Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)
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:
568
Reviews:
265
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
18.01%
 
 
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57
Gots:
150
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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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 superspak
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 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.

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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

Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
3.72 out of 5 based on 568 ratings.
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