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Mikkeller Barrel Aged Black as Coal

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


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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15493) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty oaky chocolate aroma. Sweetish malty roasted oaky, licorice and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish with some oaky hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (9630) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense and light brown head. Long lasting. Roast, liqourice, chcolate, oak and alcohol notable in the nose. Flavour of vanilla, roast, sweetness, prunes, syrup and chocolate. Quite complex and smooth. Full bodied. Dry. Sweet, chocolaty and roasted end. Very well hidden alcohol. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (4830) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 29, 2009
0.25 l bottle, thanks Timo A! Black color. Thick, sweet, roasty, and oaky aroma with notes of wooden pencil, charcoal and salty licorice. The flavor is roasty, leathery, oaky and warming with licorice, coffee and charcoal. Good long finish. Fairly oaky and boozy but ends the tasting session nicely and tastes long on a train ride to home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2158) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Nip. Thanks, Thewolf and after4ever! Pours opaque black with a tan ring of foam. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Full body, minimal carbonation. Taste of coffee, chocolate, licorice. Dry smoke and coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Stellar beer. Strong chocolately aroma which just came out very well in the flavor. Really nice sweet booze finish. I enjoyed very much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle, huge thanks to andersand. Aroma of oaky coffee and cocoa, richly boozy, roasted malt. Flavor very rich, decadent, with big chocolate notes, blended marvelously with the oak. My only complaint was that the alcohol sweetness became a bit much, even after 2-3 ounces. But that just kept it from being a super-beer, still quite excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a thick chocolate colored head. Aroma of booze, vanilla, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted and charred malt notes initially with a sweet, boozy finish. Rich palate. Good beer, but it didn’t particularly wow me. A little bit heavy on the alcohol, although I guess that’s expected with a 12.3% abv. 8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2009
25cl bottle. Dense dark brown. Charred barrel heavy in he nose, some whiskey and soy evident. Sweet peat and burnt vegetables. Holy shit, intensely astringent, hugely peat, coarse, smoky whiskey all over this. Difficult to like, honestly. Some lightly sweet charred plums in the finish. Hmm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
25cL bottle, Holdbar til 31-12/2012--thank you cgarvieuk for the bottle. Big fat carbonation, apparently. Poured deep brown--black in my glass--with a substantial 2 1/2 finger oily tan head, fair retention. Big pine and tar up front in the aroma, with plenty of dark chocolate and cold pressed coffee roast behind. There are hints of raisins and molasses. Flavor again has big pine right up front with some coffee and tar. Finishes with some molasses notes, though semi-dry and bitterness only around a 3, surprisingly. I can pick up on some oak notes, but not a lot, and moderate alcohol warmth. Full bodied with light prickly carbonation. This beer is the reason the first two releases of Surly’s Darkness were so damn good--a big piny hopped imperial stout cannot be beat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6176) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle. Body is Black as Coal with a creamy tan head. Heavy roasty aroma with a very vinous touch. Chocolate, hops, tobacco and coffee notes. Some alcohol as well. Sweet malty flavour. Oak is very present and it has a bourbon touch which makes it rather spicy. I catch pepper and sweet tobacco as well. The alcohol is present but it makes up for the heavy roasted malt. It ends up sweet, spicy and hoppy. I love it and I need to get another to cellar for a couple of years.

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