Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by BobbyBeerman:
3.65/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: The caged cork released without much energy from within. Pouring from the green bottle to my glass it appeared black with a hint of dark brown. The brown head disapated quickly leaving a thin layer that hung around throughout the entire drinking experience and produced a decent amount of lacing.
S: Roasted malts and coffee are the big up-front aromas. Chocolate sweetness follow up. No real detectable hops or alcohol smell to it.
T: Wow!! I would have thought there would have been more of a coffee note on the leading edge but I get sweet instead. Letting it warm up a little brings the coffee closer but the sweetness is still really present and first on the palette. Still no real alcohol here.
M: Oily and creamy. Now I feel the alcohol with a little bit of the burn as it goes down. Thick heavy bodied. Could use a little more carbonation to lighten it up.
D: I am a fan of stouts. While I do love the experience of trying this one I'm not sure if I'd add it to my favorites list. It is a little higher alcohol content that I'd like (granted it is an Imperial) and a little too sweet for me. I could see this pared with something... Vanilla ice cream would be good. But, on its own, I feel as if it is a little too much. I cannot fault it because it fits the style of Imperial Coffee Stout well.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2009 01:42:00 | More by BobbyBeerman
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4.38/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Look: Medium sized, thick, mocha head with good retention. Think but thick layer stays on top for the ride, leaves quite a lot of fine lacing. Dark, dark brown, can't see through. Looks good.
Smell: Some dark fruit, black berries; dates connected with sweetness. Roast stands out the most with light dark coffee, milk and bitter dark chocolate notes. A pleasantly balanced mix, nothing really overwhelms. Something refreshing about it, like it a lot. Light alcohol notes come up, when it warms up, but nothing too distracting.
Taste: Medium roasted sweetness with milky chocolate that goes into dark and light coffee. The light sweetness that comes through is surprising and does it good. There is a sour part that keeps it fresher. This part is most noticeable right before the end - very smooth and appealing light sour with black currant, black berries. Also some tart, maybe with some help from the high alcohol contend (alcohol itself hardly to detect). Ends with medium roasted (and some light coffee) bitterness accompanied by light-medium sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, creamy, light carbonation. Gets almost sticky when time goes by.
Overall: Was expecting it to be a lot sluttier, but the balance and flavors were smooth and in line. The specter of notes is rich already, would really like to taste some barreled version of this one. A fine example.
Bottle 2 years old.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 11:02:41 | More by tmzl
Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.