overall
99
92
style
Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 579   ABV: 19.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Editors note: 19.3% is the correct ABV.

Mikkeller Black barrel aged on Buffalo Trace barrels.

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2012
375ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, roast, chocolate, alcohol, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood, and some coffee. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is heavily sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of alcohol, malt, roasting, bitter coffee, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and slight ash. Medium to full body. Viscous, then dry texture. Soft carbonation. Heavily sweet, heavily bitter, malt, roast, alcohol, Bourbon, oak, bitter coffee finish. 19.3%ABV is present throughout and a bit hot, but not overbearing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with medium brown head. Aroma is sweet with notes of dark fruits, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is dominated by oak, bourbon and awesomeness. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1245) - New York, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle, 05/27/2012. Pours thick black, tan beige head with great retention and almost liqueur-like lacing. Aroma is heavy bourbon with a chocolate glaze, sweet espresso cream and licorice. Taste sweet and boozy, again with heavy bourbon, thick dark roasted malts, coconut and licorice, wood and bitter alcoholic finish. Palate thick, but the sweetness makes this one go very slowly. Rich flavors but balance is lacking for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1588) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle shared with marcus. Has a woody aroma with slight coffee. Pures thick an black with a brown head. Has a whisky finish with a smoothness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grunx (367) - - MAY 22, 2012
Molt intensa en tots els seus sentits. Vainilles, pltans, torrats, cafs... Per acabar un bon pat. Es recomana compartir. Final agradablement alcohlic. Genial.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14495) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle from Bine and Vine. Pours dark brown/black with a dark tan head. Aroma is alcohol with chocolate. Med body. Flavor is alcohol, chocolate, and smooth burnt malt. The bourbon finally appears. Strongly. The alcohol muddles the flavors. An interesting experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9556) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours black with a thin tan head and a treacle and alcohol aroma. There is a strong chocolate and alcohol flavor, mostly alcohol, with a long alcohol trail. Its like drinking hard liquor with chocolate in it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
0.5 L bottle from Capones. Pours oily thick crow black with 2-finger well-retained brown head. Nose is rich and creamy oaky bourbon, vanilla, charred malt. Tastes rich, with a heavy charred chocolate malt, huge hops, oaky spirity bourbon, and finishing hops. Starts and stays very hot. Now then, considering that ABV of 19.3%, the question becomes this: Does this beer have merit as a beer, or does it cross the beer/spirit boundary in such a way as to offend the beer drinker? My answer is this: It smells like a bit of a charred smacked bourbon ass, and the flavor is hot, a bot thin of mouthfeel for a beer yet perfectly fine for a bourbon. This is a beer that may make me go back to the library and change my rating ways, because I would gladly pay 20 bucks for a fifth of this as a spirit, but as a beer it is a bit rough and harsh. Still, that roughness and harshness challenge my nose and tongue and engage them is ways that arent commonly seen in any beer, so I proclaim that this works as either a calm spirit or a harsh beer. In the end, my analysis is this: I found this beer harsh, offensive, over the line, in your face, and at 40 proof, a bit high on the Plao scale, but as much as I may have disliked, I liked even more. Give me ballsy beers like this any day over weak spirits or non-dedicated pretenders, this one is the real deal, and either man up and give it a proper, fair score according to your own nomenclature, or just stick to rating wheat beers, you wanker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
m4rest88 (389) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
bottle shared with bman113vr pours a dark black hue with a small light brown head that is mostly dimnishing aroma of alcohol, dark fruits, coffee and molasses- alcohol dominates the aroma though flavor is full of coffee and once again lots of booze notes

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaboon (2021) - FINLAND - MAY 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2012 Thick, black, oily lookin liquid. Surprisingly there is a relatively good amount of brown head. Aroma of whisky, roasted malt and coffee. Flavour of whisky, strong coffee, dry hoppiness and roasted malt. Delicious beer with a strong kick to the groin.


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