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 Double / 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 AmericanGothic
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a totally opaque, black color with 1-1/2 fingers of billowy tan head. Great retention and fantastic lace.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt, some vinous hints. Intense!

T: Leads with the roasted malt, chocolate following close behind. Finishes with a little bitterness, then the chocolate and roasted malts continue to linger. Under all this are some of the vinous qualities present in the smell, and some sweetness also. Like the smell, very intense. Alcohol is present but doesn't get out of control. Purely delicious.

M: Surrealistically smooth and creamy, very sensual, quite satisfying.

O: Had this for the first time several weeks ago and was quite impressed. Now focusing on it for the review, I have to say this is a perfect beer. Bravo!

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5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle.

Appearance: Almost black with slow forming brown head which exhibits good retention and leaves lacing that is so thick, there are rings of head on the glass. Sediment in base of glass.

Aroma: Powerful, varying ratios each time the glass is raised. Vanilla, coffee, alcohol, vinous aromas, hints of chocolate.

Taste: In no particular order, as this beer has so much flavour: vanilla, coffee, chocolate, vinous, alcohol, hint of cinnamon and other spices. Sweet, but with an underlying roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Extremely full bodied, smooth, dry.

Drinkability: Obviously a sipper and an occasional beer, but this is outstanding. You can tell it's strong, but it feels more like 12%. Lots of excellent flavours and aromas. Highly recommended.

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4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What an incredible Imperial Stout this is!

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4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer blew my mind. Mikkeller has an outstanding reputation for producing quality beers, but this beer was a monster. An incredible nose profile of the most incredible rich chocolates and warm boozy goodness. Thick mocha head that hung around to admire, and on that note I don't think I've ever seen such a dark head on a beer. The taste is what really blew me away though- upon first sip I knew exactly what I had been searching for in an Imperial Stout and this beer was everything I needed. It sat so well on all parts of the palate and the after-bite was just as good as the initial sip. It is not a drinker, but a sipper for sure. As it warmed to proper temp the nose profile opened up even more and you could smell the malts and grainy wholesome stout notes. While it did get a bit chore-like to finish the whole beer, it was an amazing experience and I am going out to buy another bottle asap before I cant find it again.

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4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

coffee, alcohol, and real woody smell with red wine. Taste espresso and red wine, sweet with a real warning feeling. Really Rich flavour

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4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So, drinking half of a 12.7-oz bottle of this stuff pretty much renders 99.99 percent of all other beers trifling and insignificant. Just a mind-blowing concoction. This masterpiece takes a spot in my all time Top 5 Beers, maybe Top 2.
There are already 13 reviews for this beer, and between them the attributes are well documented. I won't bother to dissertate. I'll just say that this is an incredibly intense, tasty, huge beer. The only category it doesn't score a 5 in, for me, is drinkability. That said, I enjoyed it immensely, and I don't see anything wrong with being sated by half a bottle. At 17.5% ABV and $17 a bottle, that's a good thing.

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4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Pours like oil into my snifter - completely opaque black with no hope of light going through. I tried holding it to my desk lamp - nothing. Dark brown head fades to a thin rimjob.

Nose is ruby port like with very dark chocolate and espresso crema. Maduro cigar.

Palate is very much like what an alcoholic double espresso would taste like - huge espresso component, creamy body, with warm alcohol in the background. Bitter chocolate is there towards the end also, and the finish leaves a faint maduro cigar "tar" flavor.

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4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a distillation of mourning. If, from every tear wrung from the survivors of every casualty of war in humankind's history, a liquid concentrate were formed, it would fill but a single bottle of Mikkeller Black. It's like sorrow syrup. It is the sweetened lactation from the teat of a cremated demon, brewed with ash and soot and burning hate. It also has a ridiculous alcohol content, which encourages over-the-top metaphors and hyperbole.

This beer is so dark that it actually bends light. Eyeing it from across the room, I have no choice but to believe that Black is attempting to suck my whole kitchen into my snifter. The head is thin and slow to appear. The bubbles are so fine they might actually be powdered bones.

This beer does not have an aroma. It has what can only be called "heavy fumes."

The flavor is unreal. It's like what would happen if you drank the remnants of burning tires thrown on a mountain of brown sugar and coffee beans soaked in diesel fuel. It's been said before, but this beer just tastes...dark. I now know and appreciate the magnitude of this statement. Pine tar, regular tar, cigarette tar, and fire are the primary flavors. Follow it up with sweetness, and a psychotically bitter hoppy burst on the finish, and you have one angry brew. Seriously, this beer has something to prove. It wants to uppercut a punkass. If Islamic extremists were drinkers, they would exclusively drink Black during the month of Ramadan, then promptly blow something the fuck up. It has the impetus to initiate ass-kicking protocols, brought to you by the taking of names.

Once in my mouth, I have to thoroughly chew before I swallow. A solid attribute to this amazing beer.

All in all, this beer is in my top 10, maybe top 5. My life is better having experienced it. If you can find some, try it. You will never be the same.

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4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me, this was one of the most delicious beers I have ever had. Color is black. Thin dark brown head. Aromas are rich sweet dried prunes, coffee, leather chocolate, raisins... wow! Alcohol is there, but not prevailent. Flavor is initially big black licorice, then sweet dark chocolate, figs - no scratch that - black strap molasses with raisin tar, then finishing back into black licorice with a touch of astringency. But, this beer really doesn't finish - lingers into roasted nuts, tobacco, leather, dark rum...

This should age wll for 20 years I should think, if anyone has the patience. Absolutely superb!

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4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks pitch-black, beige head.
S: Very Wineouse, chocolate, roasted, toffee
T: Toffee, coffee, raisins, brown sugar, roasted a bit oaky
M: Smooth, thick, sugary, oily

A wonderful beer, and considering it's strong ABV there it is very well-balanced. Exceptional beer!

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4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a foamy chocolate colored head that settles into a lasting lacing. Roasted malty aroma with chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, dark fruit, spice, alcohol, hops and candi sugar notes. Very complex with a nice roasted coffe maltiness, sweet dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and alcohol warmth. The ABV is noticeable but pretty well masked considering it's strength.

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