Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by SleepyMonk:
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Straight of the bat - BIG thanks to Tim and the guys at International Beer Shop in Perth Australia for throwing this one into a mixed carton as a recommendation. These guys are the best and Australia (being so far away from the action in the Northern Hemisphere) is lucky to have them.
Chilled 375ml bottle to be enjoyed with a full sized tulip glass. Silver foil wrap around the bottle top hides a caged cork bottle top (is this the same bottle and cork set up used by Bellevue for their Kreik, hmmm). Really had to force the synthetic cork out of the bottle and it gave a soft pop when it finally left the confines of the bottle.
Pours a very very deep black body that gives up very little when held to the light. Interestingly I get absolutely no head! There is a patch of bubble that takes up approx. a third of the surface space. This dissipates to a thin tan collar; no lacing.
Aroma is full, strong and thick - a real treat. The roasted malt strikes a very definitive presence. Espresso coffee is there however not as striking as other that I have tasted. Dark chocolate and alcohol esters round out the aromatic spectrum.
Taste is well matched to the aroma however the malts take on a much more burnt dynamic. This taste for me really dominated the flavor palate, strong sweet and sticky up front, burnt malt and then a smokey finish. In fact it is the finish that I feel defines this beer from Mikkeller, the tastes just continue to evolve long after the fluid leaves the mouth. The roasted and nutty dark chocolate notes sit boldly as a successor to the fine sticky and burnt malt that you taste upfront.
Obviously the body of this beer sits towards the heavy end of the scale and the carbonation is just enough to keep the thing lively. I should however say that the finish definitely deviates away from the usual stout finish.
This is an imperial stout with a classy difference and trust Mikkeller to deliver it. Of course this isn't for everyone and even those that love this category may be turned off by the over active flavors and also the finish.
I think that if you are yet to throw yourself into Imperial Stout or just something different and over the top - give this a go.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2011 15:47:03 | More by SleepyMonk
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Really nice and bold aroma, truly balanced meaning roasted notes don’t offset hopping and other nuances. Notes of licorice, espresso, cocoa, earthy and citrus hops, pine, wood, powder milk, grapefruit and some dark fruits.
Sweet flavor of lactic acid, piney and citrus hops, molasses, honey, coffee, licorice, vanilla, red fruits and oats. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted note.
Full creamy body with low carbonation. Definitely does not feel as 13.1% abv.
Good beer with great looks and smells, very lactic and a tad overly sweet though. While it was cold, citrus and piney hops was refreshing its bold and complex flavors and it was really pleasant. Still I enjoyed trying it.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 01:11:12 | More by FLima
Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.