Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black (黑)Black (黑)
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3.8/5
Very Good
583 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:
#18,679
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
583
pDev:
17.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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58
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Photo of q33jeff
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rapgod95
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shippy
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pgerph
2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
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 +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kguard
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelfonatree
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biegaman
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Mikkeller Black is just that and... little else. It's a black hole, though its head has colour (a rusted brown tint). I'm impressed such a high-gravity offering has any head at all, let alone one that looks as strong as the beer itself - that foam ain't going anywhere except all up and down the sides of the glass.

I Goggled the 黑 symbol that adorns the label and, not able to read Japanese, have no idea what those results returned. The aroma is no more familiar - an absolutely one-of-a-kind combination of szechuan peppers, soy sauce, sriracha, sweet potato, tart wild berries, and hickory smoke. Love it or hate it it's different, intriguing and, given it's made from just the basics, downright puzzling.

When it comes to actually taking that first sip I freeze, as if I stumbled on a dead body or, more accurately, found myself unarmed and face to face with a wild animal. And it turns out both unusual and strong, though the intensity is snapped out of the finish like a dog on a yanked leash; the finish is void of chocolaty, coffee-ish flavour but is chock full of Tabasco sauce and astringent cigar-like smokiness.

Where I currently live in Ontario, Canada, our government acts as guardian and tests every single product that is sold. It's not uncommon to find huge variance in alcohol percentage (especially for higher gravity offerings) but their state-of-the-art lab confirmed this is in fact 17% alcohol. Mind you, that's obvious from the way it drinks - some sips make my eyes water. This goes down kicking and punching.

The 'best before' is printed a decade from now - 2024. There aren't many beers that get better 10 years after they're bottled, let alone stay remotely as good. How will this one fair, however? Who the hell knows. But if there's one thing you can be sure will survive nuclear fallout, surely Black is it. It should really be drank with the same discretion as cayenne pepper is used in a recipe.

Mikkeller is one of those brands that, for better or worse, people will talk about, write about, and seek out to try even at absurd costs. This one, however, lives up to all hype - both positive and negative - and is undoubtedly worth its price tag, if only for those looking for a truly, extraordinarily unique experience. It even changes as it warms, enough so to write a whole other review!

I've been in the beer reviewing game for well over a decade now - pretty much since it started - and I can think of few beers that have received more simultaneously emphatic love and ferocious hate than Mikkeller Black. This is a stout that can cause even Imperial Stout lovers to quake like mice when the cat is mentioned. It is as peculiar and distinctive as they come.

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Photo of amano_h
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Much has happened in the last five years, which is about the length of time that I have held this bottle in my possession. Coming from a corked and caged, green 375 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Black. The name says it all. Light splashes of legs hit around the glass. As for head, what head?

* Now, before I go on, I have something to admit; I have had a few tastes of this at tastings, and I found it to be like soy sauce. With age, here's hoping something beautiful blossoms. *

I smell it, breath in, take in a pleasant burnt chocolate aroma. I get chocolate syrup too. There's promise.

Five years in the waiting, and Black is better than ever! This is a big, roasty beverage with semi-sweet chocolate, big chocolate cake, and a wet slobber of chocolate infused booze. A little oxidation too. It big, it's pretty smooth for its size, so I'm going to call it; winner winner!

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Photo of Shawner
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcmchew
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 583 ratings