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DrumBAR Black Sap - Mikkeller ApS

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter with Maple Syrup.

(Beer added by: ZombiesAteMyDog on 08-20-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

GRG1313, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JAHMUR, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

largadeer, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

SocalKicks, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a DryHop taster glass.

A - Giant tan foam slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Body is black, with only a glint of brown at the bottom edge of the glass.

S - Huge oak, char, dark roast coffee, and whiskey. Maple is there but understated, mingling with caramel and baker's chocolate. As the beer warms up there's some vanilla and also a faint permanent marker note. Alcohol is well-concealed

T - The taste is signature Mikkeller. Burnt, charry, roasty, and smokey, with a good dose of oak and a whiskey character that is more evocative of whisky than bourbon. The maple sweetness comes out significantly more as the beer warms up. Again, the alcohol is quite well hidden; never would have guessed this was 10%.

M - Active carbonation, but somewhat creamy and smooth. Medium-full bodied, with some tannins that linger into the finish. Mild warming by the end of the 375ml bottle, but again quite restrained. Not overly sticky like some Mikkeller offerings.

D - This is quite good. I enjoyed the bottle and would consider ordering this again on draft. To fully enjoy the maple barrels one should let the beer warm up too room temperature. The maple really blunts the char and smoke character of the base porter.

MasterSki, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours pitch black with over an inch of fluffy cocoa head. The head settles down to a rather thick layer on top of the pour. The nose is sweet with an obvious maple sweetness up front. Underneath the maple I'm getting some roast and a hint of dark chocolate. There's more coffee in the taste than there was in the nose. The maple note shows up more towards the end of the sip. The only real roast I'm getting seems to be from the coffee and isn't overly bitter. There's quite a bit going on here. Other than the maple and coffee there are some notes of dark chocolate, warming alcohol, and some mild dark fruit. The finish is warm and full of sweet maple. I'd have this again if it wasn't so expensive.

oline73, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

drewone, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

kscaldef, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Holland, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

MSandahl23, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

cbutova, Oct 05, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev 0%

wethorseblanket, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

vermilcj, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Stinger80OH, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

fredmugs, Oct 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Stevedore, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ajzy, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Imperial Porter brewed with Coffee & Aged in Maple Syrup Barrels"...Brewed/bottled at De Proef Brouwerij in Belgium.


A - deep, opaque black in color with a big, fluffy head. It was bottled in a green glass bottle with a foil top wrapper, but I could not tell the glass was green until I poured the beer.

S - Some licorice, coffee, charred wood, bakers' chocolate, and some maple sweetness in the back-end.

T - coffee bitterness upfront with a nice earthy maple sweetness in the finish. The maple is not overpowering at all. The coffee seems to add an acid quality to the beer's aftertaste.

M - Oily and medium bodied... Lower carbonation, but still more than I was expecting.

O - From my first sip of Founders Bett Half, I have been a sucker for syrup-aged beers... However, I was on the fence about pulling the trigger because Mikkeller has been known to be inconsistent. I'm glad I tried this one fresh because I might try to grab another bottle is it's still there. A very interesting beer from an interesting brewer.

ZombiesAteMyDog, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

2GOOFY, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Wowcoolman, Oct 19, 2013
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DrumBAR Black Sap from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.