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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1049   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The strongest beer in Scandinavia. This imperial stout is the craziest, wildest, strongest beer from Mikkeller to this date. Not for sissies.......! Sample it fresh or store it for many many years to come!
Ingredients : Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 1, 2009
[Bottle from beermerchants] Pours so black that no light gets through even when held up to a lamp. Very dense, thick head of a dark brown colour; very pretty. Big, powerful aroma of dark chocolate, roast, prune, port and a lot of alcohol. Extremely full bodied (as you’d expect) with a lot of sweetness upfront. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt on the palate, muscavado sugar, prunes. Leads to a very bitter, alcoholic finish (though perhaps not quite so alcoholic as one would expect).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 Bottle... Poured a thick, syrupy black with little to no head. Super balance and drinkable for 17.5%. WOW! This was really awesome. Not as cloying and thick as others in this range. Chocolate tones and a little soy sauce tone. Dark fruits and and a creamy, sugary malt complexity with dark, roasted coffee beans. Had a sherry booze-like finish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2009
375mL bottle, at least a year old, poured into a tulip. No surprise that it pours pitch black and produces a small but very creamy tan head that shows good staying power and leaves plenty of boozy legs on the way down. The aroma is pretty strong with lots of sweetness and alcohol. There is a heavily roasted espresso character with lots of burnt sugar and sweet dark fruits. It’s smells almost medicinal in the end but still ashy. Weird. If the aroma is strong, then the taste is downright overpowering, and not necessarily in a good way. The first sip is a blast of burnt chocolate malts, caramalized fruit and burnt coffee, but with a prevalent sweetness from the booze and sugar. Also some charred wood and smoke in the finish with a massive alcohol burn. Again, it gets almost medicinal in the finish, like cough syrup with a recently extinguished cigarette butt dropped in. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick, syrupy sweet and massively boozy. But still charred and ashy. I’m not exactly sure what to make of this one. There are definitely some good flavors in there, but the overall character is so ridiculously ashy and sweet altogether that my taste buds are left in shock. To say the drinkability is low would be a mild understatement. I need to go lie down....

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle. Bishops Arms Järntorget, Porterveckan. Black colour. Lots and lots of alcohol, raisins and soy sauce. Very boozy, very sweet, very bitter. Totally unbalanced. Hard to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 15, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 bottle. pours black and thick like oil. small brown head. tarry, red grape, ash aroma. flavor is loaded with alcohol, tar, bittersweet, ashes, molasses, smoke, grapes, blueberry and soy sauce. i can’t get over the cigarette butt ash/soy sauce flavor. low carbonation. full body. dry.."i need water" finish. quite the experience for sure.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle: Black, no head, no lacing. Nose of bright alcohol, slight deet, paint thinner and lots of astringency and more astringency. Sharp, strong. Lots of alcohol and astringency. Not my favorite kind of stout.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2009
EBF08. Black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is vineous, sweet, blackberry, liquorish and light alcohol. Flavour is vineous, sharp alcohol, liquorish, and chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Thanks AgentSteve. Poured very black, smooth, alcohol, roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee, little molasses.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Holding on to this bottle for a while, pours deep viscous black with a thin tan head with a big complex nose. Coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. The flavor is the same with the addition of sweet stone and vinous fruits. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 Dark as tar and very opague. Lots of hops, some malt and plenty of alchol. I smell mead or at least some honey. Very aromatic and very complex. Taste is very full on. Super hop bitterness. Plenty of alcohol and some malt characters. Very complex palate. Got better as it warmed. Dead flat but very rich in the mouth. Definitely an aquired taste and given the alcohol you certainly couldn’t drink a lot of it. Very much an experience.


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