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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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.


tfratzke's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfratzke (97) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Aroma of booze, vanilla, some roastiness. Black with practically non-existent brownish head. Taste is heavy alcohol, like burning level. More vanilla and bourbon. Really bitter finish. This is a fun thing to try. A little to strong for me, but still fantastic.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7727) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2016
(Bottle) Black colour with dense, beige head. Malty, roasted, woody nose with notes of liquorice, soy sauce, strong black coffee, bourbon, vanilla, tar, salmiac and oak wood. Malty, roasted, vinous taste with strong black coffee, liquorice, soy sauce, tar, bourbon, vanilla, lots of wood and a strong, vinous finish with a generous coffee bitterness. Full body (or rather massive), with a certain sweetness. Massive stout with lots of bourbon and oak and a fair amount of warming alcohol. Not very subtle, but very nice stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rotin (773) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle 375ml. Black colored. AROMA- chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, cocoa. FLAVOR- sweet, pleasantly bitter, smooth, dark bitter chocolate, fresh cocoa, liquer. Full bodied.
Perfect!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ascelja (776) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 22, 2016
#542
Bottle 0.375l. Absolutely black body, small tan head. Aroma of oak barrel, roasted cocoa beans, dates, raisins, cherries, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, bourbon. Taste is neutral to bitter-sweet. Dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits -mostly wild cherries-, cocoa powder, dates, toffee, hint of vanilla on background. Full body, really silky smooth texture, low carbonation. 19% abv is unbelievable.
Glorious!
Personal note: 2/3 BA for celebration of 3rd wedding anniversary.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12966) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
375 ml green bottle 2012 vintage poured a clear dark redfish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, dried fruit, tobacco, oak and light bourbon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit, light coffee, light oak and light bourbon with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (2026) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle at Cara B. Black colour with tan head. Bourbon, wood, roasted aroma. Sweet, bourbon, chocolate, orasted taste. Full body.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (853) - - DEC 13, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Pours like motor oil black, haze, with creamy, stable brown head. Aroma: intense barrell bourbon aroma, supported with rich dark malt aroma, with notes of coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, supported with roasted malt aroma, refined dark sugar, and with fuity aroma, which takes on cherries. Flavor: rich, complex malt flavors, which takes on roasted, coffee, cocoa nibs, cacao, bittersweet dark chocolate, supported with strong note of bourbon. Intense are also hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits, especially cherries. In the background are also detectable flavors of vanilla, something like soy souce and oak (tannins) Malt sweetness is very high, hop bitterness also. Finish is sticky slightly bitter and dry. Body is full, texture is unbealivable silky smooth, carbonation is low. Alcohol warmth is obvious after first ship. Overall: this is truly the Beast!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (5815) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5673) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7236) - 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.


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