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Mikkeller 黑 / Black (Islay Edition)

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
Aged 4 month on Scotch Islay Barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fall_ep78 (44) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3430) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1857) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NosirIwont (2184) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
angel77 (1719) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2014
Botella de 37 cl tomada dos veces en Pacos (Oviedo) durante el invierno de 2010 y 2011 (por ese entonces a 16 euros la botella) Como seria de interesante volver a tomar esta maravilla de cerveza, hasta ahora mi favorita. Gran imperial stout en la que aparte de sus intensísimos sabores tostados y quemados aporta un final de madera empapada de whisky de Islay alucinante, que la convierte casi en un licor. Para beber tranquilamente disfrutando cada trago durante un buen rato ya que sus alucinantes 17.5 vol se dejan notar claramente, dejando un maravilloso retrogusto final amargo de lúpulo verde combinado con la madera seca y salada del whisky de Islay ((((claro mi región escocesa preferida para los whiskys))) Sin dudarlo una cerveza 10. Mi favorita

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
In short: Chemical solvent compound, sticky stuff and burnt cereals. A new entry in my bottom-10 beer ever. Astonishingly gross.
How: Bottle 375ml, consumed with some age of it but still approximately 7 years before expiration date.
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam.
In long: Nose is disturbingly nail polish remover, nothing else, I’ve never had such an intense nail polish remover smell from a beer, really like smelling an actual little flask of nail polish remover, and I used that stuff a lot in my younger days when I was using nails hardener for acoustic guitar. One of the most repulsive smell I have ever encountered in a beer. Taste is burnt plastic, highly phenolic alcohol, rubbing alcohol sensation, cereals that are charred to the max malts developing smoky-ashy character, sticky hard-liquor, maybe some wood. I could have been more deScriptive but I quickly decided to drain pour my bottle. I can’t One of the most undrinkable beer I’ve ever had the misfortune of trying. If you die and go to heaven you will find a large stack of bottles like this one and when you are bored you can just pour down a bottle and its content falls directly in the mouth of the people below in hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
375ml bottle, pitch black color, with a ring of bubbly tan head, with a phenolic, earthy peated malt medicinal, herbal nose with some black, toasted, chocolate, roasted, peated malt, chocolatey, molasses accents, with some burnt fruitcake, black coffee, syrupy chocolate sauce, dark bitter chocolate baking bar notes in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet warmth liquorish boozy, chocolate, black, toasted, caramel, roasted, peated malty, molasses, fruity character, with some earthy herbal peat moss, chocolate icecream, black coffee, brown sugar, chocolate cup filled with whisky flavours, and within a light dark bitter chocolate baking bar mouthfeel, and a cepacol mouth wash backbone, leading towards a warming, sweet liquorish whisky, peated, chocolate, roasted, black caramel, toasted maltiness, burnt dark dried fruit, molasses, chocolatey, roasty bitterness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10562) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2013 375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours black with a small tan ring of head. Aroma brings out smoky islay barrels upfront, peat, wood and roasted malt. Flavour is very bold, with a wonderful balance between intense sweetness and the smokiness & peat from the islay. Quite sweet and moderately smoky (for islay) without being lopsided on either major flavour element. Booze is surprisingly well-worked in. Not the most complex, but certainly enjoyable. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (6909) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2013
Shared bottle at Cardinal.Pours pitch black , no head. Aroma of rubber glue and peated malt. Taste is heavy sweet, thick oily mouthfeel. Smooth.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (2182) - NORWAY - AUG 26, 2013
Almost black in colour. Bicycle tyre glue in aroma, that mellows as it airs. Sweet and strong taste with some port. A bit woody. Wonderfully complex aftertaste.

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