Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 708
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 17.87%
Wants: 38
Gots: 101 | FT: 8
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Denmark

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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Photo of tlazaroff
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet molasses, brown sugar, and cookies with a slight grassyness on the nose.

Black Hole pours out obsidian with beautiful lacing and a generous dark mocha head. A stout can't look much better than this.

Chocolate, cookie dough, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and cream are the flavors I am picking up. Each flavor is distinct, and doesn't over power any other flavor.

Light carbonation and a full body, the alcohol isn't present at all in the taste, but you can feel it almost immediately. Overall, not bad. (513 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an almost pitch black color with tons of yeast sediment near the bottom. The head is a two finger tan color with fantastic texture and retention. Lots of lacing rings remain on the glass. Just a nice looking RIS in general.

S: Somewhat unique. Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, some charred ash, brown sugar, molasses, piny hops, and coffee. Not very boozy at all, which is pretty damn impressive. My first Mikkeller beer is going swimmingly so far...

T: The initial sips are almost intensely chocolaty in flavor, before smoothly giving way to a dark fruit note and lightly charred finish. Other faint tones of licorice, vanilla, molasses, hops, smoke, and ash appear at various points. Good, almost great complexity overall. The booze is hidden nicely on the taste buds - but you sure do feel it going down the throat. In general, this beer isn't the most sophisticated or finesse-laden RIS on the market - it's in the same brutish "ME AM BEER" camp that Founders Devil Dancer belongs to - but wow is it loaded with character, if a little excessively sweet at times.

M: Thick like a brick, and incredibly sticky. Not quite as much dryness as I'd like, though...I'd like a bit less dark fruit and a bit more roast on the finish and aftertaste, but really, it's hard to complain about the lingering flavors. Carbonation is low yet tightly controlled. As hard as it is to taste the booze in this, it can definitely be felt in the stomach, throat, and tongue.

O: A massive, hairy chested RIS that's a steel fist in a velvet glove - smooth and easy to sip (not easy to drink), yet immensely flavorful. I can't wait to try some of the BA versions of this, to see how they transform the raw character of this one. Pricey, but well worth it for a special occasion. (1,810 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle 13,1% ABV.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 07/12/2015

Appearance: Mikkeller does it again! Another phenomenal looking imperial stout! Pitch black body topped by a massive creamy, mocha coloured head - certainly no carbonation issues here! The head retention and lacing are absolutely world class - the head lasted a good 15 minutes and left thick rings of lace clinging to the glass as it receded.

Smell: The initial nose is pretty good with strong coffee, sweet chocolate, cocoa and caramel, however things seem to fall off a bit from here. As the beer warms the aroma profile changes quite dramatically, with sweet dark fruits (distinct prunes and raisins) dominating and an earthy character, a little bit of char and some piney notes also noted. Warming, rather oddly, also seems to cause the the nose to loose a lot of its strength.

Taste: Hmmm, certainly not as big a flavour as I was expecting, that said it is still quite tasty. Notes include: Sweet dark fruit (prunes, raisins and dark cherries), coffee, light cocoa, dark caramel, a dark earthy character and small amount of the characteristic Mikkeller char in the finish. As the beer warms the dark fruits begin to dominate the other notes and a distinct piney hop character is noted in the finish.
I was expecting Black Hole to be quite boozey, but the alcohol cover is actually pretty damn good!

Mouthfeel: As the with the nose and flavour, the body is a little lighter than I was expecting for a 13% imperial stout, but is still manages just over medium. The carbonation is of a medium-low level and relatively smooth.

Overall: While Black hole is a pretty tasty beer, it really needs to be a little bigger in every aspect. I would have no issues in having this one again if it was freely available, however I would not seek it out. (1,852 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity. After wrestling the cork out, I poured the darkest of black liquid into my glass with a smattering of small tan bubbles that dissipates almost instantly. Smells of coffee first and foremost with a vinous, smokey, earthy and chocolate aroma providing support. Some caramel and dark dried fruit and a touch of ethanol round out the edges. The flavor is sweet with a healthy dose of coffee. Chocolate, earthy hop flavor, dark cherries, and caramel all play their parts. Medium body with barely any carbonation and a watery chocolate syrup kind of mouthfeel. Smells great, tastes good, but the mouthfeel really could use some more bubbles to make this beer great. (718 characters)

Photo of ubersky
4.95/5  rDev +32%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.81/5  rDev +28.3%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of Hex92
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of RefugeeStryker
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured deep black with a trace of tannish head. Aroma of coffee, toasty chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Honey and vanilla sweetness up front mingles with roasty cocoa and coffee. Mild grape and oaky char emerge towards the boozy tail end.

It's kind of a jumble of flavors but this one really worked for me. (405 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - pours a non transparent black color. There's no discernable head, but it's excusable considering the high abv.

S - Sweet candy, bitter chocolate, fruit esters, coffee and roasted barley. Medium strength.

T - Nice roasted barley foundation compliments the coffee notes that dominate the palate. It's sweet throughout, with an obtrusive ethanol finish. Burnt caramel and dark, sweet fruit come through as well.

M - Thick, smooth and wet. Uninviting and wrong.

D - It's got good flavors working for it, but it's not built too well and it doesn't drink too well. Disappointing offering from a good brewer. (668 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of gramity
4.82/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When you hold this beer up to the light you just see black. The light does not penetrate this beer in the slightest - not even around the edges. It truly is as solid a black as a beer can get. A thin half finger of beige and creamy head developed on the beer and quickly receded to a thin collar. There was no lacing from this. As I drank the beer there was plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this beer is aggressive - as soon as you pour this behemoth it seems to charge from the glass and seek out the nearest nostrils to assault. I was pleased these happened to be my nostrils. There is an intense coffee aroma that smells as good as the ritziest of coffee shops. There is also burnt toast, roasted malts, and unsweetened chocolate present. All these are very strong but they balance each other beautifully. None of them are overshadowing the rest. The taste is complex and world class. You get a very high quality coffee flavor that almost seems a bit like a mocha as it blends with the bittersweet chocolate. As these fade I get caramel, vanilla, and a bit of woody taste. Somewhere in there I got the dark fruits typical of belgian dubbels. The finish has that nice warming alcohol sensation. The taste of the 13.1% alcohol is well hidden. The flavors in Black Hole are intense and highly enjoyable. I have a thing for good coffee beers and this once again has impressed me greatly. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth and almost a bit silky. No excuses - go try this beer. (1,482 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 ounce green bottle...caged and corked. Not much pop when opening the bottle, but the aroma just spills out.

Appearance of the beer is, well, black...like melted baker's chocolate. Not much head to speak of, aside from a thin, oily residue floating on top and clinging slightly to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of sweet vanilla, wet wood, molasses, orange peel, plum and raisin, caramelized sugar, nutmeg, hazelnut--there is something in the aroma here that reminds me of holiday fruit bread. Not fruit cake, but a fruit bread--a real heavy, oaty loaf of bread with dense chunks of chewy fruit.

The flavor is much different. Up front, this is bitter...almost like a nice bittersweet espresso. The sweetness from the aroma is there, but hanging way back. There is almost a grapefruit pungency to the flavor...a pungency, actually, that seems to completely overshadow the other flavors one might expect from the aroma. I wonder, did the high ABV knock some of the flavors around? Other notes in there are of molasses, dark coffee, baker's chocolate, oatmeal, and some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Overall, this beer is interesting...not great, but not necessarily bad. It's just that whatever hops are used in combination with the chocolate/roasted malts just isn't balancing well. A big beer in terms of ABV, indeed...but when it comes to flavor, this one falls a bit flat. (1,388 characters)

Photo of Mindabyss
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into snifter

A: Like a Black Hole no light. No head, kinda dissapointing I like carbonation. Not nearly as thick as alot of Imperial Stouts.

S: First thing upfront is a sweet almost milk chocolate, some cinnamon, burnt coffee. All this doesn't hide the booze very well, burns my nostrils sniffing it.

T: Pretty much mirrors the nose. Alcohol is definately present. Kinda pruney not as much Chocolate and coffee as nose though.

O: It's ok. The extremely low carbonation and pruniness throws me off. Almost like I'm drinking a glass of wine instead of an Imperial Stout. (601 characters)

Photo of prototypic
2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black Hole certainly lives up to its name. It looks like an abyss. Pure onyx. No light cutting through. Unfortunately, only a few bubbles emerged on the surface. They disappeared quickly. Not enough to form a head. Lacing was very, very light. Eh. I like the color.

The nose is okay. It’s not all that aromatic. Strong chocolate kicks it off. It doesn’t smell sweet. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate. There’s a bit of a burnt scent. Smells like charred barley. Coffee is definitely there. It’s a nice complement to the malty base. Subtle notes of molasses and light black licorice are there. Alcohol is definitely noted. Smells a tad strong. Eh. It’s alright. Not all that impressive.

The flavor is below average. It starts out with a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. The base seems to be a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The burnt or charred barley flavor is definitely there. It’s not that great. Roasted coffee is noted. It works pretty well with the malt base, but seems to add to the burnt/charred flavor, making it a bit overkill. Alcohol is definitely noted in flavor. It’s too strong. It’s also a bit hot and boozy. Finishes burnt and boozy. Not good.

Black Hole feels on the lighter side of medium. Too thin. It’s very undercarbonated. It almost feels flat. The feel is not good at all. It’s big, boozy, and not smooth. It is not easy drinking at all. This 500 ml bottle is a huge challenge.

Black Hole is not among MIkkeller’s finest moments. It’s rough and needs work. Its biggest problems are its thin body, lack of carbonation, and excessive alcohol. Frankly, it’s not good. Addressing some of these issues would probably go a long way to getting on the right track. My advice – skip it for now. (1,754 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
1.35/5  rDev -64%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pitch black with almost no head; pours nearly still.

S: I was curious to try this one because all of the barrel-aged versions I've tried have been hilariously awful. Obviously, the common link is the base beer, and so I set upon the quest of finding the flagship imperial stout of the most mystifyingly successful brewery I've ever known. The aroma explains much of the failure of the barrel-aged versions: its prunes, cinnamon, booze, and overroasted coffee note indeed form the aromatic backbone of the derivative beers.

T: This is not quite as bad as the other beers were; something truly unspeakable happened with last year's peat whiskey version, and this doesn't sink quite to those depths. At the same time, it's not palatable or enjoyable. Underattenuated prune juice, bitter coffee, charred malt, a touch of smoke, plenty of booze. I hate it. I just ate others more.

M: Boozy, sweet, clashing, yuck.

O: Well, that was a successful experiment. I have enjoyed exactly 0 Black Holes so far. At least I'm padding my low scores to bring my overall reviewing average down. And it only costs $14 at a time. (1,150 characters)

Photo of RickS95
1.88/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First off, I hate fake cork. They're always a pain to get open and this is no different.

Having said that, this pours a strange black. It's a deep black with some reddish notes on the edges if held up to a light. No head and no carbonation at all. Good color, but disappointing with no head.

The smell is weird too, but I can't quite put my finger on why. It smells like a brownie that's been soaked in tequila. You can smell the sweet.

Way too sweet, barely tastes like a beer, though there are some chocolate and coffee hints in the swallow. Cloyingly sweet.

For an RIS with loads of color and alcohol, it's a very light bodied beer. Has an almost loose feel to it. Amazingly gentle for such high ABV.

I'm really disappointed with this. In fact, it gets worse with each sip. I toyed with the idea of just pouring the rest down the drain but decided to stick with it to see if it got any better...it never did. Really, a poor choice. (940 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From 12oz C&C bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

-- The synthetic cork was a pain in the ass to get out. Don't say I didn't warn you! --

A: Brownish black. A hard pour yields not head and zero lacing.

S: Dense black fruits. Really concentrated vapors here.

T: Kinda pruney. Not a whole lot of coffee on this one other then the finish, which really isn't all that pleasant. Just a bit too dark.

M: Oily and way undercarbed.

O: Mikkeller's Black Hole was a middle of the road RIS. I wouldn't go out of my way for this, as there are better options on the market. (583 characters)

Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.