Mikkeller / Crooked Moon Tattoo Black Ink And Blood
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American Imperial Stout
3.17 | pDev: 24.29%
Mikkeller ApS
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Mikkeller / Crooked Moon Tattoo Black Ink And BloodMikkeller / Crooked Moon Tattoo Black Ink And Blood
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Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

BOTTLE: Killer label art. Purchased for 19 euro at Stockmann in Tallinn, Estonia. Brown glass. Unbranded black pry-off crown cap. 750ml.

Reviewed live as an imperial stout per the label. Expectations are high given the brewer and style. Served chilled and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

16.5% ABV. Brewed with champagne yeast.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Gorgeous. Rich tan colour, heavy creaminess. Full and thick, with a supple complexion and a soft consistency. Retention is impeccable - ~10 minutes - which is unthinkably good at 16.50% ABV. Leaves a perfect even coating of thick lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque black, with no visible yeast within.

Looks fantastic for an imperial stout.

AROMA: Fresh authentic raspberries, powdered sugar, dark malts, chocolate malts, maybe some lactose sugar, and cream. The soft raspberry notes dominate, though overall the aroma is pretty muted and reticent. It's more of a fruit beer aroma than an imperial stout aroma, lacking the richness of malts and complexity you might expect in the style...don't look for coffee, vanilla, barrel notes, caramel, burnt sugar, roasted barley, et al.

Aromatic intensity is below average. The ABV never comes through at all; I'd figure this for maybe 8% if I approached it blind.

TASTE: Sweet raspberry notes bring some nice tartness to the mix, but some drinkers will find the fruitiness cloying and/or medicinal...it's just too much. And the raspberry emphasis is odd in an imperial stout, eclipsing the dark malt backbone and the faint chocolate. There's some harsh bitterness - and maybe even some metallic off-flavour. Booze is actually pretty noticeable hiding beneath the fruity sweetness.

The actual imperial stout notes are rudimentary; this has more of a fruit beer build. And the champagne yeast was a bad call; this lacks the robust malt backbone necessary to withstand the assault of champagne yeast. And the raspberry is off-putting. The balance is a mess, but the build - while nowhere near gestalt - is still more cohesive than that of many imperial stouts.

I can't say I really like this, but I don't dislike it. It's an experimental brew that probably shouldn't have seen release.

TEXTURE: Well-carbonated. Full-bodied, slightly syrupy, thick, sticky, heavy, and overbearing on the palate. Unrefreshing. Smooth and wet. Quite the sugar bomb, with teeth-eroding saccharine acidity.

Fails to bring out the best in the taste, or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: She's a sipper - as much for its booziness as for its difficult raspberry flavour. It doesn't satisfy the potential of its premise; there's promise in the idea of a raspberry imperial stout brewed with champagne yeast - but this execution doesn't fulfill it. I wouldn't bother with it again, and I find myself wishing with each sip I had 4-6 more people to help me finish the bottle. Low drinkability, to say the least. A swing and a miss from Denmark's best brewer. Not worth the price of admission.

Low C- (2.55) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of Jeffo
1.78/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got this one at some random Belgian beer warehouse for a relatively expensive price for Belgian standards but luckily not he outrageous price it would have been had I bought it in A'dam.

From a 750 into a snifter.
Imperial raspberry stout

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear black and yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, light mocha colored head with great retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and coats the glass as it empties. Good looking stuff.

SMELL: Raspberry tartness, cherries, milk chocolate and sweet cream. Smells alright.

TASTE: What the hell. Nasty. Starts out with raspberry and light milk chocolate, then a pile of acidity and paint thinner slams you in the back of the throat. Very, very solvent-like with a big and piercing aftertaste of acid, paint thinner and solvent-like alcohols. Harsh bitterness lingers as well. This is definitely undrinkable.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine but finishes like death. Acidic and solvent-like harshness. Just horrible.

OVERALL: It started out promising with a good look and decent nose. Then it went to hell and back. I guess this has just put the nail in the coffin for me. It's always the same with these guys. Anything they brew that's at all remotely interesting is either absolutely horrible or grossly overpriced. There are lots of other breweries out there that I'd rather give my money to I think. Avoid this one at all cots.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown and flat. It smells grand; boozy and fruity and roasty and sweet. It tastes so intense...sharp (even harsh) with cranberry orange overtones. Bitterest dark chocolate. As it warms it gets worse, the booze is poisonous and inside unhideable. Still, overall it's a crazy potent beer and I really enjoyed sipping it.

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Photo of WGO
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, smells good. Taste is almost unpleasant. Raspberry flavour comes through strong, alcohol seems very present. Every other sip it almost works but most of the time it is just too dry and astringent to work with the toasty chocolate flavours.
As it warms the alcohol becomes ever present.
Had a couple of these heavy raspberry stouts and IMO it quite often doesn't work.

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Photo of sunnrider
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared a bottle with some friends at Christmas. Sounded like a good idea, raspberries and chocolate flavours.
Couldn´t finish it, nothing in this beer fits. The fruit is overpowering and oily.
Coffee and chocolate is muddled under the sourness.
Worst Mikkeller beer I´ve had so far.

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Mikkeller / Crooked Moon Tattoo Black Ink And Blood from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 11 ratings