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Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, flaked oats, dark cassanade, honey, hops, coffee, vanilla and ale yeast.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006)
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's black, it's massive....and comes in a green bottle. 01/07/2012 is dated on the synthetic cork. On to the beer:

The espresso tanned head forms about an inch in height over the, you guessed it, the black hole-like black color of a beer. Small splats of lacing sticks around on the glass. At first, there's a lot of coffee and fudge brownies flowing into the air. Eventually it becomes weakened coffee with a burnt touch. Not bad, but a letdown from the strong start.

I don't know how old the bottle actually is, but it's drinking fine at this moment. The 55-60F temperature this beer is at may also be playing a role in making it delicious. In fact, it seems more like a spirit than a beer. The coffee isn't shy to show itself, but unprepeared the alcohol is buried fittingly, warming the chest with pleasing heat. Passionfruit and sherry notes makes up the other dimension of this beer. The hops tread lighly with a "now you see it, now you don't" tropical note. It's nearly full-bodied, almost chewy to a point, with a liqueur-like smoothness. Loads of roasted coffee lingers around in the aftertaste.

I tried to stay away from it, but I was pulled into the Black Hole. What a fun libation. 13% alcohol doesn't go down much smoother, and if you're willing to pay the premium this beer commands ($11.99 for 375 ml), you too will let the Black Hole suck you in.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 07:09:06 | More by DoubleJ
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Deepest black color, black hole is an appropriate name, not even light ray escaping. It made a two finger thick caramel head with medium retention but keeping a constant plate.
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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.