Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
564
Reviews:
263
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
18.01%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
151
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 564 |  Reviews: 263
Photo of TheNakedStiletto
2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alarmclock314
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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 brown sugar. The taste follows with tons of intense smoke with some roasted malt, brown sugar, cocoa, and hops; better as it warms up but still very heavily smoked. Strong 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 before (and should probably be classified as such). There are much more enjoyable IS's on the shelf.

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Photo of shareallthebeer
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jkhara12
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of drone
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rapgod95
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of SayBoom
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shippy
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pgerph
2.48/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of BrewSTL
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kguard
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Perfect pour - pitch black, huge thick head the color of strong espresso. Smells of roasted malts and lactose, dark chocolate and dark cherries. The taste is unbalanced - very sweet at first, then roasty bitter and with the alcohol overwhelming the mouth a bit. Very alcohol-heavy aftertaste.

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Photo of YvesB
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelfonatree
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in July 2015 enjoyed November 13, 2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter.

Look - Pours brown, not black. Finger of frothy tan head (fine to large bubbled). Little lacing. Settles to a ring.

Smell - Chocolate. Coffee. Char. Toffee. Alcohol.

Taste - Chocolate masks booze well. First sip was spicy. Warmth improves it. Bubblegum on end.

Feel - Chewy. Thick. Stings tongue. Burns.

Overall - Finishing this by yourself is a task. Time to go to bed.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Near black with a frothy, rocky head that dissipates in a hurry. Vinous sherry notes and roasty black malts in the nose. Molasses, leather, cocoa, burnt sugar, dark rum booze spicyness in the taste. Moderate carbonation and a thick, full mouthfeel. Medicinal booze and a touch of salty soy sauce in the finish.

Worth a try for sure. A bit boozy, veering on distraction. Intense stuff.

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Photo of Grackos
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
3.72 out of 5 based on 564 ratings.
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