Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)
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3.8/5
Very Good
579 Ratings
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

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Ranking:
#17,473
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
579
pDev:
17.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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Photo of Heretic42
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of CrazyDavros
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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Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
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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Photo of oline73
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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Photo of OtisCampbell
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up locally a while back. Dated 30/06/20 on the cap. Enjoyed from a mikkeller wine glass.

a - brew poured a deep sludgy black with a full 2 fingers of creamy tan grey head that sat there forever.

s - I could smell the booze as soon as the cap came off the bottle, although my bottle says 16%. Closer inspection is chocolate roasted malts smothered in rubbing alcohol. Some spiciness gives it a nice glaze.

t - Although the heat is on, my first sip was actually quite good. The nose lead me to believe that I had embarked on a chore by opening this bres, but the favors are pretty creamy and milk chocolatey. Make no mistake though this beer is a booze BOMB. if you can get passed the intense alcohol, there is a nice almost milk stout in there.

m - BOOZY my mouth is tingling. Like drinking moonshine, but the backbone is a nice sweet milk stout.

o - overall, mikkeller beers are SO hit or miss for me. This one kind of tows the line between both. The beer is actually nice, but the novelty of the intense alc burn takes away from the flavor quite a bit. That being said, once you get over the booze this is a great one and done beer.

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Photo of KnightRider
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Poured into a tulip.

A- pours very dark, with a pleasantly rich creamy looking head

S- strong dark chocolate, cherries with a nice boozy hint.

T- bitter chocolate with some bourbon cherries, surprisingly smooth. It leaves a unique bite at the end, almost reminds me of a delicious iced Irish coffee.

M- thick with a nice silk texture leaving a charred/oak bite that lingers

O- Great, well balanced and a rich warming beer. I was skeptical at first considering it's 17.5% but I felt it was very palatable and can't wait to buy another one to age. You gotta love Mikkeller.

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Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of EfilsGod
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of hattingc
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of originsbrewery
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of duels
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MordeciaFunk
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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 Hellrob
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I can't put a rating for this beer. too strong, too spiced, it has destroyed our palates and my stomach. very strong. too bitter
I can't put a rating for this beer. too strong, too spiced, it has destroyed our palates and my stomach. very strong. too bitter
I can't put a rating for this beer. too strong, too spiced, it has destroyed our palates and my stomach. very strong. too bitter

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Photo of AlastairM
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of lsfrontman
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black as night as appropriately named. Upon the pour, only a thin, mocha head appears which instantly dissolves to leave no lacing. This beer was picked up back in 2010, so it does have some age on it.

Robust aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, bourbon, and perhaps a hint of licorice float from the glass.

The flavor is equally aggressive as it sweet and boozy featuring sweet chocolate and fruit with an aftertaste that is part port and part smoky roasted malt and hints of earthy peat come through as well.

The body is thick and viscous, yet smooth with a warming boozy finish that coats the palate like a fine port wine.

I am quite impressed with this beer and rank it up their with its peers such as WWS and Mephistopheles. While it seems to differ from some of these other monster Imperial Stouts, it still offers fantastic character that is a treat to the senses.

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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 579 ratings