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Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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86
very good

617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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beesy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a 37.5 bottled into a pint glass. Bottle date of 11/2011.

A - pours a really oily, inky black with almost no head. Just a tad of carb present when hard poured or agitated hard.

S - complex. booze. molasses. dark chocolate. brown sugar. a slight soy not.

T - nothing spectacular. very stouty - lots of flavor and complex. the booze is very smooth and not hot for the abv. lots of chocolate and soy. taste smooths as it warms.

M - somewhat thin for the abv. a little can be attributed to aging, but seems very attenuated to start.

D - low. big abv and lots of complex flavors makes it a sipper.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer, especially for the abv. I wish the carb would have come up a tad - its like angels share all over. I did have this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philly about two years ago and remember it being more carbed and way smoother - like chocolate shakey.

08-12-2012 00:12:32 | More by beesy
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Appearance - This is a blackish hole just like it says with a moderate brown head.

Smell - The roasted notes are huge at the smell. They are a little sugared up with pure, unadulterated cane. The cane and roasted malt are so big that it permeates the entire room. The aroma is beyond reproach.

Taste - The roasted malt adds a little coffee bean and cocoa here which along with the cane sugar provides a nice complexity. There's also a big coffee bean flavor that gives this a hearty character.

Mouthfeel - This is close to full-bodied with a delicate carbonation and a big bitter finishing touch. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable.

Drinkability - You could pop this for breakfast it goes down so well. It's very big yet highly quaffable.

03-06-2011 04:38:36 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

$10.04 from Liquor Baron on East Wash. 12.7 FL, 13.1%. No date listed on the bottle or cork.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost mahogany with a medium brown lacing that swirls and swishes. Nice looking.

Aroma: Lightly boozy. Coffee is the obvious culprit but dark fruits like plums are here too. We also have some tobacco.

Taste: Bitter coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate balanced by sugary sweet booze. Finish bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful. Boozy but balance. Sweet and bitter but with a dry tangy finish. Much lighter body than I would expect.

Drinkability: Great. This drinks like a sessional beer. This puppy is dangerous in the extreme. One bottle and I feel the booze but I'm not put off by too much sugar or body and would love another body.

02-17-2008 20:55:57 | More by DaPeculierDane
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

I know this bottle is at least a year old.

Pours dark enough to block out the sun but unfortunately, appearance wise, there's not much head. Very thick liquid that clings to the glass when swirled.

Burnt chocolate chip cookies in the nose with alcohol lurking about. Nice coffee aroma. Very powerful.

The taste is rich with gourmet coffee. Big, ashy, roast comes late and it does little to hide the inescapeable 13%.

The mouthfeel is rich and coating. It's hard for me to get past the lack of carbonation. When I compare it to some of the better coffee stouts I've had recently, granted they weren't as strong, they had a more pleasant mouthfeel.

Let it open up for at least an hour, the warmer the better. Split it, it took me almost three hours to finish a bottle.

01-07-2010 01:15:14 | More by brownbeer
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StoutHearted

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

This beer impresses from the start: the color is pitch black with a thick, 2-inch, cocoa head. The smell is all hops, no coffee. But the taste is where the coffee jumps out at you: it tastes of a coarse grind dark roast with a gritty, dark chocolate aftertaste. The brew is smooth and rich, and its drinkability changes little through warming up; it stays solid all throughout.

04-04-2008 00:05:14 | More by StoutHearted
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blitz134

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Absolutely pitch black. Tan head, fizzy on the pour. Reduced to a thin layer leaving some lace behind. Good retention after things settled down. A little more head volume adn this woudl be a 5.

Aroma falls short on this for me. A touch of residual sweetness, some roasy flavors, and milk chocolate, but thats it, a bit simple and understated.

Taste and mouthfeel are a big step in the right direction. Big malty base of roasted malts and chocolate. Very similar to a chocolate chip cookie actually. Some hints of dark fruit. Finish shows through with the coffee. Hints of alcohol, no hiding it, but its not hot at all. Quite impressive.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Low carbonation. Flavor lingers just enough.

Drinkability is superb for a beer this size. Alcohol is noticable but doesn't interfere at all. Good stuff here. Just needs more aroma. Would be nice if the coffee showed up a bit more, too.

12-12-2007 03:30:21 | More by blitz134
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EastBay_Nick

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-13-2013 19:25:20 | More by EastBay_Nick
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -25%

12.7 oz bottle, caged and corked. Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, chocolate, lactose, tarry leather and a little coffee. As it warms, the leather dominates.

The flavor is chocolate, anise and tar with some bitter harsh alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, this one is not very well balanced - too much harsh tarry alcohol, and not enough coffee (I didn't get any in the flavor). It's a bit over-priced for me at $10 for 12.7 oz.

11-25-2007 07:37:08 | More by Beaver13
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Black with a dark tan head with resideual dark on the glass

The smell is sweet malt chocolate with a slight alcohol finish

The mouth is great starts smooth then quickly turns to a dry roasted and finishes with a slight alcohol feel in the mouth

Drink is average for this type of stout

11-22-2010 02:06:37 | More by bishopdc0
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rgtravers

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance: it dark; black and shades of brown mixed throughout. Not totally black still can see a little light in at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: this is where the beers begins to show its true character and shine. Initial hit is all chocolate, coffee, espresso. As it warmed the beer begin to show signs of dark fruits and a lingering alcohol smell.

Taste: initially was sweet coffee. Great sweet flavor not too bitter or hoppy. As it warmed the dark fruits began to show their presence along with the alcohol. The hops were faint which was good because it let the coffee espresso bitterness come out and play. The sweetness kept it all in check..

Another great brew from Mikkeller. Not as thick on the mouth as i would have hoped but still enough to keep you reaching for your friends glass.

I could sip on this one all night or even a little colder during the summer as an iced sweet coffee.

04-15-2009 05:22:13 | More by rgtravers
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

12.7 oz green bottle, corked and caged. Pours dark and opaque with two inches of creamy khaki head. Delicate sheets of lacing are left on the glass.

Aroma is very inviting. Cocoa, dark chocolate, cherries, and day old coffee swirl together.

Mouthfeel is almost full bodied with a low carbonation. Pronounced bitterness is intrusive.

Taste is bitter and somewhat hot. Lots of dark roasty notes evinced by stale coffee grounds taste. Plenty of bittering hops here, as well. The high alcohol is easily noticed. Some red cherries in the background never fully emerge. The chocolate, unfortunately, stays in the aroma.

A very interesting stout but overly bitter and a bit hot. Some age might help this one.

12-10-2007 14:16:56 | More by merlin48
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badbeer

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Black, but dark brown around the edges. Quickly receding head. Very roasty and full of booze in the aroma. This seems like it needs some time to mellow, but beyond the booze there is some charcoal, hops, and licorice. Taste is a little green, needs some time on it. Taste is also roasty, with some bitter chocolate and a boozy finish. This may be worth aging, but I won't be loading up on this one.

12-28-2008 01:46:08 | More by badbeer
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Mora2000

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Thanks to piginapen for trading this bottle to me.

The beer pours black with a very small brown head. The aroma is coffee with some spice and also some trash components. The flavor is coffee, alcohol, spices, pepper, tobacco and chocolate. Complex, but not that great. Thick, slimy, oily mouthfeel and low carbonation.

03-17-2010 03:35:32 | More by Mora2000
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BeerDrinkingDiver

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-03-2014 23:08:35 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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magictrokini

California

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours opaque black with a cascading tan/brown head comprised of tiny bubbles. Sticky brown lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, anise, and a truckload of roasted malt. The big aroma made me want a heavier mouthfeel, but it didn't deliver. Slick, smooth feel with lower viscosity. The taste more than makes up for it. Bittersweet chocolate with a coffee bite rounded out with the roasted malt. Creamy with some sweet vanilla highlights. The alcohol is not well masked, but it only adds to the overall beast of this beer. Wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

06-06-2009 00:34:36 | More by magictrokini
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

375ml corked & caged, foil topped green bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very dark black color with almost no pop from the cork and subsequently very little dark brown head. Nose is quite good, it's very roasty, malty and burnt - there's clearly some coffee and toffee here.

Well, the alcohol is present here, not a surprise at over 13%, it's quite strong in the roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors are right up front, mouthfeel is a bit lacking and light but overall given it's high abv it's fairly drinkable although I'd advise splitting it.

12-28-2010 01:20:52 | More by kingcrowing
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jamesm7485

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%

Green caged and corked 12.7 oz bottle, odd choice

Pours your typical imperial stout very rich thick pour with no head

Smell is muted compared to the taste, bakers chocolate and very light coffee

very pleasant initial chocolate sweetness followed by coffee some heat and a bit of pepper spice flavor lingers for quite some time

Very smooth and coats the mouth quickly

The alcohol heat in the after taste and the abv drives this down to a 4, different than abyss, ten fidy etc but very much worth trying!

a year or two may bring some heat down

07-30-2009 21:08:30 | More by jamesm7485
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Kraken

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

Reviewed 1/13/09

Aged a little over a year in the kitchen wine rack. Caught a little grief for leaving it there so long, but I thought this one needed to be laid down for a while. Cracked this open just because. Poured into an over sized wine glass. Heavy handed pour coaxes 0 head. Mild lace. Color is an absolute black.

Nose- Dark molasses, burnt caramel, mild notes of coffee. Alcohol is very apparent.

Palate- Oh Goodness. Coffee was in the nose, but man it really comes through on the palate. Reminiscent of Turkish coffee. Burnt caramel, very strong i.e. still a bit hot. Slightly sour, extremely interesting.

Mouthfeel- Thick, oily, slightly cloying, very lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- One is enough, glad this didn't come in a bigger bottle.

02-07-2009 00:08:25 | More by Kraken
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ohmybock

Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%

Is this brew really retired? I just picked up a bottle ($10) at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC last week. Whatever the case, this brew pours a pitch-black color with very little head. The aroma is somewhat complex and fruity, but also smells of some sort of barrel-aging. The taste is quite malty and rich, but I'm also getting a hint of something else. Again, there's an extra hint of something in the flavor which I would normally attribute to barrel aging. I haven't heard that this brew is barrel-aged, yet it has a slight flavor profile like a hint of bourbon barrel and/or wine barrel. There's a fruity character as well which might be attributed to the high-alcohol in this brew. In the end, I like this brew better than the Beer Geek Breakfast, but I still don't like it (and ultimately poured most of it down the drain). Argh! I hate wasting my money!

06-25-2008 22:55:13 | More by ohmybock
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

375mL bottle with a best-before date of 1/07/12. Pours black with very little head. Aroma has chocolate, coffee, alcohol, bitter hops, and dark fruits. The taste is strong and very boozy with burnt coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Drinkability isn't great, this was difficult to finish. This beer was a bit of a let-down after trying Beer Geek Breakfast. It's a bit too hot right now.. I'll cellar my other bottle for a while before drinking it.

09-07-2010 03:03:26 | More by chickenm
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-18-2013 03:16:48 | More by TKEbeerman
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-26-2014 01:40:04 | More by amstokesdb9
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, and small amounts of roasted coffee. As it warms hints of vanilla also come out, but the roasted malt remains at the forefront throughout.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Heavy roasted and black malt flavors kick things off with unsweetened chocolate lurking in the background. Midway through the sip the flavors sweeten a bit, allowing hints of molasses to make their way out. Right before a solidly bitter ending small hints of coffee enter into things, lingering for a bit on the palate after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this wasn't quite as flavorful as I was expecting given the body of the beer and the allowance for a multitude of flavors in such a big beer. I could see this one coming along nicely with some age on it, but even as it is it's still worth a shot.

04-27-2010 23:50:40 | More by glid02
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pwoods

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this trade.

12.7oz deep green corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a motor oil black with a moderate viscosity. Big 2+ finger head forms easily and starts tight. Turns slightly rocky as is takes its time descending. Good lacing throughout.

S: Light coffee and chocolate. Sweet molasses and a touch of cola. Alcohol is vaguely present. I'm surprised I don't get burnt malts or anything.

T/M: First thing that I noticed is the body is light.. it's the oddest thing in a brew like this. Carbonation seems slightly high, too. That first initial shock turns into further shock at how potent this beer is with a bit of a weak nose and thick body. Hops flare up with some bitter and a barely detectable sweet juice. The juice is nearly completely covered by a very strong, rich coffee and moderate alcohol burn. Just a slight touch of chocolate sweetens things up. Burnt malts and coffee dominate. The alcohol is quite present and almost too much but still very enjoyable none the less.

D: I so very glad I was able to get a few more bottles. I can't wait to see what a year or more does to the carbonation and alcohol.

01-09-2008 03:28:36 | More by pwoods
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RobertH50

Texas

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

08-16-2014 23:12:01 | More by RobertH50
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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.