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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2012
375ml bottle. Pours an opaque and intense black, with a moderate tan head, which lasts well and leaves quite good lace. Smoky Islay scotch is noticeable in the aroma, which also has bitter dark chocolate and some faint wood and coffee notes. Very mild citrus and herbal hops up front are briefly joined by thick, smooth drinking chocolate, before being swamped by dark, luscious imperial stout flavours. The peaty, smoky flavour of Islay whisky is present, along with Turkish and espresso coffee and very bitter, high-cocoa dark chocolate, which, along with the Islay whisky, lingers to create a bitter, slightly peaty and woody finish, complemented by the warmth of 16.5% ABV. This is one of the most serious imperial stouts I have tried. Its highly bitter dark chocolate flavour is a perfect match for Islay whisky, creating a potent, warming and delightful beer. A shining example of the craft of brewing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
nimbleprop (6338) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2012
375ml bottle pours an oily, translucent black with no head. Big scotch aroma, soapy, rubber bands. Flavor is nasty, burnt trees, weird candy, plastic, coffee that had been boiled for ten weeks, nail polish remover. Full bodied, gross finish. Yep... horrible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3422) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2012
Green bottle, 375 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured March 21 2012; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of dark brown head that turns into a tiny ring, slight lacing; nose: malt, lots of caramel, woody, cherry, alcohol, dark chocolate, tobacco, peat, smoke, ash; mouth: malt, lots of caramel, woody, alcohol, light burnt malt, light pleasant acridness, alcohol, alcohol warmth, pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco, peat, ashy, smoke, finale in malt-caramel with presence of burnt malt, full body, below-average carbonation, rather sweet, syrupy texture; overall: intense FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 341 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 21 mars 2012; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse brun foncé qui se transforme en un petit anneau, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, beaucoup de caramel, boisé, cerise, alcool, chocolat noir, tabac, tourbe, fumé, cendré; bouche : malt, beaucoup de caramel, boisé, alcool, léger malt brûlé, légère âcreté plaisante, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, poivre, chocolat noir, tabac, tourbe, cendré, fumé, finale en malt-caramel avec présence de malt brûlé, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, plutôt sucrée, texture sirupeuse; en résumé : intense

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
375ml bottle shared by nimbleprop: Pours an oily viscous opaque with a few stray dark tan bubbles. Has a smoky rubber and peaty nose with some sweet dark caramel malts and a touch of dark fruits. Starts with a rich dark caramel sweetness, but quickly becomes cloying and warming with some bittersweet and smoky notes in the finish. A little over-the-top in terms of sweetness and alcohol, but has some unique flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
375 bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Minimal beige head, black body with brown edge. Aroma is whiskey, light soy. Taste is sweet, whiskey, bittersweet chocolate, caramel. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
375mL thanks to nimbleprop. Pours a flat tawny maroon. No head. Nose is cigarette ash, dirty apple juice, maybe some muted lavender and soapy peat but no fatty bacon. Taste is super sweet up front moving to superlative wet cardboard and ultra dirty cigarette butt ash. Oh god please. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared by nimbleprop. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is abysmal. This smells like burnt melted plastic and tires, smoky and dates, prunes and licorice. Flavor is peat and smoke malt, sugar dark chocolate, wood and earthy notes with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reebtogi (5071) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2012
500ml bottle pours black in color with a 2 finger light tan head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark roasted malts with chocolate and coffee and hints of smoked wood. Taste is roasted malty bitterness with some chocolate malty sweetness and a hoppy bitterness and hints of smokey wood in the finish. Full body and light carbonation. A very nice imperial stout and highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lefossoyeur (516) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2012
Pitch black with a creamy brown head slowly fading. Intense chocolate liquor aromas, roasted nuts, incense and burnt toasts. Intense, full body, low carbonation, creamy smooth, a lots of sweetness, liquid chocolate with a delicate peaty finish. Wow, this is an amazing dessert beer! love the balance of the islay malt in this huge beer, really in balance, never overwhelming. A real treat if taken as a dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maledictum (733) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - FEB 14, 2012
Pours an opaque black with a small, rough beige head. Aroma is iodine, iodine and iodine - rather horrible. Solid body, low carbonation, massive dextrose sweetness, burned ashes and loads of peat. Sweet chocolatey finish with some ashes and sugar - again.

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