DrumBAR Black Sap - Mikkeller ApS
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2.95/5 rDev -24.9%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black with a hint of transparency. Small khaki head with lots of surface wisps.
Smell - Maple is present. Sweet. Roasty and really oaky. Ashy.
Taste - Sweet maple. Really roasty. Coffee. Smokey and ashy. Lots of burnt malt. Minimal bourbon, if any.
Mouthfeel - Harsh. Oaky. Burnt. Well carbonated.
Overall - What a great concept, but not a good beer.
12-07-2013 02:50:56 | More by Alieniloquium
3.13/5 rDev -20.4%
375ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance is super dark with a fluffy khaki head. Looks good…real good.
Smell is over-the-top roast and barrel; maybe some bitter chocolate; and lots of booze. Astringent and bitter. Tart cherries.
Taste is burnt, roasted oak offset slightly by dark fruit; there is some malt to this one, but no real maple flavor. Baker's chocolate with tart fruit.
Mouthfeel was pretty good: much thicker and more substantial than a typical porter.
Overall = meh. Would've liked to taste more maple. Was hoping for something like Panther Cub that's been aged in bourbon barrels, but that's a problem flowing from my expectations rather than this beer.
04-09-2014 03:49:16 | More by blankenhoney
3.2/5 rDev -18.6%
Pours somewhat thin but turns black in the glass and quickly build a head that over flows the glass if you pour too much. Huge head lacing, rather nice looking.
I don't get much on the nose. I can pick up on coffee and caramelized sugars, and some dark roasted/burnt malt under pinning. Still maybe once the head fades I'll get more but kinda light.
Sweet sugary dark water is my first thought. The maple flavor here is a lot better than you get from Founders, who I swear I just adding aspartame to their beer. Still The beer has a somewhat lighter roasted character and a lot of sugar and I don't mean sweetness, but it tastes like a very clean sugar was added to this to give it sweet yet not chalky or linger flavors at first. The finish is round coffee at the back of the tongue that hangs around, but the body of this porter is a bit too light, we need more dark roasted and toasted flavors to really handle this much sugar.
Surprisingly thin and even more surprisingly the clean body makes the over the top sugar flavors not too strong or hard to consumer. I'm rather ok drinking this and would be even more so at a quarter the price.
This is 100x better than the abomination that is black hole, but it isn't brunch weasel either. I wouldn't buy it again and can't recommend to anyone but a ticker at the price.
10-05-2013 00:52:12 | More by bobhits
3.84/5 rDev -2.3%
A- Split into five pint glasses at a bottle share. Pours out of the 12.7oz with a pitch black body and a light mocha brown head. Head is much foamier than I expected and builds up to a few fingers in size even with a small pour. Good retention and nice coating of lace.
S- Sweet dark brown sugars and maple sap off the top with a pretty decent Bourbon Barrel age influence. Toasty, caramel, roasted malts, cocoa and coffee beans.
T- Bourbon leads again with some alcohol notes and somewhat boozy. Dark burnt, toasted brown, chocolate and caramel malts. Some vanilla oak feel is nice from the barrels. Brown sugar and maple influence. Overall quite sweet.
MF- Lowly carbonated and pretty thick and oily body. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.
Sweet stout with a pretty nice Bourbon feel with vanilla and oak.
10-05-2013 03:03:37 | More by cbutova
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and slight coffee and maple aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa, and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but the flavors are a bit too char forward for my liking.
10-20-2013 00:21:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
DrumBAR Black Sap from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.