New Year’s Eve, day 12 and the final beer of my ’12 Beers of Christmas’. It’s been fun, with loads of people getting involved across Twitter, Instagram, Untappd and blogs. If you haven’t already seen the other great blogs, check out the full list at the bottom of this post on the Beer O’Clock Show’s site.
On to the final beer. I’m a little late posting this, but forgive me… it was New Year’s Eve! I was a little apprehensive about this one, what with it being over 18%, but I bravely opened it anyway. Mikkeller Black has been released in a few different variants, this one having been aged in a combination of Tequila and Speyside Whisky barrels. The label is simple, black with a couple of small Chinese characters on either side. It’s a little reminiscent of this
The pour gives rise to an aggressive tan head that falls back to a few scant bubbles across the surface after a minute or two. It’s black. Really black. Hold it up the light and nothing gets through. If you weren’t aware of the strength, one sniff should give you a clue. This is a big beer with plenty of alcohol on the nose. Then there’s the coffee notes, smoke, whisky, chocolate, all suggesting that this should be quite interesting.
The first taste gives a huge cocoa hit, transitioning to slight bitter, roastiness, burnt caramel. The alcohol isn’t overpowering, but it’s constantly in the background reminding you that this is a beer that needs some respect. I’m not really getting the Tequila, but the whisky is definitely showing through. There’s a satisfying syrupy chewyness to it… it’s part way to being a really great chocolate sauce for ice cream.
Beer: Black (Tequila/Speyside)
Style: Imperial Stout