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Sort Gul - Mikkeller ApS

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 101
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of JackieKu
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. MHT 28/10/18.

A: Opaque black. Poured 5 fingers high head, the retention was normal.
S: Roasted. Somewhat grassy. Some herbs (of Chinese medicine). Mildly cocoa milk.
T: Roasted coffee. Thyme. Almost dry. Moderate to high bitterness.
M: Full bodied. Creamy.
O: Something like strong stout but more drinkable. It has most stout flavors, but not as think as it.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a small, creamy, but really sticky tan head.
Lots of citrus hop in the smell, some peach, sour bread, caramel, toast, really faint chocolate. Pretty light.
Tons more citrus in the taste than on the nose. Lots of bittersweet grapefruit, sour lemon, pomelo, even hints of tangerine. Lots of pineapple, sweet and kinda syrupy, straight from a can. Hint of mango. Toasted malts, some caramel, a bit of cocoa powder and then some ashy hints towards the end. Works well with the rich piney notes. Really bitter.
Aftertaste has bitter hop, faint citrus peel, some burnt malt. Medium body and carbonation.
A nice American black ale concentrated on fresh citrusy hops, with a nice toasted malt backbone to keep it from being too light. Nice, refreshing, but nothing unique.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2012.
Strong aroma is smoky and VERY hoppy - like a good stout mixed with a double IPA. Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a very thick tan head that hangs around for a while. Flavor has a core of roast malt with a strong woody malt overtone and hints of licorice, caramel and coffee. Texture has firm body and lots of fizz and sass. If you like dark beers and hoppy beers, this one is a must!

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Photo of nmann08
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A crazy two finger billowy mocha head was poured that was for the most part slightly reduced and still there. It is a dark brown black color with bo vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy mocha lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke, pine, and citrus.

Taste: Same as above. Pretty balanced with some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation, ashy bitterness, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty standard black ale. I like the beer, but more hop presence would make this beer better.

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Photo of beersdmf17
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of tmzl
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle

Appearance - Thick, billowing khaki head after a careful pour, which leaves solid lacing the whole way through. Black coffee color with ruby highlight coming through when held up to a light. A decent amount of sediment is left in the bottle.

Aroma - Floral hops, dark chocolate covered oranges.

Taste - Floral hops, black coffee, and slight bitter chocolate. Some grapefruit juice pulls through at the end to balance out this complex drink.

Mouthfeel - Slick and oily. Finishes dry and bitter. Fairly low carbonation given the size of the head. So complex, yet easy to drink.

Overall - Good beer, would love to try this fresh (No dates on the bottle). No telling how old it is at this point.

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium brown, opaque very dark brown in the glass with big light brown head. Sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: pine, navel orange, notes of buttered toasted brown bread and roast. Taste: tangerine into quick sugared dark fruit note into pine blast, with citrus peel, roast, unsweet chocolate, and dark brown sugar towards the finish. Finishes drying but sugary with lingering pine and a burnt-ish note. Better and better as it warms, pretty solid.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5



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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy, thick khaki head. Little chunks of yeast are clearly visible in the liquid. Head retention is very good, and as the head settles, a moderate amount of khaki lacing is left behind.

S: Sweet, toasty malt scents of dark bread, dark chocolate, heavy cream, and vanilla bean are balanced by hoppy scents of fresh herbs, lime zest, lemon rind, juniper berry, cedar, and bitter orange.

T: Notes of blood orange, bitter orange, lemon, lime, fresh herbs, cedar, juniper berry, grapefruit, pine, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, heavy cream, caramel, and dark bread wash across the palate. The finish is both bitter and toasty with herbal, citrusy hops balanced by flavors of dark chocolate and dark bread.

M: Medium bodied and oddly dry for the style, though there is a bit of a resinous feel toward the fade. Carbonation is firm and crisp. Alcohol presence is pretty much undetectable. Surprisingly easy to drink for a beer of 7% abv or more.

O: This is a very nice Scandinavian take on the American Black Ale style. The aromas and flavors don't separate quite as much as some of the beers of this style produced by Mad River, Stone, Rogue and the like, but the unique aromas and flavors that this ale so skillfully presents make it very appealing, and at least for me, make it pretty memorable. The tell-tale muddled rush of hop bitterness that has become a defining characteristic of Mikkeller's beers is here, but in Sort Gul, it's more approachable, more restrained. One can actually get an idea of how the malt and hops work together in this ale. So, in the end, this ale may be more straight-forward, dare I say more simplistic, than the best American Black Ales produced in the United States, but it presents a different take on the style, one that is more drinkable, more balanced, more integrated, more approachable, and perhaps more fun. It is definitely worth checking out for fans of the style.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. Poured quite cold from a bottle into a snifter. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Delicate pour resulted in a one finger khaki colored head. After a while it faded to some bubbles and a thin cap. Looks almost like greasy dish water. Really dark brown, almost black body.

Smell: Piney hops followed by roasted chocolate malts, tart/sour stone fruits, and cheap coffee.

Taste: Follows the nose. Bitter, citrusy and piney hops, nice chocolate malts, sourish plums and cherries, floral hops, coffee with a little bit of cream, and a drying hop bitterness. Chocolate malts linger for a while. No alcohol warmth.

M: As has been said, great fizzy carbonation. Really helps the beer.

Overall: More of a bitter, fruity porter than anything else. The hops came out a lot more as the beer warmed but I expected it to be hoppier than it was. My favorite thing was the chocolate/coffee notes from the malts. Not my favorite BIPA but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black, touch of brown, finger frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, some coffee.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, bitterness, coffee, bit of black licorice.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, roasted, bitter finish.

D - Nice black IPA. Good hop profile and balance.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this was an xmas present from my wonderful girlfriend. small bottle poured into a wine glass. as always, mikkeller can do no wrong. its nearly black in color with a gorgeous cream colored head just under an inch tall, and lasting the whole glass. simply stunning appearance. the nose is well hopped, zesty and piney at the same time, just right on christmas day. big roasty malt profile, even spicy mixed in with the bitter. i can pick out some rye malt i think, like the wookey jack from firestone in terms of the malt bill. flavor is really hoppy, much more so than expected, with a few notes of coffee on the back end as well. the remaining yeast provides excellent texture and mouthfeel to this beer, which is full enough bodied and brightly carbonated. i love mikkeller beers, every single one of them, and this one to me was very special. the alcohol was felt but not heard from, and the overall vibe of this beer is outstanding. look forward to my next one of these!

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