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Mikkeller Barrel Aged Black as Coal

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Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A full bodied, hoppy imperial stout, aged six months on a French oak barrel, dry hopped and coffee added.


4.2
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - 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)

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8023) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6480) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (4932) - GERMANY - MAR 23, 2009
The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also. The beer starts strong-malty, shows very sweet notes, the finish is drier, a bit prickly-smoky finish. Nice one! Thank you yespr for this bottle!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Black with a brown head. The aroma is of caramel, oak and roasted barley, with alcohol too. Flavor is very sweet with caramel, oak and roasted barley.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2009
Bottled. Pours out in an opaque black colour with a small beige head. Bi g, almost burning aroma of ash, black chocolate, roasted malts, anise and alcohol. Full-bodied with notes of oak, black chocolate, pepper, spunned sugar, fihs and ash. Long warming finish of black pepper, dark chocolate, figs and alcohol. Need some rest, me thinks.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2009
250ml bottle shared by after4ever. Pours dark, black, with little head that lingers around the sides of the glass. Nose is deep roasted malt and some chocolate. This one was roasty on the palate with hints of sweet and a touch of smoke. Also had a fair amount of carbonation going on. ABV is also fairly well hidden with this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle shared by after4ever. Thanks Tom! Lots of dark malts in the aroma, somewhat vinous with a noticeable tart characteristic from the oak barrels. Some alcohol almost vodka notes wafting toward the nose as well. Pours black - go figure - with a thin tan ring. The nose proved to be a bit misleading as I got a good amount of sweet chocolate in the flavor followed by roast and burnt malts. Some oak and wood notes from the barrel aging but mostly sweet chocolate and burnt malts in this one. Nice smoothing drinking with a pleasant bitterness to round everything out.


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