Black (黑) Peated Edition
Mikkeller ApS

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3.47 | pDev: 17.58%
Mikkeller ApS
Retired (no longer brewed)
Black (黑) Peated EditionBlack (黑) Peated Edition
Notes: Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of mulder1010
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 ML bottle poured into a tulip
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this

A-- Pours black, not really thick looking though. No head at all. A thin collar and some dark mocha colored bubbles but otherwise a black and syrupy. No carbonation showing with this.

S-- Sweet smelling at first. Once the beer opened up different deal. A lot of sweet malts, chocolate and soft oak. Once opened up get a full face of peat. Alcohol was rather restrained until this opened up. Not that bad though.

T-- Started off as sweet chocolate syrup with touches of whisky and then evolved to chocolate peat and heavy oak. Not a lot of char, ash, and tire until the mouth.

M-- Medium heavy, little carbonation, slick, oily, and sweet. Once opened up the Char, ash, and Burnt tires mixed with sweet peat malt to full effect. Not real well though. Sweet peat bomb was not my ideal beer. Still the peat did offset the typical Mikkeller trademark taste. Alcohol was well hidden. Barrel treatment really did help the base beer.

O-- Have had 3 of the BA treatments and this would be my least favorite. Still not all that bad as the barrel has helped the beer evolve. Islay still the strongest of the bunch. Still amazed how the Black can be that bad and the BA beers be decent. Go figure.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to forgetfu for producing the Mikkeller Black vertical at our tasting.

A- Jet black with a minimal amount of mocha colored head. A thin ring around the glass if you will.

S- Sweet and sugary like the base, but with a smokey, burnt malt aspect. Some whiskey characteristics are evident in the finish along with a bit of oak and wood.

T- Sweet upfront, but quickly countered by the barrel aspects of this beer. Good amount of burnt, smokey malts. Prominent, but mellow whiskey is evident. Finished with a heavy char, peat flavor. Sweet, but slightly balanced.

M- On the thinner side, but more viscous than the base beer.

D- The barrel aging has definitely improved the beer. The sweetness is not as cloying and makes it much more manageable.

Overall, much better than the base and whiskey variants (imo) but not on the same level as the cognac and Islay versions. Still, a pleasant beer and worth trying.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Did a horizontal Black tasting with the base, whisky, highland, and peat editions, in that order.

From a bottle into a snifter.
Gold wax

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and thicker looking, but sits perfectly still. No head and no life. Flat beer.

SMELL: A nice nose, but not as bold as the others in the series. Roasted and caramel malts, with some peat and smoky notes. Needs to be a bigger to compete with the others, but it is still pleasant in itself.

TASTE: Much more impressive and bolder than the nose had indicated. Roasted and sweet caramel malt, with lots of big peat and smoke in there. Very smoky and peaty. Lots of booze and port wine flavors, with plenty of smoke, peat, and some spicy notes as well. Bold and lingering aftertaste is full of smoke, peat, and lots of port flavors as well. Big flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and completely flat. No carbonation. Goes down like water and finishes very sticky. Needs some carbonation of course. Disappointing.

OVERALL: Very disappointed with this one. It was last to pour, so perhaps that made it all the more disappointing. The lack of carbonation really hurt this one. It certainly showed a nice enough nose and a bold, impressive flavor profile, but it needed some carbonation to support the flavors. It would be nice to try this one with the problem take care of. Ended up tossing the last little bit. Easily the least enjoyable of the series.

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Photo of ricke
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a minimal brown head of big bubbles that quickly disappears. Basically no lacings.

S: Roasted malts, dark vinous fruits and fruity and smoky whisky aromas. Coffee, burnt wood, charcoal, smoked ham and peat. Quite a lot of alcohol fumes, but they're not totally out of place. I think the slightly boozy character works here, especially considering that the whisky notes are so prominent.

T: The taste is loaded with flavors and aromas. It's very sweet, from the roasted malts in the beginning to the alcohol notes in the finish it's all about the sweetness. A dense character of roasted malts, whisky, coffee and dark fruits. The whisky notes are quite prominent and definitely make this beer come together more coherently. Boozy notes of ripe fruits, smoked ham. charcoal, wood and peat. It's quite heavy and almost completely lacks lighter aromas. Vanilla. The finish is mildly bitter with sweet notes of whisky and roasted malts, and as expected powerful notes of alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, rather low carbonation and very sticky and chewy texture.

D: The barrel aging has definitely made this beer better. It has added complexity and new levels of flavors, but most importantly it has mellowed out the harshness, the cloying sweetness and boozy character of the original beer (there's still quite a lot of alcohol flavors present though). I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Definitely a sipper, but I can definitely see myself enjoying a whole bottle by myself. Drinks almost more like whisky than beer.

NOTE: This is not the same version as Mikkeller Black (黑) Whisky Edition. This one was aged on smoky French whisky barrels and comes in bottles with beige/golden wax.

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Black (黑) Peated Edition from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 5 ratings