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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1097   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 471   ABV: 15.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The strongest beer in Scandinavia. This imperial stout is the craziest, wildest, strongest beer from Mikkeller to this date. Not for sissies.......! Sample it fresh or store it for many many years to come!
Ingredients : Water, malt, roasted barley, dark cassonade, ale yeast and champagne yeast.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Sweet sherry aroma. Alcohol in the aroma. The dark malts and sherry-like aromas are incredible. Some plum in the aroma. Very nice thick dense brown head. Much bigger head than I would expect from a beer that is 17.5%. The color is fitting of the name, black. Wow! The flavor is almost espresso like. Think of espresso made with roasted barley instead of coffee. The flavor does not have the same sherry-like character the aroma had. This is just deep roasted goodness. Ive had plenty of dark beers, way more than I could ever count, and this has the most incredible dark roast flavor of any beer Ive ever had. Wow, again. Every sip of this just blows my mind. Im pretty damned jaded when it comes to beer and this thing makes me feel like a freaking beer virgin again. I dont give a crap what this costs, I paid 16 bucks for my bottle, if you find this beer, buy every bottle you can. Drink one and hide the rest. I know I am going to go around and stock up on this. Holy s--t this is good! I have a beergasm with every sip.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
Brought out for great lakes project xxxx, pours a oily crazy black, little head, aged this one for a while, nose is boozy with lotsa dried fruit and plums. the taste is intense with burnt coffee, booze and port... wow I must get more of this

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2010
Pours pitch black with a thin tan tan head. Aroma is intense, a lot of alcohol, raisins, licorice.
Massive port like sweetness initially, followed by and angry bitter dryness reminiscent of burnt coffee.
Holy crap. Its just silly. Which is awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2010
Massive aroma. Alcohol, lots of it. Coffee, licorice.
The flavours are so intense... So much sweetness - like it hasnt been fermented yet. A nip of this is enough. Very good. Im impressed that they could make such a big beer this well.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Had from bottle from Hi Time Wines. Pours thick black with no head on pour, but a slight tan head materializes after all is poured and linkgers throughout. Aroma is strong alcohol, coffee, cream, and sugar. Almost like an alcoholic coffee in the morning. Taste just hits you with alcohol. At 17.5%, its to be expected somewhat, but when the good Imperial Stouts like Dark Lord, Speedway and Black Tuesday can mask their alcohol, it just really stands out that this one cant. Flavors are mostly chocolate, coffee, more alcohol, licorice, and sugar sweetness. Aftertaste has lingering alcohol and sugar - not the best flavor to keep around. Each sip just hits you again with more alcohol and sugar. Not a fan of this heavy, oily, sweet, concoction.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2010
About 2 year old caged and corked 375mL. It pours inky void-ish black with loose dark tan head. The aroma is full and seems nearly abusive and uncaring for the health of my olfactory senses. I get boats loads of pureed prunes, figs and raisins as well as noxious chocolate rum cake, black licorice and dark roasty malts that move toward burnt malts at the end of the hot draw. The taste is slick and syrupy oily squishy mouth feel ensconced in smooth booze. I get bold to robust notes of sweet concentrated prune, plum and fig juice as well as a mild note of soy. By midway it picks up chocolate followed by growing dark roasted to burnt malts. Intense aroma, intense flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (12071) - Troms, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2010
375ml dark green bottle, bb. 12.12.2017, bought at lbutikken in Copenhagen a few years ago and enjoyed back home watching Uruguay vs France on TV. It took some time to open the cork and wire cradle bottle. Oily pour revealing dark bubbles atop of a shinning, pitch black body. Rich aroma of dark malts, anise and alcohol. Powerful flavour character that starts with roasted dark chocolate malts followed by dark fruits and dark berries and ending with a heavy, long-lived aftertaste of alcohol including a bitter touch. Hints of wood and liquorice in the background. Satisfying slow sipper. Perhaps a little over the top, especially when it comes to the strong finish (Troms, 11.06.2010).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
12.7oz, corked & caged bottle, via secret santa trade. pours an oily, jet black with a thin ring of dark brown bubbles leaving a sheet of oily lace on the glass. aroma is great with huge notes of charcoal, dark malts, chocolate, and peaty/scotchy booze backed by fruity, port wine notes, licorice, and toffee candy. flavor is is extremely intense but very delicious with a big hit of booze, port wine, ouzo, and black malts up front that transitions to big roasted malts, chocolate, and sweet, sugary, dark fruits. palate is full bodied, lightly carbonated, and very hot in the throat in the belly. overall, a deliciously extreme brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrueRates (13) - USA - MAY 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 Synthetic cork has is printed 12/17. Quite the pain in releasing the cork from the bottle, but once done, very little hiss came through. Poured dead flat jet black that has gorgeous lacing. Aroma is ash, burnt charcoal, espresso, couverture chocolate. The taste is superb! Heavy roast black coffee, aged Madeira like with great acidity, thin body that just has so much depth in flavor, and lastly a melange of booze soaked harvest fruit. Finish is long lasting and just glorious. Id imagine this beer aged in Islay barrels would be total top-notch. Some iodine, earth, and peat would just put this one in the winners circle. Yum, yum, yum!!!

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2010
OMFG thats oh my fucking god this beer is HUGE!!! It rocks in at 17.5% ABV and is rich, syrupy and intense. Notes of licorice, leather and hints of port-like-sweet-fruit and alcohol notes. Not for the faint hearted. E


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