Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

Black (黑)Black (黑)
BA SCORE
66.3%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 570 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,538
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
570
Liked:
378
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
17.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
150
Trade:
7
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pitch brown fluid, dark as a moonless night on Broadway. I don't know why I said that, I just think it describes the beer perfectly :). On top rests a perfect beige head with hardly any retraction.

S - A smooth blend of oak, tar, peat and black forest fruits.

T - Surprisingly different RIS - it has chocolate, coffee and still an unusual fresh because of the fruit tones and the used hops. The booziness doesn't feel like the 16,5% ABV at all.

M - A very drinkable, low to medium carbonated beer with a bitter finish. What I do miss is a thick creaminess in the body.

O - What a pleasant to drink beer considering the ABV and it even tastes black - What's in a name? After drinking it a while you do get the idea its to overwhelming though.

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

With intense chocolate and booze, Mikkeller Black lives up to its name like few others can. The rise of alcohol keeps the stomach warm and the mouth rich with flavor- making this beer a perfect sipper for those long movies or captivating book that makes you want to delay a revisit to the fridge.

If black is in the name, then black is what's delivered to the eye as an onyx-like hue and sheen is displayed in deep and reflective light. The head builds like cement on the beer and without hardly a waiver in its settlement for nearly two minutes. As the rich and foamy medium sand-tan head colapses into a rocky and fluid terrain, there's an ordinant amount of sticky lace that reveals intricate patterns of lace along the glass. A very appetizing stout!

Rum, bourbon, chocolate, espresso, walnuts, and molasses all fill the nose with equally high intensity but alternating with each visit of the nose to the glass. Roasted grain gives a nearly campfire-like woodiness and smokiness to accompany the heightened sweet aromas that are somewhat unexpected.

In contrast, the toffee and molasses sweetness superscedes the roast. This is very unexpected as the espresso and bittersweet cocoa follow closely behind but can never command the forefront of flavor. Oily walnuts, bourbony alcohol taste, vanilla, caramel, burnt woods, and wine-like sherries give a sweeter, succulent, and fruity character to ride along side of the roast and malty sweetness- sometimes in complementary fashion, sometimes in contrast. Delicious but somewhat unsettled as the fusal flavor of alcohol becomes the highlight of the beer while warming and taking away from the subtle interplay of esters, oxides, roast, and caramelized sweetness.

Undoubtedly robust and full in body, the beer carries a highly viscous weight with a velvety and creamy start. Followed by a turn to heat, roasty astringency, and firm mid palate- the beer's procession continues into a very long and developing boozy numbing heat, intense roasty bitterness in the back of the throat to accompany a moderate astringency that's masked by a surpringly long linger of sweetness and starchy malt aftertaste.

Black is a smack in the face of roast, sweetness, and booze all at once. Maybe an early development of one attribute, then the other would have garnered a better impression from me, but the on slaught of this three headed monster becomes a tital wave of taste that's hard to process to the taste buds- muddled intensity at best; a boozy mess at worst. But the quality of independent flavors all prove very taste and strong and are somewhat seductive as it allows me to ignore the sum of the parts and focus a little on the pieces of flavor.

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood and wire top served into a pils glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Labelled best before 12/12/17. Reviewed from notes.

Presentation: The green glass is inexcusable, especially for a talented brewer light Mikkel.

A: No head. At all. There's a tan colour floater. It's lovely for what is present. The ABV is taking its toll. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: A strong aroma of rich chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, and slight esters. A strong aroma.

T: Heavy cocoa and chocolate, with some unexpected milky sweetness. Complex but heavy handed. The alcohol is strong. It's certainly strange. Vanilla and caramel are present. The richness is too extreme. I wouldn't call it balanced - even taking into account its ABV. It's hard to like, even though Mikkeller is me favourite brewery. Roast would greatly help it. The alcohol is just too much (and I enjoy Black Tuesday!). It's built alright, but with too much desire to be heavy.

Mf: Too thick. Smooth and wet. Heavy on the palate. It sort of complements the flavours generally.

Dr: If it were 9%, it'd be great. It's very difficult to drink as a beer, harder than most liqeurs. I wish it were more drinkable. It might age well, but I don't know that it's yeasty enough. A failed experiment at best. Try it if you truly love the higher ABV beers in the style, but otherwise don't bother with it on account of its price.

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2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A- Pours a dark ruby red colour with no head. Looks pretty similar to red wine. Excusable for the high abv.

S - Cocoa, bitter chocolate, ethanol, some sort of band aid note, dark fruit and wine. Many esters abound, and it's difficult to describe.

T - Pungent earthy cocoa beans overpower any subtle flavors, followed quickly by the ethanol, reminding you to sip. Tart fruit and sour candy make up the rest of the body. Definitely a sipper, and not really all that enjoyable.

M - smooth, and wet, rather like wine.

D - entirely too rich to be drinkable, and doesn't really bring any interesting flavors to the party. A disappointment from a great brewer.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle dated best by 14/04/21 poured into a snifter...

A - Pours as dark as black can get with no light having a chance to get through this body. Surprisingly, a tan, 1 finger head forms. Tight bubbles then recede to a cap of the same color.

S - Burnt roasted malts, peat, a smokiness, and some ash as well. Rich chocolate comes through as well. Dark fruits and molasses come through as does a little tobacco. Really intense aroma.

T - Taste suffers a bit from all of the burnt and ash like flavors. Intense flavors of burnt malts, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and molasses covered dark fruits. Really heavy, intense flavors.

M - Big, heavy bodied beer. Very low carbonation (surprising considering the head that formed) that leads to a creamy smooth feel.

O - Really interesting beer. Probably the most intense flavor wise for me since East End's Toaster. The Burnt, ashy flavors took away for me, but overall, this was one hell of an experience.

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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a little Japanese DNA in me, plus picking up some "Nihonga" from my father, I recognized the character as being Japanese for "koko" or "black." Because it's an Imperial Stout, I just had to grab it! Rich, nose-filling aroma is very smoky with undertones of molasses, coffee and licorice and a hint of miso. It says "Drink me!" to anybody who loves dark beers. The pour is even more promising - night black with a thick, fluffy, tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor - woo hoo, such flavor! Strong notes of quality coffee, caramel and molasses with hints of licorice and chocolate, rather sweet but not cloying. Smooth, heavy texture is somewhat tingly and syrupy. Crazy and wild? That's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it, uh-huh uh-huh!

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