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Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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563 Ratings
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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 17.68%

Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

$12 from Premiere Gourmet, then about $1.25 in duties. An expresso coffee experience. Thickly expresso in mouthfeel and in aroma. Pours black. I wasn't buzzed from caffeine, it was a fine experience, it is a rich coffee experience with chocolate and fruit present. Bittersweet finish and aftertaste.Its certainly drinkable, but my desired RIS is more chocolate based.
Had again 1.5 years later and the coffee was prominent, rich aged. Bittersweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 01:37:37 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Hole is a black hole. Sunshine fails to reveal any lightening along the edges of the snifter. Barely more than a single finger of pale caramel colored cream was created on the pour and is hanging around for a spell. It looks like lace will be scarce.

The nose is aromatic and is more complex than most beer of this style, thanks to the use of some extra ingredients. These include dark cassonade (sugar), honey, coffee and vanilla. Only the last two are appreciated for sure. Oh yeah, it's a humdinger.

Black Hole doesn't work quite as well on the palate, though I might think differently once a few more ounces have met their fate. The biggest problem is a body/mouthfeel that is way too skimpy for an RIS, even one with five fewer percentage points on the ABV. The result is a lack of flavor depth and sustainability. Not boldness, though.

Both dark cassonade and honey give the beer an intense sweetness that some won't like. It's almost like a dessert beer in that regard. Flavors include sweet chocolate liqueur, dark caramel, molasses, vanilla beans and black coffee. Most of those are present in most RISs, but they're heightened here because some of them were actually added.

Alcohol is masked extremely well given the 13.1% ABV. Mouth, tongue, throat and belly warming are present with each sip... and a slight numbing of the tongue is beginning to become evident as well. A thick band of lace is now present on the opposite side of the glass, which helps solidify the appearance score.

Body/mouthfeel is where this big brew fails to make the grade. It might be age-related, because the list of ingredients would suggest a fuller, more sappy, more sticky, more stout stout. Very little carbonation (the 'pop' on cork extraction was pathetic) doesn't help.

This is good beer for big beer lovers, but isn't as special as some of what Mikkeller brews. While the name and the ABV point to an Imperial stout that reaches critical mass, Black Hole is too thin and too sweet to make a major impact.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 15:34:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am not really sure where I obtained this bottle, it might have been the Black Booty BIF, or a random trade, who knows, but anyway it has been in my fridge long enough, waiting for me to take a try and I was not about to make it wait any longer. I moved it over to the on deck circle last night to get it ready for what was going to be a fun right. Let it sit out and warm up a bit so it could be at just the right temp. Served the corked and caged, and foil wrapped 375ml bottle in a Middle Ages imperial pint glass at cellar temperature.

Appearance - Popped the cork on this one with little in the way of fan fare and poured the inky black oil looking substance into the glass. It was really quite thick and lifeless as it poured in, reminded me a lot of older viscosity in the appearance a deep rich black color that no light was able to shine through, this stuff was straight out of the depths man and nothing was going to escape. A very small thin layer of tan bubbles formed but quickly disappeared as well, leaving this thick oil liquid looking naked with no foam or head to speak of. No side glass lace at all. Not sure, what to make of it at this point, but it must go on to see what kind of a stout this really is.

Smell - The aroma was a cornucopias of smells. So complex and full I do not even know where to start. As I first poured in into the glass immediately, what came up was a nice roasted coffee smell that was mixed in with a good amount of licorice. Very dark aroma as everything coming out of this seemed to dig it into a bigger hole. Now some deep dark chocolate was starting to come through. Big notes here of chocolate. A touch of vanilla and oak coming through now, not sure, if there is any barrel in its history, but perhaps maybe some chips. Another wave of coffee coming through with a deep brandy like alcohol smell. So very rich and full. Some tartness now, is it plums, raisins, figs? Its dark, perhaps even a tart cherry flavor. Really quite extraordinary and very different.

Taste - The flavor followed along right where the aroma left off. Hugely rich and complex this was one of the most interesting stouts I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. I know this is billed as a coffee stout, but it really does not come across as such. There are definite hints of coffee riddled throughout this one, which is for sure, however it was a deep rich dark and bitter chocolate that started to steal the show for me right away. Extremely tart in the forefront, which threw me for a bit, was it plums, cherries? Not sure but it was a nice little dark fruit flavor that evolved into a spectacular sweet licorice and caramel that just sooth and completely melded with the alcohol. The bourbon like alcohol taste did soo much too really bring this one to the forefront, it was amazingly complex and full, really an eye opener here for sure. The warming was pronounced and really, a stout lovers stout as it was quite a bit unusual. The finish was kinda dry and drawn out with a long taste of licorice and caramel and a final touch of coffee, very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel - The feel was a little different then what I was expecting. There was really no carbonation in this one at all, none at all. Which to be honest was a little weird and made it drink more like a syrup then a shake if that makes any sense. There was a really smooth and creamy like base to it, which really helped it go down and brought about a good deal of richness, especially in the finish. Really, a quality drinks here.

Drinkability - There was hardly a touch of alcohol noticeable in this one, and definitely nothing even close to the 13% it was billed at. Remarkably, smooth and complex I could have easily sat down and had another one of these with no problem. A really interesting and complex creation that begged to be sipped in bigger and bigger quantities.

Overall, this was a tremendously good beer. I was not sure what I was getting into when I tried it, but it was remarkable how good it was. I would have loved to have had another and will do my best to get some more. If this is around you seek it out, it is definitely worth it!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 15:11:54 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


2.2/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The pour is black, as I had expected from the name, and there is no head or carbonation to speak of.

S: The nose is incredibly roasty with some acidity and coffee. Those are the "good" traits. The other aromas include: ethanol, burnt plastic, and rubber cement.

T: The solvent and alcohol party continues on the palate. A bit of chocolate to go along with the roast and coffee attack. Soy sauce, plastic, alcohol, and more alcohol round things out.

M: The body is medium with a alcohol heat and just about no carbonation.

D: Blech, no thanks, Mikkeller. Not very much in terms of redeeming qualities about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 19:33:04 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy dark brown color head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma is vinous with some raisins and sweet malt. Taste is quite intensely sweet with notes of raisins and alcohol notes are also discernable. Full body with some medium carbonation with an oily texture. While I think I understand the intent of the brewer I found that this beer was way too sweet and too much alcohol was apparent.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 21:03:02 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle at Pazzo's last night after a homebrew club meeting. Glad I did. That's one sweet beer.

The beer pours like motor oil. Thick, rich, and viscous. A dense toasty foamstand quickly rises up the glass but also falls quickly under the gravity and alcohols. No much in lacing, but legging was pretty evident.

Very sweet aromas of caramel, confections, and cola along with the strong roasted malt scent. A lot of fruitiness of grapes, plumbs, and berries also rise, giving a lot of complexity to the nose.

Even more sweet to the taste than the nose even suggested. Extreme confecitonate (almost aspirtame) dominates the nose as many Royal Stouts do. No to be overdone, the heavy matiness of the beer gives notes of barley malts, toasted, roasted malts, and a campfire smokiness to round out in the end. Moderate hop character (English) attempt to balance the beer but struggle with the unresolved sweetness. Fruity from mid-palate on with the grapes and plumbs taking the lead. Lightly phenolic with the yeastiness. Sweet alcohols weave in and out of the sugary taste without dominating the beer.

Very sweet and seeming cloying at times. Very sticky and candied. The milk sugars may be a bit overdone but gives a nice reprieve from the bone-dry Stouts that dominate the market today. Risky with the sweetness, alcohol content, and fruity flavors; this is a needed variant to the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 15:19:00 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Max for sharing this bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours brings a black beer with a nice mocha head and a bit of lacing. Thin collar around the edges throughout. The nose has a bit of dark chocolate along with a lot of roasted malt. There's also a bit of oxidation and cardboard. Along with the excessive roast, the nose on this isn't really for me. The taste scales it back, but this is still pretty one dimensional. The body is medium and a bit too boozy. Not a bad stout, but not really something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 23:21:00 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, cheerless black body with a thin, very short-lived covering of beige bubbles.

Smell: Not overtly fragrant, but there's some underlying aggression lurking there. Vague notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, fruit-flavored liqueur, and a G.I. Joe action figure being burnt by the amplified solar rays coming from a magnifying glass.

Taste: Sweet, earthy malts upfront with tastes of milk chocolate, sweetened coffee, toffee, and molasses. Goodness gracious, me. Touch of deep, dark raisin fruitiness. Waft of acrid smoke. Continually sweet until a brief odd, almost rubbery taste enters the scene mere seconds before the alcohol hits. This eases back into the shadows, allowing for the chocolate and roast and sweetness to return for the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit brash and a bit hot, but at 13.1% ABV, what do you expect? However, bottles I've had early in it's time line were exponentially harsher, so age has mellowed it some.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 01:57:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

I figured I'd start with the normal version before venturing into the various barrel-aged iterations. That said, it pours a sraight bleak obsidian topped by a bit more than a half-finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Nicely simple and effective. The taste is equally effective, though the roast takes central standing, and a slight alcohol burn runs down the back of my throat. The body is lightly heavy, with a light carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, another lovely stout from Mikkeller. I look forward to seeing what the barrels do to this thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 10:04:02 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

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

This beer pours a dense black, with only the slightest of mahogany edges when exposed to the light, and three fingers of thick, chunky khaki head, which dissipates very slowly, leaving a consistent web of pockmark lace around the glass. It smells of an unexpected combination of citrus hops and roasted coffee beans, and a bit of milky caramel. The taste is citrusy strong bitter coffee, bittersweet chocolate malt, and some weedy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes with a mildly coffee-tinged citrus fruitiness.

The citrus component of this beer makes it the most unusual RIS that I have ever encountered. However, this is not the weirdest aspect of this offering - at 13.1% ABV, one would expect at least a modicum of alcohol astringency. Nope. At first, I thought it was the citrus hops' obfuscation, but further on, it was plainly apparent that the big booze was just very well and ably integrated. Or, maybe the eponymous 'Black Hole' refers to its whereabouts. Once again, well played, Milkkeller. My first thought was for a long ageing process for such a beast, but it seems that it can be approached both ways...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 03:12:28 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Black hole

Deep dark brown body, slim, but lovely cocoa/tan head. Nice.

Vast aroma, deep, dark, sumptuous, all kinds of richness. Whoa, licorice is here, deep, dark, rich molasses, ...wow, wow, it hits and it hits. Mmm, rich dark malt, chocolatey, coffee tinges, too...beautiful, smooth, lovely...

13.1% ??? Really? Great Magilla Gorilla! Why? Oh,why not...I guess...Pretty intense, awfully amazing...over the top. But, hey, that's what it's all about these days, eh?
Well, go for it...go all the way...oh wow...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 06:23:22 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of emerge077


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cork is dated 14/08/11 under the foil.
Cellared for two years.

Pours virtually still with a clustered string of bubbles against one side. Jet black. Roasty char, molasses, leather aromas. Something slightly musty, old coffee grounds and dried eucalyptus oddly enough.

Very light feeling for 13%. Low carbonation, with the body of a porter. Rich roasty char, dark bakers chocolate, moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. Burnt pumpernickel toast. Scorched chocolate syrup, but not really all that sweet. Finishes dry, with a long bitter aftertaste of charred black malt. Slightly prickly. This is more strange than anything, due to the light body and slickness, with little in the way of substantial carbonation. Not really something i'd reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:42:07 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ebony with 1 finger of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & toasted malt, some dark fruit

T: Black patent malt, coffee, booze hotness & dark fruit up front. Rich chocolate, toasty malt, carob, & singed grains as this warms. Finishes with dark chocolate, coffee grounds, dryness & touch of booze

MF: Oily, semi-chewy, low carbonation, but doesn't quite say RIS to me

Drinks pretty much like a 12.5% RIS, if you can stand the booze hotness up front, you have a nice nightcap, Let this warm up a bunch, got better as this did. Pricey; not a bad; a nice take on the style, coffee fiends might appreciate this quite a bit. Would go great with brownies or chocolate chip cookies

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 04:45:05 | More by russpowell
Photo of drabmuh


3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Beer is black but brown at the edges. Forms a thin broken brown head of small bubbles, minimal lacing on the glass.

Beer's aroma is strong, sweet, chocolatey, roast and coffee. About what you'd expect. Pretty good.

Beer is medium bodied and sweet up front. Strong acrid bitterness at the back. Lots of coffee flavor. Very dry. Lingering flavors and bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is OK but its not my favorite RIS or Mikkeller. I would like to try the barrel aged versions.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 05:00:57 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:35:32 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, brown, bubbly head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate and rich, dark chocolate. There was a slight floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of bitter, dark chocolate with a espresso-like flavor. It tasted a little like a mocha. Unfortunately the flavor faded the longer it was open.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a good coffee imperial stout. However, the flavor did not match the great aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:25:24 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

August 2011 Cork Date; Sampled January 2008
Pours with an initial fat one-finger thick, creamed-chocolate tan colored head that sits atop an opaque, black colored brew. This brew is clearly coffee influenced, as I pour it I get that distinct aroma of burnt berries that is often found in coffee. Over the top roast aromatics make this smell like cold, concentrated espresso, heavily burnt grain husks and sharp, roast acidic notes. In addition to the burnt berry notes, there is a touch of something like deeply burnt raisins, though overall not much of the fruit character is noticeable in the aroma. The aroma is actually quite harsh; it is a bit too sharp, acidic and burntly astringent for my preferences. The aroma sort of has a burnt vegetal note towards the finish, or perhaps it is a burnt plastic phenolic.

Somewhat lighter in heft than I was expecting, in fact this really seems to accentuate (or exacerbate depending on your perspective) the sharp, acidic and burnt flavors of this brew. The burnt flavors show from beginning to end; they considerably dry out this brew, especially in the finish where the tongue is left with an acidic, dry, charcoal note that has one looking for some refreshment. Up front this brew shows some promise as the sweeter malt notes contribute flavors of dark chocolate, burnt prunes, and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, but by the finish the beer has just become so harsh and astringent. The coffee notes and burnt malt notes are huge here; this is so much harsher / acidic / burnt than the worst pull of espresso that I have ever had. The overbearing burnt charcoal notes really effect the mouthfeel of this brew, where it should be rich and creamy feeling it ends up thin and flabby.

The twin, roasted combination of blackened grain and roast coffee is just too much for my assaulted taste buds. This is possibly the harshest finishing beer I have ever had. The assault is just punishing and is not even really enjoyable in its unrelenting character. I wonder if this will mellow out any in the next ten years? Well I do have another bottle and that will surely sit for quite some time before I crack another. Harsh enough that it feels like a hangover waiting to happen, but all of that carbonized malt & coffee will probably leave me quite filtered and purified.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 02:38:35 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


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
Photo of jwc215


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz. cage-corked, wrapped in tin foil, bottle:

Pours nearly black (very, very dark brown) with a brown head that soon becomes a vanishing patch.

The smell is of coffee and chocolate with earthy, fruity, vinuous notes.

The taste is of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Alcohol is fruity and peppery. There is an earthy/resiny/piney backing. As it progresses, some licorice comes through, reminiscent of adding a bit of sambuca to an espresso. As it progresses more, it becomes more vinuous. Tasty in an "odd" way. It has a boozy, rum-like, sweet finish.

It is thick, syrupy and oily. Acidity stays on the palate.

A sipper for sure - this is boozy - wow. Too bad that the acidity and booziness cut through so much that the aftertaste doesn't linger. This has potential, but the raw sharpness and acidity make it very tough to drink, even for a "sipper". If it wasn't so acidic, oily/thick and raw, this could be a more enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 02:57:00 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours pitch black. Nice tan head that never comes close to getting out of control. mild, but slightly noticeable roasted aroma with some chocolate there as well. Flavor makes this extremely drinkable. Goes down smooth as can be. The alcohol seems to be hitting me very quickly here. A higher tone of sweetness than I would have figured. Nice thick malty edge, but not as much coffee as I would have thought coming through. Molasses seems to really peek out as time goes on. Alcohol might be interfering a bit here. Slick on the tongue with a low carbonation. This is a hearty imperial stout. I just don’t feel like it has as much character as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 06:38:09 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of smcolw


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Near black color where no light shall pass. Tan head with lots of foam qualities. Extensive ring lace.

Rich, rich milk chocolate smell, like a melted Hershey bar. Light chalkiness, strong malt (like an old fashion soda shop) aroma.

Strong alcohol presence is the first impression I get from the initial sip. Very sweet taste, considering the aroma. I detect a lot more coffee here...coffee with lots of sugar. Thick and oily with a surprisingly low amount of carbonation. This is certainly a beer that would be difficult to have more than one because of the alcohol content and the richness. It's closer to a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 00:28:28 | More by smcolw
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

how many big imperial coffee stouts can one guy make? apparently a great many, all very good. this one pours pretty dark, but not like the brunch, not nearly as thick in appearance. short filmy head, mocha colored, and reviving itself with every rattle of the glass. smells like coffee rather strongly, roasty malt, booze. flavor is way less coffee than i expected from the nose, more notes of vanilla and wood, but not sweet for an imperial. the alcohol doesnt really come out too much until it warms up. i love the feel of this beer, its best asset. very round and expansively velvet in the mouth. leaves a nice layer of semisweet complexity on the tongue, and fades very very slowly. carbonation is almost a cross between nitro and cask, creamy and smooth, but not overly bubbly. full bodied, leaves a hefty buzz, i like this one better than the breakfast but not as much as the brunch.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 00:35:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at a small tasting thanks to nimbleprop; thanks Mac. Bottle is from 2007.

a - Pours a black color with on head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, oak, and dark fruits.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, whiskey, roasted malts, and mayube some oak. Some heat on it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - An ok RIS, but too hot for me. Would give another shot if it had some more time on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 03:49:59 | More by mdfb79
Photo of kojevergas


2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Green glass bottle with hood and wire cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: No head - a tan colour floater is all that I see. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Alcohol, caramel, chocolate, and maybe toffee. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Heavy coffee throughout, climaxing on the aftertaste. The chocolate undertone is pleasant. Heavy caramel comes in right before the finish. Alcohol lies intermittently hidden, and seems able to strike at any time. Some toffee is present. It's rather dark to say the least. Not horribly balanced. It's built without certain regard for flavour. Quite heavy, but not overwhelming.

Mf: Quite thick - which seems necessary to support the heavy full-bodied flavours. Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV, but nevertheless difficult to handle. It doesn't have any masking overtones (e.g. those that are present in the barrel aged versions), but it's okay as a foundation. Feels like a shell intended for better things. I enjoy it okay for what it is, but I wouldn't have it again. The mouthfeel is disastrous coupled with the strong alcohol. Flavours never come in to save it as they do with the aged versions. Fans of Mikkeller (like meself) are best of pursuing the aged versions - particularly the red wine edition. This pales in comparison.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:18:08 | More by kojevergas
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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

Pours a very deep and dark brown-black, with a slightly filmy, but incredibly fine-bubbled head of chocolate brown. The miniscule bubbling around the edges when it's swirled is divine. The body is obviously thick, evidenced by the static bubbling around the edges. It could be deeper and blacker, but otherwise this is an absolutely stunning looking beer.

Oh yeah, wonderful deep nose - a great mix of tannic bitterness, roasted grain, chocolate and leavened vanilla and coconut sweetness that prevents it from being overwhelming. Really delicious, and full of complexity - rumbling with darkness but also peppered with lighter notes that make it exceptionally and sweetly approachable.

Taste has is just right as well - the sweetness is if anything more noticeable here, and is balanced against the slightly acrid, roasted, blackened notes. Chocolate comes to the fore, along with melted toffee, and the bitterness just stalks through the middle, leaving a diffusing but omnipresent trail of black smoke. Really, by the end, I'm surprised at just how sweet it comes across. The huge alcohol content is minimally present, and I'm astonished how they managed to get this high an ABV and this level of residual sweetness together in the same beer. Perhaps, it's not as complex on the palate as on the nose - but damn it's impressive all the same.

If anything, the level of sweetness, while providing a solid canvas for the raging complexities of the brew, comes across slightly too heavily after more than half a glass. It somewhat hurts the drinkability in a way that the surprisingly high ABV does not. Still, it's an impressive beer - one of the sweetest and hence most unique Imperial Stouts I've had the pleasure to try. Serve it with a heady chocolate dessert that can stand up to it, or some citric fruit salad that can cut through it.

Serving type: bottle

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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
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