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Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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645 Ratings
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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 31
Gots: 69 | FT: 5
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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Photo of champ103
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pitch black color. A very thin, bubbly, beige head forms and is gone in a second. No lace.
S: Sweet, burnt brown sugar. Ash, rubber, and smoke. Moldy wood. Blah.
T: Sickly sweet. Burnt toast and brown sugar. A bit of alcohol. Moldy wood. Ash and smoke.
M/D: Very thin and watery. Almost no carbonation, and no body. A bit of hot alcohol. Though it is not nearly as bad of a burn as I thought it was going to be.

Mikkeller is one of the most hit and miss breweries I have ever come across. This is a big miss for me. I would not recommend this at all.

champ103, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 375ml bottle, corked and caged...heavy bottle with silver foil around the neck and cork. Pours black, with a tad bit of light coming through and a reddish tinge, Absolutely no head at all even with a pretty aggressive pour towards the end. With that said, no lacing at all.

Aroma is sweet and toasty. Roasted malts, coffee, and booze. Booze resembles bourbon. A pleasant aroma.

Wow, very sweet. I was expecting more of a roasted coffee flavor. Picking up some slight fruits, like raisins or dates. Medium to full body but not too complex. Barely any carbonation...not sure if that's normal. Roasted malts, for 13% ABV, it's somewhat hidden. The booze flavor, maybe bourbon...is detectable on the palate, but the booze mouthfeel is minor. Then again, there's definitely a booze warming down the throat and into the stomache. Overall, a pretty tasty stout from Mikkeller!

ShadesOfGray, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Pours out like oil, not attempt at a head at all. Pitch black. With zero translucency.

Smells toasty and smokey, with dark sugar malts and fermented fruit notes.

Incredibly potent taste. Liquor like. Molasses sweetness with hints of toasted coffee beans. A bit coffee sour, but no bitterness whatsoever.

Feels moderate to thin. No carbonation. At all. Warms from the alcohol.

An odd one, but I like it being a fan of RIS. Still, I like a beer to have at least a little carbonation. This has zero. Its on the strong side to drink a lot of. Definitely a sipper.

Cylinsier, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-21-10

Pours super thick and black, no head, no lacing, all hardcore.

Smell is very nicely aged, deep aromas of molasses, dark fruit, and anise, with a boozy warmth if you look for it. Amazingly complex, it's right up there with the best.

Taste is very strong, sweet malt at first, then a hit of boozy flavors that I can only compare to Jagermeister. Earthy, oaky, and surprisingly bitter, with a black licorice finish.
the aftertaste is very herbal and lingers forever.

Mouthfeel is the weakest point. Way too thin and almost completely flat, it drinks more like liquor than beer.

Drinkability is decent, but the crazy flavor and odd mouthfeel are a little tiring.

Overall, I've had this in the cellar for over a year, and I'm curious what a fresh one would taste like. I'll definitely be buying more when I find them.

BMoney575, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of liddytime
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just can't say enough about this beer! This may be my new all time favorite!

It pours black as coal - completely opaque as an impy stout should be.

It smells of prunes, raisins and licorice.

It tastes, well, heavenly! Silky, smooth full bodied mouthfeel with just a prickle of carbonation. Malty, chocolatey, rum, vanilla, dried fruit and port. It's ALL in there.

It tastes half of its 13% alcohol. A wonderful, warming, sipper.

Have I mentioned I LOVE this beer??

liddytime, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Black Hole 375mL into a snifter

A harsh pour generates an intensely black and opaque body with a medium brown head of a half inch or so, made up of a combination of course and fine bubbles. Head fizzles pretty quickly to a ring and a fine coating on top, and leaves some touchy lace with a quick swirl of the glass.

Upon opening the fake cork I get an intense heated alcohol aroma. After sniffing around the glass I get a big, massive, roasted coffee, alcohol (almost port like), dark vinous fruits, vanilla and oak, and a faint touch of honey. Some big gourmet chocolate at the end. Very raw and powerful nose.

Sweet bakers chocolate, cocoa liquer, lots of roasted coffee which leads to a bitter and astringent finish. Some sweet vanilla and a dark chocolate chip cookie flavor. Tobacco leaf. This is big and intense, sweet and dry, raw and yet controlled. It's very intriguing, and I the flavor keeps me reaching back for more. The acrid coffee flavor creates a super long finish that just hangs out for a very long time. There is also a bit of grapefruit noticeable, but only after a little belch.

Mouthfeel is heavy, syrup-like, with a mild carbonation that lends a creamy mouthfeel.

This beer is a beast, and I am impressed with the fact that I don't have to slow down that much between sips. It keeps me coming back for more.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of socaldesert2007
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle at Osheas brewing co. in orange county. When i poured this inky, darker than dark, bottle conditioned beer directly into a shaker glass i barely got 1 fingers worth of a dark, coffee colored head. There was a discernible amount of alcohol aroma on the first whaff i took. The 13.1% ABV definately shows on the aroma. The aroma sets you up for the first sip well which has a strong coffee flavor with a strong alcohol undertone and a slight warming sensation as its going down. Black Hole has a great mouthfeel for the style of beer, very thick and full bodied, coating the inside of my mouth with a very sweet aftertaste. Overall this is a strong, thick beer for someone who enjoys the flavor of coffee.

socaldesert2007, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from Brad almost two years ago. I finally got around to trying it. No date on bottle. It's ? years old.

A: Black, very flat. Minimal head and no lace. I'll take age into account.

S: Still some coffee after being in the cellar for a while. Also, roasted malt and alcohol.

T: Lots of coffee and roasted malt, as expected from the aroma. The ABV is subdued somewhat, tasty coffee up front. This brew goes down smooth. There is a slight sourness or mustiness to the beer. I wonder if this can be attributed to cellaring too long? Should I expect this from a fresh bottle?

M: Carbonation too low and mouthfeel thinner than I would like. Warming alcohol in the finish.

D: I recommend splitting a bottle. After a few ounces, I was ready for something else.

Huhzubendah, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of ATPete
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked/caged 375ml bottle

Pours a very dark brown, near black in color, viscous with a very small (forced) bubbly brown head. Very sweet malts, grainy, coffee grounds and alcohol in the nose. Creamy in the mouth, very sweet, this beer taste strong but not quite 13%, the ABV is pretty well hidden. Smooth going down, wonderful burnt malt aftertaste, a few ounces of this and im good. A great bottle to split with friends, dessert beer possibly?

ATPete, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of bbeane
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Looks almost like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Almost no head to speak of. Pretty much no light is visable when held up to the ceiling

S- After some swirls of the snifter (still no head) I get some notes of coffee on top of boozy dark fruits and sweet malt

T- I don't get much of the coffee taste... more dark fruits, molasses with a slight bitter and very boozy finish

M- Full bodied with very little carbonation

D- Not bad, I just know there's others out there that I would prefer over this one

CHEERS!!

bbeane, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Drank this on Valentine's Day, thought it was fitting. Never even noticed this was a green bottle til I took the foil off. Cork comes off with a very weak fizzle. Pours the blackest of blacks, a thick tan ring of head turns into nothing after a few sips, understandable because of the alcohol I suppose. Smell is coffee, honey/sweetness, plenty of booze. Taste..ugh. Major disappointment here. Kind of just tastes like cold black coffee, dark malts, a bit of sweetness, tons of booze. The malts + alcohol are EXTREME, to the point where I had to stick it in the fridge for about an hour to continue drinking it. Once it was chilled it was much easier to drink and I enjoyed it a little, but it was hard. Mouthfeel is very smooth and malty but I prefer more chewy thickness, and a little bit of carbonation wouldn't hurt. High price on top of this doesn't help the drinkability either. By far the harshest beer I have drank. Drinking it chilled definitely helps. I'm sure some age would've done this beer some good.

Chico1985, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 375ml corked bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Opened without a pop and started flat looking as the glass filled. Surprisingly a cascade effect at the end of the pour brought forth a ½ finger very thick looking light brown head that quickly faded to a wisp and a thick ring. Came out of the bottle very thick and viscous looking. Pitch black in color with zero carbonation evident. No film remains and no lacing. A very nice beginning, but got a little flat looking by the end.

SMELL: Bold nose jumps out of the glass. Roasted, almost burnt malt with lots of black coffee, espresso, and some bitter pure chocolate notes. Slight hint of vanilla in the back as well with some hints of oats as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Bold flavors. Roasted, burnt, or even charred malts up front. Very roasted flavors. The oats are apparent through the middle, leading into a bitter black coffee and espresso finish, with some accompanying chocolate notes as well. A bit of milk sugar and vanilla is present throughout too. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting, including lots of roasted malts and bitterness, as well as a touch of sweetness from the added honey. A touch of booze at the end is definitely well measured. Phenomenal taste profile; absolutely wonderful.

PALATE: Medium body with lower amounts of carbonation; just enough to make it beer-like. Syrupy slick on the palate, goes down slick and finishes slightly mouth-coating and cloying, though not too much. A little burn at the back of the throat, but well controlled for the ABV. Like the appearance, it started out great but ended up getting a little flat by the end.

OVERALL: A great beer. Certainly one of the tastiest Imperial Stouts I've ever had, but it needs a bit more longevity on the look and feel to make it world class. Still, this one is definitely worth the price tag, and I'll be picking up another one for sure if I see it. One worth seeking out if you can't get it in your area.

Jeffo, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of molasses, coffee, light anise, slightly balsamic fruitiness, an overall heavy nose.
Dark coffee and molasses brown, and completely opaque.
There is no sweetness whatsoever with heavy bitter flavor, reminiscent of coffee (surprise, surprise). Although there is no discernible licorice flavor, the beer takes over the palate in the same way that licorice does. On the front of the palate, there is not a huge amount of complexity. On the back of the palate, other flavors such as molasses, the balsamic fruitiness, and a heavy charred flavor linger for more than a minute.
The carbonation is low, but everything else on the palate is just big.
Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Everything that I could have hoped for and more. A truly unique beer drinking experience.

wedgie9, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of satowns
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind with 13 other imperial stouts.

Pours black as sin with a nice thich foamy cap.

huge sweet coffee aroma. hints of dark fruit and roasted barley.

big, bold and full of fresh coffee, roasted malt, and bitterness. lots of balancing residual sweetness. fantastic!

enormous mouthfeel and soft alcohol warmth.

"this is a crazy amazing beer"! by far one of the best of its style.

satowns, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, but brown around the edge when help up to the light. Pretty dark, on a scale of dark stouts. Head is pleasant beige with slight pink tinge. Sinks, leaving a thin ring of dense foam. Lace is unusual, sort of has a presence but it's thin and fleeting. Very interesting head, with an espresso crema kind of feel. Very good.

Nose is a sit-up and take notice burnt stout smell. Very bitter in its roastiness and with distinct notes of peat, peppery spice, and very strong dark coffee. Very strong and dangerous-smelling. But I absolutely love it, I just love really burnt, bitter darkness.

Wow, a lot of sweetness on the palate, didn't expect that at all. There's a very sweet berry-like character on that, which blends quite nicely with the overall burntness. Maybe a hint of cherry and blueberry, that emerges three times; on the very front, just before the mid and once just at the end, each time being either overridden, or complemented, by a pleasant dark, roasty espresso character that provides bitterness, but also nice spicy ethyl alcohol that really heightens your sense. Might be more successful if the sweetness weren't so prominent, because it's a bit too noticeable, and it seems a bit odd, with distinct sweetness and spicy darkness blending, but also clashing, in their quest for supremacy. I still love it though - I WANT those flavour to fight for my attention.

Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Delicious, in a word.

Very pleasant, if sweetness were toned down this would be an absolute killer.

laituegonflable, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of darkmaven
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Belgian stout, brewed with coffee, is just as black as a starless night.
Loaded with white pepper and an almost medicinal herb I cannot place, and dried plum, with its intense, dark, sweetness.
Quite interestingly, there is a DISTINCT burnt wood aroma that you only detect strongly when there in nothing left in your glass. Hmm.
Thick and rich on the palate, the nose follows through. With this high of an ABV, this is a beer for sharing. Do not drink alone.

darkmaven, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

brownbeer, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with no head. Smell is extremely rich and bold, with huge notes of whiskey, coffee, marshmallow, and beef jerky.

Taste is coffee forward...some wood and vanilla as well. There is an odd creamy sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and mostly flat. Definitely needs some bubbles. This beer is very odd to me....when taking a look at each component of the smell and taste individually I would think it would add up to a fantastic beer. But for some unexplainable reason it just doesn't come together for my palate. In fact, it was kind of odd to drink. The whole is definitely not equal to the sum of its parts.

alcstradamus, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Inky black/brown pour but with some lighter highlights near the edges of the glass when held up to the light, but for the most part, this stout is jet black like the name suggests. No head whatsoever - I got a grand total of 3-4 khaki colored bubbles on the pour but that is it - this stout is pretty heavy and thick and those bubbles quickly sank back below the surface of this ominous looking brew.

S: Sweet on the nose - a lot of chocolate in this one with dark bakers and some powdered cocoa, and a brown-sugary sweetness. Also there is a light but sweet floral note, maybe something from the hops? Then there is a healthy dose of roasted coffee goodness.

T: Wow this is quite a sweet RIS - I would argue it's the sweetest I've ever had (with the OAY coming in second in this style to date); definitely getting a rush of chocolate flavors - darker bittersweet chocolate balanced by lighter milk chocolate notes and a powdery cocoa flavor that appears in the finish; it really reminds me of drinking a liquid Toblerone bar. I'm also getting a distinct honey note that blends nicely with a touch of vanilla and then a smooth roasted coffee flavor that picks up mid-sip to offset the initial sweetness. Finish is quite roasty with a lingering coffee flavor and burnt toast note competing with the residual chocolate notes; really this beer tastes like a gourmet chocolate-flavored coffee.

M: Velvety smooth; thick and syrupy body - it coats the glass and goes down easy

D: 13.1% ABV and the alcohol is nicely masked - not really present in the nose or in the taste, but you definitely feel it once you start drinking as that warming sensation starts to creep up on you. Never really gets "hot," but that is likely because of how sweet the flavor profile is with the waves of chocolate and vanilla. Definitely one to be sipped not only because the ABV remains in the background, but simply because of how sweet this beer really is.

Overall, another quality RIS that I'm happy to have tried. Not the best RIS I've had, but one that is still worth seeking out in my opinion. There are only two downsides that cross my mind and cause me to give pause before considering this beer's score: 1) some people might not like Black Hole because the sweetness is borderline "cloying" but it does not bother me so long as I enjoy this beer slowly; and 2) Black Hole is quite pricey given the serving size - north of $10 for a corked-and-caged 12.7oz bottle vs. most other RIS that come in 22oz bombers.

Buschyfor3, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of ImperialStoat
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Woooah. First note: This is obscenely sweet. I had some vague idea, from the scant reviews I'd read previous, that 'Black Hole' would be an off-dry beer, but this experience is comparable to licking molasses off a baking sheet. There's a welcoming bitterness but nothing virile enough to cope with the candy-chocolate profile that otherwise permeates this beer like an infection.

Some effervescence would ease the oily, cloying mouth-feel but unfortunately bubbles are few and far between.

All in all I'd recommend this only to someone who likes their beer to double as a lollipop.

ImperialStoat, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A corked 375ml bottle purchased around late 2007/early 2008. Poured from the bottle into a standard shaker glass. The stout appears a very dark brown color with about a finger of quickly fading ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of bittersweet chocolate, dark molasses, acrid, roasted low end coffee beans, quite a bit of boozy alcohol heat lingering about yet, some more roast and a bit of char. Yay, heartburn after every swallow. Oily, medium to full bodied with just about enough carbonation and an oily boozy finish.

ClockworkOrange, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were dominated by roasted malts and espresso coffee beans, simple but effective

T - The taste of this beer had the package of a typical coffee Stout, roasted malts, a smooth, espresso coffee taste, and a little pinch of vanilla, but wasn't as extreme as Peche Mortal

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This rates pretty well for me, a Stout done right is something to be treasured, and they got this one close to perfect

cvfish, Nov 21, 2009
Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
84 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.