Sort Gul - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GONZALOYANNA on 08-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 36
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2016. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. Bizarre name - unsure what this has to do with the beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A dark brown colour that appears pitch black in the glass, with some chunky sediment floating around at the bottom. Produces a massive head of creamy beige foam with superb retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing as it settles. Aroma of bright fruity hop notes: grapefruit, orange rind, citrus and pine resin. This is underpinned by subtle hints of dark malt and earthy yeast. Fantastic.

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a dark malt backbone and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, burnt grain, subtle roasted malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with hints of spicy hop oils. A dry bitterness upon swallowing, though it's severity is mitigated by the hop aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth, peppery and tingly, with relatively low carbonation. Nice, creamy body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and a hint of yeast.

Very nice - lots of light, fruity citrus notes and a hint of pine. Delicious. The malt seems highly attenuated and very restrained; there are hints of burnt grain and dark malt but not that much. Still, this allows the hops to shine all the more brightly so it doesn't detract unduly from the experience. The carbonation seems low but the mouthfeel remains pleasing. All said, another quality brew from Mikkeller. Were it not for the price I would happily grab more of this and guzzle it down. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Sort Gul? 'Black Yellow', apparently. Beyond the label, I have no inclination as to what this means.

This beer pours a muddled, very dark chestnut brown hue, with diluted cola basal highlights, and a teeming amount of nearly overflowing tightly puffy, broadly bubbly beige head, which settles at a snail's pace, eventually leaving some nice lock and tumbler mechanism lace around the glass.

It smells of moderately roasted caramel malt, a strong oily nuttiness, subtle powdered baker's chocolate, some faint citrus rind, wet pine needles, and herbal liqueur. The taste is lightly toasted grainy malt, an even nutty caramel sweetness, some nicely bitter chocolate notes, a softly fruity citrus peel astringency, and herbal, piney hops. A gentle warming increases in sync with that of the beer.

The carbonation is on the reserved side, flirting a little too much with being flat, the body a somewhat thin medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the roasted cocoa and bitter hops finally coming head to head, both in their relatively quiet manner.

A decent version of the style, nice and dialed down from some of the anemic or unbalanced offerings we've been seeing lately. That seems to be the calling card here - sure, the roasted malt, hops, and booze are all there, but they go about their work, all nicely integrated, so much so that you just wanna sit back and enjoy what they've done for you. Worthy of further indulgence, I do say.

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Met my expectation of a tasty black ipa. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant. The roast and hop balance was very good. The hops lead, would it be as good another 2 months? I do not know, good malting aided great drinkability. Somewhat expensive but worth it for me.

Photo of beersdmf17
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a large, thick head that lasts for a little while with good lacing. Color is dark, close to that of a nice coffee. Smell is primarily that of the roasted malt and pine aroma. The roasted malt and caramel flavor comes through as well as some fruitiness from the hops present but hidden behind the dominant piney and woodsy flavor. Not a bad balance of flavor overall. Medium body for a Black IPA, alcohol hidden nicely. Easy drinker for this style. Very good example of this style. Would like to have had it a bit fresher.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, fading tan head.
Nose shows pine, roasted malt and grapefruit. Somewhat limited.
Big roasted malt flavours but with a fair bit of caramel sweetness behind it. Also pine and grapefruit.
Too much carbonation for these flavours.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ebony color with a frothy, off-white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine, citrus, and some light roasted notes.

Tastes of the light roasted notes combined with the full hop notes. Leads off with clean hop notes that give off notes of citrus, pine, and some herbs. This gives way to a moderate bitterness. The herbal notes give a bit of a medicinal feel, that I find to be a fault. Malts come in with a nice roasted combination of cocoa powder and a bit of burnt coffee. Only lightly sweet, this definitely leans towards bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good black IPA, but for the price, $5.60 a 12oz, I expected near perfection, which would be achieved if the medicinal notes were done away with.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Craft Beer in London, then had the good fortune of having again two weeks later at the hopleaf in Chicago. Both poured into tulip glasses

Pours a very deep black with mocha like head, which frankly had disippated quite a bit by the time it hit th bar. Very good looking beer.

Definitely some roasted malts in the smell, but the presence of pine and citrus from the hops is very forward.

Taste is where this one blows me away. It's not over creamy or thick as some other dark ales, very medium body, but the combination of dark malt flavor and heavy hops really works very well. I'm curious what hop is used, since the lingering aftertaste is as good as any I've ever had.

I don't care what you call it, black ale black IPA etc., but this is one delicious beer.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyable and easy-drinking beer. From the first appearance to the last drop, this was very satisfying and impressive. I could get used to this style. Although there is some bitterness and hoppiness, it is much less prominent than typical IPAs, with a more prominent dark fruit flavor. Some subtle roasted flavors make it more appealing as well. This also is less expensive than most Mikkeller beers, so that's a good thing too.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. ½ pt Shaker glass. Enjoyed on jul´12 - funny no-planned tasting session in good company at the Freiburg- Very dark brown color headed by tan froth. Lasting & spotty crown. Intense- too much- flowery fragrance, roasted malt , roasted coffee, burnt bread & piney aromas to the nose. Roasted malty upfront followed by sharp resiny hoppiness & bitter cocoa hues. Light to medium, flavorful body. Moderate carbonation. Light oily texture. Hints of coffee in the middle lingers into a dry bitter finish. Bitter cocoa comes back on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden resolves in an easy drinkability.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased 11.2 oz bottle at Calandro's in baton Rouge while on business for around $6. Pours a deep brown to black color with a finger of off white creamy head. Seriously intense hop aroma, super hot and sharp. Mixed with some roasted black bitter malts and a slight amount of vanilla. Really crisp black bitter malt, piney sharp hop and a tad of creamy vanilla flavor. Its slightly bitter but smooth and creamy at the same time. There is such a war of the senses going on here...but it all evens out. Thed alcohol is completely hidden. This is another great brew from Mikkeller.

Photo of Arborescence
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch no. 011112

Appearance: Almost pitch black. Pours a massive thick head with a dark tint -- perfect head.

Aroma: Aromatic hops, reminiscent of strong American IPAs. A little bit of citrus-like sweetness.

Taste: Not an insane hop attack, but the hops bitterness is especially present in the aftertaste, which is sharp. Other than there's some intense grapefruit, but not all that much depth.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, feels rather prickly, light to medium body.

Overall: Nothing amazing in the end, but perfectly reasonable version of the Black IPA style. A little too sharp though, especially in the aftertaste.

Photo of nmann08
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours jet black with a frothy off white head.

The nose is citrus and herbal, lots of pine and resin. Then comes a nice caramel with roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. The flavor is cocoa and resin, some cracker and a little oats and roasted malt. It is very dry with a bitter finish. It leaves a very tobacco like aftertaste in your mouth, which I genuinely dislike.

Overall, alot of good characteristics, but this is slightly better than ok as a whole.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown-black, 3 finger head, great lacing.
S- Pine, grapefruit, spiced wood, caramel, brown sugar, licorice.
T- Pine, grapefruit rind, brown sugar, bitter hops.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation.
O- A great black IPA, probably second to Sublimely Self Righteous.

Photo of crnipeter
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apparently opaque black body gets crowned by spectacular beige to light tan creamy head that sets at slow pace leaving hanging patches of lace about the glass.

Sniffing reveals citrusy, spicy and piney hops overlaying the dark malt aroma with
chocolate quality and roastiness. Evident are minty notes resulting from interaction of hops
with dark, roasted malts/grains and faint sulphury undertones can be picked up.

Flavor features resinous hop bitterness, pronounced roasted grain character and dark malts providing tannins for a dry mouthfeel. The roast character lingering through the aftertaste is a bit overpowering.

Body is close to medium with creamy mouthfeel probably given by oats. Doesn't feel
overcarbonated as I feared seeing the thick long-lasting head.

Overall, a black IPA with lots of roast character and no inappropriate cloying sweetness or heavy body resembling a Stout. (330 ml without bottling/BB date indication,into tulip.)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. Some sediment floating around. There was a huge, creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, subtle aroma of hops, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a moderate amount), light chocolate notes, malt, and a hint of coffee. A somewhat milder flavor than some of the American versions of this style, but still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A good, well done, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller "Sort Gul." 7.30% ABV confirmed. "Black India Pale Ale." I've had a great black IPA from Mikkeller before, so I'm hoping this is up to par. Mikkel's my favourite brewer; expectations are high. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard black pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Brewed and bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: A light bubble show at the bottom of the head as foam seems to run down towards the body. Pours a 5+ finger head of biege-khaki colour. Foamy and a bit frothy. Lacing is sticky and heavy; wow. A bit creamy. Great thickness. Great (10+ minute) retention for the high ABV; that's damned impressive. Body colour is very dark solid brown-black; it's not quite a consistent full jet-black; there's some restraint there. No yeast particles are visible. All around it's pretty impressive.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate malt, dark bittering malts, floral hops, fennel, raisin, light coffee, and light grapefruit citrus. No hop bitterness or bite. It's pretty good for the style. A bit of roast. A subtle aroma of mild strength. I'm excited to try it.

I couldn't wait on the head any longer after five minutes, so I just started drinking through the head - which was still a good 4 fingers in thickness.

T: A marriage of dark bitter malts, light coffee, light roast, and timid caramel with well executed floral hop notes, a touch of grapefruit citrus ester zing, and a bit of biscuity yeast. They don't clash at all. It works surprisingly well. Nicely balanced and built. The coffee in particularly has a delightfully subtle part to play which really helps bring out the roast and hop bitterness; they play off and complement eachother. Its strength is in its subtlety; it isn't amazingly complex but there's plenty going on here. I don't get any alcohol. Any chocolate malt is minimal. One of the better Black IPAs I've had, but Mikkel has done other better ones.

Mf: Soft, chewy, smooth, and wet. Carbonation is perfect. It's light and soothing on the palate, yet presence is still full. It doesn't lack body, but the mouthfeel really aids drinkability. A fine texture that so few brewers seem able to deliver. Complements the flavour profile rather well.

Dr: A success from Mikkel. One of the better beers I've tried in this style. Mikkel's are the only black IPAs I can remember really enjoying. A solid Black IPA that helps remind me why Mikkeller is my favourite 'brewery'. Hides its ABV well. I'd probably get this again, especially when out at a bar. I do wish the price were better as an import, but Danes have no excuse not to try this.

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Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is almost black (100 EBC), the head is pale brown. Some fine lacing occurs.

The smell got citric hops, fresh French bread and some pumpernickel. The bitterness is somewhat sharp.

The taste is somewhat chemical. Lemon peels makes me think of artificial lemon scent. Some sour black malt flavours. Cream. Liquorice. Some wheat flour notes. The aftertaste got bread flavours, some tart notes, chocolate and a clean medium strong bitterness. Lemon peels in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are sharp. The liquid is a bit sticky.

This one taste very much “Mikkeller”. And much like other Black IPAs. A style that I still don’t “get”.

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

REVIEW

STYLE: Black IPA

ABV: 7.3%

PURCHASED AT: John’s Grocery; Iowa City, IA

POUR: Medium sized tan head, dark black pour.

AROMA: Roasted malts, piney hops.

TASTE: Roasted malt flavor balance nicely by the hops.

Ratebeer.com rating: 98

Beeradvocate raing: 88

Overall: B+

My recommendation: Give it a shot. If you’ve had Black Top from New Glarus you will definitely enjoy this brew.

Photo of fatmusic14
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - very dark, not quite pitch black, great creamy head, super foamy and overflowing. actually pours nicely, but there is stuff floating around in mine (sediment or something) - kinda turned off from that.

S - smells like a chocolate stout, mocha, pine, coffee

T - tastes great, really melds the flavors of an IPA and a stout well. Really robust flavors of coffee, chocolate, tiny hint of sweetness as an aftertaste. ABV well hidden

M - Eh, nothing to write home about.

Probably would not buy another.

Photo of Brad007
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an accurate pitch black with a brown head into my glass. Lacing, etc. Not a stout. Not a porter.

Ok, the aroma kind of reminds me of a hoppy stout. Lots of pine in the nose, even if you have to struggle to find it.

The flavors don't hit one over the head. Instead, you get a mild pine bite followed by the essence of charred malt. More sweet than bitter. Dare I say a mild cocoa bite?

Lingering pine notes and sweet malt make the mouthfeel. It's, dare I say, creamy in a way?

A nice change from the usual over-hopped American Black Ale. A Mikkeller fan can't lose here.

Photo of tmzl
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: equal thick 2 thumb high off white foam; very slow retention, stays on top. Dark brown/black color, some subtle amber notes. Looks delicious. Lots of lacing, couple of yeast float around. Hard to see any carbonation.

Smell: Piney, herbs, citrus, grapefruit, woody/cedar maybe some fruity hops. Then comes the roasted, sweet, little creamy malt. Good balance. Some hints of tart, dark chocolatish.

Taste: Grapefruit, lime go to roasted sweet, caramel middle malt (intensity of malt taste rises with temperature). After with good balance of piney and roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, still kinda silky, dry finish. Alcohol undetected, stupidly easy to drink - i like.

Overall: Gets better every sip/degree of temperature. Good dark IPA, easy to drink; what stands out is the balance - neither hop nor roasted malt stand out or overwhelm.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors for the style.

Photo of DocJitsu
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a horehound hard candy brown with a huge, foamy, washing machine has way too much soap head. Bouquet is grassy and lemon zest. Moutfheel is extraordinarily smooth and soft with a bit of carbonation bite at the finish. The flavor is a hybrid between a porter and a gigantic hop presence throughout. The hop burn makes up for the lack of carbonation. It's a decent beer, for the uniqueness if nothing else. But, it is a pleasant beer.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark brown almost black with a mountainous 3finger head that dissapates moderately to slowly and leavs globs of Lacing all over, head fanboy dissapates into a creamy lightly chocolate colored film, nice looking brew.

S: chocolaty roasty coffe like notes, along with a hint of lemony citrus and piney hop notes, a nice nose, smells nicley balance. As the brew warm it starts to smell more like creamy roasty coffe with some nice bitter hop notes, both citrusy and piney.

T: much like the nose, roasty coffe notes and a lemony citrus hop bite.... A bit of pine in there as well, some light chocolate notes too, tasty overall.

M: medium bodied with creamy carbonation and a dry bitter finish, highly drinkable, this one goes down real easy. The only negative here is I feel like the aftertaste builds over the course of drinking the beer, and ingot an citrus peel like bitterness coating in my mouth.

O: a very solid black ipa, not the best I've ever had, but far from the worst, I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these, I think i will.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body (maybe dark brown) decent khaki head and some minor lace patches around the glass. The aroma steers towards the malts as I get a little sweet caramel edge, some roasted malts, possible chocolate, and then a bit of both spice(?) and some herbal, bitter hops. Not a standout version of this style as it seems to play it safe, if you will, and have a minor hop base supplement a sweet, chocolaty and caramel malt base along with roasted malts for balance. A very enjoyable sipper and this medium bodied beer hits the spot; just wish the hops were slightly more pronounced.

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Sort Gul from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.