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Mikkeller 黑 / Black (Whisky Edition)

 (RETIRED)
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100
94
style
Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
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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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
A-- Poured a murky, motor oil black. Settled black. no light penetrating this. Good head to this. Dark brown and thick. Stayed at one finger for a while before receding to above film. Receding left a nice collar of film at the top of the head. Dark brown oily substance on the sides of the glass. Good head retention and lots of spotty lacing after swirling. S-- Dark fruits, chocolate fudge, oak, tobacco, char, and burnt rubber. Alcohol comes in waves. At times intense and at others restrained. When intense it is like fumes. T-- Sweet. Very sweet. Carmel, Vanilla, and sweet dairy milk. Just touches of the oak and not a lot of whisky. Getting some nail polish remover taste as drinking on. M-- Slick, oily and coating in front of mouth. Actually quite nice really. Back is another deal. Finishes with a kick of burnt rubber, char, and ash. Yep, it is a Mikkeller all right. Very char and ash finish. Who needs a cigarette when you can drink this! Thinner body than I thought it would be and the nail polish feel is getting annoying O-- Much better than the base beer. Hated Black. Not nearly as good as the Islay is (need to get another and review it). Quite drinkable for 17.5%. Still a sipper though and better shared. Alcohol is much more restrained in the mouth than in the nose. At times I think his BA treatments are better than the base beers. Go Figure. Worth getting one for long term cellaring.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2012
Head: thick large
Colour: black
Smell: cookies, chocolat, malts, coffee, roasted, creamy
Taste: start is lots of chocolat, whiskey/bourbon, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, soft, balanced end, alcohol aftertate, nice and extremly drinkable compared to the regular black !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1225) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle at home. Has a black colour with a medium brown, pretty compact, head. Beautiful concentrated aroma where I find port, black berries, leather, dark chocolate and some alcohol. Heavy flavours of roast, coffee, black berries, dark chocolate and some smoke. Soft and slick mouthfeel. Bitterness = medium+. Wow, what a nice mix of whisky and stout in this beer. Nice roasted touch as well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3076) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle, merci Pat! Oily black pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is quite nice, actually there is a bit of really volatile alcohol at first but once that is passed what remains is a nutty, chocolatey mix, subtle oak notes, a tad roasty but very rich and dessert like, some vanilla. Tastes like dark chocolate, a little too boozy and bitter but not bad. Palate is slick and oily, carbonation is relatively low and the body quite heavy. Not bad, a definite improvement on the regular but still far from the great imperial stouts IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2012
Bottled 375 ml (Beer Hunters, BB 07/2019, vintage 2009)
Pitch black, tiny brown color. First impression about aroma: perfumic then dark malts dominate, whisky notes are very faint. Medium to full-bodied. Very sweet beer. Alcohol, typical Black’s herbal bitterness, whisky. This is clearly "Black + added whisky". Straightforward. Still after 3 years has more potential with cellaring.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2380) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottled. A dominant sweet roasted flavor and aroma. A nice blend of chocolate, citrus brown sugar, earth coffee. The finish is dry and sweet. I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2012
side by side with the Cognac Black. Deep oily texture, creamy head, burnt & chocolate malts. Warming finish but covers the alcohol well though a bit more fire than the Cognac edition.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1022) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle, 04/19/2012. Pours black with dense, espresso crema head. Aroma of brownies drizzled with chocolate liqueur, coffee grounds, hops noticeable, great vanilla and whiskey in the finish. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate balanced soon by heavily bitter coffee and roast, warming whiskey finish. Palate is velvety and viscous. This is pretty nice, it almost seems a bit restrained for something of this strength.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
Bottle from beermerchants.co.UK. One of those perfect beers. Loads of whiskey, loads of chocolate and coffee. Really ace.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of whisky is quite strong with some light vanilla notes and some light roasted malt notes. Taste is bit hot with some warming alcohol and clear whisky notes which are balanced by sweet rich black chocolate notes. Body is full with good carbonation and some alcohol ester notes are clearly present. A bit too much whisky for my taste with alcohol being a bit too present as well thought the base beer is still very enjoyable.


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