Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 170   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Black with big, foamy, chocolate shake head / Big, rich nose of chocolate, dark fruit, tobacco, coconut, and cream / Very full body, chewy, thick and rich with some alcohol burn but not bad, moderately sweet, acidic but most buried under the massive body, great hop balance with long, bitter finish / Flavors of semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, coconut, vanilla, oak, tobacco, licorice, cream, plum, prune, caramel, and bourbon (redundant) / I could deduct a point for heat, but to what end? Got to get more and cellar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrystrill (91) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 This is the most bourbon tasting imperial stout I have ever had coffee, vanilla chocolate, treacle smooth and silky did I mention bourbon ! I get the impression the buffalo trace barells were at least a third full relay if you are a bourbon lover this is the muts nuts,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ColinStronge (14) - Munlochy, SCOTLAND - 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 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
#1400 Rating - Split a bottle with Benzai @ 4 in the morning or so with Benzai @ the hotel during Borefts - 375 ml green bottle - pours pitch black with a reasonably looking mocha head - nose is thick, sweet mocha, licorice, complimenting booze, vanilla, bourbon, oak - thing is so smooth, rich, oily, mean, just slides down your throat, sweet mocha, very light roast, licorice, light vinous touch, prunes, quite creamy roast, oak, light spirit, vanilla, caramel, oak, sweet stuff, dark chocolate, thick coffee you can put your spoon in, warms the throat, this is warming not boozy, viscous, oily, better than other big name high alcohol beers I have had so far, this is actually a bottle to drink, not take a small tasting glass - maybe I should have murdered Rene and finished the bottle - defiantly exceeded my expectations - a lot of Mikkeller is overprice or stupid expensive - this one is expensive as well but a damn fine beer - didn’t think it would be that good especially since the regular Black is not that good - this is some fine barrel aging

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (5021) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 1, 2014 Bouteille ouverte en famille et plusieurs curieux se sont attroupés rapidement, j’ai eu droit ŕ 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 premičre gorgée en męme temps que mon pčre, 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 ŕ 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 ŕ 19,3% et toute sa tęte, tu devras partager ta couronne avec ce Black buffalo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rockonbeerblog (15) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2013
Amazing Imperial Stout. Have wanted to try it for so long. Not dissapointed in the least. Super black with a tiny tan head. Nose of intense bourbon. Tastes of fine bourbon with a mellow vanilla aftertaste. Also a lot of coffee and a bit of hop notes mixed in. Just a great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
luser2000 (153) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2015
Ez egy csodálatos főzet. A hordós érlelés sajátságos karaktert kölcsönöz, ami jól megkülönböztethetővé teszi a "sima" Black főzettől. Ebben az italban a pirított árpa nagyon szép hangulatot ad, kiérződik a csokoládés harmónia és a kávés ízvilág. Ehhez enyhe füstösség is párosul még és egy erőteljes whisky-s aroma, határozott alkoholossággal. Édeskés, lassan kortyolós, igazi ínyencség. NYAMI!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
0.5 L bottle from Capone’s. 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 aren’t 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - MAY 22, 2012
Molt intensa en tots els seus sentits. Vainilles, plŕtans, torrats, cafčs... Per acabar un bon ŕpat. Es recomana compartir. Final agradablement alcohňlic. Genial.

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