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Mikkeller Barrel Aged Black as Coal

 (RETIRED)
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100
94
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Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2009
250 ml bottle from Ølbutikken. Well, black as coal, no clarity. A thin layer of brown foam on top, quickly diminishing, leaving som bubbles clinging to the glass. Smells good. At first a strong scent of alcohol-soaked plums and vanilla, then heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate and wood. Flavor is sweet and bitter to the limit, still kind of balanced and complex. Tar and candysugar. Heavily roasted malts and milk-chocolate. Lots of coffee, lots of bittering hops, lots of wood. Big-bodied. Thick, oily mouthfel. Lasting tar-ish bitterness in the ending. The perfect sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to the top bloke that is Harrisoni. Well, black as coal is certainly right. The initial pillowy tan head has now settled to a faint collar but nae bother. Aroma is rich as hell and certainly warming but maybe just a little too tarry for me to really get my rocks off. The flavour however is full on pan handle material. I’ve only had a few sips and already there are little coals of joy stoking up a bonfire in my belly. Massive Mikkeller craziness. Dark and dominating, demanding I don a gimp mask and let it put clamps on me turnips. Somehow I stay focussed and out of S&M gear and carry on drinking. The alcohol is huge and kicks a path to your stomach leaving a perverted sting in its wake. Plenty of brute force is added by some insane hoppage which links up with with some fat chewy malt that it finds down an alleyway and they both slap you round the head til you are short of breath. More punch is added by some angry carbonation which you can feel aaaaaall the way down baby. Mad as an angry spanner munching frog. Tastier than Sophie Ellis Bextor. Yet another thing to love Mikkeller for...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (689) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle,this was a very tasty IPS with a rich creamy and hoppy flavor and a nice but not overwhelming bourbon taste in the finish,i got this from a friend you went to Denmark and brought back a couple of treats i saved for tonight.CHEERS!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (4603) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2008
On tap @ EBF 2008. Totally black body with a medium but diminishing brown head. Aroma is dominating by chocolate, but also dark malt and coffee. Flavor is sweet malt, coffee, mocha, hops and alcohol. Long finish, well balanced and very nice for sipping.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
250 ml bottle - thanks to after4ever for sharing; get black with razor thin chocolate colored head; huge, intoxicating aromas of bourbon, wood, vanilla and coffee; drinks rich and very dry; a little too much on the sweet side for me; drinks smooth again for the strength, but the flavors not quite in balance

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHSRanders (1795) - Tjele, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with large creamy brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Bitter flavor with notes of chocolate and coffee. Creamy palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
Draught at EBF 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark. Clear medium to dark black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, coffee, peat, iodine. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is syrupy, carbonation is soft - flat. [120908]

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2008
25 cl bottle received in trade from Theis poured a translucent black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of oak, charcoal, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, licorice and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, oak, vanilla, licorice and dark fruit with a smooth dry warming lingering roasty finish. This was a very impressive tasty Imperial Stout! I wish I had more.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2008
Aroma is dark chocolate. Huge dark brown head. Excellent lacing. Mostly lasting longevity. Black body. Harsh bitter flavor with big notes of coffee. Medium palate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yngwie (14008) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2008
On tap at the European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. Black, with a small brown head. Chocolate, sugar, more chocolate, coffee and hops in the aroma. Really lovely and big. Very sweet flavor with alcohol, piney hops, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Finishes in the same way and lasts for quite a long time. Full-bodied, almost sticky sweet and warming in the mouth. A really complex and big beer, maybe qualified for a 4.6 rating. Gorgeous. (080912)


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