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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
86
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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Photo of stakem
2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

stakem, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of IHyphySF
4/5  rDev +2%

IHyphySF, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

AgentMunky, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Wishdiak
4/5  rDev +2%

Wishdiak, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Dope
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.

Dope, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of tripledbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

tripledbrew, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of MrRockstar
5/5  rDev +27.6%

MrRockstar, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of gpawned
4/5  rDev +2%

gpawned, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

djaeon, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Woodysbeard
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Woodysbeard, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of KAP1356
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.

KAP1356, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Jayman931
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

Jayman931, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of jsm1289
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 !!!!

jsm1289, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Auracom
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.

Auracom, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of FullObs
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

FullObs, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
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.

WastingFreetime, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
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.

Dreadnaught33, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Lordquackingstic
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.

Lordquackingstic, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4/5  rDev +2%

TonyTalon, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

atone315, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Jmac91
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Jmac91, Aug 04, 2012
Black Buffalo (黑牛) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.