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Mikkeller Black Fist

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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 783   ABV: 26.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
No freeze distilling needed. This beer has been barrelaged 10 times on different bourbon barrels. It took us two years to bring the imperial stout Black up from the original 18% ABV to the amazing 26,1%.How about the taste? There is a reason it is called the “Black Fist”. Decant it as we suggest in the serving tips, and you will have a mindblowing experience. This beer is complex.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6836) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle shared by dudeabide- thanks again, Nate! Pours a deep brown, not quite opaque and amber around the sides, with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of vanilla, charred oak, caramel, bourbon, brown sugar - nice and simple, actually, and not as intense as expected. The intensity shows up in the flavor, however, with charred oak, super rich roasted malts, burnt sugar, baker’s chocolate, and only a little vanilla thrown in to offset a small portion of the heaviness and booze and bitterness and roast and ash. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Not 26% in the nose, but it certainly is in the mouth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6962) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12.7oz bottle, big thanks to dudeabide for sharing. Really nice coffee, bourbon, big vanilla, cookie dough. Very dark brown color, thin off-white head. Spread and dots and bits of lace. Wow, the flavor is so intense. Very roasty, very bitter. Dark chocolate, big coffee, touch of licorice, some ash. A lot of complex dark flavors going on here. Really impressive, really interesting experience. With small sips, there is a bit of an alcohol burn, but it’s really not bothersome and appropriate for the ABV, pretty impressive, really. It somehow still drinks like a beer, whereas most beers of this gravity that I’ve tried usually end up tasting like liquor. Hell there’s actually carbonation in this. Light carbonation, with a dry finish. Medium to bigger body noticeable, with small sips. Good chewy texture. Really awesome, interesting stuff... Super impressive that it can taste this good at that ABV. Super potent flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2014
Poured into a decanter, to a medium, mossy-beige head, not very long-lasting over virtually black beer. Walnut, portwine, higher alcohols, esternovae, Bourbon/brandy, vanilla, liquorice, preserved meat. Impressive doesn’t even come close. Bitter, walnutpeel, alcohol & fusels. Burnt grains/malts, sweet underneath from both the alcohol and the malts. Some astringency. Warming up, more vanilla emerging and incense. Fiery alcoholburn, throatexplosion. "Rather well-bodied", I’d say, if you catch my drift. Amazing beer, to put it mildly. Nearly impossible to afford, but for once...

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Decanted this monster, as instructed. Even though I’m not a fan of Black (the base beer) I’ve liked all the Black Holes, Black Ties, etc... The aroma on this was very bourbon heavy but also very inviting. The rest, though, was a bit rougher. I liked it more than some in our party, but a little pour goes a looooooong way. The barreling was great, and I expected more of a booze like experience than a beer. What kept me from liking it more was the some overly hot ashy tar that was prevalent in black as well...though I think this one better."

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11212) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, alcohol, roasted malt, bourbon. , licorice. Flavour is boozy, oak, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, alcohol, bourbon, coffee, licorice. Too much booze in this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (1052) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2014
beige head no lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of vanilla, coco, boozy, wood, caramel. taste like aroma with a wry and bitter aftertaste. tanins from the wood barrels? quite full and rich. surely a special experience, decanting it like wine and letting it breath. soft and silky mouthfeel, medium carbonation. bottle 37,5cl

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle @ home, thanks to Armin for sharing. Thick black appearance with a thin brown head. The aroma is incredibly nice with only a negative note of slight soy sauce. Mostly, it’s just German chocolate cake, coconut. I guess there is some chemical / boozy notes as well. Holy smokes, the flavor is incredibly rich dark chocolate, caramel, and coconut. Delicious flavor. And then you get a huge fucken vodka burn on the finish with a surprisingly strong amount of herbal hoppy bitterness. Sort of fun as a sipper. Jesus, there is a massive amount of bitterness on the finish along with vanilla vodka. Weird.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pour out of 375 ml bottle, thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big molasses, hints of dark fruit, coffee, roast, hints of booze, touch of earth. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, coffee, dark fruits, hints of booze, finishing fairly harsh, bitter, boozy.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rhsiung (833) - USA - JUN 27, 2014
375-ml bottle from maxs @ "PriBAB" @ casbahcafechicago (byob). also (after the Black Mes) stunning. a penetrating fistful of ash, bitter.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AdamJackson (2878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Looks like chocolate and water. Very oily, nice pitch black. No head obviously. Smells super chocolate forward with a touch of espresso. So boozy. So intense. Jeez. Holy crap this is terrible. Chocolate booze and vodka and moonshine


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