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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 958   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3610) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle Pours out ink black topped with a small brown head. Aroma of tons of dark roast and some sweetness (pit fruit and molassses). Tast was of smoke, molasses and some pit fruit. Still pretty hot maybe stash it away for a while to help mellow.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle: Aroma is dark, boozy, a lot like WWS. Mostly whisky and molasses in the aroma. Flavor is not unpleasant as the aroma suggests. There is a definite alcoholic burn at the finish but I had worse. Taste is heavy roast, sweet, and some vinous notes in there. Alcohol is not that apparent until it hits the throat. Mouthfeel is like syrup, no carbonation. OK, Iím going to watch a movie and enjoy this one over the next two hours.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
12.7 fl oz bottle (been saving this one for awhile and figured itíd be a good, or at least an intense, way to celebrate my one hundredth beer rating). I should first note that everything about this beer is quite a bit stronger than normal, even for strong beers. Very dense and thick burnt/roasted aroma that tingles the nostrils with every whiff, some firewood, black chocolate malt , black coffee, minor heavy sweet fruity esters evident just for a second, vanilla beans as well, and a touch of whiskey alcohol... very stimulating. After pouring it, Iím not sure Iíve ever seen a darker chocolate brown head than i did with this beer (even oak aged dark lord). The head is still fairly small, but then again thereís a lot alcohol in this one to kill it off. The beer still looks pretty interesting, as there is a swirl of dark head lacing around the top of the beer. In all honesty though, i pictured this beer to be slightly darker than it actually is (itís still darker than 99.9 percent of beers anyway). The color is more of a very rich dark chocolate brown, with a good amount of black chunky particulate. Still, this one is pretty sinister looking. On to taste. Its really not a sweet as i expected, but very very rich. As expected mocha flavors come out pretty strong, but the heavy malt flavor is much more than that. Its also almost as if they lit on fire a large basket of melon and berry fruit, and then added that to the mix to ferment. I canít exactly recognize any hop bitterness in this one, but i really am not overpowered by an off balance in that respect. So, as with most beers of that intensity, it took me a while to truly get into it, as the first several sips were nothing more than a slap in the face of high alcohol beer craziness. I enjoyed the ride that this beer took me on much like i enjoy riding ridiculous amusement park rides, but iím hard pressed to give it a really high rating as a result. Good times... but thereís just a little too much in this "beer" to say i truly loved it.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Thanks to Blake for bringing the bottle! Poured medium-deeper brown with a short cap of tan head. The aroma was very strong with burnt black malts, espresso, and chocolate amplified by a whole helluva lot of alcohol.. a year old, but extremely raw and unrefined. The flavor was sharp, strong, and aggressive the whole way soy, molasses, and espresso at the core.. bitterness and alcohol were very assertive on the edges, with hot bitterness riding out the long finish. Heavier-bodied, bitter, and boozy on the palate with an unpleasant feel all around. Ouch.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
bottle. Super dark pour with no head. Strong alcohol aroma, soy sauce, dark fruit. Surprisingly smooth, alcohol is very evident, but not overwhelming. Dark dry fruity very interesting, very warming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a thin brown head. Dark fruit, roast, chocolate, and smoke in the aroma. Hints of the ABV already. Tastes sweet and fruity into a heavier roast and coffee note. The ABV shows, but not too bad. Molasses and light smoke too. I would like to try this aged 3-4 years... Thanks BuckeyeBoy.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Very strange. Aroma is thick alcoholic and very heavy. Pour is black...just pure black. Flavor is dark chocolate with some coffee in there. Very warming and very surprisingly very little alcohol can be noticed. A very good beer for such a high ABV.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3383) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle 0,37ltr: Black brew with almost no but brown head. High in alcohol with an vine or liquor taste and an great stuff to got an good night rest. And the symbol means "Black" by the way.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2379) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2009
charred and burnt to be angry with acid. flavors of salt and soy sauce. some added spice and fruit with a burning alcohol finish that starts pretty soon. different and demonstrative for sure it is of interest and perhaps delight to the weary of palate. flavor of cherry tobacco and cork hidden in the acid. thick dank and menacing in the pour with a whimper of a head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2009
My 100th Imperial Stout - not bad for a hop-head - was picked up at Binnyís Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois. It poured out a thick dark brown that turned black in the glass, briefly capped by a small bubbly head that rapidly reduces to a film and a slender ring. Iím intrigued by those who look at a glass of what essentially looks like motor oil and go, "Oh yeah! Thatís definitely a 5/5 look!" Me, I rate it a 3/5, the ale looking much like what Iíd expect an ultra-strong Stout to look like. The heavy alcohol content gives a strong medicinal twist to the nose - and my broken schnozz really needs no more twisting. Beyond that it smells of bittersweet chocolate, burnt barley, licorice, grilled prunes, and charred elm twigs. Interesting blending of flavors. It starts hot with alcohol and bitter with charcoal. Angry dark caramel, bitter chocolate, and aggravated dried dark fruit follow after. The smoke of burning tar and damp cherry wood join the fray. ABC licorice and more alcohol finish it off. The finish is sweet with dark malt, bitter with something that didnít want to be burned, and hot with alcohol. This was more fun to drink than it was enjoyable to drink.


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