Black (黑)
Mikkeller ApS

Black (黑)Black (黑)
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,279
ABV:
15%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,800
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 17.31%
Reviews:
275
Ratings:
593
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Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  60
Gots
  150
SCORE
87
Very Good
Black (黑)Black (黑)
Notes: Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark black (it better!) with dark mocha thick foamy head with excellent retention.
S: Very potent whiskey, dark chocolate, molasses, leather, oak, vanilla, and a hint of red wine.
T: Charred oak, an intriguing red wine/berry note, dry dark bitter chocolate, soft whiskey, leather, and molasses. Super potent!
M: Medium body, but potent flavors and high ABV make it feel much heavier. Dark and bitter sweetness. Super strong and lingers forever on the palate.
D: Wow! If you are looking for a big beer, this one delivers and then some. Extremely potent sipper. Nicely layered brew gives this good complexity. Nothing gets out of hand or overbearing. I’m impressed.

Apr 23, 2021
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle purchased at the LCBO at least six years ago; listed at 17%, brewed and bottled at De Proef. Best before Jun 25 2024 and served at cellar temperature.

It's opaque and inky black - anything less and I'd be downright miffed. A deliberately rough pour produced about an inch of foamy, soapy, tan-coloured head that seeped away within five minutes or so, leaving behind a delicate band of stringy lace and a patchy, bubbly cap. Plenty of booze fumes on the nose, accompanied by notes of brown sugar and treacle sweetness, as well as roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, raisin and spiciness. It's not exactly what I'd call harsh, but the alcohol really does overshadow everything else. Potentially good for clearing out the sinuses.

Not a beer for the faint of heart - it's bold from start to finish, drinking more like a liqueur than a stout. I'm getting black cherry, plum, raisin and fig fruitiness at the forefront, with lots of brown sugar and molasses following shortly thereafter. Hints of baker's chocolate, licorice, almond, blackberry and herbal hops, as well as an anise-like spiciness, precede an exceedingly boozy finish that numbs the tongue; vaguely reminds me of cherry cough syrup in the aftertaste, with a touch of smokiness. Full bodied, with an oily, silky feel on the palate bolstered by only the barest hint of carbonation.

Final Grade: 4.11, an A-. Need some hair on your chest? Pop open a bottle of Mikkeller Black. It's hot, for sure - though I say that as someone who has probably never reviewed a beer over 15%, let alone 17%. I was honestly expecting a more harsh experience, and maybe that would've been the case if I'd cracked this back in late 2014 - but it seems that leaving this in the cellar was likely the most optimal strategy. A fine imperial stout that I found quite palatable: it's really too bad that I haven't seen this in years, because this would be an interesting candidate for a vertical review. Try this if you can, but I really do recommend letting it rest for a few years beforehand.

Jan 08, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

1.95/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a huge, foamy, mocha-colored head. Smells of caramel malt, brown sugar and molasses, with just a hint of gasoline also coming through. Taste is a terrible balance of caramel malt, huge brown sugar notes, molasses, toffee and lighter dark fruit, with just a hint of chocolate and a really unpleasant, boozy gasoline presence in the aftertaste. Finishes sickly sweet, with some brown sugar and gasoline lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a very rich body and low carbonation.

While this isn't quite as boozy as I had feared, apparently reducing the ABV down to 15% from 17.5% had at least some effect, there still is a certain gasoline aftertaste to it, while the sheer, sickly, syrupy, caramel and brown sugar sweetness that drowns out everything else is what truly makes this unbearable, with the Cassonade sugar obviously being WAY overdone here. I drain-poured it after just enough sips to finish this review, absolutely disgusting, how anyone can rate this above 2 is absolutely beyond me, This is just such a typical example of going for shock value at all cost without giving even the slightest regard to balance, it's the very antithesis of what a good Imperial Stout should be all about, while I've had one 17% and plenty of 15% Imperial Stouts that were a lot better balanced than this as well. Basically tastes like a ton of brown sugar dissolved in gasoline, with next to no roast or bitterness for balance.

Jan 03, 2021
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cork says 12/12/17. Assuming that's a "best by" date. I've had this for probably 10 years or more, obtained ownership via trade or BIF, or something like that, from Sudsdog. I couldn't find his info anywhere on BA so hope you are doing well my friend.

12.7oz of 17.5% black elixir. Poured into a La Fin Du Monde snifter.

Pours pitch black with a tiny ring of foam. Surprised there is any at all given the age of this one. I believe this is also the strongest beer I have had to date.

Aroma is wonderful. Less alcoholic than I would have guessed from such a big beer. Raw cocoa nibs, coffee, figs, cocoa powder. Definitely some alcohol but it isn't overwhelming and certainly isn't overpowering.

More raw cocoa nibs on the palate. Kind of sweet, but not too sweet. Figgy. Maybe even some pineapple, black pepper, fresh currant. Outstanding. Again, alcohol pretty well subdued.

Rich in the mouth, silky, smooth. Carbonation is very low but has just enough. Perhaps a touch sweet for me, but overall, a fantastic beer. I didn't know what to expect but my expectations are blown away.

Dec 24, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I just tried Black Imperial Stout from Mikkeler (brewing outsourced to a Belgian brewery), this years edition have an ABV of 15.10%. I wanted to like it, it's rich and complex, full of flavor, and it had a lot going for it, but it was too much. The strong and very long lasting coffee bitterness is what was too much for me. I think Imperial Stout's should have some coffee flavor but it is not good when it is too much. Like an IBU 300 IPA or a super bretty saison you can always exaggerate.

Look: Black, thick, oily viscosity with a thick mocca colored head

Aroma: coffee, roasted malts, licorice.

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, it's very sweet and there's bitter dark chocolate, there's licorice, alcohol, it's a bit medicinal, and then comes an overpowering bitter coffee flavor.

Feel: full body, thick, viscous, oily.

May 22, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

06 bottle of mikkeller black drank on 5-18-18 poured into a chalice glass.

A: nice small khaki colored head with tiny bubbles settles to a film. Body is a piece of coal as far as clarity.

S: lots of oak and wine lots of licorice some dark fruits like alcohol soaked figs.

T: Lots of rich dark chocolate and boozy figs and dates . Presents itself a lot like a port you are getting the wine and barrel but it’s so rich.

M: medium to a fuller body a good bit if syrupiness which is actually nice.

O: Wow I came at this thinking I was going to be disgusted and it’s jaw droppingly good. It’s so layered and complex, yet you can taste the oxidation. I want to say this beer aged like a champ but I never had it fresh.

May 19, 2018
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rated the beer 3.75 across the board, but read my review below.

Brewed at De Proef, Lochristi-Hijfte, BE. Purchased at Randall’s Wine & Spirits in St. Louis. 16.8% ABV on this bottle's lable (different than this website). 4791401 on the bottle cap. At least five years old. I cellared this bottle at 50-60 for 3-4 years (dark cellar) and then at another 2 years in a temp controlled fridge at around 45-50. Opened with a nice hiss.

I believe this bottle was past its prime based on other reviews and the delta in describing the finish. Unfortunately, an absolute drain pour at this age.

A – Pours with a roiling nitro-like carbonation with a three-finger mousey/rocky-top light brown with reddish highlights head. Good lacing as well. Lots of sediment in the bottom of this bottle, even a few chunks. 4.25

S – Aromas of sweet chocolate covered cherries, roasted malts and licorice. 4.25

T – Acrid, hot, burnt in the finish. Start smooth with roasty notes but turns to solvent. ABV very evident. 2.5

MF – Medium heavy body with a dry acrid finish. Very warming. 1.75

Mar 15, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Shared with Carlos. With Pok cheese. Pretty alcoholic (specially as warms up) and bitter, with liquorish and metallic notes, but still the 18.7 abv isnt as boozy as in gordon's finest. Surprisingly, the foam resists very long for such a high abv.

Nov 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a thick black color. Even poured with a little bit of "glub, glub" motor oil-like sound. Mild quarter finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a slow pace.
The aroma bled with some milk chocolate sweetness, dark chocolate, some smoke/char/ash, sweet wood (somewhat oaky), cherry skin, dark bread, caramel malts and a touch of vinous sweet character.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the prior mentioned aromas and seemed to push the vinous character further back in which I liked. Mild chocolate to roasty and somewhat little bit of coffee in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Texture was somewhat smooth with a mild grip of the roastiness. Finish was somewhat coffee-ish to milk chocolatey, some stickiness.
Overall, awesome imperial stout well worthy of having again.

Oct 22, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml can poured into a snifter.

Crude black in color with thick silky tan head that very well retains itself with great retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy layer on the surface and leaving plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side, this is very good showcase for such big Impy Stout.

Campfire smoke, roasted barley, charred nut, bitter chocolate, black coffee, brown sugar, some caramel, slight vanilla, dark fruits, dark bread, all of these aromas are wrapped up nicely by spicy, pungent, and burning alcohol.

Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and dark fruits quickly engage through the taste buds before alcohol taking over with its spicy, pungent, boozy, and somewhat burning touch. Beneath the solid alcohol layer, there are also notes of brown sugar, dark bread, charred nut, smokiness, and some vanilla. The overall flavor is heavy and intense with the loads of alcohol.

Full body with some chewy touch and quite smooth mouthfeel through the palate, the feeling is well-rounded with a big warming and very dry touch of strong alcohol.

Hold on tight. This Black is a beast. Hefty and heavy in all dimensions with good Impy Stout characters that are folded up by big spicy, pungent, yet warming and burning alcohol. It is like a punch to your face and almost solvent. Not for the fainted-heart.

Aug 25, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drank at Hopaholic, Budapest, Hungary. Next are a few thoughts from a beer I've more than a month ago.

Black had a good pour but the nose started really bad with a astronomically prominent alcohol profile. It seemed like someone poured vodka into the glass. The taste started quite well with a good imperial stout profile of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley but in the end, the alcohol would kick in and it'd destroy the whole experience.

I was longing for this beer but it ended up being a bad experience.

Jul 10, 2017
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

0.33l can.
16,1% ABV.
Opaque black with thick tan head, long retention, nice laces.
Smell - not very fried shashlyk, wtf?
Taste - wet Mikkel's underwear.
Utterly overpriced and hyped shit.

Jun 19, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap.
L: Black color with a weak biege foam head.
S: Cacao beans, chocolate.
T: Milk , chocolate, coffee.
F: Very tight body and soft carbonation.
O: Very impressive.

Apr 30, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.37/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Best by 11/02/26, 15.1% ABV.

Pours a pitch fuckin' black color. The head is a finger high (note that I only poured about 4 oz. in my glass to judge) and tan in shade. Retention is frankly excellent - these monster stouts usually have great head duration - and plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. However, due to the oiliness of the body, the lacing goes away after a while.

Wow, this is an incredibly intense aroma. The first element picked up are some dark fruits, followed by a deep, espresso-like roast. Slowly but surely, peat smoke builds up, almost resembling something like Lagavulin at times. There are also elements of umami, and even soy sauce. This one is definitely extreme, at the cost of seeming slightly scattershot. For better or worse, this is the big, roasty, smoky, pitch-black, European-style imperial stout turned up to 11. But mostly better.

Hoo lordy. The first half of the flavor profile is great - it opens up with peat smoke, dark chocolate, roast, and some nice dark fruits. Unfortunately for this beer, there's a second half. The peat smoke turns into an intense, overpowering bitterness. Notes of charcoal, tree bark, copper pennies, the Springfield tire fire, crappy black coffee, and even battery acid finish this off in a horrible manner. I think the champagne yeast really fucked this beer up. The alcohol presence - compared to what I feared - is there on the back end, but honestly kind of pleasant. To be fair, having my tongue ripped out by weasels would also be pleasant compared to the monster bitterness assaulting my palate. There is almost nothing about the flavor profile that works, really.

The texture itself is thick and oily as one would expect. But god DAMN, is it bitter. And the finish lasts forever - I'll probably be tasting this 30 minutes after the last sip. I will say: drinkability is staggeringly good for a 15% monster; Mikkeller knows how to make a gigantic stout go down easily. Of course, the horrid bitterness is also playing a role in this, but who's keeping score? Carbonation is appropriately low.

Woof. This is the classic example of "some is good...so even more must be better!" syndrome - it's the Dave's Gourmet Insanity sauce of beer. But unlike Dave's Gourmet Insanity sauce, this fucking sucks. Okay, the look and the aroma certainly don't fucking suck, they're both quite good. But beer isn't just for smelling and looking at, it's also for shoving down your gullet, and the latter is where this fails miserably. I suggest everyone try this beer at least once in their lives, they must know the same pain I'm feeling. And also because it's charming in its terrible-ness. No really, it is. Maybe it's my reticence to drainpour a +$15 bottle, but I can't hate this monstrosity. I'll never have this again, but I still can't hate it either way.

2.37/5: The Tommy Wiseau of imperial stouts

Mar 26, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock solid lumpy sepia over violet black. 4.25
Dark miso, oyster, and wet paint. 4
Fish sauce, dark cocoa, muscovado, smoke, booze, roasty meat crust, and long bitter charcoal linger. 4.25
Full, chewy, round. 4

Hot from start to finish and chalky to boot. There’s sweet in the middle in gulps but just too bitter. A bit of hard work. 4

Feb 22, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, living up to its name, with a fine two finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt with light char, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses and an odd bit of skunk, particularly on opening the bottle. Boozy and actually stung my eyes when I got close to the snifter. Flavor starts with dark malt, cherry and liquid smoke, then develops chocolate, molasses and espresso coffee; finally finishing off into a very unusual, intensely bitter and charry finish that must be related to the charred malt, but tastes almost like hot peppers. Lingering smokey bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied; thick creamy body and mouth feel. A very distinctly flavored, smoky stout with on odd, almost artificial terpene flavor in the middle. Fortunately the charred malt and smokiness and whatever gives this its unusual bitterness finishes things off, leaving a smoky, burnt chocolate, but pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is quite warming, but unlike the aroma, is well covered by the rather intense flavors. This is unlike any stout I've tried, closest to an imperial version of a smoked stout, but with a flavor profile that is distinct. Very interesting but a bit challenging to sip slowly. There are moments in the taste that this seems to be going of the tracks, but the finish and aftertaste are rewarding. Like a really scary roller coaster ride that you think might be broken and dangerous, but you want to get right back on. Very different and interesting. I will definitely try this again.

Aug 28, 2016
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WorldWideStout from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright had to review this one after a long hiatus. I purchased this bad boy on 11/21/2009. I'm guessing this was brewed at least seven years ago. When I read reviews back in the day people talked about this blowing out their palate with its smokiness, so I thought I'd age it. I then had many failed experiments with aging stouts, which I don't do much of any more, so I avoided this one, fearing it had turned long ago.

A: Really black.

S: I get campfire smoke, coffee, dark fruit, and I feel like whiskey even though I don't believe this is barrel-aged.

T: Chocolate and roast greet me at the start. Dark fruit in the middle, and a very slight heat from the high alcohol and campfire smoke at the end.

M: On the thin side. I wouldn't want this to be too thick, but I think it could still benefit from a slightly heavier mouthfeel.

O: This beer was tasty, and after seven years it is not abrasive at all. I'm really thrilled. I think the fact that it has one of them fancy corks and the high alcohol was what allowed this beer to mature gracefully rather than becoming an oxidized mess like many stouts are after a mere two years.

May 15, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black as fresh tar and viscous as hell. One of thickest, creamiest, toffee colored heads I have ever seen. Leaves a dense, bubbly, blanketing lacing all over the glass.

Aroma of peat, burnt rubber, tobacco, earth, charred vegetables and burnt sugar. Theme is burnt.

Malt character of toast burnt to a crisp, sweet caramelized brown sugar, charcoal and smoked tobacco. Bitter earthy hop and just enough to balance. I think this beer actually is fairly well balanced. However, due to the intensity of the flavors, it seems otherwise.

Dense, sticky syrupy body finishes with a mildly dry tone. Low carbonation.

May 09, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 10/22/2025. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, raisin, prune, cherry, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, and roast/char earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt, brown sugar, and fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, raisin, prune, cherry, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, and roast/char earthiness. Large amount of pine/wood char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, and roast/char earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roasted malt, brown sugar, and fruity yeast flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet balance; and some astringent roasted character lingering after the finish, but not overbearing. Light-moderate increasing dryness due to strong bitterness as well. Light carbonation and full body; with a very creamy/slick and sticky/resinous/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish for a while. Overall this is a very nice huge imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of roasted malt, brown sugar, and fruity yeast flavors; and fairly smooth to sip on for the enormous ABV. This was quite strong on bitterness, but some good age should tone down the bitter hop/char character to more sensible levels. This was still very enjoyable, but a very slow sipper.

May 08, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12.7oz bottle, best by date of 10/22/25, 15.7% ABV. Pours jet black with a medium sized brown head; lots of lacing. Smells of burnt roasted malt, smoke, coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, earthy hops, and molasses. The taste follows with tons of intense smoke and some roasted malt, molasses, cocoa, and hops; better as it warms up but still very heavily smoked. Intense bitterness and moderate sweetness. Above average body and higher carbonation. Overall, this is not for the faint of heart; it's smokier and more intense than all of the Smoked Beers I've tried (and should probably be classified as such). Tasty for the first 2oz. There are much more enjoyable IS's on the shelf.

Apr 01, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

**
03/13/2016
Bottle to goblet. Look is thick black, motor oily, silty. Small brown head....lasting. Large amount of Sediment left in bottom of bottle. Aroma is belgian yeasty, raisin, prune. Taste is similar: prune, fig, wang. Feel is thick.
Weak carbonation, expected for something so thick. 17% Alcohol is well masked, but the flavors are not all for me.

Mar 14, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the growler via Eight Ball Brewing (Party Source) in a snifter. This INTENSE imperial stout pours a pitch with a nice head of light brown foam that subsides to a thick ring, light sudsy pool, and excellent lacing. Nose of soy sauce, black licorice, char, strong sweet malts, and an herbal note that I can not put my finger on (champagne yeast?). Flavors hit the front and sides with a bang. Soy sauce, bitter dark roasted malts, black licorice, and heavy strong sweet booze flood the taste becoming slightly more bitter in the middle with notes of burnt coffee, dark sweet cherries, and charred malts that go all the way to the back with a deep warming note from strong booze. Bitter malt finish, coating and slick mouth feel that is extremely coating with light some lively yet light carbonation that helps cut through the sweetness. The champagne yeast in this is unique. Very interesting. It is complex, and I am a big fan of this brewery, yet it is almost too much.

They could re-name this one palate fatigue very easily.

Cheers

Feb 06, 2016
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Shippy from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Pours black with a dark beige head. Smell is a little smoky with raisin, booziness on the end. Flavor starts off sweet with vanilla, dark fruit, some oak, and a noticeable bitterness lingering in the finish. The feel is heavy and syrupy with little carbonation. Overall, this is good, but not great. A bit too sweet upfront, will see how this does with some aging.

Jan 26, 2016
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pgerph from Colorado

2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The first two seconds the taste is magnificent, it begins sweet and turns to coffee. After two seconds it turns bitter and continues to become more bitter, until it falls into a pit of bitterness. If it wasn't for the first two magnificent seconds, I would have to say it would be the worst beer I have ever had.

Jan 16, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Is that a hint of brown or just my imagination? A half finger of rusty brown head.

Tar, sweet molasses, liquorice, cherries and alcohol.

Sweet, boozy, whiskey, tar, brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce, floral like cherry blossoms. Bitter ashy finish.

Thick and oily, little powdery carbonation.

Got sent from Wish Beer in Bangkok, drank in Chiang Mai Dec 30th, 2015. Saw this on Craft Beer Channel's Christmas Cake episode and so have saved it for this festive season. Really great brew, with whiskey barrel notes.

Dec 30, 2015
Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 593 ratings