Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 579   ABV: 19.3%
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Editor’s note: 19.3% is the correct ABV.

Mikkeller Black barrel aged on Buffalo Trace barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (6425) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012
37,5 cl bottle @ vPBF
Aroma has soy sauce, licorice and hints of cocoa. Flavour has really strong, stinging whiskey, alcohol, burned malt and rubber. Really hardcore stuff – and not in a good way. If Mikkeller Black was the tire of the car, this is the tire of the truck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (4275) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 375ml bottle @ vPBF

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a sticky brown head. Aroma of strong soy sauce, notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon and hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is boozy and has notes of soy sauce, hints of roastiness, dark chocolate and vanilla. Sticky, boozy and oily finish. Too much alcohol, nothing else really comes through. Unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
Bottled@vPBF2012. Black colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, some mild glue, soy sauce and spices. Flavour is alcohol, liquorice, mild ashes toffee and some ashy notes. This is just too much and too strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Shared by dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan! The beer is near black with a thin beige head. The aroma offers a large and in charge malt character, followed by some roast notes. Whoa! The flavor will kick your ass. Oh mama...this is a sadistic, wonderful beverage. Alcohol is over the top rope, but it hurts so good. Hooray beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-18-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (3740) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
12.7 oz bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley. It pours a nice dark brown color with a frothy brown head. The aroma is not quite as boozy as I expected but still packs a potent bourbon punch with tons of vanilla and milk chocolate. Wood and alcohol are in there as well, but in a supporting role. The flavor starts out decent enough with some sweet vanilla, wood and fudge notes, but it quickly becomes very rough in the back of the mouth with an overpowering bitter, acrid note. Tough to choke down, really. As I sip it, I become more adjusted to this assault, but can’t get over the aftertaste which leaves me feeling like I just sucked on a freshly laquered pine chair leg thats covered in cigarette ashes. It’s surprisingly not all that hot though. Eh, this one was not so good. Too ridiculously big.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12169) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Black in color with a very small tan head. Strong vanilla and bourbon aromas along with some booze. Quite a bit of roasted malt, maybe a little char. Sweet sugar and caramel with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet with a touch of bitterness from all the roast. Brown sugar, caramel, and a dark chocolate maltiness to go with lots of bourbon and vanilla. A light booziness and still plenty of roast/char flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2819) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a tidy brown head. Hefty dose of alcohol in the aroma, works well though, well balanced hit of bourbon vanilla, chocolate and molasses. Taste is again alcohol dominated, also rich with chocolate and bourbon. Fairly light bodied, bordering on the thin side, quite fizzy and a relentless alcohol burn. Very tasty but maybe a bit much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (1916) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle wi Ben. Very potent nose. Vanilla oak and LOADS of booze. Looks good - black with a resilient tan broon head. The flavour is wild. Untamed alcohol makes it’s presence felt immediatly and then slowly warms the whole chest section. The sweetness of the vanilla offsets the marauding booze quite nicely. There’s a touch of coffee and chocolate but basically I think it’s too strong. A bit of a novelty. I think I prefer this to the normal Black and probably less than Mikkellers ’Black Hole’ range. Still really tidy though. Obviously.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2940) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head. Fair lacing. Nose of roasted malts, coffee, bourbon and dark fruit. Sweet flavor of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and vanilla.Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Slightly more dry finish with alcohol. ****

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10009) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Wow, Imperial Stout rating #500. Black pour, brown head. Aroma is loaded with bourbon, vanilla, leather, chocolate, light coffee, tobacco. Flavor is a wonderful blend of chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla. Very, very enjoyable beer!

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