Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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.

ColinStronge's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ColinStronge (14) - Munlochy, - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle at the Anderson, cheers Jim! Where to start? Pours thick pitch black with little to no head but there is obviously carbonation. It smells divine! The aroma is nuts, pistachio, dark chocolate, vanilla, obviously from bourbon, well balanced into the beer without overpowering it. The body is full but without being cloying though there is a lovely sweetness that counteracts the bitterness. The carbonation is well developed in such a thick, strong beer and rare in something bottle conditioned like this. This beer is just sublime!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12136) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1747) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (694) - - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (4887) - 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 (20064) - , 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 (4570) - 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 (6479) - 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 (7237) - 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 (10641) - 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 (5142) - 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.

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