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Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
85
very good

565 Ratings
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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 17.68%


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.

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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very dark black brew. The head was very thin and didn't leave much lacing or retention. The smell of the beer is pretty strong, some deep herbal roasted malt aromas and boozy chocolate on the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice complex roasted malt flavor with licorice flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is sticky, syrupy and smooth. It's thick and dense also. Overall this beer was pretty good. I think it is a little underrated on here but to each their own.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 19:08:04 | More by Knapp85
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 on tap at Birch.

A - Nice head, pitch black.

S - Raisiny sweet smells. Very nice.

T - Delicious fruity sweet taste. Very smooth for high abv.

M - Perfect balance on mouth. Well done.

O - This beer has a wonderful taste. Superb. Will have again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 03:48:07 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at avenue pub nola into big snifter. Pours a black as night color with almost brown head and lacing. Crazy sweet sugary aroma mixed with licorice and chocolate roasted malts. Such a complex aroma...
Flavor is phenomenal. Chocolate roasted sweetness with licorice and sugar. Some slight anise with a nice syrupy boozey vanilla finish...
Its so smooth. So easy to drink and so enjoyable. Wow. This is a great brew!
Im not sure if its worth the heafty price of the 11.2 or 12oz bottle - whatever it comes in, but its delicious nonetheless...and worth the $ for a special night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 05:03:05 | More by DrinkSlurm
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a Lindemans flute: Solid black, just a little chocolate syrup highlights around the edges, finger of light tan head, leaves heavy lacing.

Intense coffee in the smell, with sweet, dark fruit (raisin?), with skins to add a little tannic flavor, with pecan & bourbon booze character. Dark chocolate.

Whoa! A lot going in the taste: starts with chocolate & cherry/strawberry fruitiness, turns to a deep rum booziness, ends sweet & with an aftertaste of roast coffee, berry, a little oaky, jelly.

Full-bodied & silky smooth, a little viscous. Not overwhelming with strong roast or bitterness, though they're there.

This one's a winner. Not terribly formidable given the strength. Definitely on the sweet side for an RIS but really tasty, maybe skewing to the barleywine side of things.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 01:13:41 | More by OneDropSoup
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RefugeeStryker

California

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Refuge from the tap. Always loved the barrel aged version so was excited to try the base beer before the transformation.

BLACK, one of the most viscous and darkest beers I have ever poured. Head forms and grows quickly if agitated.

One of my favorite things about this beer is the aroma. Such a fruity smell coming off a beer that I would expect to exude coffee and chocolate. Peaches? Grapes? Mangos? All of the above?

The taste is not as complex as others I have tasted. The 3 big dimensions are the obvious ones: coffee, honey, and vanilla. The chocolate is quite apparent as well.

Mouthfeel can get a little thick after a full glass. Better drink this in small quantities. Sticks to the palate a bit.

Tried this after trying the barrel aged versions. Still a very good beer without the aging but the true genius of it comes after it goes into the barrel. Russian Imperial? Not so sure about that. Kind of its own class.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 05:14:32 | More by RefugeeStryker
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EnJeiBee

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as the night with a 1-finger tan head that disappeared pretty quickly, leaving decent lacing behind

S - Sweet, dark chocolate and toffee notes dominate

T - Very similar to the nose. Complex, sweet, roasty, chocolatey and slightly tangy. At one point I fee like I got some muted fruit notes. No heat from the alcohol whatsoever!

M - Creamy, but surprisingly light on the palate. Much lighter than I expected in fact. I almost wish I had been a little heavier.

O - Rich, complex and something I would certainly go for again. I enjoyed it even more as I let it warm up in my hands.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 22:25:26 | More by EnJeiBee
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feylure

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at the Other Side Cafe (Newbury St and Massachusetts Avenue).

Smells like dark, roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate.

Taste is laden with dark tons of chocolate and malt. There's almost a dip from the sweetness of one end to the bold and darkenss of the other. It's extremely full up to the dry end. The tail has notes of dark chocolate as well.

For the ABV, this is a really smooth brew. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 02:51:20 | More by feylure
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vfgccp

New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black, even on the fridges of the glass. Small mocha colored head that hangs around like a halo throughout the drink.

S - Roasted coffee, dark 70% chocolate, but generally mild.

T - Wonderful. Soft chocolate up front with a sweet robust coffee flavor that ramps up through the middle of the profile. Great roasty malt finish with a touch of lingering milky-sweetness. I was pleasantly surprised by the absence of sharp charcoal-bitter notes that often accompany beers this dark.

M - Super smooth (a common theme between the two Mikkeller beers I've had on tap), medium body and a great mellow coffee finish.

D - Silly drinkable if you're a fan of the darker stout flavors. Hides the 12% abv like it's its job.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 17:16:24 | More by vfgccp
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 02:06:37 | More by bishopdc0
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blue Nile for Stoutfest 2010.

Jet black in color, quite viscous looking with a brown head of creamy foam that has outstanding retention. A little bit of lacing.

Sweet malty goodness with a bit of smoke, vanilla and milk chocolate. Solid hop scent coming through as well.

Oooo. Much like the nose is the taste. Rich and decadent flavors of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla bean and caramelized sugar. Mild smoke presence with a touch of coffee. The hops are very noticeable and offer a grassy/citrus profile. Awesomely delicious.

Viscous, slick and smooth. Full bodied for sure.

One of the best RIS's I've ever had. Simply wonderful and for a 13 percent beer, drinks quite well. I definitely want this one again!

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 19:06:38 | More by jera1350
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, as advertised and expected, I get a boat load of coffee. There's also some vanilla and milk chocolate, but the aroma profile is dominated by coffee/coffee grounds. The flavor profile replicates the nose to some extent in this fairly sweet beer, but there's more to it then I was expecting. The milk chocolate and booziness really dominate the flavor profile, although there is also considerable coffee and vanilla. There's also something of a cherry liquer flavor, though it's very much in the background of the chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors. Mouthfeel is full, very rich and long, with almost a creamy texture. Drinkability is probably this beer's least appealing feature, as despite the attractive flavor profile, you can tell the alcohol is up there.

A solid effort, though certainly not among the elite of the imperial stout nobility.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 21:55:04 | More by johnmichaelsen
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squaremile

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a giant tan/brown head. Looks delicious. Smell at first is espresso and bakers chocolate. As it warms more alcohol is present and becomes the most notable. Taste is dominated by coffee/espresso flavors and dark chocolate. Somewhat hot intermittently based on temperature. Mouthfeel is a tad thin but not as distracting on my palate as some other reviews have mentioned. Finish is really dry considering how big the malts are. Overall a nice beer, would have again on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 06:21:04 | More by squaremile
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Tipples. Pours pitch black with a massive dark brown head that goes up 3/4 of the glass. The head turns more creamy and khaki colored as it dissipates. Big sweet and roasty aroma, definite bitter roast on the smell, some brown sugar and chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. Big sweet malts up front that fades into a super smokey roasty flavor that envelopes the palate. Lots of dark sugars and a hint of chocolate, but mainly roasty malts all over. Thinner than expected, a medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. This came off on the cloying side somehow behind the roast, and a bit alcoholic. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:51:07 | More by BMMillsy
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Thick black with no light coming through the glass. Medium thick tan head.

S: Sweet sweet chocolate, raisins, and booze.

T: Super sweet sugary chocolate, prunes, raisins, licorice candy, cherry syrup, booze, coffee bean, espresso. The flavor is too sweet and boozy for me, not like a solid tasting stout.

M: Thick and velvet like but not a heavy thick- more so a smooth thickness. Very cloying.

O: A bit of a disappointment due to the extreme sweetness and booze that shines through a little too much. But it's complex in flavor no doubt and the mouth feel is pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:12:42 | More by titty_mcbitty
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unmarked bottle at 55 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of coffee with hint of alcohol
Head large (6.5 cm), light brown, rocky, slowly diminishing to a partial layer with a 0-10 mm edge.
Lacing present as small islands and archipelagoes
Body dark brown with slight reddish tinge around edges
Flavor of weak stale coffee without the bitterness, actually somewhat sweet. No alcohol, no malt, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends slightly sweet and flavorless.
Palate medium to full, lightly creamy, carbonation soft.

Not a bad example of a coffee stout, just a little weak in flavor. The 13.1% ABV is well hidden – I don’t even have an alcohol afterglow in my stomach.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 12:41:22 | More by Ozzylizard
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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
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tviz33

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle in to a snifter.

A- Blacker than the ace of spades. Beautiful 2 inch medium brown rocky head.

S- Lovely hops smack me right in the nose. A little bit of coffee is the only thing tell me this is a stout. Charred wood and black licorice.

T- Again, this is a fairly hoppy stout. Lots of roasty notes and even some sour ones. Barely any coffee noticeable.

M- Silky smooth full body. Fairly light on the carbonation.

O- This is much different than I expected. Not a super thick, rib-sticking brew, but a very good offering. I was impressed that at 13.1%, the alcohol was barely noticeable. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 05:41:31 | More by tviz33
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Okay I purchased 2 bottles of this back In summer of 2013.. Why 2 well I'm not sure, but am I glad I did! The first bottle I opened was absolutely awful! No carbonation, no head, some weird flat smelling black liquid that was tasted, spit out and poured out. I am heated now, but I bust open the 2nd bottle and my review then started. I've found mikkeller brews are a bit hit and miss. Even from the same batch. As both these were best by 2014.

Large extremely dark green bottle. Actually a dark green that seems to be serving some purpose. The label is pretty nice as well with silver foil gracing the neck and a synthetic cork. From De Proef on back. Pourd this into a Belgian style stemmed tulip glass.

A - dark colored and nearly black. Really a bit of a dark dark brown. Tan head sits decent on top, but not out this world looking. Just a pretty good looking stout not leaving much stick.

S - deep roasted chocolate, a leathery note, and coffee with some funk notes. It's really not bad, but its nearly a barrel aged character yet this isn't a barrel aged brew. Not sure i exactly approve.

T - rich mocha and coffee notes with some sort of weird dark fruit. Has some roast to it with alcohol notes but not boozy. It's a decent stout flavor but I was expecting a flavor monster from such a large brew.

M - smooth and creamy. Has some thickness to it, and its shockingly smooth.

O - okay, so I am bit let down by the dud bottle, and while the 2nd bottle seemed fine I really can't see this as a special imperial stout at the price paid for it. Sure, it has some quality, but this just wasn't all that special as I thought it would be when I found it. I'm not sure I'd spend money on it again, but it was worth the 1 time experience. It's class is in the brewer's creative thought process when creating Black Hole. I'm just now sure it delivered the price paid. Still, if you can find it and have the extra cash to spend give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:05:41 | More by BradtheGreat7
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle poured into a large snifter. This bottle was cellared for a year before consumption.

A: Deep inky black. One finger of brown head retains well. Impressive at such a high abv. Lacing is plentiful and sticky.

S: Lots of roasted malts at work on the nose. Deep woodiness. Hints of smoke, a bit acrid. Bakers chocolate. Raw honey. Strong herbal push, black licorice. Vanilla bean. Lots of darkfruit at its core, plum and black raspberry specifically. Mild prick of alcohol.

T: A lot of sweetness initially. Syrupy sugar, honey. Vanilla bean. Raspberry and black currant esters, spike of alcohol follows closely behind. Roasted malts eventually pull through with flavors of wood and char. Bakers chocolate and black cocoa powder. Coffee beans. Dries quite a bit into the finish and ends with a lot of woody and smokey malt flavors.

M: Thick and hefty body. Slight sludgy and weighty feel, definitely syrupy. Little to no carbonation. Alcohol lends a soothing warmth upon swallowing.

O: Over the top and rather sweet for me, just too much in the way of adjuncts. It doesn't derail the drinking experience, but it does hamper it. I can picture some of the barrel aged versions being quite good, as this might provide the balance needed to take the edge off of the sweetness. I will commend them for hiding 13+% abv so well, the alcohol has no bite at all. Of course, time in the cellar probably had something to do with that too.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:36:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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Labeorphile

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Maybe I got lucky here, but unlike other reviewers I got a beautiful thick, long-lasting, tan head with lacing all the way down the glass. Beer itself was deep brown with a little highlight. Perfect looking stout.

I hate coffee beers and so I was expecting an overpowering coffee smell. But in was surprised, excellent maltiness with the coffee woven in well. Even better was the hop smell coming through! Totally caught off-guard.

Flavor was great as well. Most coffee beers are too heavy on the coffee and taste terrible. This was extremely well balanced and enjoyable, along with the creamy mouth feel. The ABV is really high at 13.1% but you would never guess from the way the alcohol is hidden.

All in all a surprisingly great beer, that I recommend, even if you don't like coffee stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:42:38 | More by Labeorphile
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Kenzie

Utah

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mikkiller refused to disappoint with this rich barrel aged beer. It lives up to it's name, especially in appearance. It is pitch black with a thick coffee-colored head. Upon drinking the beer my mouth is filled with a rich but smooth texture that gives a burst of coffee, caramel, and especially licorice. It makes even Deschute's Abyss seem light. This is just my style but more of a special occasion sipping drink to share and not something I would hog the entire bottle for myself. Of course I would purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 17:40:02 | More by Kenzie
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 10/02/2016

I had the tequila version a while ago. Now it is time for the normal version, I shame I could not drink it before the special BA version. Drinking this unchilled. Anyway,

pours pretty a thick, not as thick as I remember, dark brown with a mocca head. When held in the light a little dark brown (coffee) is visible at the bottom.

Cascade! I smells some sort of American hop in here with a fruity, piney note.
Could also be that it's just the honey and I am dead wrong.

Behind that one picks up on the coffee and thus the roasted malts.

Overall this smells pretty confusing but good.

The taste is like I remember it to be without that unique tequila resiny fruitiness.
A very sweet beer but not as extremly cloying as the tequila version. Still I get more citrus and hoppy notes than I get roasty, coffeeish flavours. Maybe this is a pretty fresh bottle? Aging it would bring out the stout underneath more I guess and because the beer is so dark the fact that it is in a green bottle should not really matter.

Make no mistake, the bitterness on the aftertaste IS from the roasted malts.

As it sits in your mouth you can detect dark fruits and other dark-malt induced flavours. There is also a warming alcohol sensation but it is impressively well hidden for the ABV, it really is.

Still the hoppy sweetness reduces the typical stout aroma's.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, low carbonation (but certainly lacking carbonation as the older bottles with the cork supposedly did).

Overal a very interesting beer. A stout that is dominated by American hops. A highly drinkable beer to me. Maybe with a little age it would become toned down on the hop and that would allow the stout with its coffee and vanilla to shine through.

Recommended, even though this one is pretty damn expensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 20:08:35 | More by IPA35
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, brown edge, very little head.

Deep rich coffee smell.

Coffee, licorice, malt, sugar, alcohol. Deep and dark.

Smooth silky mouthfeel.

Strikingly different from any coffee stout I've had. Well named, this is quite boozy and full of the darkest coffee flavor I've had in a beer. Quite interesting, complex, and unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:09:46 | More by Strix
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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
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