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Mikkeller Black As The Night

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100
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Formerly brewed at Mikkeller
Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Danish: En Imperial Stout brygget på vand, malt, humle og gær. Fadlagret på whiskyfad i 5 måneder. English: An Imperial Stout brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast. Aged in an oak whiskey barrel for 5 months.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13593) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2009
25cl bottle from the Saturday opening of Olbutikken during the Copenhagen beer festival in September 2008. Buying 6 small bottles of beer for the equivalent to £42 may sound crazy to most UK beer drinkers, but the atmosphere at the beer shop was excellent and these beers are a little bit special. Black as night body with just a thin film of bubbles. Didn’t know which whisky this was aged in, but thankfully I don’t detect any TCP. A decent thick impy stout with good chewy choc and coffee flavours. Bit of Speyside/Highland whisky aroma, I’d go for Speyside as a guess, chewy dark malts and a dash of espresso oh and liquorice too. Liquorice edge runs all the way through it and gives it a bit of a sour edge. Does remind me of a sherbert fountain. Decent impy stout, the mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated, even after 20 mins in the glass which lets it down a bit. Finish has some pretty good dark malts and a bit of a whisky twang. Good flavours, some liquorice, interesting character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bvc (1152) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2009
250ml bottle shared by after4ever. Pours pitch black, oily with very little to no head. Nose is very dark roasty malt with coffee and chocolate notes. Also pick up some earthy notes and a touch of whiskey. Taste is on the sweet side with roastiness coming through with a lite touch of the oak and whiskey. The 13% is pretty well hidden in this one. Thanks Tom!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle 25 cl. Pours an opaque black with a tall, lively and very rough head that fades fairly quickly. Intensely sweet aroma of chocolate and vanilla - almost liqueurish. Full-bodied with a lively carbonation, hard roasted malts, vanilla and syrup - and perhaps a wee fusty edge deriving from the barrel while the whisky accents are rather subdued. Malt bitter finish. Turns a bit into cough syrup in the end. 271208

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2009
It is pitch black with a huge, creamy and dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, licorice, light peat and whisky. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of roasted malt, licorice, oak, dark fruit, light peat, alcohol and whisky. The finish is slightly bitter and it is a complex, harmonic and wonderful beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Bottle from the Mikkeller six-pack, got from Ølbutikken during EBF 2008. Utterly opaque black with an initially thick brown head. Great aroma - oak, bourbon notes, perfumy hop hints and the dark malt undercurrent. Surprisingly sweet with blackberry, chocolate and salty coffee. Perfectly smooth and a light touch on the tongue for a beer of this strength. Great for sipping late at night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2008
Black with a large brown head. Aroma was very sweet with plenty of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, wood and whisky. Very sweet flavour with burned malt, sweet chocolate, coffee, whiskey and woody notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle@Home. Iodine, milk chocolate and black berries aroma. Brown color, light brown disappearing head, no lace. Very sweet, bitter, peat, iodine, licorice, vanilla. Sticky, soft mouthfeel. Flavourful, complex, well balanced.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
[Sampled with the trio: Svoger, Svogergylp and Foged at Thorsvej, 2008.] Thisone was the best in the 6-pack. Deep black and oily flat fast beige head. Notes of warming alcohol, roasted coffeechocs, some dried fruits, whisky, licorice. All in all a very great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
Bottla at home. Pours an opaque black with a diminishing off-white head. Mellow smell of alcohol. Sweet with strong aromas of raisins and whisky. Also some aromas of wood, toasted malts and alcohol. Full creamy body. Long dry finish with hints of more raisins and residual sugars.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
250 ml bottle - big thanks to after4ever for sharing; pours jet black, oily and flat with no head; rich aromas of chocolate and heavy on the whiskey; slight bitterness mixed with the creamy chocolate; you can feel the heat, but remains very drinkable for 13%; overall, quite lovely; my fav of the three stouts sampled


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