Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 579   ABV: 19.3%
Editor’s note: 19.3% is the correct ABV.

Mikkeller Black barrel aged on Buffalo Trace barrels.

NikkTwist's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (2776) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 Bottle at Eulogy. Pitch black pour with a dark brown head. Heaven awaites! Big warm boozy bourbon at the nose. Sips surprisingly smooth, though the alcohol feels flammable. Buffalo Trace leads the charge but some more complex barrel notes are in the stampede. Charcoal. Leather. Tar. Rotting red fruits. Black pepper. Some expected coffee and dark chocolate. Some unexpected burned coconut shell. Crumbled biscotti. Dried vanilla bean. Desiccant black walnuts. A whole dark little world going on in a beer that is definitely a meal and a half!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2268) - Hagen, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2016
Sampled from 0.375 l bottle. Pitch black with a beige head. Sweetish-malty, moderately roasty aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and vanilla. Sweetish-malty, moderately roasty taste of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some licorice, followed by a medium long, rather warming-alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, slightly oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice, but also very alcoholic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (17734) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 30, 2016
Intensiver malziger Antrunk, ölig. Alkoholnoten, die Holznoten fallen zurück, das Bier wirkt eindimensional. Okay. 10/8/8/9/12/8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1762) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2016
Pours a very viscous-looking close to black body with a tiny, short-lived head. Sweet and intense aroma of dark roasted malt, dark caramel, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and liquorice. Intense flavour of alcohol, dark roasted malt, dark caramel, chocolate and coffee. Moderate to heavy sweet taste with a fairly heavy bitter and long-lasting finish. Full body, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice brew, but would it have been even better if the ABV had been lower?
[35.5 cl bottle shared with Svensenga smak & behag]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (6759) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2016
375 ml green bottle, capped. From Vinmonopolet. ABV is 19.3%. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Intense aroma of Buffalo Trace whiskey, vanilla, oak, molasses, fusel alcohols, dark chocolate and roast malts. Intense and warming mouthfeel. Overwhelming flavour of roast malts, coffee, alcohol, whiskey / oak / vanilla, tar, molasses, liquorice and bittering hops. Insane - but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2016
(Bottle) Black colour with dense, beige head. Malty, roasted, woody nose with notes of liquorice, soy sauce, strong black coffee, bourbon, vanilla, tar, salmiac and oak wood. Malty, roasted, vinous taste with strong black coffee, liquorice, soy sauce, tar, bourbon, vanilla, lots of wood and a strong, vinous finish with a generous coffee bitterness. Full body (or rather massive), with a certain sweetness. Massive stout with lots of bourbon and oak and a fair amount of warming alcohol. Not very subtle, but very nice stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rotin (965) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle 375ml. Black colored. AROMA- chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, cocoa. FLAVOR- sweet, pleasantly bitter, smooth, dark bitter chocolate, fresh cocoa, liquer. Full bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ascelja (956) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 22, 2016
Bottle 0.375l. Absolutely black body, small tan head. Aroma of oak barrel, roasted cocoa beans, dates, raisins, cherries, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, bourbon. Taste is neutral to bitter-sweet. Dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits -mostly wild cherries-, cocoa powder, dates, toffee, hint of vanilla on background. Full body, really silky smooth texture, low carbonation. 19% abv is unbelievable.
Personal note: 2/3 BA for celebration of 3rd wedding anniversary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13432) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
375 ml green bottle 2012 vintage poured a clear dark redfish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, dried fruit, tobacco, oak and light bourbon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit, light coffee, light oak and light bourbon with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (2248) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle at Cara B. Black colour with tan head. Bourbon, wood, roasted aroma. Sweet, bourbon, chocolate, orasted taste. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (1038) - - DEC 13, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Pours like motor oil black, haze, with creamy, stable brown head. Aroma: intense barrell bourbon aroma, supported with rich dark malt aroma, with notes of coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, supported with roasted malt aroma, refined dark sugar, and with fuity aroma, which takes on cherries. Flavor: rich, complex malt flavors, which takes on roasted, coffee, cocoa nibs, cacao, bittersweet dark chocolate, supported with strong note of bourbon. Intense are also hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits, especially cherries. In the background are also detectable flavors of vanilla, something like soy souce and oak (tannins) Malt sweetness is very high, hop bitterness also. Finish is sticky slightly bitter and dry. Body is full, texture is unbealivable silky smooth, carbonation is low. Alcohol warmth is obvious after first ship. Overall: this is truly the Beast!

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