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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 142   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.


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nilsas (982) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2013
Et blandet øl. God lukt. Minimal smak. God og sterk ettersmak. Ikke noe godt valg med tanke på pris/kvalitet.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
375mL bottle, pours jet black with an unusually large (for a ~20% beer) foamy tan / light brown head. Nose is full of molasses, burnt caramel, bourbon barrels, treacle toffee and obvious alcohol. Flavour is extremely harsh, full of insanely heavy buffalo trace bourbon barrels, shitloads of burnt / charred malt, heavy booze, burnt caramel and burnt molasses. Finishes on insane charred / burnt notes from the barrels that make no effort to compromise. Palate becomes absolutely scorched very quickly, with no remorse. The sweetness is cut by the barrels, but perhaps that is the only positive. A bit too much to be enjoyable in more than a 1 oz. sample, so getting through my 9 oz. or so was a task that I couldn’t exactly complete.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (4545) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle shared with the group. Pours black with a big rocky tan head. The aroma is big roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla with some coffee. The flavor is much of the same; dark roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. I thought this would be much more boozy than it actually turned out to be. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (699) - Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle pours black with thick bubbly persistent tan head. Aroma huge bourbon. Taste more bourbon with cocoa and roast. Thick palate. Alcohol very apparent with heavy alcohol burn. Finish mainly roast which almost comes off as surprising given the predominate taste.

Basically this a huge burst of bourbon followed by a bunch of roast and a little chocolate. One big mother of a beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (1752) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Bouteille ouverte en famille et plusieurs curieux se sont attroupés rapidement, j’ai eu droit à l’équivalent d’une coupe de vin. Puissance aromatique extraordinaire de cuir trempé dans le bourbon, des sucres chocolatés, torréfié viennent aussi se masser dans la partouse d’émanations. Je suis plus qu’intrigué de la laisser me peindre finalement le palais. Je prends une première gorgée en même temps que mon père, nos regards en disent long. Massif rocheux de chocolat embourbonné en entré de bouche et aussitôt le tannin du baril s’empare de la suite de façon presqu’abusive. Un équilibre mystérieux s’est emparé de ce liquide à l’onctuosité hérétique, rien ne jure et la finale fait de plus en plus de sens. Est-ce que j’ai dit que c’était aussi la plus belle stout? Désolé Zukhov mais à 19,3% et toute sa tête, tu devras partager ta couronne avec ce Black buffalo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10610) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
pitch dark , small brown head. very strong alc. and roasted malts aroma , some nailpolish, flavor is roasted mals, wood, very strong. As the ordinary black this one is a bit too much, but perhaps if You drink it REAL slow..

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2131) - JAPAN - NOV 24, 2012
Really didn’t like this at first - the bourbon in the first 10 minutes dominates, devours and crushes all else this beer has to offer. After it warms and opens up however, the bourbon is much less dominate and integrates wonderfully in to a huge beer. Soy sauce, cocoa, vanilla, wood, bourbon. It’s a big sipper with a big body. A beer that almost demands a fine cigar as accompaniment.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (2418) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
11 nov 2012, bottle. Black with rocky head. Nose is harsh alcohol, sweet malt, vanilla, and sweet meat. Med body and moderately fizzy. Big, sweet vanilla, oakiness, bitter chocolate, rubbing alcohol. Wow, there's a lot here! Really astringent, dry finish. That's the only bad thing about this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (5680) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Sweet sweet sweet, with bourbon, roasted malts, fudge, and coffee. Just a bit too over the top.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10097) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet chocolate, wood and bourbon aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bourbon dark chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout smooth brew.


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