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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
500 ml bottle (?)
Another over the top release from Mikkeller I have been sitting on this for almost two years. It is way too heavy to try to drink alone so with the company of others at a tasting I opened this to close the night. For a beer that is almost 18% it is heavy and cloying but not as soy as I expected. Usually when beers get this big they morph into something else.

Aroma / Appearance - Oily black with huge sheets of lacing that crawl down the sides like sap down a tree. A small chocolate colored head is the darkest thing I have ever seen that is still different than the beer beneath. Chocolate, Cabernet, and other vinous notes hit the sinuses hard. Coupled with the anise, charcoal brickets, and strong coffee flavors this is dense and heavy.

Flavor / Palate - Very rich chocolate fills the mouth. Red wine, peat, smoke, and a strong booziness hit the palate without slowing. Crawling along towards the throat it lingers warmly with an anise aftertaste. Smoky and rich I am glad I had to only drink about four ounces. If I had to drink this alone it would probably take four or five hours simply due to the heaviness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sleepybrew (4) - Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2010 does not count
Deep, robust, great molasses feel and taste, surprisingly mellow alcohol taste given its ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2010
First off, after reading other peoples reviews, ive come to the conclusion that too many people out there do not know how to properly pour a beer. When i pulled the cork, there was absolutely no "pop" and it had me a little worried until I got it into the glass. Bottle pours black (go figure) with an extremely dark brown head that puts up quite a fight considering such a high abv. One thing ive come to expect from Mikkeller, is the fact that they make some damn sexy beers. Now onto the good stuff. Im not 100% on the age of this bottle, but I know that Ive had it in my stash for close to a year now. If I had to guess, Id say 1 1/2 to 2 years. Its definately had some time to mellow, and its readily apparent on first smell. The hops have died down to essentially nothing and the beer is dominated by malt. I love beers that tie into a specific sensory memory, and for some reason this one reminds me of an airport Starbucks. Hell, it seems like there is more coffee on this one than either the geek brunch or breakfast. Aroma is big coffee, chocolate, and some underlying alcohol. There is a whole lot going on, but its almost like trying to pinpoint a flavor in Dr. Pepper. Taste shows the same, with additional notes of soy, tobacco, and aged dark rum. It would make a great cigar beer. This thing is definately boozy, but in all reality, Ive had plenty of Zinfandels that drink much hotter than this well crafted brew. Shows that not everything >15% abv has to drink like rocket fuel. Overall body is moderate to full, and oily.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Thanks to my brother for bringing me this beer from Lafayette, LA. The beer pours black with no head. Very inky looking with some large brown bubbles. The aroma is dark fruit, alcohol and brown sugar. The flavor is alcohol, smoke, tobacco, chocolate and some sweet malt. The mouthfeel is very oily and no-very low carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Poured into a dark black beer with no head at all. Aromas of strong alcohol and molasses. Tasted a lot like soy sauce and left a strong bitter aftertaste. Strange and strong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finwe (436) - Grankulla, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle 375 ml. Poured black with almost non-existent brown head. Molasses, roasted malt, liquorice and alcohol in the aroma. Strong, sweet flavour with elements of coffee, liquorice, chocolat, roasted malt, burnt sugar and alcohol. Quite an experience.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2010
Aged bottle. Big sweet aroma of raisins, port wine and prunes. Appearance is black as night with no head. Taste is of sweet raisins, chocolate, coffee, tar, port wine and well disguised alcohol. The palate is fantastic and the after taste is long and sweet. Overall an amazing beer that delivers so much more than Ive expected, wonderful!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Oily black pour with minimal brown head. Aroma holds vinous notes, presumably from the champagne yeast, along with roasted barley, burnt sugars, caramel, molasses, and tons of booze, particularly in the form of whiskey and perhaps even rum. Flavor is huge with espresso and bitter dark chocolate, along with more caramel, roasted malt, and alcohol. The 17.5% ABV is clearly present, but proportionally not as aggressive on the tongue as it was on the nose; the other flavors balance it out beautifully. Both the flavor and palate hit the tongue in a parabolic sweep, starting slowly, building to a massive peak, and then subsiding slightly to a full but smooth finish. I think this beer is underrated by people who just simply dont like high alcohol brews, but I am not one of them. This stuff is excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9556) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Pours thick black, no head, no carbonation. Huge port nose, with some chocolate and smoke notes. Taste is great up front, with port and chocolate notes, leading into a dry and smoky finish. Its a bit of a mess at the end, but overall its not a badly crafted beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8218) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 Live at The Penguin. Inks with a tar-like spiral into the Hook Norton chalice an elfin measure intended, but failing, to caution moderation and respect. Respect immediately earned with a manila-hued mousse of epically dirty head welling up, and refusing to disperse until the glass is empty and trailed with lace: ridiculous. Saliva at the first tentative sniff, unveiling sherry draped over Neapolitan ice cream, fried onions, charcoal and mince meat; soft peppery alcohol once the head has subsided. Nothing of the Honey Monster-sized ladle of sweetness that wrecked Black Hole; bitter orange, G+T, burnt flowers and incense over a bitter, blackened framework of bonfire-salvaged wood, leather, beef jerky, flambed nuts, high raisiny cocoa, puffed wheat and grapefruit juice. Burnt to its heart but so delicately poised by that baseline of shampoo hop, chocolate and burnt honey sweetness Im about to fall over. Delicious lunacy.


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