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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 579   ABV: 19.3%
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Editorís note: 19.3% is the correct ABV.

Mikkeller Black barrel aged on Buffalo Trace barrels.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (9874) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
0.5 L bottle from Caponeís. Pours oily thick crow black with 2-finger well-retained brown head. Nose is rich and creamy oaky bourbon, vanilla, charred malt. Tastes rich, with a heavy charred chocolate malt, huge hops, oaky spirity bourbon, and finishing hops. Starts and stays very hot. Now then, considering that ABV of 19.3%, the question becomes this: Does this beer have merit as a beer, or does it cross the beer/spirit boundary in such a way as to offend the beer drinker? My answer is this: It smells like a bit of a charred smacked bourbon ass, and the flavor is hot, a bot thin of mouthfeel for a beer yet perfectly fine for a bourbon. This is a beer that may make me go back to the library and change my rating ways, because I would gladly pay 20 bucks for a fifth of this as a spirit, but as a beer it is a bit rough and harsh. Still, that roughness and harshness challenge my nose and tongue and engage them is ways that arenít commonly seen in any beer, so I proclaim that this works as either a calm spirit or a harsh beer. In the end, my analysis is this: I found this beer harsh, offensive, over the line, in your face, and at 40 proof, a bit high on the Plao scale, but as much as I may have disliked, I liked even more. Give me ballsy beers like this any day over weak spirits or non-dedicated pretenders, this one is the real deal, and either man up and give it a proper, fair score according to your own nomenclature, or just stick to rating wheat beers, you wanker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (388) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
bottle shared with bman113vr pours a dark black hue with a small light brown head that is mostly dimnishing aroma of alcohol, dark fruits, coffee and molasses- alcohol dominates the aroma though flavor is full of coffee and once again lots of booze notes

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaboon (1954) - FINLAND - MAY 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2012 Thick, black, oily lookiní liquid. Surprisingly there is a relatively good amount of brown head. Aroma of whisky, roasted malt and coffee. Flavour of whisky, strong coffee, dry hoppiness and roasted malt. Delicious beer with a strong kick to the groin.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
375ml bottle. The pour isnít pitch black but pretty close, translucent chocolate brown out of the bottle, settling in under a thick mocha head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Really surprised at the head and lacing on a beer this big. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and a metric ish-ton of heavily roasted chocolate malts, not quite charred, just heavily roasted with dark chocolate and espresso beans. The taste just doesnít measure up to the aroma. Alcohol up front, ethyl alcohol in fact. If regular Black tastes like charred earth (which it does in my opinion), then this is kinda like bourbon on the rocks...iis the rocks were pieces of charred earth. Burns like hell going down. Mouthfeel is well carbonated given the alcohol but is all booze. This makes Black Tuesday drink like Prima Pils. Doesnít hide the booze at all - the only flavors that do come out are charred malts and licorice. Just not my thing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a very large, deep brown head over a near black body. Aromas are strongly of alcohol, dark fruits, dates, nutty, bourbon, vanillin, peanuts, cashews, woody, caramel, maple. Very hot, milk chocolate. Lots of fumes. Flavors show a big roast, nutty, very fusel, harsh, oak, peanuts, roast, ashes, bourbon. Complex but very rough. Syrupy, fusel, bourbon, sharp and big. Somehow this tastes a lot harsher than actual Buffalo Trace.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2925) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2012
[bottle--thanks, fonefan!] Potent black malt aroma that is pretty dry. Faint bubblegum with harsh roasted malt, a little ethanol, and a blast of sour pumpernickel. Opaque, oily black under a ruddy, light brown foam that recedes to a dense ring and lacing. Strong roasted barley flavour with tons of vanilla and bitter, unsweetened chocolate. Ethanol flavour is not too apparent but the beer is very warming. Black current, spicy black pepper (not phenolic), and bitter walnut accents. Full body, moderate to medium carbonation, bitter chocolate finish that actually is astringent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2012
12.7oz bottle. Black pour with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roast, some wood, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, some more alcohol, vanilla, even more alcohol, vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Heavy alcohol burn in the finish.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Aromatics start with straight alcohol. Followed with burnt notes of malt. Pours jet, jet, jet, jet black with sweet tan/caramel lacing. At 19.3% this beer hides the alcohol VERY well. I taste it but it tastes like its a beer with half the ABV, very well done. I also taste roasted caramel, coffee, and burnt malt. Palate is solid with a nice viscosity. Overall, freaking fantastic!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2012

Bottle 375ml.

Clear dark black colour with a large, creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, wood, oak, alcohol, caramel, moderate roasted and burnt. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, roasted, alcohol, wood, burning warn alcohol - buzzy, smoe - peat - wood, vanilla. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20120331]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - APR 30, 2012
Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. This is very lifted. Lots of dark cocoa, caramel, dark roasted malts, wood and alcohol on the nose. Taste is dark and warm with lots of complex dark flavors. Notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, toasted brioche, caramel, fig and some earth. Full bodied, smooth but thick texture. After taste has lots of bourbon, warm alcohol sensation, and lots of dark roasted bitter notes that keep up with the high ABV. Alcohol is not hot, just warm, and nice. Its is very good, and should be with the price. I am very glad I found this beer, and stocked up on it. Cheers!


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