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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2011
Pous an opaque 黑 with a tiny beige head. Super sweet with aromas of caramel, dried fruits, raisins and turf smoked malts. More turf, toasted malts and alcohol towards the end. Very full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sweet finish with more aromas of roasted malts and turf smoked malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
375ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Pitch black with brown head. Short head retention.
Aroma : Rich ashy notes with light peat and alcohol. Rich sweet malt. Roasty and smokey.
Taste : Rich peaty malt with ashes and sweet roasted malt. Alcohol and wood. Finish has lots of ashes and roasted malt with lots of warming alcohol. Quite woody too.
Overall : Interesting... Very rich and thick. Some alcohol but not that much considering abv and it’s not too much for the sipper that this is. Really nice wood with nice ashes. Nice sweet roasted malt. Very powerful, could be a bit better balanced. A few ounces is enough though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingCecil (2060) - DENMARK - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle..... it pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head.... the aroma is smoke, sweet roasted malt, caramel, raisins... the flavor is sweet with notes of islay whisky, tobacco, dark fruit and smoke, bacon.....the finish is sweet port like.. with some smoke..... really love this beer ! full body...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has smooth peated whiskey, chocolatre sugar/caramel, some coffee. Black coloured beer with not much head. The taste is quite sugary sweet, has smooth peat, chocolate, caramel, coffee, some honey and a hint of raisin. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3264) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle shared with a friend. Thank god cause i wouldnt finish it myself. The aroma is pretty much nothing but sugar and booze, with some roasted malts, and soy. Thick viscous mouthfeel with an intense crazy sweetness that overpowers everything! This is like a 40 proof burnt mars bar. The islay scotch is barely noticeale, touches of smoke, but barely there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle shared with friends for Mikkeller tasting. Black as all hell and pretty thick. Compared next to the regular Black this one had some spicy woody characters to it. Slight bourbon booziness but again the ABV is masked very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
Tasting at Papsø
Black color; the beige head disappears quickly. The aroma shows first a nice peaty whiskey, then roasted malts, good coffee, dust, cheese rind; overall it’s deep and seducing. Dark caramel flavor, very sweet without being syrupy, and without burnt malts, this combination actually works for me; light peaty character too; the flavor is not overly complex, but very pleasant anyway. Correct bitterness; the final is mainly very sweet caramel with a peat and alcohol trace. And as usual for the Hei, the alcohol is present but well hidden.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Mmmmm smells like they tried to make a super heavy beer by sugar washing this fermenter over and over. Congrats, you made a super alcoholic beer. In the process you wiped out all of the grain, hop and yeast flavor, giving way to the aroma of sugar, molasses and sugar. If this is what you’re looking for in your beer, be my guest. I’m going to drink beer that tastes like beer, not sugar wash.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlovakSniper (3369) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2011
Le liquide a une robe brune foncée. Une mince feuille de mousse flotte sur la concoction. Au nez, la fumée de tourbe et le scotch couvrent des notes rôties et des notes chocolatées. Les saveurs sont assez douces, toujours bien enfumées, parfois cendrées et définitivement soumises à des flaveurs de whisky. La bouche est lourde, bien charpentée, faiblement remuée par les bulles avec une texture huileuse. La finale est plus ou moins agréable, touchée par la fumée, malheureusement caressée par les cendres d’un vieux feu de foyer. En résumé, pas dans mes cordes. Merci Yan Solo!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(375ml bottle best by 2/25/20 thanks to bu11zeye) clear but near black, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of vanilla, peat, fudge and graham cracker. Taste of mild alcohol (surprising given the ABV), graham cracker, vanilla, sweet chocolate and licorice.

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