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Black (黑) | Mikkeller ApS

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3.8/5
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573 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:
#15,632
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
573
pDev:
17.63%
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0
 
 
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Photo of yamar68
2.41/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The 12.7oz bottle produces an impressive head, given the ABV. About two and a half fingers of medium dark brown head that laces nicely. Tons of boozy legs.

I was expecting a sweeter nose... instead it's harsh bitter coffee, toasted grains, abstract booze presence, coffee really is the dominating player though.

The taste is far less inviting - burnt chocolate, bitter coffee and a cheap vodka quality (if you can call it a quality).

Honestly, I can't believe this adorns the Mikkeller name. I'm beginning to see his beers in the same light as, say, BrewDog - absurdly overpriced, gimmicky, poorly executed.

A waste of money.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 375ml caged and corked bottle. Thanks for bringing this over Dan (I still need your BA name dude!)

A- Pours a jet black color. No head shows up on this beer at all. As with the head there is no lacing as well. Just looks like a cup of black coffee sitting here.

S- Alcohol comes through first...holy crap and does it come through. Some light darker fruits come through next in the beer which mixes with a light tobacco like aroma. Darker chocolate and hints of smoke comes through next with oak in the background. The alcohol really does come through toward the ending and this tingles the nose a lot.

T- Roasted malts with a hint of darker fruits comes off the front soaked in alcohol. Middle of the beer shows a light chocolate and oak with another round alcohol. Molasses, brown sugar and darker fruits give a light sweetness in the backend that gives little balance to this beer. Smoke and huge alcohol heat in the ending of the beer clear all hints of sweetness.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is very light for the style and for the beer in general. Medicinal alcohol, roasted malts, and light darker fruits are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, smoke, and hints of sweetness. Flavors were all over the place and not balanced at all for the beer. Although not a off flavor the alcohol tended to be much and gave a off flavor quality to it.

O- This beer is a hot mess. I was glad I got to try it but my god the alcohol heat is just out of this world. The flavors overall are dominated by this huge ABV and I don't think much aging could help this one from being anything much else. I couldn't fathom drinking a whole 375ml of this by myself or really want to for that matter.

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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 byronic
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark as night, with very little head but a sticky residue. Looks fairly exciting but nothing out of the ordinary. Sweet in the nose and some bitterness. Whoa! Malt, malt, malt and overpowering booze. To me there was nothing refined about this glass of beer. Sickly sweet and boozy ending up in one of my very few sink pours.

This is an enigma to me. I was quite interested in this brew, glad to have tried it but left very dissapointed.

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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 LockeSD
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of dheldman
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of womencantsail
2.52/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch one of Black shared by Andrew. Thanks!

A: Appropriately, the beer pours black in color. It also has no head, but I guess I'm not surprised.

S: Doesn't smell anywhere near as offensive as I feared. Booze, certainly, but it's mostly just roasted malts. There is a hint of ash and burnt sugar, maybe some licorice, too.

T: Although the aroma wasn't too bad, the flavor is quite another story. Lots of tar flavor accompanied by sugar. There is more tar and asphalt, followed by booze. A very intense licorice flavor, almost like anise extract. A bit of burnt sugar and prunes.

M: Medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.

O: The aroma was pleasantly surprising, but the flavor was just unfortunate.

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Photo of John_M
2.52/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a dark black brown color with minimal head retention, but lots of sticky lacing. I've seen this look before in beer with prolonged barrel aging, so this look is a good thing IMO. On the nose the beer smells quite impressive. There is a huge aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and booze. In fact the booze comes across as a bit over the top, the first tip off that there might be something wrong here. On the palate, I'm afraid this beer is a complete mess. The alcohol is not very well integrated into this beer at all, and at least IMO, only further erodes the flavor profile. Initially I get a huge blast of coffee, licorise and booze, with a very hoppy, strongly licorise finish. There is also an underlying sweetness which almost makes me want to gag. The sweet licorise flavor really dominates in this beer and does not pair well with the high alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the beer is fairly smooth. However, even here the excessive boozy sweetness really detracts from this beer. Maybe some short term cellaring will help to tame the alcoholic burn I'm getting, but right now this is hard to take. As for drinkability, IMO it isn't, and i've scored it accordingly.

I'm a big fan of Mikkeller beers and was really looking forward to trying this one. However, this beer strikes me as an experiment that's gone very badly wrong, leaving me with a rather expensive glass of drain pour. Disappointing.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Received this as a gift about a year ago. I pour the 375ml corked and caged bottle into a large snifter to review.

Very difficult to remove the plastic cork with minimal carbonation evident. Leaves no head or retention. Like the name suggests, black in color. No lacing. I am not certain the affect of the aging had on the seemingly non-existent carbonation; other reviews I just read of the beer have a similar indication.

Nose seems a bit hot with warming alcohol evident even before it touches my lips. Lots of sweet malts and some smokiness. While it is certainly malt-forward, I do detect some earthy hops in the background. Also there are hints of dark chocolate, oak, leather, port wine and tobacco.

Deep taste of sweet and roasty malts, very dark chocolate, molasses, oak and leather. Comes off quite hot, reminiscent of a boozy after dinner port. Aftertaste brings on some brown sugar with a lot of smoked malt. Less balanced than my nose predicted with the alcohol and malt dominating here.

The mouth of this beer is in need of carbonation which would improve its drinkability greatly. Full bodied but comes off a bit watery. Long finish of malt and smoke.

My overall impression would be improved with added carbonation and to tone down on the smokiness. I like a big stout that can mask its ABV; this beer did not succeed in this department. I'll grab a Beer Geek Brunch Weasel from this great brewery next time I'm in the mood for a big stout; this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of prototypic
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mikkeller Black pours an onyx color. It’s pitch black. Definitely lives up to its name. No light cuts through at all. It’s not too surprising that it has no head. There are a few bubbles, but they don’t amount to anything. I’m guessing the alcohol’s just too high for that. Obviously, there isn’t much going on in the lace department. Nada. Not bad. Not great.

The nose is a bit below average. The alcohol smell is extremely strong up front. That resonates throughout. It’s boozy. No doubt about it. It’s followed by a decent mix of chocolate and roasted malts. Tough to tell which is stronger. There might even be a slight, sweet milk chocolate presence. Smells charred or burnt on the tail. Might be some espresso or strong roasted coffee. Did I mention it’s boozy? Eh. Not very good.

The flavor’s about on par with the nose. It’s not all that great. Bubbles are noticeably absent right out of the gate. That’s disappointing. There are some decent roasted and chocolate malt flavors. The chocolate tastes like a mix of bittersweet dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Roasted coffee or espresso is definitely strong. It adds a very burnt/charred flavor. It’s a bit much. Alcohol is very, very strong. Definitely warm and boozy. That’s no big shock given that it’s 17.5% Finshes boozy and chocolaty with a very strong burnt flavor.

The body seems medium. It honestly feels a little thin, especially with its size. The lack of bubbles is disappointing. It’s not easy drinking by any stretch. It’s big, boozy, and not very enjoyable. Finishing an entire bottle of this would be work. Glad I’m sharing the bottle.

Black is an interesting beer. I’ve heard horror stories about this beer. Honestly, I don’t think it’s quite as bad as I’d heard. Perhaps it’s aged with a little grace. This bottle is over 5 years old. A couple of tweaks would easily improve it – less alcohol and more bubbles. That’d put it on the right track. Eh. It’s sort of legendary in a way…I guess it’s worth a try.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

0.33l can.
16,1% ABV.
Opaque black with thick tan head, long retention, nice laces.
Smell - not very fried shashlyk, wtf?
Taste - wet Mikkel's underwear.
Utterly overpriced and hyped shit.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Poured almost totally flat except for some tan bubbles that went away pretty quickly.

(S)- A deep roasted profile with lots of raisins and a tiny bit of dusty/musty molasses. Smells almost like soy sauce on the finish.

(T)- A rich roasted profile. A light smokiness with dry bitter cocoa, molasses, and a caramel-glazed fig thing in the middle. Rather malty with a big sweetness. Finishes with a boozy warmth going down with an equal level of bitterness.

(M)- A better carbonation level than what the appearance led me to believe. A good balance too; big roasted malts with an even bigger sweetness and bitterness that flows into a considerable boozy warmth.

(D)- Very very sweet with an even bigger bitterness. The ABV definitely throws its weight around in the middle and end. I am glad to have tried this, but at almost $19 for a single bottle; it disappoints for what I paid and what I got. Decent, but there are far better stouts our there for the money. Time might improve this, but it is just so sweet and alcoholic and bitter to enjoy this fully. It will take me forever to finish this beast!

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Photo of PartyBear
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Massively thick viscous jet black liquid, with a small dense creamy tan head, and light carbonation. It look fantastic. The nose is hugely dark and heavy, with roasted malts, chocolate, rich coffee, and big booze hint of alcohol at the end. The taste is initially sweet with an overly sugared cough syrup way (not good), this is followed by a massive swing to a powerful bitterness, with a burnt charcoal flavour, brutal rubber-like taste, and a not so well hidden punch of alcohol. The taste is a huge letdown. I love Mikkeller beers, and will buy anything that Mikkel brews but this one just doesn't work.

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Photo of Spica66
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on in trade from Lunch. Thanks, Paul!

2009 bottle shared with gwuilliums on New Year's Eve 2011.

A: Thick, black pour. Thin head of mocha colored bubbles. More than I expected from a 17.5%.

S: Alcohol burn over dark, dark roast.

T: Hard to get much more than alcohol wrapped in a dark roast aftertaste. Very hard to enjoy.

M: No real beer component to this mouthfeel. This could not be more of an alcohol assault on your tongue.

D: If you wanted to really, really sip a beer, this is the one for you.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Local Tap House Mikkeller tap take over

A-- Poured ink black. Thin, dark brown layer of film. Slight bit of lacing at the top of the glass. Traces of alcohol legs. Thick and evil looking beer.

S-- Burnt chocolate licorice bullets, near burnt malt, bits of port or wine quality to this and quite earthy. Just traces of the ABV in the nose.

T-- Scorching. Serious scorching. Scorched malt, chocolate, licorice, ash, char, burnt leather, tobacco, warm port and a decent hop taste to this. Grity, earthy taste. Obvious alcohol taste but somewhat restrained.

M-- Full, coating and heavy. Bordering on licking or drinking an ashtray. Licorice stands out but the ash and char in the mouth really supersede this. There is a bit of fruity hop character in this that makes it somewhat strange. Hard to drink at times and nearly like a full on big port.

O-- BA treatments are much better. This was full on and unforgiving. Feel like I drank an ashtray. ABV is there but not that massive at all. Flavor character is just of smoking some non filters and throwing the ash in a stout and mixing in some dark chocolate and burnt licorice for flavor. Stick to BA beers, hides the scorching very well.

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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 krl2112
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of CraftFan5
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of KevinRailton
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of Mississippi
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of JebBeerFish
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Imagine a stout made with acrid, below average roasted coffee to which a generous helping of grain alcohol is added, and you have this offering. I like higher alcohol content beers, but this is nearly barbaric in its harshness. I cannot think of a more poorly hid high alcohol content beer, and this was after having three 10% beers. On the pawsitive side, after a couple sips, you predominately only taste the acridic coffee.

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Photo of Rutager
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

17.5 abv, Holdbar til 15/09/19.

Appearance. Pours thick and black, very still.

Smell. Molasses and rum with a little chocolate and charred malt.

Taste. Dark charred malts, chocolate, rum, quite sweet. Lots of bitter char in the end.

Mouthfeel. Very full body, sticky, and completely flat.

Overall. Another flat, expensive Mikkeller. Not impressed.

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Black (黑) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 573 ratings
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