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Mikkeller 黑牛 Black Buffalo

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 579   ABV: 19.3%
Editor’s note: 19.3% is the correct ABV.

Mikkeller Black barrel aged on Buffalo Trace barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (4179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle shared on the 42nd floor. 2012 vintage, 19.3%. Black, big foamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, molasses. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is bitter up front, heavily roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, dense vanilla cake, ash and booze. Huge beer. Definitely some booze showing up but quite drinkable for a 19%er. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
8th October 2015
42nd Floor Tasting. Thanks to Dan for this beast. Opaque black - brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is airy, semi dry and has decent fine carbonation. All these Black’s have bitter dry dark malts, but here it is not quite as prevalent with some dark chocolate providing relief. Bourbon soaked dark fruits. Spicy licorice. Dry bitter and spicy finish. One of the better ones in this long running series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4097) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3 oz bottle pour at ChurchKey shared by solidfunk, thanks Josh! Black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, whiskey. Tastes of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, roast, booze. Medium body with a dry and warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5927) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2015
A bit of an unruly mess but improves a bit after a few sips. Pours black with mocha head. Whiskey and roast with a bomb of booze. Quite the bitter finish. Thick and syrupy consistency. 2012 bottle pour from Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (6484) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle at the sky high Canary wharf tasting. Thanks to Daniel for this one. Black and caramel brown coloured pour with a halo of dark tan head. Aroma is big salty liquorice, oyster, solvent, toffee, salty roast. Flavour is composed of big SALTY bitter roast, black, charred wood, boozy, alcohol, solvent. Big toffee, and Salted caramel. Palate is medium full sticky, bitter dark roast, moderate carbonation. A very challenging beer. Better than most Mikkeller Black beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015
Bottle thanks to Dirty Danny. Consumed at the 42nd floor tasting. It pours opaque black with a small, but sturdy tan head. The nose is very rich, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, nougat, fruit cake, rocky road and dark chocolate bounty. The taste is rich, slick, bitter, toasty, big alcohol boost, charred wood, ashy, burnt tires, so very chewy and cocoa with a warming, chewy finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. I enjoy parts of this, but it is too full-on for me to love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (4686) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2015
37.5cl bottle at the 42nd level tasting, London. It pours a black color with medium beige head. Aroma is big bold boozy sweet notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel. Taste is sweet and lightly funky wit notes of red wine, dark chocolate, esters, toffee. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle split at the 42nd floor Tasting, thanks to Daniel, 08/10/15. Pitch black with a decent tan covering. Nose is big malt dollops, rich roast, spice, dark chocolate, bitter dark fruit shreds, umami, tar, booze fumes. Taste comprises bourbon, spice, big barrel effect, dark toffee fudge, rich malt, chocolate. Full bodied, oily complexion, herbal trace and warming alcohol in the close. Solid impy, best from this series for me, boozey beast but not too hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (15281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2015 Bottles shared in London, 42nd floor tasting - ’thanks’ to Daniel! Pours oily black-brown with a creamy tan head. Massive aroma, lots of burnt brown sugar, roast, dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor, loads of torched wood, baking cocoa,dried fruits, raisins. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Hot finish, some burn works its way into the nostrils, iodine, drying ashy wood, earth. So so. A bit too hot and bitter, but there are some interesting elements.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luser2000 (141) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2015
Ez egy csodálatos főzet. A hordós érlelés sajátságos karaktert kölcsönöz, ami jól megkülönböztethetővé teszi a "sima" Black főzettől. Ebben az italban a pirított árpa nagyon szép hangulatot ad, kiérződik a csokoládés harmónia és a kávés ízvilág. Ehhez enyhe füstösség is párosul még és egy erőteljes whisky-s aroma, határozott alkoholossággal. Édeskés, lassan kortyolós, igazi ínyencség. NYAMI!!!

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