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Mikkeller 黑 / Black (Whisky Edition)

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
Editor’s note: same label as the original "Mikkeller 黑 / Black" but with an additional sticker reading: "Barrel Aged Black (Whisky Edition)". Also the neck is covered in white wax.
Aged for 3 months on a French whisky barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pours pitch black with tan head, nose is oaky with a hint of whiskey and ash. Taste is over the top hot, tons of flavor, beaten up with booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2010
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 Bottle @ BBF. Deep black pour. Aroma is mild whisky, lot?s of liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt and much more.Flavour is very sweet, liquorice, roasted malt, mild whisky and alcohol. Some spices in the finish.Nice but the higher percentage doesn?t add anything but alcohol.Overall too sweet and alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21166) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle at Borefts Beer Festival 2010, courtesy of Mikkel and the boys - thanks! I was not terribly fond of the base beer, even after being induced to try it three times (peer pressure rears its ugly head). The barrel definitely makes it more drinkable, although it’s still powerful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1599) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Glossy black pour, with a minimal dark tan head. The aroma is nothing to write home about. Some dirty leather layered over fruit - dark fruit - and some bitter chocolate. Flavor gives it a brief burst of sweetness - port, fruit, even some brown sugar. Wow - flavor is just incredible. Balance is like sandbags on either side of a needle-thin fulcrum - really toes the line. It’s a bit hot (nicely countered by the sweetness), with some oak and scotch. There’s so much to this one. Certainly not an "everyday" brew - but wow am I falling in love with this more with every sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (4221) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle at 2nd BBF @ De Molen. Sharp, heavy and alcoholic. Very full of whisky, but still huge character. Heavy and awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9543) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2010
37.5 cl bottle thanks to Marko, on September 24, 2010
BB 15/07/2019
Black color, big brown head. Sweet, some peat, alcohol, also chocolate scent. Some fruits as well. Smooth, sweet, firey, alcohol, licorice taste. Lingering roasted, sweet, bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouth feel. Medium high bitterness. Gut warming alcohol.
Much better than the original Black, as I remember it. Still way too much alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marko (4852) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottled (huge thanks to Mikkel!), shared with gnoff in Göteborg. Poured a pitch black body with a gray/brown head that went away slowly. Ethanol and nice slightly roasty but soft maltiness in the nose. Some dust. Hm. A big earthy roasty bitterness, dry maltiness too much alcohol (over paradise) some fruity notes (sticky orange syrup?). Very warming. Again way better than the regular thing, not as brilliant as the peat version, but good enough despite some early missteps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luttonm (4519) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle, big thanks to Trevor211. Black. Touches of hazed brown head. wispy. Nose is aged coffee and toffee caramel. Some light peat and scotch hotness. Funky barnyard, cowpies and guersney cheese. Lovely and stinky. Fruit leather. body though is hugely balanced and improved by the barreling. Still hugely heavy and sticky. But is a bit unblended and hot at the finish. Would love some aging. Really terrific and interesting development!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
bottle courtesy of the man himself, thanks Mikkel! this stuff pours at a ’6’! amazingly complex pour(especially conseidering the abv!) with a 2 finger very dark brown head that records glugs from the bottle and subsequent rushes of head, beautiful. the body is super thick black oil, viscous. the head leaves exceptional lacingthe entire way very consistantcey and very dark brown. the aroma is huge from 2 feet away, prunes, roast, burn, heavy. not much alcohol in the nose at all. the taste and body and this thing are just beastial. what a beer. its like a double expedition or something, which is even more incredible than a double rainbow. a crushing whiskey flavor with tons of peat and somke come though on top, with a very nice prolinged but subdued burn in the finish. very smooth and hinestly much better than i was expecting for the gravity of the brew. well done sir, well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle shared with McBerko. Waxed cap very hard to get off. Poured a very light denying black. Huge dense brown head. Sweet aroma, slightly smoky roasted malt, wood, alcohol. Thick mouthfeel but alcohol not over powering. Licorice, chocolate, mild vanilla, some spice, wood and cocoa notes. More of the roasted characteristics linger in the finish with a pleasing tartness. Simply divine and a rare treat. Shame it is so prohibitively priced and rarely available. Another winner from Mikkeller.

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