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Mikkeller 黑 / Black (Islay Edition)

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style
Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
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Aged 4 month on Scotch Islay Barrels


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"this one is a little much. even when they did the black hole (black hole being far more drinkable than black) they overdid the scotch. they’re at it again woth this one, and at 17% the charred stout and intense smoke = low drinkability. i’d enjoy a sampler of this, but not a bottle. a good idea taken to the extreme. for mikkeller, this one’s a miss."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alkolas510 (684) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 kolsvart med litet skum. Doftar lite rökig whiskey och ganska söt. Väldigt söt i smaken och whiskey! Sötvört på fat, är den verkligen 17.5?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2590) - FINLAND - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours black in color with a small tan head. Roasted malty notes, some vanilla, wood and smoke in aroma. Dark roasted notes, coffee and vanilla sweetness in aroma. Some bitterness and hints of smokyness in aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7172) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2014
375mL bottle, BB 2/25/20. Poured inky black with no appreciable head sticking around. The aroma opened with burnt licorice and peated-up rocket fuel, but thankfully it settled down... it eventually became a sweet, warm (but not exceedingly hot), very nice Islay whiskey over soft and supportive burnt licorice and lesser soy malts.. it really grew on me. The flavor found burnt black and licorice malts at the core, with a syrupy, alcohol-infused trail all the way through the finish.. smokey whiskey hit every facet of the drink as well.. rising oxidation on the back and through the finish as it warmed.. lots of residual sweetness and wisps of smokey whiskey on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation.. the barrel imparted some very favorable impressions, but overall the beer wasn’t quite cohesive.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10667) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle. Creamy off-white fair mostly deminishing head. Black colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Some islay notes. Heavy bitter wondefull flavor. Islay not dominating but nicely present. Long intende fniish. Creamy palate. Very complex beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14107) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Nice head with medium duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, peat, islay, licorice and chocolate. Lots of alcohol as well.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fall_ep78 (45) - DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
Har intet rimeligt sammenlignings grundlag, da den eneste anden Black jeg har smagt er én magen til (dog under anderledes omstændigheder end nu) og "blandings produktet" Black Tokyo Horizon. Dog vil jeg helt subjektivt hævde at denne øl er noget af det vildeste jeg nogen sinde har smagt. Aromaen er tydelig og meget røget, hvilket dog er mere afdæmpet i smagen. Har tidligere smagt øl (kaster håndtegn til Undskyld? Bryghus!) hvor røgen fra whiskyen har sat sig i tønden, hvilket i min smag er usand synligt bedre end reel røgmalt. Smagen er fantastisk kompleks og rummer nærmest alle de mørke smagsnuancer man kan forestille sig. Og selvom procenten er mægtig, er det ikke noget der forstyrrer eller overrumpler. Svag karbonering pga. alkoholen - er stille glad, da jeg har én mere i køleskabet

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2708) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2014
Bottled. Pours pitch blakh with a small, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, peat and whiskey. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with an alcohol burn. Full bodied, oily texture and soft to flat carb. A heavy and very nice impy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1298) - Herning, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2014
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tiny dark tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavour are peat, smoke, whiskey, tobacco, burnt malts, liquorice, and dark chocolate - with a bitter and alcoholic finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NosirIwont (1988) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. 17.5%. Best before 25.02.20. Pours black with a diminishing dark tan head. Aroma is slightly oxidized, with dark fruits and peat/smoke. Well-balanced, quite nice. Quite sweet flavour; molasses, with an alcohol burn; has a Vermouth-like feel to it. Notes of peat/smoke and dark fruits. The peat/smoke feels a bit unbalanced, but it’s still pretty good. Finish is the same, with the alcohol burn lingering, along with a tobacco-like smoked note. Smooth palate. Overall really good and generally well-balanced; the sweetness in the flavour is especially good I think. If the peat/smoke note had been more balanced, it would have scored higher. 02.02.14.


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