Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS
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4.45/5 rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I got this beer from Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on a recent trip there. My first time having this beer, expectations are high since the stouts I've had from Mikkeller in the past were delicious.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.
A - Pours three giant fingers of mocha colored froth. Body is an opaque black. Head retention and creaminess is astounding based on this beer's big 13.10% abv. Nice strands of mocha lacing. Looks like a true beauty of a Russian imperial stout.
S - Smells wonderful also. Coffee isn't exactly leaping out of this one, but there are tons of big roasty malt notes, powdery cocoa, milk chocolate, some lactose, and a cola tartness on the end that I can't quite place. Just the faintest hint of alcohol fumes. As it warms, the dark fruit character begins to lurk out more: figs, dates, black currant, etc. Maybe even a subtle piney hop presence, although I could be imagining it.
T - Taste is truly amazing. Again, the coffee flavors aren't exactly leaping out of this one, but they are in there. Along with some bittersweet dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, and a tart raspberry / cherry / red fruit on the finish. Only minor alcohol fumes noticeable. Really enjoying the sour fruitiness to this beer, it almost reminds me in some ways of Deschutes Black Butte XXV.
M - Feel is of bitter roast, and a tart sour tingle on the tongue. Crisp carbonation, sticky, sugary, and sweet like a chocolate covered raspberry. Thick, syrupy, and viscous.
Overall, a surprisingly complex and tart stout from Mikkeller, with layers of goodness. While I wouldn't necessarily label it a coffee stout, it's still just as good either way. This might be one of the best beers I've had from Mikkeller yet, which has been amounting to quite a lot lately. Big 13.10% abv is expertly well masked, although probably destined to doom me. A must have stout from Mikkeller.
Mikkeller Black Hole ---4.5/5
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2013 22:29:21 | More by mfnmbvp
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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
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