Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

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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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Photo of shanblur
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option in Chicago. 8oz pour in a small snifter. Dense black color with speckled lacing and multiples bubbles on the edge. Smell is intense, much like a port. Dark fruit, coffee flavors and a nice boozy aroma. Flavor is complex dark fruit, nutty, coffee. Very intense. Dense and chewy mouthfeel. Glad I had the opportunity to try this. This was the original 2009 which supposedly was dated try before 2020. More like port than a beer. Would love to sample this with more age.

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Photo of macktbone
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Omg this has been sitting in my friends cellar for a year and omg. It's awesome.

A- black as night and more.

S- soy and more

t- a beautiful boucay of hops and devilish stotness that covers spectrum of flavors.

M- in course with the style

d- not fit the weak of heart but easily agood option!!!

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Photo of BGDrock
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: nearly pitch black; dense, milk chocolate head, sticky and leaving big trails of lace - like coffee crema

Aroma: smoke, spices - clove, all spice; perfumy and floral; completely addictive, can't place the scents, and heady with alcohol

Taste & Mouthfeel: big, intense dark roasted malts, tasting of burnt coffee, and oily in the same way; bitter finish imprints itself on the palate and doesn't let go, a combination of the malts and some straightforward hops; a touch of toffee sweetness, some raisin and prunes too; kind of a cola flavour in the sugar, it's deeper than normal; towards the end getting a sense of lactose, creamy mouthfeel, and more mellow coffee notes; alcohol well disguised for 17%

Overall: in the end, becomes a velvety, bitter, coffee dessert, intensity evened out, everything blending beautifully - but the first half of the bottle is a kick in the face

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Photo of MikeReserva
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dear people, behold this is not your average USA stout. Shared wirh a friend (lucky I did).

appearance is pitch black with a nice head. Smell is BOOZY with a peated, hoppy coffee aroma.

Taste is bombastic; coffee, alcohol, sweet, roasty malts, with a ridiculous long coffee finish. Very, very boozy; tons of very bitter chocolate. Alcohol is not well hidden, as it is within so many competitors, but it's not disturbing or annoying. It's a class on it's own; it's a prestige thing. Enjoy.

Please share this beer with a friend (or two), or take a whole evening finishing this one by yourself. 'only' 2,5% ystronger than something like BCBS, but this one will blow you away. Despite it's very, very strong character I'd encourage every stout lover to try this one.

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Photo of TrueRates
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Synthetic cork has is printed 12/17. Quite the pain in releasing the cork from the bottle, but once done, very little hiss came through. Poured dead flat jet black that has gorgeous lacing. Aroma is ash, burnt charcoal, espresso, couverture chocolate. The taste is superb! Heavy roast black coffee, aged Madeira like with great acidity, thin body that just has so much depth in flavor, and lastly a melange of booze soaked harvest fruit. Finish is long lasting and just glorious. I'd imagine this beer aged in Islay barrels would be total top-notch. Some iodine, earth, and peat would just put this one in the winner's circle. Yum, yum, yum!!!

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Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam... probably a couple of years old now this bottle...

Poured deep inky black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Barely any head - what there is pours a murky brown colour and this fades instantly... no lacing at all...

Where to start with the aroma !! Rich booze soaked fruit loaf, lots of charred sootiness, dark bitter chocolate, strong liquorice, very sweet smelling - lots of black treacle and muscovado sugar, cigar smokiness, alcohol soaked fruit (blackcurrants, dates, raisins, prunes), roasted nuts - praline, soy sauce and balsamic...

Taste - Very sweet initially with lots of black treacle, balsamic and soy sauce. After the sweetness comes lots of charred smokiness with definite cigar notes, sweet espresso, very boozy - maybe just a little on the hot side, cough mixture notes, aniseed, alcohol soaked dried fruits (raisins, currents and prunes), bitter chocolate...

Feel - Very smooth and oily... very full bodied... needless to say that this one is a sipper at 17.5% !!

Overall - A superb example of an extreme impy stout and much more balanced than I was expecting... highly recommended...

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Photo of juju7
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Polarising stuff. Pours jet black with hardly any carbonation or head. Leaving it not much to look at or get excited about, even if it is appropriate to style. Hey, the bottle is green! Couldn't tell when the beer was in it-the definition of opaque. This kicks you in the nuts pretty hard. Very interesting port-madiera kind of vibe. I'm actually struggling to get past those flavours. Some tar, molasses and a slight roastiness. Sweet and pleasurably painful on the palate. A beer for the S&M enthusiasts out there. Rich and complex and quite alcoholic, sticks to your lips. Truly unique with a character of it's own. A beer that bitch slaps you and makes you get down on your knees to worship at it's altar of beery godness.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Portland. Bottle to chalice.

A: Black, on finger, khaki head, big bubbles. Resides to thin head and ring of foam around the edge of glass. Good spotty lacing too.

S: Alcohol, chocolate, licorice, some champagne alcohol as well.

T: Intensely sweet, molasses, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, licorice, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. Complex, quite smokey too.

M: Low carbonation. Very viscous and chewy. Very warm all the way through from the alcohol.

D: I mean, 17.5 abv, the highest alcohol beer I've ever tried. Very good for the abv, but I couldn't have more than one or two bottles. Great for cold weather. Gets you warm real quick.

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a abysmally dark, pitch black colour along a tan crown of the thinner variety which slowly dissolves into small remnants, like islands floating amidst this nightly brew.

S: Tons upon tons of roasted,smoked and burnt malt notes, which comes forth in a variety of scents ranging from black espresso, dark cocoa and molasses to peat, (burnt) wood and Macanudo cigars. Alongside those malt scents there is a healthy amount of yeasty tartness in the backdrop.

T: It carries a more upfront sweetness than one would expect to detect. Vanilla, toffee, caramel and alcohol makes one reminisce of good bourbons, such as a 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle's. However allusive as it may seem, since we then get the roasted notes interacting with the aforementioned sweetness. We're talking coffee, and (liquorice) tar acridity by the pound and by the minute. It makes for an interesting contrast, which at some times do collaborate with one another and at times do clash.

M: Thick as a brick, not only does it possess the (lack of) colour of a black hole but also the density. A viscous viscosity that virulently violates weak and weary peoples palates. So creamy and dense at first, then a more coarse and truly dry side appears, and finally the alcohol wraps it up in a noticeably warming finish.

O: Clearly a well-defined yet complex yet complex brew which offers a variety of sensations. It really delivers what it promises, i.e. intense darkness. Or as Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone once put it: "Blackened you say - then black is my way!"

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Photo of foogerd
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a snifter
Even with an aggressive pour this monster produced 0 head color is pitch black.
Smell i got was surprisingly sweet as in pure dark chocolate almost a pancake syrup like smell it was that sweet, for 17.5% i was shocked to smell not a trace of alcohol
Feels like im drinking chocolate covered coffee beans its deliciously sweet with alcoholic bitterness surrounding the sweetness , theres a rough bitter finish at the end which is actually a welcoming edge.
Feels very smooth n syrupy on the mouth not as thick as other "big" stouts carbonation is perfect for what they were going for here
All in all a great brew really happy i got this before i wouldnt be able to find it anymore as i see its retired, if u can get your hands on this go for it its a stout done to perfection with its alcohol content deviously hidden.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, viscous black with a big, thick and firm light brown head.

Nose of pure and assertive black chocolate, espresso, molasses and whiskied black cherries.

Mouthfeel is is thick, rich and creamy. Very heavy bodied and with a real quality feel. That there is a long lasting head and real carbonation is a tribute to the brewer who pulled out 17.5% abv.

A bad first impression of flavored coal gives way to a more reasonable interpretation as one drinks. Flavors are, in a word, INTENSE. I love extreme beers and I love stouts. This may actually be one close to being "too extreme." The flavors are gigantic, assertive and intense sweet licorice cherried black espresso with the bitterest of black chocolate and undertones of sweetness and black cherries with whisky and molasses. This is Black Tuesday without the finesse. The more I drink it the more I like it but it's like a bitter espresso/bitter chocolate syrup in character in the finish.

This may be the "biggest" beer I've ever tasted-the espresso equivalent of 120 IPA, if not even more aggressive. Quite the effort.

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Photo of Docer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle up as I finally found it at The BeerMongers here on 12th and SE Division. Nice small bottle... and found out it was a stunning green once I poured the beverage. 17.5% Alcohol.... huge.

- Nice rich solid black stout... very mild and bubbly cider-like head... expected from a strong imperial... fits the style to a "T".

- Nice rich roasted chocolate malt.. very deep in aroma.. some nuttiness.. booziness.. grain, oat, and bittering chocolate and/or coffee bean essence.. must be from the malt only.

- Wonderful rich and complex stout... slightly boozy but in a fine liquor kind of way.. like a fine bourbon on the rocks... but yet a thick and creamy black stout that is full of wonderful rich malts, oats, and nuts. Truly a winner of a stout.. well ahead of its class.

- Rich and chewy flavor.. but the booze aspect makes the mouth water, and ready the palate for another few chugs.

- Few chugs are very possible... I can actually drink this think like a beer.. it is smooth and hides it's strength very very well. What a fantastic stout... right up there with Older Viscosity. A must have!

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Photo of Tom8Analise
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very dark black thick stout with a very thin white head. Not much lacing at all.

S- Smells very strong at first like alcohol. Then when swirled around for a little bit the smells of sweet coffee, caramel and molasses.

T- Taste is absolutely amazing! Very strong coffee, bitter dark chocolates with some smokiness and lots of alcohol.

M- Very smooth which is surprising because it's almost like taking a shot of pure alcohol. Very warm. Makes your mouth water intensely after every sip.

D- Drinkability is good but because it's so strong we wouldn't be able to have more then the one bottle, Unless you plan on getting completely smashed.

Cheers and enjoy!
Tom and Analise

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 bylerteck
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller Bar. From notes.

A - Black with a 2 finger mocha head. Creamy head. Some carbonation coming up but seems faint. Pitch black in colour. Fairly good lacing.

S - Huge coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Very pungent with the sweet elements of the aroma attacking and the coffee sort of backing it up well. The aroma seemed to be quite stunning for a beer of this strength. I got no alcohol.

T - Quite sweet. In fact very sweet. The sweetness and alcohol mix well together though. The sweetness is quite strong with the alcohol at about a medium level but it is kinda cool. Chocolatey the whole way with that coffee again in the background.

M - Full body with tingly carbonation. Sweet finish and quite thick.

D - Obviously too sweet to have more than a 200mL sample but it balances the alcohol quite well and makes for a good night cap. Declicious.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 375-mL bottle at De Kulminator in Antwerp. (Thanks, Dirk!)

This stout poured jet-black in color with thin, sudsy foam that disspiated quickly, leaving a liquid that looked like black oil. The smell was full of chocolate, cherries, plums, and molasses, and a touch of coffee, pralines, and tobacco. There was a very strong malty aroma characteristic of imperial stouts. The taste was rich chocolate malt with flavors of molasses, and prunes. The taste was rather sweet up front but gave way to resinous hops at the finish. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with full body and low carbonation feel. It was warming. This was a very nice stout to sip and enjoy. Very nice, but too strong to want to drink more than one.

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Photo of erz316
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the corked bottle into S. Smith's pint glass

A - green bottle, with attractive minimalist design. would never have been able to tell the bottle was green while the beer was sill in it. cheap foam cork is used, and pries off with a minimal effort. pours a beautiful black, thick looking liquid. the head is an intriguing medium brown colour, very large bubbles. liquid is completely black/opaque, no semblance of light even at the bottom of the glass. there are some yeast chunklettes floating around

S - well, from the second the cork came off one could smell the pervasiveness of the alcohol. there is a faint coffee smell, but it becomes a but zingy, to use a highly empirical term, in the nose. a small under tone of bakers chocolate

T - goddamn! for how much booze they back into this bad boy it is smooth as a fine whiskey. a bit of sweetness hits the tongue and lips at first; the light sweetness molds in with the alcohol whilst in the mouth. the finish has some odd taste a 'freshness' to it that is like when one eats a bunch of strong mint gum, this is most likely the alcohol messing with the palate; this occurs before the residual flavours exit and before the hardcore bitterness kicks in, the real after taste. the after aftertaste is great, with chocolate and espresso remains in the mouth, sort of like eating some chocolate covered espresso beans, the flavor is molded very well. the nose is a bit misleading, there is only a strong bitter hop taste for the most part during the actual drinking, and the other flavours come back once the hops and booze have gone away. but, I'm not complaining. needless to say, the body is like a sumo wrestler.

MF - very thick, almost syrupy, and there is a supreme lack of carbonation.

D - for how much alcohol there is in this brew, I am astounded at how drinkable it is. not flinching, nothing.

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Photo of daledeee
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very unusual. 17.5% alcohol and it sells for $15.99 for 375 ml!! I was only able to try a small amount but what an experience it was.

It pours a very dark brown with no light. The nose is intense with coffee and spice and charred wood.

I took very small sips. I mean 1/2 tsp. at a time. The taste literally exploded in my mouth. However it went away quickly. It took me a while to drink this small amount. Overall this was a very enjoyable beer but I will not pay the price for it.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy F*#!K!

This beer pours a viscous oily black with sickly tan seeping head. This is surely of the devil. Nose is a plasticy tar smell with huge alcohol and coffee like aromas. Taste is a fucking explosion. Big alxxxohol and dark malty sickness in the beginning. A sweetness through the middle followed by a space mountain of coffee and chocolate bitterness. Creamy on the finish. Coffee bitterness lingers. Some alcohol burn, but mild for the abv. Putrid black death. Amazing flavor here. Mouthfeel is very good, especially for the abv. The drinkability just has to be docked a bit here, but if you bought a beer that is 17.5% and expected to slam some at the summer company picnic, well then your just a goddamn idiot. Overall I am very impressed with this beer, and will certainly be spending the outrageous $$$ to obtain at least a few more of these for the cellar. Can't wait to see what these will be in about 3 years. Wow. Great and gnarly unique brew.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark and slightly opaque black brown, with almost no carbonation. It looks extremely heavy and sludgy in the glass. Head is only a slight coarse foam of crusty bubbles. Not bad. Needs some head -- but given the ABV, the lack is perhaps understandable.

Big dark roasted characters on the nose. Very pleasant hints of oak and whiskey that give some depth. Bit of reddish sweetness to back it all together. Very pleasant.

Taste is extremely rich, very sweet and extremely boozy. Big vinous characters and a huge whisky or port spiritous burn. Slick and rich feel lets the palate mature over time, eventually yielding some sweet berry and heavy wood. Oh me oh my. This is an extremely complex and extremely flavoursome brew. Almost medicinal on the back, which lends just another layer of complexity. Wow.

This is a very strong, very aggressive and extremely complex brew. It's surprisingly drinkable for 17.5% ABV, maybe because every sip gives you another layer of complexity. You keep going back in anticipation of what you might discover next. Really wonderful.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours an intensely opaque black with two fingers of dark tan fluffy head that slowly recedes leaving brilliant lacing.

S- Dark roasty chocolate in the nose with some medicinal-type booze that's not off-putting.

T- Bang! Definitely a sipper. Comes on strong with heavily roasted malts that linger and linger. The booze is quite powerful as well but lingers on the throat more than the tongue. There's actually a simple yet potent balance of hardcore roast and hardcore alcohol.

M- Dry and sharp. Heavy body and medium-high carbonation.

O- IMO, beats the hell out of Worldwide Stout. It's just as potent and roasty but has more pizazz. Maybe needs a bit more age but, since there's no freshness date (and it's in green glass), it would be tough to tell how long to let it go for unless you bought it straight from the brewery or distributor.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I bought about a year or so ago in Indiana and lugged out here to CA when we moved. Decided to drink it now mainly because the reviews dont suggest any pressing need to age it. Pours Black, black, black. I guess they got the name correct. Surprisingly stable and tightly packed brown head reverse cascades out of the beer. Big grasping lacing clings and crawls up the glass. Looks fantastic. Nose is all chocolate, truffles, and sherry. Definite rich black cherry notes as well. Smells like a decadent chocolate cherry cheesecake. Wow. Two 5's so far, that's unexpected. Flavor is smooth as all first...then it opens up and hits you with a growing coffee grounds bitterness, along with deep dark cacao and vague dark fruits that i can't place. Some slightly grassy hop notes sneak in there too, before a growing, extremely pervasive alcohol warmth spreads across everything and demands your attention. Alcohol dries out the mouth a bit and leaves more of the coffee bitterness as an aftertaste. A massive flavor experience though...not the best imaginable flavor, but pretty good and totally extreme. Mouthfeel appropriately huge and thick, though i wouldn't say syrupy..more like just...thick. An exciting beer to drink...lots of fun and every sip is as interesting as the last.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: served on tap into a short Goose Island glass, I think it really is black with a nice very dark tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: lots of chocolate, dark and milk chocolate, molassess, some licorice

T: again lots of flavors of chocolate abound mixed with anise and hints of soy sauce, lots of hot higher weight alcohol and phenol flavors, changes drastically as it warms, very sweet, candy sugar

M: thick and creamy with low carbonation, alcohol is well present and accounted for

O: this is a thick dessert beer, be perpared for the flavors assocated with this high an alcohol content, reviewed from notes taken on 3/6/14

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Photo of drpimento
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well. This is a crazy assed beer. A freight train of flavor. Cork had the slightest (almost thought I'd imagined it) burp. Poured with a tan soap bubble head and no lace. Aroma is VERY roasty malty molasses volatile with hints of cocoa & coffee. Flavor is like aroma but brings out a lot more of everything. Including the alcohol. Although it does disappear quickly in the finish. Body so lush and was at first thought undercarbonated, but upon reconsideration really good for this beer. Of course not a session.

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a thin, yet long-lasting, tan-colored, foamy head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A huge, powerful aroma of chocolate, coffee, alcohol and a sugary element.

T: Tasted of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a hard to miss alcohol component. This is a complex beer, and certainly not one you can drink quickly.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied, viscous, chewy.

D: This is definitely a drinkable beer, but not something I'd drink everyday.

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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
3.73 out of 5 based on 561 ratings.
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