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Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 35
Gots: 85 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, flaked oats, dark cassanade, honey, hops, coffee, vanilla and ale yeast.
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Ratings: 689 | Reviews: 360
Photo of ubersky
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my holy grail for beers that I can actually get regularly. I love Darklord, Bourbon County is bangin', Speedway is delicious...but I can't go to Tasty Bev in Raleigh and get any of these.

I can however, snag Mikkeller Black Holes all day, so I DO.

A - Black pour, creamy brown head, nice lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and nice hop balance

T - A wealth of coffee and subtle bittersweet chocolate, perfectly balanced.

M - Chewy, thick, and creamy to start. Full and lengthy finish...nothing deminishes. Touch of carbonation.

O - I will drink these for the rest of my short life...one of the best stouts around. Now I'm off to try the Black.

Photo of msarver16
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of martyl1000
4.81/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh, shiznit. I'm in love. I had this recommended to me by a guy at Steve's Liquor (Madison). And I nearly pitched his suggestion when he walked away b/c I was there to pick up Southern Tier Mokah. So lucky I didn't. (I actually took home both :) )

The weak aroma is the only drawback, here. It pours a beautiful, opaque black, with the darkest brown head I've ever seen. Perma-lacing marks up the tulip glass like meringue.

The hop bitterness and high ABV were too much for my wife. But I feel like I've died and gone to heaven. The 13% alcohol is entirely well-hidden. The hop bitterness balances the sweet so well it creates the mirage of sweet french-roast coffee w/ cream.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of Hex92
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wonder about the consistency of their brewing process. I read the other reviews and many don't sound like the same beer.

I don't get all the different flavors that others talked about. There is some chocolate flavor, but the overpowering flavor is the hops. There is some malt flavor to balance out the hops, but overall the hops are the main flavor....

Not what I was hoping for. Interesting beer. Worth buying once, but I don't need to get it again.

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rumorsofsurf
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of ejw127
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the fact i get this on growler these days and pours a dark black as night hue which leaves a coffee laced two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is ever so sweet wih aromas of roasted barley,dark Belgian chocolate,milky bittersweet coffee and ripe cherries,the mouthfeel is silky smooth and full bodied with tastes of milky coffee,dark Belgian chocolate,roasted barley,brown sugar,toasted malts and finished with a ripe fruity chocolate bitter sweetness and overall its very easy to drink for a brew of this high ABV and even better off tap this fresh and i have to take my hat off to Cellarbrations as this growler is done perfectly and if they have it on tap again ill buy it just like RIS's should be done cheers.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle with silver foil into snifter, best by 1/14/2014. Pours pitch black color, with pretty much no head; with a thin lacing cap that sticks around. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark roasted malt, raisin, biscuit, oak, molasses, earth, slight herbal, and a bit of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas, but are a bit unbalanced. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, black malt, caramel, earth, vanilla, raisin, toffee, molasses, honey, and slight herbal hops. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, earth, biscuit, vanilla, toffee, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Very robust flavors, with good balance. Big malty flavors that are minimally cloying. Very light carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for 13.1%, with only a warming after the finish noticed. Definitely a sipper, but is fairly smooth. Overall this is a nice and fairly complex imperial stout. Huge robust flavors, and quite smooth to sip on.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, and resinous RIS with a slight extra coffee touch under the hefty hop sense.

Presentation: 375 green capped bottle. Black label with a simple dotty b/w image of a black hole under the Mikkeller branding. Basic one line description. Displays 13.1% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with a nice and generous brown creamy head, fair retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Resinous hoppy nose over a roasted profile … Hefty and enticing

T - Rich roasted flavors, resin, and some more bitter sweet resign, touches of chocolate and coffee, but predominantly a pine hoppiness that is woven richly within the deep malts.

M - Full body, with adequate moderate carbonation, rather creamy and smooth with a long resinous range.

O - Nice sipper with a surprisingly smooth sense for such a hefty profile.

Notes: I can't help to remember GI's Night Stalker… It is not so extreme in the resinous profile, but it is close in the range. Here maybe the coffee and all else make it flow a bit less assertively. Still… this is geared to someone who can enjoy a rather hoppy Imperial Stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A creamy good tan head is made off the pour, seems to have lots of staying power, there's lots of leg and sheen to this as well. There was some loud sounding carbonation snapping off the pour which has me a little concerned. Body color is a very dark black walnut with red edges.

Nose seems odd. Flat club soda. Lots of dry malt. It's not horrible but I am not sure where this is going.

This is um.. real interesting on the palate a very noticeable cola like fizzy feel, and also cola sweet. Aftertaste brings sweet malts and creamy roast character finishing with a charing action. Real noticeable sweetness on this, going towards soda more so than beer. Maybe even root beer.

Overall it's interesting and big surprise from the nose, but it also doesn't really even tasty like coffee, or have much of a good coffee stout taste to it. Odd.

Photo of neckbracesub
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Brad007
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a rich, thick brown head into my glass. Very nice!

Cocoa, roasted coffee and light cream notes greet the nose. Good balance of aroma thus far.

This is all about the coffee. Rich, dark roasted beans leave an acidic finish that is complimented by a touch of cream at the back.

The finish reminds me of that of chocolate covered coffee beans. Bitter and acidic with a sweet finish.

I love this example. I would probably buy another bottle to age as there are flavors that will come out with a bit of time, 13% and all.

Photo of RefugeeStryker
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.