Black Tie | Mikkeller ApS

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Black TieBlack Tie

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Tie was first dubbed Mandeøl (Man Beer). It was brewed for the Swedish market and only as draught beer. After spending four months in Scottish whiskey barrels and then being bottled it earned it's present name, Black Tie. Black Tie is an imperial stout with honey and smoked barley. Sweet, smokey and sophisticated - slick and sexy like a black tie.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Added by niklas0770 on 06-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of Rickythejeweler
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Blacker than black, one finger dark brown head, spotty lacing.

S - Oak, scotch, nuts, smoke, black malt.

T - Smoke, oak, roasted almonds, cocoa, brown sugar. Very woody.

M - Viscous, low carbonation. Heavy.

O - I love this beer so much. I will have to pick up all of the remaining bottles at Stateline Liquors asap.

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Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As good an imperial stout as I've ever had. Big everything here. Heavy roast, cherry and peat fire in the nose. Dark chocolate, French roast coffee, highland scotch and cherries are the flavours. Oily mouthfeel, very full. If I weighed a couple of tons I could drink this all night, but I don't so I can't. Great beer? You bet.

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Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Poured into my Zatec fluted glass from a 500 ml bottle. Holy crap is it ever black. A finger of brick colored head, medium retention, decent lacing. Smells oh god of honey. I didn't read too much into the making of, but seems probably like Highland barrels. Some nice roasty coffee on the nose as well. Tastes glorious. Honey up front flowing into burnt dry coffee and then fading out into more of a sugared coffee. A bit of dark chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is it's only flaw, and it's minor. A bit thin on the tongue, but still nice and creamy. I wanted to give this a perfect score from the taste and smell, but couldn't do it. Nice warming alcohol in me, but not overpowering for near 11%.

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Photo of Boungustatio
4.76/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC

Appearance: Black as night. Pours like motor oil into a snifter. Very little head, but not much needed - I feel this beer should drink like a fine wine, since it's been aged in scotch barrels.

Smell: Immediately a robust peaty smell followed by a spectrum of tastes: lemongrass, honey, hazelnut, musk, dark truffle, citrus, tobacco. Alcohol stings my nosehairs - but as a true imperial stout should.

Taste: The taste is very robust dark chocolate up front that dissolves across the palate into dark cerise cherries - it exits with a zing.

Mouthfeel: Big N Silky.

Overall: Doesn't make me feel froggy in the mouth which is always good.

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Photo of Morten
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of pixieskid
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is definitely one of the best Imperial Stouts I have had in a while and a great example of what barrel aging adds!

full bodied, chewy yet creamy mouth feel; frothy carbonation.
Solid rich malt presence upfront; strong dark chocolate notes with a hint of sherry.
Nice whiskey presence with overtones of vanilla and a lingering woodiness throughout.
Finishes with a great oakiness, slight coffee bitterness and a nice milk chocolate note.
Overall; amazing mouth feel, solid notes and complexity. Alcohol is present, but in a good way.

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Photo of Jake1605
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 12 oz. snifter that was rinsed before pouring.

Appearance - Pitch black with a tan 2 finger head. Head appears semi thick, but mostly faded away faster than expected.

Smell - Very sharp smoky smell, whiskey dominates. Very complex sweetness, the smell is promising.

Taste - Extremely roasty, I can tell the honey is somewhere in the mix. I also taste hints of brown sugar & molasses--Maybe some coffee. For me it was hard to sort out the flavors, it's very complex.

Mouth Feel - Smooth & silky, very full bodied. The mouth feel was my favorite part of this beer. Average carbonation for a whiskey barrel aged imperial stout.

Drinkability - Considering the style, this is very drinkable. If you are a fan of the style, I wouldn't pass this up.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and oily with strong tones of brown sugar and caramel as well as a hint of quality coffee. It pours a deep opaque sable with a nice thick fine-bubbled tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves some good lacing. Flavor has tones of sweet chocolate, molasses and coffee with a hint of toffee and a fierce but not overpowering alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and oily, with a ragged fizz due to the high alcohol content. I recommend this one to all stoutie fans, especially if you're not afraid of a booze bite.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep black with a good head and some lace. The aroma is plenty of deep peaty scotch matched with a deep roastienss. The beer is dominated olfactory by smoky woody peaty notes with some molasses and sea air. The flavor follows both peaty and roasty with some coffee and plenty of mineral, iodine, salt, chocolate, raisin, and molasses flavors. The booze character is huge on this beer, but that's all right really as much as it tastes like an Islay scotch that character really needs to be there as well. This is one awesome beer.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of avalon07
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a completely thick, opaque texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy brown colored, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A fantastic-looking beer.

S: A big, robust aroma of coffee, chocolate and a healthy dose of scotch.

T: Tasted of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, malt, and the aforementioned scotch (this element is not nearly as powerful as you might think). A hearty, complex, and flavorful beer. Surprisingly, the alcohol content is not a factor.

M: A well carbonated beer with a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: An exceptionally drinkable beer.

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Photo of mcallister
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just an amazing looking beer. The amazing part is the color of the thick pillowy head. Deep bronze, like molten lava, then fluffs out to a creamy topping. Liquid is deep and black.

Loads of honey. Terrific aromas, almost a 5 for aroma but honey may even be slightly overpowering. Some chocolate, whiskey, light wood, some winey sherry notes and notes of oxidation. Both milk and dark chocolate aromas, with some dark fruit mingled in.

Man the scotch barrel flavors really shine in the mouth. Iodine, peat, bog myrtle, scotch, dark chocolate, honey comb sweet and succulent. More iodine just layers though the finish. Dark fruits though the middle with light anise, oak, vanilla, and mocha. Complex and deep. The honey works splendidly with the scotch barrel aging. Creamy and rich and light on the end. Finish is forever and off dry.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Black Tie

Appearance: very dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: dark fruit, chocolate, and a sweetness.

Taste: roasted malts, cocoa, a faint sweetness, and a hint of dark fruit with a whiskey twist.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy and smooth.

This is a very pure stout. You can taste the quality of the ingredients. The barrel aging isn't overpowering at all.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elegant black tie black with a hugely creamy crown of dark brown sugar colored mousse that filled slightly more than half the snifter on the pour. This is an outstanding looking stout that shows off more sticky suds than a high-ABV, barrel-aged ale has a right to.

Those things that make Black Tie different than the typical Double/Imperial stout are three in number: smoked malt, honey and 4 months spent in barrels that previously held Scotch whisky. The nose is almost brutal in its black tar-like, phenolic, smoked peatiness. Amazingly, honey is easily appreciated.

Mikkeller's first inclination was to name this incredibly distinctive ale 'Man Beer'. That isn't as marketable a name as Black Tie, but it's definitely more appropriate. This stuff will put some serious hair on your chest and will scare off all but the most adventurous.

It might have been overkill to blast the drinker with sooty smoke *and* pungently peaty phenolic Scotch whisky *and* honey... all of which clamor for your attention and come dangerously close to clashing when all is said and done. Thankfully, time and warming manage to slap some mid-bottle manners into what was a borderline brutish beginning.

This beast will most likely take kindly to another... oh... decades worth of aging. Other than those flavors already mentioned, there's a good bit of roasted malt that delivers the classic flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Maybe it's the 11.5% talking, but this bad boy is growing on me with each passing sip.

With respect to flavor, alcohol doesn't have a chance in hell when there's so much else going on. Brain and finger numbing is another matter entirely. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, but still manages a lightly sticky viscosity. Damn good bubbles too.

Mikkeller Black Tie is Man Beer of the highest order. Never mind the tuxedo and tails. This extremely enjoyable exilir is more black leather jacket, black jeans and jackboots. Time to find a soft place to land. Wow, what a wild ride!

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Photo of rarbring
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is very dark brown, almost black, a brown head, solid, slightly uneven, much lacing.

The smell is intensely sweet, honey combs, dried dark fruits and sherry and nuts.

The taste is "dry", somewhat smoky, burnt crust, dates, raisins, port wine and cherry seeds.

Medium carbonation, a full, overfull, body, soft and round with a good dry finish.

Wow, this beer has it all, looks, smell, taste and body. And soul.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 mL bottle into snifter.
A: The absolute darkest beer I've had to date. Like a black hole it absorbs light. To top it off, it has a nice 3/4 inch uber dark chocolate head. Pours thick, dark, and heavy. Simply wonderful.
S: Dark roast coffee, sweet whiskey, dark roast malt, tobacco and charred wood.
T: Whiskey, dark roast coffee with cream, burnt and bitter chocolate malt, leather, tobacco, and a hint of sweetness in the background (honey?). All things dark and good. There is some dark dried fruit lurking under all of these assertive flavors that emerges with warming.
M: Super heavy, thick and chewy. Moderately dry and bitter. Mild sticky sweetness. Bitter coffee finish.
D: Definitely a sipper, but oh so good. They went all out on this brew. Almost too big though. If they could tone down the bitterness this would be an absolute home run. Tip of the cap to Mikkeller.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a viscous black, with a good 2 finger dark brown head. Leaves a very nice lacing as the head slowly disipates, but not completely.

S - I can smell this right when I opened it. Smells of smoke, burnt malts, and alcohol are in the air. Almost has a slight yeasty, rye bread aroma as well.

T - Big smokey flavor! It's almost like the barrels are made from burnt wood. The smokeyness does overpower the less distinct flavors, like the espresso and vanilla. I can't really detect the honey.

M - Has a heavy, full mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation.

O - I like this one a lot, but I personally think the bottle is slightly misleading. I get way more smoke than I do scotch. But either way, it's still a damn good imperial stout, and even tho this bottle is $17, Im planning on buying another to age for a while.

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Photo of l3ilbo84
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pours crude-oil black with a thick brown foam. The initial smell is of cherries and dark fruit with a slight whiff of ethanol, which is not at all surprising given that this is a sturdy 11.5% ABV. The initial flavor is not that impressive. It reminds me of a million other reasonably well-balanced stouts I've drunk in the past. Luckily this "well-balanced" flavor doesn't last long. A unique burnt coffee flavor quickly overwhelms the sweet stout flavor. Its difficult to convey how strong the burnt coffee is. I feel like I just licked an ashtray, but in a good way. Before long, my tongue is slightly numb from all of the alcohol.

This isn't the best imperial stout I've ever had and the strong flavors make it difficult to drink a full bottle, but the beer is definitely unique. I hope Mikkeller continues to experiment.

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Photo of veinless
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, with a dark tan head that retains decently well for the style and coats the side of the glass decently.

First smell I got when opening the bottle was rubber, but thats kind of the same smell I get from Glenlivet scotch, so it wasn't unexpected. After pouring, the smell is of a lesser rubber/scotch, coffee, and some wood. There is some sweetness lurking in the background, but it's tough to tell what kind.

Taste is phenomenal. I am not the biggest fan of scotch, and would take bourbon over scotch any day, but the scotch flavor plays so well with the coffee in this that I don't know why there aren't as many scotch barrel aged beers out there. The honey they say they brewed it with comes out here a little bit, and overall this tastes intoxicating...the alcohol is hidden, but comes out enough to make the scotch taste that much better.

Texture is creamy and milky, and drinkability is fantastic for the style. I want more scotch barrel aged beer after this.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so here we have one I am literally giddy to be able to try. I had been saving this bottle, along with another one that crashed on the garage floor,( my bad) for a while till I had a reason to open it. Consumed via a couple snifters, late night on 7/04/2010.

Dark as night pour here, really just immensely black and evil looking from the start. A small but quickly fleeting head of light tan rises up from the bottom of the glass and sits on top for a brief moment before settling back down again. Aroma is burnt, smoked, and peaty, however you want to say it, wow. Dark leather and tobacco, smoked malts, rich, dark chocolate notes. Immense aroma of charred wood. Holy crap this is a beast. Warming brings out subtle vanilla, but barely as the bulk of this is just tremendous smoke. Each sip is rich, again seeped in smoked malts and rich campfire like tones. Smoked wood dominates as does subtle sweet notes of honey, light touches of vanilla and a rich leather and tobacco finish. ABV is definitely catching up to you here for sure by the end as each sip lets you know how big this one really is.

Overall one of the most intense selections I have had from them to date. The smoked profile is so huge that I just was amazed at the depth here. This is one to be careful with and surely a night cap.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of Mikkeller Black Tie from GBX.

A - Pours the color of a petrified plank of ulvedols oak, scorched once by some long forgotten fire. The rich dark brown head proves less fleeting than the ulvedols oak, which is now extinct in the native land it shares with Mikkeller, Denmark. Though this was brewed in Norway.

S - Boozy, dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate are faintly there, wood smoke, dark malt, coppery and sweet. Dark tobacco from a fine cigar wrapper.

T - Dark roasted malts, dark honey almost molasses sweetness. A dark fruit flavor like plums that have been soaked in port. Faint sour carbon smoky flavor mixes with a dry, boozy aftertaste.

M - Creamy and velvety, not syrupy by any means. Low carbonation.

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Photo of BlastBeats
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle of Black Tie into my Mikkeller Mugshot Tulip Glass.. I was told by the folks at West Lakeview Liquors that this had been aging at the store for 18 months.

Appearance: Black Tie glugs an inky, jet black color out of the bottle and forms a two-tier very dark brown, almost espresso looking head.

Smell: globs of raw white honey and milk chocolate; one of the better smelling imperial stouts I've had in a while (possibly ever?)

Taste: rich and sweet; this a beer that deserves to be savored slowly.. The smoked barley adds a nice smokiness that really plays wells with the honey.. The Scottish whiskey barrel seems to have taken a backseat, but this may be because my bottle sat for a long time bottle's age.. either way, it's workin' well - I think I prefer the whiskey element to be somewhat subdued in this context.

Mouthfeel: unbelievably smooth and slick. This is the area where I think Mikkeller excels.

Overall: probably a bit too expensive at $17.49, but I'll have to admit, Black Tie was an absolute pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours black as night with a big three fingered mocha colored head. It sticks around for what seems like an eternity and leaves some of the best lacing I have seen. If I didn't know any I would have thought there was a milkshake in there. Just a gorgeous looking beer.

S- Big roasted malts with the sweetness from the honey picking through. Some nice bits of coffee, dark chocolate and black licorice. I was thinking I would pick up more whiskey but it is well integrated. The alcohol is pretty well covered up.

T- There is the whiskey. Not overpowering but it is the first thing my tongue detects. Smooth chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol is a little more apparent.

M- About as thick of a beer as I have had and it is great. The smoothness of it is wonderful. You barely pick up any carbonation and that is fine by me. You get a little heat on the back of the throat making for a good winter beer.

D- This is the first beer to wow me in a long time. Everything about this beer is right on. The great balance of flavors combined with the thick body and looks amazing in the glass as well. I will definitely be revisiting this beer in the near future. Pick it up if you can find it.

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Black Tie from Mikkeller ApS
3.86 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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