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Mikkeller Barrel Aged Black as Coal

Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
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A full bodied, hoppy imperial stout, aged six months on a French oak barrel, dry hopped and coffee added.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 28, 2008
At EBF: Pitch black with tiny head. Strong burned malty aroma with strong notes of dark chocolate, spices, coffee and liqourice with hints of wood. Flavours is mainly bitter with some sweetness. Long powerfull bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2008
Draught at EBF. Black, brown mocha head. Dry coffee and oak on the nose, grain and little vanilla. Flavor is almost the perfect example of barrel ageing, oak, vanilla, syrupy sweet malts, little alcohol and a herbal liquorice finish. Full bodied, smooth palate. What a balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2008
Had this at European Beer Festival, Kobenhaven 12-09-08 . Poured shark eye black which in my book is a little bit darker than coal, so maybe Mr Mikkeller should rename this ’Mikkeller Shark Eye Black’ very thick consistency, nice oily hops, oily texture, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, some dark fruit. They’ve certainly packed a lot into this beer but they can and did do better stuff at this beer festival.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
On tap at EBF 2008, Copenhagen. Appearance - as described! Lots of dark fruit, especially blackcurrant, on the nose. Quite perfumy even. When you sip, there’s almost a violet taste. The palate is slightly slick and thin but overall this is very nice indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2008
Tap at EBF: Pitch black with a off white brown head. Full bodied. Lots of roasted malts - lovely. Smooth & soft chocolate, vanilla & coffee. Alcohol well hidden. This is super nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2008
Draught@EBF2008. Black colour, small brown foamy head. Aroma is coffee, some mild roast, alcohol and wood in a nice balance. Flavour is fruits, dark dry fruits, dark malts and some tones of chocolate and vanilla. Aftertaste has vanilla, dark fruits and mild toasted notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Draught at EBF. Black - brown head. High sweetness, white sugar, wood, barrel, coffee, vanilla, roasted, burned, nice hoppy, chocolate, licorice... and a lot more - bit like Black but with less hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
EBF 2008, Valby, DK. On tap, 120908. Black with brown head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is complex of chocolate, fruit and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6100) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2008
Draught at EBF, Copenhagen. Complex imperial stout, sweet, a bit of sourness, some fruit. A bit too sweet for me, really. They can’t turn everything into gold, can they?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7929) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2008
Huge, dark brown head, fluffy, over jet-black beer. Coffee, black malts, extremely roasted nose, and a lot of USA-like hops. Black coffee, burning chocolate melt, black chocolate dessert, Zachertorte, hopresins and piney notes in the finish. Very viscous, very full-bodied. Very good, and well-hopped black Stout - excellent as it is, but compared to the Dark Horizon of Nogne...

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