Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.5% abv.

A - Pitch black, thin soapy mocha head, spotty lacing.

S - Espresso beans, brown sugar, roasted malts, alcohol fumes, cookie dough.

T - Burnt sugars, black coffee, charred oak, roasted malts, ash, bitter hops.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation, long bitter aftertaste.

O - Should have split this one! It took an hour and fifteen minutes to finish my bottle. Glad I got to try this one. I'm pretty sure this is from 2010. This is my 54th Mikkeller beer!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Dope
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

17.5% version.

A: Pours midnight black with a large and dense medium brown head. Fades slowly, leaving huge swathes of lacing behind.

S: Mountains of bitter chocolate and char. Lots of black licorice too. Some nice brown sugar too. Spicy, biting alcohol aroma.

T: Loads and loads of chocolate. Up front it is sweet with the addition of some brown sugar but then it quickly becomes a bitter baker's chocolate with tons of charred wood and smoke. Finishes dry with some lingering alcohol, though no alcohol bite is present funnily enough. Lingering char in the aftertaste lasts forever.

M: Big, heavy, slick. Drying from all the char in the aftertaste.

O: A surprisingly drinkable huge stout. Very little alcohol bite. However, it is quite one-dimensional, pretty much all bitter chocolate and the char - oh my. It's like drinking an ashtray sometimes.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of korguy123
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into snifter. Label claims to be 16.5% not 17.5%

A- Dark, black, oily abyss. Two finger dark tan head with sheets of lacing. Alcohol is clinging to the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, brown sugar and a underlying dose of alcohol waiting patiently for you to sip. There is a dose of cinnamon and licorice with a touch of molasses.

T- Super dark bitter chocolate (80% + cocoa) burnt coffee, burnt toast, barrel char and a touch of brown sugar and vanilla. Molasses and licorice are very subtle but you finish off with a dose of alcohol taste, not burn or warmth just an astringent alcohol taste. Lingering bitter and burnt aftertaste.

M- Full bodied, slight carbonation, sticky on the lips.

O- I didn't know what to expect with this one. I see Mikkeller and think "this might be good". I see the abv and wonder if this is well crafted or a hot mess. I really shouldn't doubt Mikkeller. This is very good, high abv or not this is something worth the time to sit and sip and enjoy.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, @16.5%, according to the 'good folks' at the AGLC and/or the agent for this bad boy in Alberta. Been sitting on this one for a lengthy spell now.

This beer pours a deep abyss of blackitude, with only the slightest slivers of basal cola edges, and two ebullient, rangy fingers of thick, puffy, and almost sludgy beige head, which sinks away at a snail's pace, seemingly fighting gravity the whole way, and eventually leaving some damned near-perfect honeycomb webbed lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of densely roasted, meaty malt, heavy on the bittersweet chocolate, some sassy saltwater taffy, nose-twinging alcohol, soused black fruit flesh, cigarette ash, spicy root vegetables, and earthy and weedy hops. The taste is too much to take in all at once - one is assaulted by a boozy, salty chocolate affront, right up front (sorry!), which softens the palate up quite well, before plastering you with more of the same, but now with some cowering black fruit ruins, ashy stamped out campfire, a coffee urn's discharge when left on said conflagration, a well obfuscated, though subtly tinny booze edge, and musty, dusty, and chalky hop bitters.

The fizz is actually rather palpable here, doing one's gob a not insignificant service, the body a hefty, thick, and unctuous weight, and on the far side of crazy in terms of smoothness. It finishes still fairly sweet, in cocoa, grain, fruit, and booze alike, with the partitions varying in scope, yet enticing all the same.

Given the presentation, resultant expectation, and eventual personal submersion, this is one big-assed malt, booze, fruit, and reservedly hopped-up beer-bomb; thoroughly complex, but still a bit rough, because, because you know you like it that way, don't you? I know I do.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my neighbor Don Mattingly for bringing this one over.

A: Terrific! Black may be a understatement!
S: toasty malts and the 17.5%
T: again, the 17.5% over powered this one. More than I like. Took away from the brew IMO.
M: average for a big stout
O: glad I had the chance too sip on 6oz of it. But will not hunt this one down

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up, eh, roughly 2 years ago at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Okay, one of the sickest pours ever. About as black as I've seen pour and a head. Okay, theres tan heads, mocha heads, dark chocolate coloured heads...and then theres this. This head was BLACK. Granted, it faded into a thin mocha halo with light thin mocha wisps. But that initial head is so, so freakin black. Unreal, never seen anything like it.

S - Aaaaand back to reality. Not too too much booze which is pretty nice, the aromas though are kind of eh. Slightly salty and leathery. Super light smokey malts and light dark fruit. Shockingly light.

T - Hrm..initialliy this is somewhat sweet and salty. Sweet malts and light soy sauce. It fades to ALOT of smoke, almost peaty. Really weird progression, starts very sweet then goes to light saltiness, ending with huge roast almost burnt malts and smoke.

M - Considering how high the ABV is this is incredibly smooth. Its got basically no carbonation, which, I guess is acceptable. Booze does creep up though of course.

O - Overall, this is an experience. Not really very stoutlike on anything. Smokey, sweet, salty...just, kinda weird. Its not bad and definately should be shared between people as this full bottle is WAY too much

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec '07, reviewed May '12 (4.5 years).
Pours black with no head.
Aroma is very sweet smelling, more like a port than a beer. Some vegemite shows along with grape notes. Also some chocolate fudge.
Flavours include smooth booze, roasted malt, more roasted malt and ash. Some soft vinous notes. Pretty serious stuff, but good for sipping. A fairly hoppy bitterness in the finish. Not all that complex though.
No carbonation and a very syrupy body that suits the beer well.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. 16.5% ABV.

A: Black-dark opaque. Light medium-dark head has good retention and great lacing.

S: Ginger. Roasted malt. Touch of meatiness. Smoky oatmeal. Estery notes that might be alcohol.

T/M: Incredibly thick and very strong. Coffee beans on the fore and endtaste; drily bitter on the aftertaste. Fruits, berries, chalky roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla bean. Loads of flavour, loads of bitterness, loads of booze. This is a superlative imperial stout.

O: Gods, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended; must have again. I may be a bit biased towards both Mikkeller and imperial stouts, but if either interests you, you must try this. A+.

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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. Poured into a tulip glass. 2012 edition.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a layer of tan head that leaves a thin layer on the edge of the glass as it fades.

Smell: Smoke and some roast with a malt sweetness. I'm also getting some dark chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol.

Taste: This is a very roasty, heavy stout. Somewhat bitter with a lot of malt sweetness. The roasted malt flavor along with the sweetness is giving me some dark chocolate. There is an alcohol burn and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with smooth carbonation and some heat from the alcohol. The finish is rather slick.

Overall: This is an intense beer in all aspects. Very bitter and boozy in the finish. Some time might smooth that out. I'd still have another.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 66.3% out of 100 with 570 ratings
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