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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: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
Editorís 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.

BoringBard's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoringBard (139) - - FEB 5, 2013
Smells like a rich and high alcohol stout. Little whiskey smell. Pitch black with brown head that quickly disappear. Very sweet, some bitterness, some alcohol, but unfortunatly no whiskey taste. Looks very thick, but then it is very thin. All over very good, and "light" compared to style and alcohol conteny

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (4591) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2015
12/10/2010 8:40:24 AM On tap at Beer Temple. Dark black with thin brown head. Nose is sweet and very much reeks of alcohol. Fruity too. Taste of chocolate and lots of lots of alcohol. Way too strong for my kind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle, white wax, gift from Secret Santa. Pours opaque black, medium brown head, dissipates slowly, good residual and lacing. Aroma is cocoa, anise, molassesa and whiskey. Flavor is quite sweet, fully bitter, tons of cocoa and anise, strong whiskey with some smoke and peat. Rich and flavorful, a bit hot, but at 17%, its actually doing pretty good. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlandersNed (369) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2015
375ml bottle from 4+ years ago. This is NOT the BA Black Hole (higher ABV & no coffee, different label, etc.). Big, rich, dark chocolate liqueur, prune, peated whiskey, oak & espresso flavors with a charred sugar and dried, dark, fruit finish. Heavy body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (733) - - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle. Aroma of peanuts, smoky dark chocolate, wet wood, prune, vanilla extract. Extremely sweet and boozy. Flavor is equally intense, beginning sugary and layered with molasses, brown sugar and reduced prunes and plums. Intense oak character and roast bitterness settle in on the sides of the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1716) - GREECE - APR 29, 2015
375ml bottle of 2010 at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Black color with beige brown head. Alcoholic aroma, more like martini than whiskey, fruits, figs raisins plums, light roasted malty notes, chocolate, wood. Taste is sweet in the beginning, alcohol, chocolate and fruits, then it becomes bitter, with strong coffee notes. Full silky body with soft carbonation, bitter chocolate, light coffee and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
November 14, 2014. On tap at All in Beer Fest. Black with a large dense brown head. Aroma is whiskey, chocolate, caramel, peat, vanilla. Taste is very sweet caramel, molasses, dark fruits and bitter dark chocolate, alcohol and whiskey notes in the finish. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1397) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
Pitch black with large black head. Whiskey, vanilla, some coffee and chocolate in aroma. Quite smooth texture with taste of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee and whisky, ending in a fiery alcohol finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grubypawel (295) - - NOV 20, 2014
Tap@AIBF2014. Pours almost pitch black with a huge beige head. Lots of blended whiskey aromas with hints of good espresso. And a lot of other stuff. Very heavy and very rich. The alcohol in the aroma makes it hard to detect other stuff, but Iím certain there is a lot there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Roasted cocoa, vanilla and coffee somehow transform into whisky and alcohol warmth before leaving room for rising hop resins and their bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam tops the pitch black.
-This is beautifully coherent aromatically speaking.
-The nose is more endearing than the flavor profile to me.
-Itís rather amazing how the rich malts seem to give way nearly entirely to the whisky apport in the second half of each sip.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (3900) - FINLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Tap@aibf14. Black, huge tan head (crappy co2 regulator..). Sweet malty, slight honey roasted oaky, soy sauce, salt licorice etcetc nose. The list could go on forever. As with the normal blacks. This has a sort of a honey whiskey oaky edge to it. Which is nice at first, but glad to have just a 5cl sample,a bottle would be all too much.real nice, complex, abundance of flavours. Should probably have ended the festival with this.

-- bb

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