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Black Tie | Mikkeller ApS

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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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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with an oil slick-like mocha head that quickly dissipated. It poured almost like the consistency of motor oil.
S: There are strong aromas of scotch with notes of smoke and tobacco in the nose. Hints of roasted malts are also discernable.
T: The taste is very complex and consists of flavors of dark roasted malts, leather, smoke and tobacco along with some hints of oak. It is very well balanced.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate with lots of warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: This is definitely a beer that needs to be sipped because of its complex flavors and strong alcohol content.

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3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with almost no head. What foam that existed was bubbly and brown. Not much in the form of lace, either.

S - It smelled boozy and sweet - not malty sweet, I think it was the honey coming through. Very unique aroma.

T - It was sweet with honey and caramel malt with some mild okay notes. There was a noticeable vanilla and smoke presence, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very interesting stout. The honey really changes things. It left a weird smoky aftertaste 30 minutes afterward.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured black as an oil slick with a thin deep beige head that was gone pretty quickly,Scotch whiskey all over the place in the nose,peat smoke,caramel,and port-like deep fruit and leather,alot going on and it was all good.Mouth coating thick mouthfeel made for great sipping,flavors of smoke,caramel/vanilla,and dark fruit are quite rich.A great savoring sipping brew,its thick and warming.

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3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A – Pours like tar. Zero highlights. Creamy, hot chocolate colored head with a nice lace.

S – Bacon smoke. Light honey. Huge scotch note. Oak and thick molasses.

T – Big scotch flavor permeates the profile, but doesn’t necessarily slap you in the face. Sweetness up front with honey and brown sugar. Vanilla in the middle with dark roasted coffee. Bitter woody note, light smoke, and toasted nuts on the backend.

M – Full body. Silky mouthfeel. Warm booze into rolling scotch through the finish.

O – The booze is too aggressive for my palate. While it’s not oppressively harsh, it overshadows most of what the beer has to offer instead of accentuating it imho.

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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/07/12 notes. Not sure if Brad or GT brought this to the RB tasting but thanks!

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, whiskey, coffee, peat, musty notes, and toasted malts. Lots of smoke and whiskey.

t - Tastes of smoke, whiskey, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, peat.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A tiny bit hot, and a bit dry.

o - Overall a nice smoked stout. A tiny bit hot but I liked it quite a bit. Would like to have it again.

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4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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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2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The pour is black in color with a small tan head. Really just an intense nose. Very heavy on the roasted malt, char, and ash. A mild alcohol note, some herbal aromas, peat, smoke, and wood. The flavor is quite off-putting. Over the top roast, ash, and char with a rather pronounced alcohol flavor. Quite bitter, chalky, and astringent, as well. Some whiskey, wood, and vanilla notes. Just a bit too much for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Darrell!

Black body with a beige head that coats the glass in sticky lacing. Aromas of oak, scotch, chocolate. Scotch dominates the aroma and flavor, finishing with a tannic note. A hint of vanilla with lots of wood. Honey comes in mid to late palate, offering a sweetness that nicely counters the oaky nature of the beer. Pretty good.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Buffalo tulip glass at Brasserie V.

After the beast that was the pre-interview extravaganza, as well as the beastly day-long interview, my buddy and I hit up Brasserie V and split this bottle. It pours a grim black death topped by a chapeau of evil tan foam. The nose is all darkness, comprising roasted malts, coffee, lots o' whiskey, musty rafters, and charred pretzels. It's a bit strong, but in a good way. The taste tries to live up to this dark image, holding notes of roasted malts, coffee, whiskey, oak, and burning booze in the back. The body is decidedly chunky, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather chewy feel. Overall, a beast of a stout, though a bit much to really drink much of at any one time. Thanks again, Jon, for this treat!

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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Black Tie, Imperial Stout Brewed with Honey and Aged in Scotch Whiskey Barrels. Mikkeller Black Tie is an elegant and generous imperial stout. This beer has benefited (sic) from aging in barrels. Crafted with the finest craftsmanship for the pleasure of the connoisseur. 11.5% Alc/Vol." 500 ml bottle, brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at Nogne-O, Grimstad, Norway.

High anticipation. This had better be good. But, of course, Mikkeller has never really let me down, before.

Blackest black, with a thick, full, rich roasted brown head, bubbly, lacy, beautiful. killer dialer. This shows great promise.

Aroma: huge. The Scotch barrel really comes through, in fact, it's practically jumping out. Scotch whiskey, with imperial stout flavors hiding below. Impressed, so far.

Taste: Dark chocolate, molasses, ...and boom! Scotch! Honey, though advertised, isn't tasted, and perhaps was used for fermentation. That whiskey flavor is dominant, though, and takes over every aspect of the brew.

And...I don't think it works. Maybe an imperial stout is not the best match for the Scotch barrel. Maybe it could have been married with an old ale, or an IPA, but it's not meshing, only clashing. This is one of those "who put chocolate in my peanut butter?" beers. It tastes like someone poured a dram of Dewar's in what might have been a great imperial stout, but I can't tell, the flavors have been utterly smothered and swallowed.

I paid too much for this, but I just had to try it. It seems so promising! Bourbon barrel-aging an imperial stout is very good. Scotch barrel=aging? Misfire!

You know what, though? Halfway in, it's mellowing, and I'm digging it a little better. I almost want to take back what I wrote moments ago, but that would be false, for the forefront matters, and initial impressions are important. Now, currently, the bittersweet, malty flavors of an imperial stout are catching up with the Scotch, maybe even overtaking it. Is it perhaps sliding to the background? Maybe it is!

And it is becoming more mellowing, more relaxing, more elegant, more of what is advertised on that paper wrapped around the bottle. Perhaps aging could help make this better in the front and closer to what I'm tasting now?

Right now, this is delicious. Bitter, sweet, vanilla and honey, espresso and chocolate, with whiskey running under. Mmmm. My faith is restored, you Danes and Norwegians. Good work. Just remember: give it time.

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3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a let down. Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is brown and with brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like roast and smoke. Not much else.

I really wanted this to taste like bourbon but this is tastes like a rauchbeer, straight up. The bitterness from the grains are overwhelmgin and it damages the beer overall. As the bitterness from the roast comings rolling down the palate, you are left with this dry smokiness. Not my favorite flavor profile.

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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, with some light smoke, burnt malt and a little bit of oak. The beer is very burnt tasting. The malt is heavily charred, but there is also a little bit of chocolate and whiskey. I also unfortunately get a little bit of bandaid character in the flavor. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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