Black Buffalo (黑牛) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Buffalo (黑牛)Black Buffalo (黑牛)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

Added by bark on 07-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
22
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23
For Trade:
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of MrRockstar
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12. 7 oz green bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Comes out of the glass dark brown but (appropriately) black as it fills up the glass. Nice slightly darker thank kaki colored head, various sized bubbles that stick around a while. There's a skim at the top that states the entire time and a ring of small bubbles that stay at the edge of the glass. Decent lacing, but the lacing from the head goes away after a little while, there's still the syrup like coating on the glass. the whole session.

Smell is outstanding. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and maybe some cinnamon/cocoa blend. There's a slight sweet nutty aroma too not quite a hazelnut, but a nutty aroma. A little roast, but not quite smokey.

Taste is amazing! Tons of sweet roasted malt, some slightly bored caramel almost charred, vanilla, bitter-sweet chocolate and of course bourbon. Some nuttiness and maybe a little bit of molasses on the back end. Everything about the flavors are absolutely huge and are perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Full bodied with lots of lingering flavors after each sip. It starts sweet and maintains smooth throughout and has a bittersweet warm finish. Crazy drinkable, it makes absolutely no sense that this beer is 19.3% it drinks more like a 12% beer, it's so good.

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Photo of BruceBruce
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Beautiful black with small tan head.

S. Some people wont like it, but I love it. Amazing bourbon alcohol stench up front and in your face.

T. Bourbon then alcohol, its not to much if your a liquor kinda guy, if not your going to hate it. I love it, when you sip it, it bites you back, nothing better then a good liquor, wait is this beer?

M. Perfect balance between thin and thick but the whole time you feel the presence of the ABV it is so great.

O. This is my second time with this one, and I will be posting an ISO as soon as I am done with this post. I love it, great liquor, if you are thinking just another strong stout then ship to me you will hate it, otherwise sip with a buddy because doing this one by myself after a few regular beers is a mean bitch. Try it with friends or as the only one of the night, it is the only from this brewer that deserves an amazing rating!

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Resuin
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip. T

A: Pours black and leaves a finger + of tan head. The head leaves some nice lacing and lingers for a while.

S: Chocolate fudge brownie, caramel, marshmallow, woody oak. Wonderful aroma.

T: Chocolate brownie, caramel, tons of oak, marshmallow, alcohol heat. Very nice flavors combined with the alcohol heat which doesn't dominate but compliments.

M: Full body, low to medium carbonation.

O: This is a really delicous beer. Tastes like a dark chocolate caramel brownie with a bit of alcohol.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, one finger thick and creamy khaki head, light lacing.

S - Chocolate fudge, walnuts, roasted malts, coffee, oak, heavy cream, vanilla.

T - Oak, coffee beans, anise, char, dark chocolate, bitter roasted malts, light smoke, salt peanuts, light bourbon.

M - Full bodied, smooth, low-moderate carbonation.

O - The most intense beer I have ever had! Pretty bitter. No where near as sugary/sweet as I would have expected. As far as I know this beer was aged in the Buffalo Trace barrels for about one full year!

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Cyclone8
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Split 4 ways into snifters.

A: Deep, dark black with a little brown head. Lacing is minimally sticky with no sign of carbonation.

S: Black coffee spiked with bourbon, bitter chocolate, vanilla beans. Smells awesome.

T: Huge gush of dark chocolate coffee awesomeness with a very prominent vanilla extract taste. Very bourbon forward and surprisingly not sweet at all for such a high gravity stout (which is a huge plus in my books.) Flavors are intense and balanced.

M: Not super heavy at all, but not thin in the slightest. Lots of warming alcohol that lets you know you're drinking a serious brew. Low (if any) carbonation.

O: I never wanted to jump the gun and buy a Mikkeller beer because they always seemed so ridiculously priced, but after hearing how much everyone at my local beer place liked it I figured I had to give it a shot. Well worth the $16 price tag. The bourbon flavors are so nice and it definitely hits the spot for when you're in the mood for a sipping beer. Would happily buy again if I had the chance.

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Photo of M1A2
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of capeannbass36
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black, black, browm topped with a one finger, espresso colored head that disappated quickly.

S- WOW! Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, leather and dark fruit. Awesome scent!

T- Right out of the park. Exceptional. Very similar to FW Parabola.

M- Slick and oily. Very, very warm. Burns on the way down.

O- I rank this way up there. Very similar to Firestone Walker Parabola...only a tad harsher due to ABV. Frantically searching for another!
( Massachusetts somehow missed out on Parabola this year...supposedly a pretty lame story as to how the stuff did not make it here)!....but this review is about Black Buffalo...GO GET SOME!
(scariest part of this beer is that it was in a friggin' green bottle)

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Photo of Tim460
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with Rickythejeweler.

Poured dark black with a one finger tan head. There was good lacing throughout which surprised me for a 19.3% beer.

Smelled really good, dark chocolate, nuts, oak, bourbon, anise, vanilla, and had some char going on in the nose as well.

The taste was just like the smell but with a surprising bitterness. I thought this was going to be pretty sweet given the abv, but it wasn't at all.

The mouthfeel was heavy but there was no getting around the boozeness on the back end.

Overall I enjoyed this beer it's probably my favorite brew above 18%.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12.7oz green bottle.

Pours a beautiful thick pitch black that is topped by medium dark tan head that is frothy and very slow to recede. Smells of bitter sweet chocolate, booze, chalk, with a ton of heavy bourbon notes present. First sip is creamy, then bitter, with a strong dark chocolate super bitter finish. The creamy mouthfeel really stands out as the complexity of this beer happily greets me. WoW – so many great things happening here. The 19.3% ABV is present but not in your face. As it warms, the bourbon shines to the front of the class and dominates this wonderful beer. The bitter finish lingers long after every amazing sip. Very nice brew!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, lots of oak, bourbon and vanilla, molasses, black licorice, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, lots of oak, vanilla, and Bourbon, black licorice, molasses, and dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. The Bourbon is a nice and bold, but well balanced.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it's review #250, and I thought for this one I would review something rare and unique: Mikkeller Black Buffalo. At 19% ABV it is nearly double the strength of the previous strongest ABV beer I've ever tried (Gulden Draak in case you were wondering). It is also the first Danish beer I have tried, and the first American Double Imperial Stout. That's a whole lot of firsts right there.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Deep black body - can't tell if it is cloudy but I suspect so. The head is a light brown and settles down to a ring of lacing.

S: Big aroma, actually has a pervading vegemite scent all over. There are notes of roasted chicory, fresh dirt, molasses and a hint vanilla thrown in as well. A dark and moody aroma all over.

T: If you like insanely bold flavours then this is the beer for you! Roasted chicory, coffee grinds, molasses and bourbon are the primary characters of this brew. Thankfully the vegemite is just in the aroma because as much as I like vegemite it would not go down well in a beer. There is a smoky note in there as well, and a sugar hit? Of course - in a beer of this intensity it is unavoidable, however it doesn't cloy as much as in a Belgian Tripel, which of itself is quite an achievement. The finish is well-balanced between dry and bitter.

M: Heavy bodied, vinous and with a light dense carbonation. Oily as hell, but again this was expected.

D: This is not your everyday beer; in fact while writing this review and finishing my first glass I am already beginning to feel the alcohol hit the bloodstream - point is if you're going to polish off a bottle of this you are spending the night in. Other than that it is a rare special occasion treat that really shows how well a beer can be crafted outside of the comfort zone (or ABV) of a normal brew. Overall an amazing feat of brewing.

Food match: You might want to forego eating anything with Black Buffalo - the flavours are too powerful, it's more an after dinner drink anyway.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing this monstrosity of a beer.

A: Blacker than night, with a finger of fine brown head. Good retention and lacing, especially for the astronomical ABV.

S: Insanely huge and amazing: bourbon, char, coffee, chocolate, and general barrel-aged richness. Amazingly little alcohol for the strength, with all the beer and barrel components receiving equal prominence. Truly wonderful.

T: Opens with all the awesomeness of the nose (SO much bourbon), but the booze swoops in like a falcon and simply destroys everything else with spicy, head-exploding alcohol. It's still a treat to sip, but nowhere near the perfection of the aroma.

M: Moderately thick, moderately carbonated, and profoundly sharp with booze.

O: I could have inhaled this nose on this one all night long, but sadly it was just too overwhelming with its alcohol component. At least it wasn't a sugar-bomb like Black Tuesday.

Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Black Buffalo (黑牛) from Mikkeller ApS
3.85 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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