Review: Mikkeller Black | Craft Beer & Brewing
Mikkeller Black
80 out of 100

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 15.7

80/100
Aroma: 9
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 16
Mouthfeel: 4

Mikkeller Black

What the brewers say

“This was introduced a couple of years ago as the craziest, wildest, and strongest beer from Mikkeller. Eventually, BLK FIST! ran over it. This beer, though, is (still) not for sissies.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Herbal, tea-like notes, medium chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and a lot of alcohol. Herbal and catty with a touch of skunk. The roast flavors do not present themselves in a big way in the aroma.”

Flavor: “Sweet mocha malt character with a smoked pork–like note. Moderate roast with a touch of astringency. Slight lactose consistency. Alcohol is over the top and extends into the aftertaste. Big roasty flavors, bitter and a bit burnt. Hops flavor is resinous, sticky, and catty—not exactly complimentary to the strong malt notes.”

Overall: “High alcohol with chocolate and roast notes. Roast flavors explode out of the glass. Hops flavors are not the best match for the roast/alcohol balance. The skunky and catty notes are so prominent that it tastes as if it were dry-hopped with marijuana.”

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