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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: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
A full bodied, hoppy imperial stout, aged six months on a French oak barrel, dry hopped and coffee added.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6243) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2008
Sampled at EBF08. Pitch black with a beige head. Roasted and sweet with milky chocolate aroma. Fruity, vinous and sweet flavour. Slightly sourish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
On tap at EBF 08. Black with a thin tan head. Some roast on aroma, but like Reakt says, not a huge aroma. Powdery coal dust aroma. Rather a nice flavour. Toffee treacle and coffee but quite light. It’s ok, but doesn’t stand out in the same way as some of the Mikkeller specials did.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 2, 2008
Botella. Thanks a bunch big time for sharing this gem Pinball. Pitch black colour with a rather short lasting dark brown bubbly head. Lovely roasted maltiness in the aroma along with lots of dark fruits, alcohol, dark chocolate, lots of coffee and bitter hops. Great filling mouthfeel. The flavour is bustling with roasted malt, lots of coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, bitter hops, wood and spice. Long lasting very roasty bitter coffee chocolate alcohol finish. Great beer indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (18514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Tap at EBF Copenhagen 2008 ... One of the Highlights of the Festival ... Deep Black (as you would hope) rich mellow roast malt nose ... Lots of chocolate and a little tobacco ... sweet toffee ... more chocolate ... wondefully smooth and complex... low to mid bitterness... soft moth feel4.3

Bottle at home ... deep black ... huge dark roast ... light pine hop ... massive roast roast ... deep chocolate roast ... little tobaco nose ...light fizz ... massivle intense roast ... soft chocolate ... heavy malt ... soft wood ... light pine ... sweet malts ...deep fruits ... dark berry fruits ... figs ... rich and deep i think even after 3 years its just perfect 4.4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2008
On tap at the beer festival in Copenhagen 2008. This one is a dark and heavy bastard taht defently is worth sharing. Pours deep pitch black with a darkbrown head. The nose is fruity in a vinoes way combained with Mikkellers caracteristic hoppy sidenotes. It has a dry and full mouthfeel and a taste with chocolate, cofee and wood that witness of a perfect barrelaging. The chocolate is clear and the sweetness is wellbalanced with a good amount of bitterness. The finish is sweet like a deluxe cake-dessert...serve it with wipped cream. Good job Mikkeller #122

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2008
Dark, dark brown, black. Has a beige head, fully lasting. Aroma has a lot of dark notes too, coffee, burnt malt, roasted notes, real dark. Warming alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet and heavy bitter. Full body. Soft carbonation.

   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 (8699) - 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.

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