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Mikkeller ApS

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From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #232
ABV:
12.12%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,202
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.41%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
233
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Jul 05, 2010
Wants:
  35
Gots:
  48
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Rated: 3.62 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 28th August 2024. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin brown head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving no lacing.

Aroma: Light roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice and light herbal.

Taste: Light roast, chocolate, caramel, licorice, light burnt bitterness, and hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice wonderful sipper with good roast, chocolate and vanilla. Sweet with bitter notes on the finish.
Nov 01, 2019
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Reviewed by lmaduells from Spain

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Uff, what beer! It can be taken with a spoon, it is very thick. For me, too much, too hard. But we must recognize that it is a fantastic beer, very well made, nothing balanced, forceful, heavy metal!
Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by uncleotis from Illinois

Dec 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.01 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.74 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the 22 oz bottle and enjoyed in a snifter. This BEAST pours a rich muddled
blackish brown with a nice head of brown foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick layer,
and showcases some spotty lacing. Nose of heavy dark chocolate, dark fruits, light char,
and serious dark malts with hint of coffee and licorice with strong booze. Flavors follow the
nose with heavy dark chocolate akin to syrup that mingles with black licorice and subtle coffee
that have been dunked into a dark plum and ripe sweet cherry flavor awash in strong brandy
like booze. Nice mouth feel for such a strong ale, medium high carbonation, full body, and a
heavy slick malt finish. Overall a SOLID RIS that is not to be taken lightly.

Cheers
Sep 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by AlvinLin from New York

Aug 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours an opaque black in color with a hint of very deep brown hue and a half finger of quickly gone tan head that dissipates to some bubble along the rim and leaves slight amount of lacing. Good showcase for such big Stout at 12.12%.

The aroma explodes with rich creamy and dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and roasted. Then, quickly come and stay by big spiciness of alcohol along with licorice and dark fruits. Caramel, vanilla, syrup, candy sugar, and dark bread too from its malty goodness.

It is led by sweetness in the flavor but it is not cloyingly sweet. Caramel, vanilla, syrup, candy sugar, and dark bread nicely mingle with bold chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and roasted profile. Big spiciness too from both alcohol and licorice. There is also a hint of dark fruit while the alcohol sweetness and warmth wraps up together with its rich chocolate, coffee, and roasted.

Full and thick body with some sticky touch through the palate, the mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation but it is enough to handle all the intense characters without being too hefty in the feeling. Finish is very dry when alcohol sweeps through.

Superb Stout, it is big, bold, heavy, and so dam* tasty. There are lots of character playing around in good harmony and delicate intensity. Alcohol is a bit poking to your face but does it really matter and need to care about?
Aug 07, 2017
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Rated by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle.
Jun 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Jun 03, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Beergery from Singapore

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
330 ml bottle. Appearance is that of a standard imperial stout - deep midnight black with a thin layer of tan froth with poor retention. The aroma is heavenly -
espresso coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dried fruits. Taste is just as impressive - rich, dark and expensive chocolate, dried fruits like raisins, prunes and cherries, very muted notes of coffee, and surprisingly a bourbon like booziness even though this is not the bourbon-barrel aged variant. The high alcohol content is kept well under wraps amidst all these flavours and the oily, smooth, chewy and thick mouthfeel. The carbonation is very mild, which tempts one to gulp it all down in a flash!
May 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by bshefftz from California

May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This is a big beer! Very tasty and thick. Classic stout flavors without going too roasty or too sweet. Pretty much balanced down the middle. Body is amazing.
May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a single serve bottle

Appearance--Oh....my.....perhaps the most oily, inky, opaque black stout I have ever seen. Very little head with zero retention, but sticky, sticky, (did I mention sticky) lacing.

Aromas of espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and faint bourbon. Heavily roasted barley notes. Faint barrel and herbal aromas in the background. The aroma is very forward--"in your face" is not an overstatement.

Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, anise, and nearly-burnt grain all hit the palate with a bang. The charred grain lends an astringent and acidic note. But it does not overpower, as the candi sugar is just as prevalent. Dangerously, and almost too sweet, and yet, not cloying. Perhaps most remarkable is how well-hidden the 12% ABV is. The booze is there, but it isn't a burn at all. The brew gets progressively sweeter as it warms, and almost becomes too sweet. Perhaps a bit out of balance, but exceedingly complex and inviting.

The mouthfeel is....I'm going to say "controversial." Chewy, bold, thick, and oily-slick. It is on the edge of too heavy. But the booze of the ABV and the astringency and acidity of the char flavor saves the day.

Overall, this is a unique take on the style, and yet typical of Mikkeller. Fans of dry, bitter RIS's are not going to appreciate this one as much as others, as, in true Mikkeller style, the candi sugar is just this side of "heavy handed." Yet the whole thing still "works." A sugary, boozy take on an RIS, but a good one nonetheless.
Apr 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Oct 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by DrinkThemAll from California

Sep 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.44 by tylerstravis from Colorado

Sep 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Sep 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.73 by psumjl269 from Virginia

Aug 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Head very quickly dies off after a brief angry fizz. Brew looks like a glass of black coffee.

Lovely aroma: in order, chocolate, bourbon, roasted barley, oak.

Flavor nearly lives up to the aroma. Chocolate and coffee, bourbon and oak, waves of malt, and a clean, earthy bitterness.

Cola and coconut finish.

Remarkably smooth; drinks a touch light. Long oily finish.

This is a very good BBA stout, but I wouldn't chase it down with so many great beers in its class.
Jul 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jul 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by Studfarm69 from California

Jul 04, 2016
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Rated by Bali_hi from California

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Keg of Mikkeller George drank
Jun 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.41 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by HawkeyBum from Massachusetts

May 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by Gkruszewski from New York

May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Apr 27, 2016
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Reviewed by BeernOnThe4thOfJuly from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours thick and black. Thick and very sweet cocoa nose. Dark fruit and coffee notes as well. Flavor is fairly sweet. Dark fruits that are quickly joined by a pretty harsh coffee and dark chocolate bitterness.
Apr 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
330 ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a black color, pretty nice carbonation, with not much of a head, it just spread out into a pretty nice island, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, roasty, some licorice, lots of chocolate/toffee, and some coffee notes, vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, roasty, vanilla, slight licorice, dark stuff. Full body, ABV is hidden very nicely, definitely a sipper. Overall, this one surprised me, very nice. Glad to see it available to me.
Mar 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.28 by Richter525 from Michigan

Mar 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Feb 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 30, 2016
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Reviewed by KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Mikkeller makes the beer I like to drink.

No lacing on the pour, thin head that sticks around all of 3 seconds. Smell of raisins, malty, chocolate, and some toasty vanilla kind of flavor.

Flavor hits hard with bitter chocolate with some barrel character that mellows out into a semi-sweet fruity chocolate mix. Super good. Beer gets more sweet as it warms, but never anything excessive. Very balanced, very good stout.
Jan 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Allurex from Kansas

Jan 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by scottsoileau from Louisiana

Jan 05, 2016
George from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 308 ratings