burning alcohol sensation with big big whiskey notes and maybe some heavy chocolate. Its one thing to open a bottle of say 151 and expect a huge boozy smell, its quite another to expect something delicious and be instantly thrown backwards by how horrible it smelled. Well you can imagine the rest. It wasn't so much that is was boozy, it tasted so strong that it burned like I was drinking everclear and had no redeemable quality to it whatsoever. On top of the fact that it was almost 18 dollars for a 15 ounce bottle, and it is aged in top notch whiskey, is a travesty for the beer world. I almost threw up after the first sip and immediately drain poured it. I feel bad saying this because I love beer geek brunch and a few other mikkeller offerings , but this is truly disgusting and I would like to slap mikkeller for putting this on the market. Maybe age it for 25 years and try again. He should be paying me the bottle price to even try something so horrid. It also ruined my taste buds for imperial stouts for 3 days, because everytime i smelled something ( barrel aged old rasputin) i was almost afraid to try it for fear of the abomination that was black buffalo. Stay away !!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 18:24:50 | More by jsm1289
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Auracom

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview and shared on August 2nd, 2012. 4-5 oz. poured into a Jim beam shotglass. Happy IPA Day bitches!

A - Very "Dark Lord-like" in color with a dark khaki head. Decent retention with great lacing. More pronounced than what's typical for a RIS.

S - Lots of cocoa powder. This seems to be chock full of Nesquik. Big oak barrel and a reasonable amount of boozy bourbon. Light butter toffee.

T - Black coffee bean, plentiful buffalo trace oak and whiskey, backend seems tannic with further wood elements and residual alcohol.

M - Can't get much warmer in the throat than this. This feels like straight booze. Medium body, fairly smooth, low to medium carbonation.

D - I expected it to be totally out of control, and it's not. The aroma is average but the taste brings some nicely rounded qualities. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 15:21:24 | More by Auracom
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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 +2.8%
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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:09:13 | More by Huhzubendah
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womencantsail

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:53:38 | More by womencantsail
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Lordquackingstic

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Split 4 ways into snifters.

A: Deep, dark black with a little brown head. Lacing is minimally sticky with no sign of carbonation.

S: Black coffee spiked with bourbon, bitter chocolate, vanilla beans. Smells awesome.

T: Huge gush of dark chocolate coffee awesomeness with a very prominent vanilla extract taste. Very bourbon forward and surprisingly not sweet at all for such a high gravity stout (which is a huge plus in my books.) Flavors are intense and balanced.

M: Not super heavy at all, but not thin in the slightest. Lots of warming alcohol that lets you know you're drinking a serious brew. Low (if any) carbonation.

O: I never wanted to jump the gun and buy a Mikkeller beer because they always seemed so ridiculously priced, but after hearing how much everyone at my local beer place liked it I figured I had to give it a shot. Well worth the $16 price tag. The bourbon flavors are so nice and it definitely hits the spot for when you're in the mood for a sipping beer. Would happily buy again if I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:59:53 | More by Lordquackingstic
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2%

08-05-2012 02:19:40 | More by TonyTalon
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-04-2012 13:33:27 | More by atone315
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Jmac91

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-04-2012 13:02:55 | More by Jmac91
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capeannbass36

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black, black, browm topped with a one finger, espresso colored head that disappated quickly.

S- WOW! Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, leather and dark fruit. Awesome scent!

T- Right out of the park. Exceptional. Very similar to FW Parabola.

M- Slick and oily. Very, very warm. Burns on the way down.

O- I rank this way up there. Very similar to Firestone Walker Parabola...only a tad harsher due to ABV. Frantically searching for another!
( Massachusetts somehow missed out on Parabola this year...supposedly a pretty lame story as to how the stuff did not make it here)!....but this review is about Black Buffalo...GO GET SOME!
(scariest part of this beer is that it was in a friggin' green bottle)

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 20:24:51 | More by capeannbass36
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
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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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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
Black Buffalo (黑牛) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.