Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)
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Black (黑)Black (黑)

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

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

Added by kkipple on 02-19-2008

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Photo of khargro2
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jroof1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knickfan3
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mishi_d
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of matthewsween
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml can
16.1 ABV

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheWolf
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice layered taste. But boozy and pungent.

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Photo of Dzu
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.37/5  rDev -37.6%
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 know how to make a gigantic stout go down easily. Of course, that's thanks to the horrid bitterness, but who's keeping score? Carbonation is appropriately low.

Woof. This is the classic example of "some is 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

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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 586 ratings