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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 dbossman
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black and still with no head and minimal lacing but expected for a beer this big

S: Rich roasty malts; lots of booze--bourbon especially; lots of dark fruits, raisins; so boozy and sweet and rich...mmm

T: So boozy and sweet and boozy and sweet: alcohol, bourbon, coffee with faint chocolate and raisins

F: Almost no carbonation and creamy and a bit viscous but surprisingly thin too

O: Wow, this is big; almost too big; it's delicious but man, this is boozy

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Photo of YvesB
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jewbrew
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had This beer beside a couple amazing bottles of wine.

What a refresher. Although you would think a 17.5% stout would be as dark as most BA's feelings about themselves it's not!

This bottle had notes of roasted malt, vanilla, whisky barrel, caramel, espresso, and a long lasting finish.

Nice medium bodied mouthfeel, nothing overpowered my palate besides some boozy heat. Mikkeller did a nice job making a well balanced stout considering the huge amount of alcohol.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice.

A - Pours black with a 1/2 inch tan head, that subsided to 1/8 inch head. Lacing all the way to the end.

S - Fruity

T - Sweet, fruity (raisins) to start, slowly overpowered by slight coffee/chocolate bitterness to finish, accompanied by alchohol warmth.

M - Slightly coating, good level of carbonation.

D - Well, at the abv, I've got to say it's just a sipper,

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Photo of BostonJustin
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste like an imperial stout mixed with kahlua.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. $17.

A. Pitch black with an extrememly dense head, light brown. The head looks like it was poured from a nitro tap. Completely opaque, nice rings of lacing, looks like an imperial stout should. Excellent.

S: rich chocolate, fair amount of coffee and a decent amount of booze, but it isn't overwhelming. Behind the booze is a nice note of brown sugar and molasses. Lots of decent flavors in the nose.Black cherry is a nice undertone as well. Not too shabby here. Strong burnt flavors.

T: hugeness. Everything in this beer is huge. Roastyness is the first thing that hits the tongue followed by a huge sweetness from both the chocolate and a generally strong malty sweetness. Incredibly strong bitterness from the roasted malt, its not as bad as chewing on charred food but rivals that. Lingering bitterness and a huge coffee profile just stick in the mouth. This is a double-imperial stout, everything in the imperial stout classification is doubled in this beer flavorwise.

M: thick. No other way to describe it, this is the thickest beer I've ever had. Boozey to no end, and warming, a little less booze would be nice but this is awesome.

D:definitely a sipper, this is just too much to drink in any amount, but this Is incredibly enjoyable. I definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys huge beers, especially stouts. Definitely beats the pants off of DFH WWS in the extreme imperial stout category. Nice beer. Recommended.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into tulip 1/3/12

A shes pretty dark alright there's a little cola at the edges but not much, massive three finger mocha foam has great retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving thick partial rings of lace deep down the glass

S some over-ripe plum with a little chocolate covered raisin, molasses, and booze, a little faint though a bit of a surprise

T much more dark roast in the mouth with loads of charred wood and some smokey bourbon, I'd believe this was bourbon barrel aged if I was told so, some licorice comes through and the booze is there but very well concealed all things considered

M pretty thick with just enough carbonation, some heat but controlled, and a very strong char aftertaste

O pretty good for a big intense brew but I found the Islay and Cognac versions far superior, this one's almost one sided with big burnt malt notes but I happen to like that to a degree

I might be tasting this next week at this rate, I do like this stuff but I don't think I'm going to drop the $$ to give the Islay and Cognac bottles in my cellar some company

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oily brown, light brown head. Some light lace.

Faint booze and tons and tons of malt.

Heavy, big, with some banana, cherry, and maybe plum. Faintly bitter. Kind of a barleywine.

Smoothish but kinda burns on the finish.

Decent, but really big. Should be categorized as an American style barleywine.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of shareallthebeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark and vinous nature with a ½ finger creamy dark nutmeg colored head. A slight film lacing is left behind as the head settles with a fair retention.

S: moderatly strong with an acrid bitterness of roasted grains and bitter chocolate. Well lasting alcohol fusels linger about providing whiskey scents.

T: bitter with dominant alcohol fusels with dark roasted grains. The flavor wallops you from the get go with its huge dark roasted nature and demanding alcohol fusels. A brief and light dairy creamer sweetness is present for but a moment in the middle of the palate before quickly succumbing to a boozy finish of whiskey cask notes. Overall the flavor was dark, bitter, acrid and alcohol fueled.

M: light, and silky smooth in texture. A soft, near flat carbonation brings out the oily nature on the tongue while a huge whiskey alcohol finish reminds you of its 17.5% abv nature. A very faint chalkiness is detected as well.

D: Definitly a slow sipper and one is more then plenty at any sitting. Big whiskey alcohol, a bitter dark roasted palate will assault the taste buds at every opportunity. The strong boozy nature makes this an honest sipper and sure to please the heartiest of stout fans. One of the most extreme beers by style I can remember having.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Celebrating a successful weekend of pre-Spring cleaning, enjoying some warmer temps at long last, and still shaking off the effects of some poorly timed Punishment. This is one of the older beers in the cellar from a trade many moons ago, the provider whose name escapes me but for whom I am most grateful. I do believe there is a date on the cork of 12/12/17, for what that is worth.

Appearance - dark oily pour, no head, bubbling or lace to this one.

Aroma - darkly roasted grain, intense dark chocolate, perhaps a note of soy. Sweet, rich, and intense smelling.

Taste - whoa, heavy on all registers. The grains are roasted but not burnt, but the alcohol burn pushes it that way a little. After all this time, this is about as tame as 17.5 gets. The sweetness plays off some bittersweet flavors, melding the grain and chocolate. I don't know that there is anything to be gained by abv this high, 12 to 14% would have been a better fit. Little carbonation, the swallow is hot and the finish is soy, anise, and lengthy espresso.

Mouthfeel - the carbonation is so low and the body is so thick, this reminds me of Vicks cough syrup. Big, big, big.

Overall - I enjoyed this way more than Punishment, lol. I like 'em sweet, malty, high abv. Some better balance to all that and this is high 4's for me. Improves as it warms (or as the palate adjusts). One to try, glad I had a chance to get a hold of one.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoolJosh
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one in the cooler at Zeno's and was really intrigued by the bottle. Took it and home and noticed the actual bottle was green, which threw me off..

A: Pitch black. No hints of any light coming through, I've never seen anything this dark before. dark khaki head that doesn't last long.

S: Lots of flavors, I really had a difficult time distinguishing, there are so many and everything is really big and bold. Scents of darker cherry, dark grapes and other dark fruits, some vanilla, bitter chocolate, and some alcohol. One thing that my buddy brought up was a "Soy Sauce," smell.

T: WOW!!! Where do I begin, it all hits you at once and so fast. Slightly rougher start that smoothes out nicely, no tastes of alcohol surprisingly, and alot of darker fruits, vanilla, and some roasted coffee tastes.

Overall, a very bold, in your face black stout. Unbelievably complex in smell and taste, there's alot here. Surprisingly smooth, and expected the worst only to find an incredibly well put together beer. I picked up a second bottle, and placed comfortably in my 3+ years aging section!

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Photo of SayBoom
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Black as midnight color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet alcohol nose and flavor is sweet alcohol that becomes burnt hickory wood. Forever lingering burnt wood aftertaste. Label puts ABV at 16%. Expensive at $12.99 for a 375ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Goliath
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From the first time I laid eyes on this beer here on BA, I knew I had to have it. I'm very excited that it has finally come to my area, so here goes:

It was damn near impossible to open this bottle, and once I got the cork out it gave me the most pathetic little "pop".

Pours black and completely opaque. A thin foamy brown head forms on top and lingers with decent retention leaving soap sudsy lace behind.

The aroma is rather nice. A good bit of fruit strikes me up front as very pleasing. It's followed by a slight phenolic quality and a decent amount of alcohol. Certainly some big chocolate notes can be found, as well as raisins, and apple.

The taste is incredibly unique. I certainly would never have expected this to be my experience. I've taken all of one sip, and my palate is shot. An overwhelming symphony of discord is wreaking havoc on my mouth. It's slightly sweet up front with some indistinct fruit notes, and then quickly becomes a burnt, extremely bitter, boozey, phenolic mess on the finish. The lovely notes from the nose do not show in the taste of this beer. I'm having a difficult time describing what I'm encountering because I've never run in to anything that tastes quite like this. The more I drink, the more I can find some of my original thoughts. A bit of fruit, and a bit of chocolate are the dominant tones. Beyond that it's burnt sugar, burnt malt, rubber, and a resounding bitterness unlike any I've encountered before that's bordering on being painful in the back of my throat. Have they started adding pesticides? I'm disappointed, and yet not. It's certainly different and adventurous, but I don't think it's as positive as it could have been. For the price tag, it's too expensive to feel good about drain pouring it. I'd recommend giving it a whirl, but have 5 or 6 friends with you to share the tiny bottle with.

As the beer warms to room temp (since I sipped it over the course of a few hours), it really started to fit together better. The flavors seemed to marry a bit more and the harshness I once felt was subdued. I'm not sure how I want to rate the taste, but it will certainly get points for originality and pushing the bar which I can certainly appreciate.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, syrupy, and slightly chewy. Carbonation is near nonexistent in this beer.

Drinkability is incredibly low. The flavor profile is massive and overwhelming and difficult to consume even in small doses. Certainly a fun lab experiment, but use caution when drinking this thing. I consider myself better for the experience.

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Photo of trill
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one comes out impenetrably black, with a decent (though not long-lasting) head for a beer this big. The aroma is full of smooth, roasty coffee and chocolate, some old-ale type prunes, and a big whiff of port wine. The taste... ah, there's all that alcohol. It's medicinal and powerful but not inappropriate; the beer has enough substance to back it up. Equal portions of chocolatey, slightly smoky malt and big, grapey wine flavors dominate the flavor. There's a little bit of oak and some sweetness that leaves the finish sticky, but not overwhelming. My only complaint is that the high alcohol has a numbing effect on the palate; one 12.7oz bottle is more than enough for three people.

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Photo of beermebeerman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into a 4oz tasting glass at the 2008 SIB.
Pours a used-motor-oil black with a few small bubbles forming a ring around the edge of the glass. Initial smell was overpowering; I had to get quite a few whiffs before I could pick out anything other than coffee/chocolate aromas, but a couple were pinot-noir and raisins. Taste was also an explosion. Lots of roast-coffee flavors and chocolate malt with an alcohol afterburner effect. A little too sweet, but not overpowering. This is one that needs to be sipped slowly. Mouthfeel was good. Carbonation level seemed a little low but perfectly acceptable for the style. Drinkablility is low because this is so huge, but I wish I had a bottle of this of my own at home. If you happen to get your hands on one, you are truly blessed among men.

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Photo of duchessededc
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great aroma, great appearance...but it tastes like simple syrup on first taste. Once you get past that, great hickory and coffee flavors. Very yummy. The first taste is just cloying. I wonder if aging would improve the balance.

I would say age this for 2-3 years and try again. It's great now, but a little sugary.

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Photo of Bp123
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hoppymeal
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Liquor Max. Pours a syrupy looking black in color with a large chocolate brown head that very slowly recedes with some decent lacing. A little ashy roastiness up front, some soft chocolate sweetness as well. A swirl brings up some sweet fruity maltiness, hints of soy and some definite alcohol. Taste is a very nice big sweet maltiness, fruity, up front, some black licorice mixed in and some chocolate evident towards the finish. Extremely hot, alcohol is a major presence here. Fairly heavy in body, sweet and sugary thick, pepperiness on the tongue and a painful bite of alcohol in the throat. A very tasty maltiness here, unfortunately the alcohol is hard to get around. After a bit it does seem to mellow, or maybe I'm just starting to get numb to it. There is a great beer behind that alcohol that keeps me drinking it and possibly with some age, if that alcohol mellows, it could be divine.

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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 574 ratings
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