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Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
85
very good

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


Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, flaked oats, dark cassanade, honey, hops, coffee, vanilla and ale yeast.

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blakelive784

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:18:28 | More by blakelive784
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kojevergas

Texas

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
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gramity

Alberta (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:05:25 | More by gramity
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movingtrain

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 22:50:49 | More by movingtrain
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Mindabyss

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 04:18:50 | More by Mindabyss
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prototypic

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 04:16:43 | More by prototypic
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Arbitrator

California

1.35/5  rDev -64.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:42:37 | More by Arbitrator
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RickS95

Indiana

1.78/5  rDev -53%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 04:22:34 | More by RickS95
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 21:22:06 | More by Rhettroactive
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EnJeiBee

Wisconsin

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

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

S - Sweet, dark chocolate and toffee notes dominate

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at a tasting
7 barrel varieties with the base beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black.

Minimal head.

Smells sweet, and chocolate heavy.
Very cloying on the nose and tongue.
Tastes sweet and cloying. Overall way way to sweet.
Mouthfeel is thick and boozy. Overall pretty mediocre

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 17:56:30 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie o's tasting baby!!

A-black with no head whatsoever. Like a black hole

S-nice maltiness that invites me in

T-very sweet and maybe a little oxidized? OK bu not that great.

M- medium body and smooth

O-better than what other ppl say. Don't know if I can drink a whole lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 17:39:19 | More by brew3crew
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

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

Not sure why I'm seeing such low reviews on this one.

Pitch Black - Little 1/4 in head retention and lacing so-so. Smells of Coffee, vanilla, some peat, chocolate, dark fruits and mellow Bourbon and oak which does not at all overpower.

Tastes much of the same. The most impressive aspect of this brew is the mellow and smooth mouthfeel and the fact that the heat is more-so of a 9%ABV opposed to the whopping 13.10%ABV it actually is.

This brew already feels and tastes like it has over a year of age on it and if I had to guess, it's probably due to the bit of honey that's also added into this brew. Bourbon is perfectly integrated whereas it's there but almost an after thought. It's really about letting the base beer through before the barrel I found with this one.

Very good Barrel Aged Imp Stout that I was pleasantly surprised with. Recommmended.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 00:27:07 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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MrVonzipper

California

4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously black hole black. Even very aggressively poured, there is no head whatsoever. Aggressive pourand swirled just creates brown bubbles. Not as oily as it'd seem it'd be.

After a few swirls the nose really wakes up. Alot of depth, wide range of notes and character. Nice notes of coffee, toffee, dark rum, mocha, dark fruit, plums and dates.

Flavor huge, robust and bold. A ton going on as far as depth here too. Very nice coffee, nutty, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit etc. notes nicely balanced and working in great harmony together with a nice mild booziness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and velvety with virtually no carbonation.

This beer is very nice overall. Big notes and flavors with big depth. Just enough alcohol blend and cover up but there enough to let you know it's a strong beer. The only possible know here could be there carbonation. But I don't even see it as a teal negative because it just makes it seems like a ten year aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:39:01 | More by MrVonzipper
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adamonis

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bear with me, this is my first review. I drink a fair amount of beer so I figured I might as well start to participate in this wonderful community. Picked up a bottle (2008 release), opted instead of the always good beer geek breakfast. Variety never hurt anyone.

A: Dark, syrup-like pour. Surprising that as dark as the beer is, it seems a bit watery. Notice immediately there is no carbonation.

S: Smell is definitely the most appealing part of this beer. Burnt malts, coffee, vanilla, a hint of sweet molasses. I really enjoy the smell of this one.

T: Lot of initial flavor, fades into a rather bitter, burnt taste. Very dry, very bitter. Lack of carbonation leaves a lot to be desired. For a 13% beer, the alcohol is masked well.

M: Water like consistency. Heavy, yet light at the same time. Hangs around in the back of my mouth.

Overall, not bad, probably won't buy it again. After coming off a weekend of Double Black and Bourbon County Coffee, this doesn't hold up.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:09:05 | More by adamonis
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srandycarter

California

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not going through the typical review. This one is black as night, not head at all, except for a small line of ring. Smell is the best feature, chocolate chip cookies, booze and coffee.. It is flat. The taste is fine but not as good as the smell and would be better with carbonation. Balance is off the chart boozy with no carbonation. NO WAY it is a session beer.

Done.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:13:30 | More by srandycarter
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jsanford

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml C&C bottle poured into a Mikkeller flute.

A - Pours a dark, ominous black with a thin mocha head that fades to a slight ring.
S - Big, sweet aromas of burnt malt, molasses, honey, bitter chocolate, and espresso coffee. Slightly smokey and ashy.
T - More big, dark flavors of molasses, coffee, and chocolate with some sweetness from the honey and vanilla. Finish is long-lasting and bitter. More ash and charcoal in here, almost to an unpleasant level.
M - Slightly creamy, with a full mouth-feel and low carbonation. The +13% ABV really shows up, gets almost unpleasant towards the end of the bottle.
O - Just a big, nasty RIS that clobbers you over the head with dark flavors. A bit too one-dimensional for my liking, I'm a bit worried about all the barrel-aged versions I'm sitting on.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 18:06:16 | More by jsanford
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Allpe45

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, snifter, around 53F to start.
14/01/14 printed on top of the foil

Appears black with a tiny light brown head. Head vanishes quickly, leaves tons of lacing. Smells like roasted malts and grains, burnt coffee, smoke, cocoa, and vanilla. Taste follows the nose but everything seems subdued. The alcohol is very well masked. Thin, watery yet creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Drying spicy alcohol finish with lingering coffee bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:37:54 | More by Allpe45
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AgentMunky

California

4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. Best before 24 November 2014. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.

A: Very dark brown, unflinchingly dark. So matte and opaque it seems to absorb light; aptly named. Pretty good lacing.

S: Huge and sweet. Bourbon, toffee, alcohol, loads of vanilla in the background. Almost meaty at times. Absolutely brilliant.

T: Light, but hugely tasty. The maintaste is rich and rummy, with a vanilla-tabacco sweet-bitterness. The aftertaste is dry and very bitter, with coffee and cacao notes.

M: Creamy and strong, with a chocolatey feel. Delicious.

O: One of the best Imperial Stouts of all time. Absolutely f-ing recommended and desirable. I went back the next day for another bottle. I can't understand the mediocre scores here.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 19:25:16 | More by AgentMunky
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Kevin1082

California

2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was given thie beer as a wedding present with many other beers. At first glance, the fancy foil top and cork like cap is nice and all but...once you pour the beer the immediate noticibility is no head what so ever. Ok cool..no biggie. But ther beer taster old and smokey. Usually different tastes from 10%+ stout style beers, but to cut it short not a fan. Been brewing beers for a very long time on a weekly basis and this one taste like a beer that I have made that had gone horribly wrong. No appeal...no taste...no GOOD!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 04:32:03 | More by Kevin1082
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feylure

Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip.

A - Pours motor oil black with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving decent lacings on the glass.

S - Wonderful coffee aromas with some roasted, almost burnt malt in the background.

T - This one is full of coffee and roasted malts. Mild sweetness with burnt caramel flavors come through also.

M - Silky smooth with good carbonation.

O - A great RIS and worth every penny IMO. A beer I would definitely like to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 04:41:12 | More by madpentzer
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11 oz bottle poured into a desert-wine glass.

Pours a thick, viscous, inky black. No carbonation, no head, this really lives up to its name: black hole.

The nose is fantastic and very complex. Chocolate, cherries, hazelnuts, and vanilla all blend together in the aromas. I also smell black forest cake and rum.

The mouth is surprisingly dry (and not at all syrupy), and a little boozy and oily in character. Certainly complex, there is an ashiness and flavors that - for some reason - take me to an auto garage. Bits of chocolate and fruit, this beer has a very unique taste.

Overall this is a brilliantly brewed beer that is most unlike anything I've ever had. Unfortunately, it's really not that pleasant to drink; the flavors, though complex, unique, balanced, and special, in the end just add up to an interesting experiment that isn't really worth repeating. I would be curious to see how it ages, but at $17/bottle (in Boston), I'm not sure it's worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 14:43:24 | More by rinhaak
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Black Hole is an oily black liquid that reminds me of the X-Files (anyone? anyone? Indeed, it looks like it could be an alien virus that comes from the Earth's deep underground petroleum deposits). True to its name, light goes in but doesn't come out. Nor does anything else - least of all clarity. Hell, it's even absorbed all its own head!

Like a raging schizophrenic, this aroma suffers through a serious identity crisis. Fortunately, we're the beneficiaries of that. It has the bruised, dark fruits and sticky, toffee-ish malts of an English old ale, the piny, serum-y hoppiness of an American barleywine, and the charred, vanilla-y, alcohol-driven intensity of a barrel-aged stout. Plus coffee.

Lousy guitarists can use loud volume and heavy distortion to hide the fact that their skills and music aren't so impressive - this is a loud, heavily distorted beer that, beneath the surface, has very little foundation or flair. Its cacophonous taste has actually very little flavour; coffee is its only saving grace. The rest is frail, faded or drowned in alcohol. It literally tastes like they just mixed honey, sugar, vanilla extract and black coffee.

Cleanup on isle mouthfeel. I can't in good faith consider this a very good stout given the fact that it's mouthfeel is entirely devoid texture, including, importantly, any degree of roast or impressionable maltiness. Frankly, the beer has as much mouthfeel as water... that is cut with a high-proof hooch that leaves a blistering hot sensation on the palate.

When the beer was fresh, it seemed too hot not to cool down. In the end, it's contestable how much it has, but unfortunately whatever alcohol cut and run took a considerable amount of maltiness (and hoppiness) with it. And the maltiness in this thing was sparse to begin with. Not one decimal of the 13.1% seems to have tired or relinquished a bit. I shudder to think what the bourbon barrel-aged version would be like.

Mikkeller says their goal has been to push the limit and they feel with this "warming, intense imperial stout" that they've done that. Yea, they've pushed it too far - about 4.1% too far to be exact. Is the point of pushing the limit just to push the limit? Apparently so because, despite the promise of the recipe, little care has been given to flavour, balance, drinkability (or cost) in this cacophonous, brutish example of an imperial stout. Pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 20:50:06 | More by biegaman
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Tone

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of a tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight dark citrus, alcohol, coffee, and hint of hop. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight acidity, coffee, hint of citrus hops, and alcohol. Overall, poor appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 14:22:44 | More by Tone
Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.