Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Patrick999:
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a small snifter. Synthetic cork was a bitch to extract, in part because there was no carbo-assist. Very dark, very minimal bubbles. Not the greatest looking beer out there even by imperial stout standards, but I have a feeling it will make up for this in aroma and taste.
I started smelling this before the cork was even all the way out. Big aroma of chocolate, maple syrup, red and black licorice. Not so much a coffee aroma as much as a coffee liquor aroma.
Beers that smell like that almost always taste great. Sweet red licorice up front, sugar cane and a deep charred coffee finish. It's a Tale of Two Beers, achingly sweet at first, eventually giving way to a quite bitter coffee finish. The bitterness this coffee brings is pretty damned high. You think this is going to be a hot sweet mess, but that coffee really takes over and brings a long bitter finish. High sweetness AND high bitterness is a pretty killer combo.
Sryupy mouthfeel, flat for all practical purposes. Yet, I'm not at all sure I'd want that much carbonation with this. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I probably prefer this this way.
This probably has more in common with Utopias and other beers like that than it does with other coffee stouts. Big beer. Would be an amazing dessert beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2010 20:40:15 | More by Patrick999
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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.