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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: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zebra (1800) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
375-ml bottle with white frosting won in raffle @ wlvliquors. never available for retail in the US. shared at b2k at chilam balam. full bodied, pitch black, touch of alcohol. couldn’t be better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2013
375 ml. bottle. Bottled on 15/07/2009. Mmm… this is not white wax that is on the bottle but plastic… Pours black – obviously – with surprising amount of mocha head – okay stability considering the ABV. Bottle says that the carbonation level is medium which is I assume an euphemism for flat. Good quality alcohol dominates in the nose, enjoyable thick licorice, black chocolate, rich but alcohol is foremost and of exceptional quality. Velvety rich, thick licorice in the taste, light ash, strong roast, pitch black chocolate, fine spirit is far more in the back and tuned down, still warming and alcoholic, overripe dark fruits marinated in fine spirit, light ashes,… Velvety, very, very slick, little carbonation. I am still amazed just how much better the BA Black’s are than the original.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle; bought from Beermerchants, 37.5cl, white wax. Poured into goblet glass; great lacing thick and lasting, colour is opaque and jet black, mocha lacing. Wow massive whiskey aroma, this is da shit, some sweet marzepan and candi sugar too, rich dark Belgian chocolate, wood, oak, just LOVE the whiskey! Taste is a rich big bad malty affair, maybe not the best balance but definitely rich, bold, aggressive, intimidating, well pumped of booze, whiskey, smoke, wood, oak, lots of wood chip, slight grainial element, leather, earthyness, bitterness is fantastic, so so mourish and drinkability is not bad for something this potent. This really should be drunk with a selection of fine artisinal cheeses. A big bad mother of a beer. Top work again Mikkeller.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle at 1st Borefts Beer Festival at De Molen. Pitch black coloured with a huge beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate and vanilla with notes of coffee and whisky. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, whisky and alcohol. Roasted and alcoholic finish. Had 10 cl of it, which was perfect, it’s impossible to finish a whole bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cederdorff (15) - holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2009
roasty, burnt,citrus, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar,black, cloudy, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, very bitter, full body, oily feel, flat, long finish, this must be my morning coffee.

   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 18/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2011
19-FEB-2011, bottle @home, I guess it is a gift from Henrik? Giant lasting brown head on black (!) body. Really looks inviting. Lovely roasted barrel infused nose with whisky. Alcohol is already present on the nose. Taste is very full. Coffee - espresso, the best dark 80% chocolate. Aftertaste is alcoholic and the burn goes on forever, and then this full full full mouthfeeling with the dark roasted and dried berries like prunes and an almost eucalyptus note and still some bitterness from the hops. It IS sweet, and the glass becomes sticky, but the roastedness and whisky hides it well. Difficult to drink another beer after this. First of all I am pretty intoxicated by now, second my taste buds are numb, and third what brew could really follow this? I am thinking another black, but hey... ...not sure how my body would react to that. World class beer. Thanks, Henrik:-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2011
Sweet moka and wood aroma. The alcohol gets through in the nose as well. Taste of sweet coffee, wood and alcohol. Nicely balanced taste. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1693) - 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.

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