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Black Hole - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
86
very good

604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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.

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hero27

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz bottle.
13.1% abv

I guess BA tells me this is my 600th review. That really made me realize how much money I've spent on beer over the past 4-5 years...yikes.

Artificially corked/caged 12.7oz bottle...silver foil wrapped around the neck.
Pours a very dark mahogany..solid tight-knit head of tan foam that seems pretty comfortable sitting on top..recedes slowly to leave uniform sheets of lacing behind.
Aroma is a combination of earthy nuttiness & burnt malts.
Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee (with a shot of whiskey) round out the flavors. Wow, this is boozy...distractingly so. I really like the earthy malt aspect of this beer, but the alcohol just jumps out at you with each sip, so the other flavors can't shine like they should.
Carbonation is about right, and this is certainly a full-bodied beer, but it is really dry in the finish and the alcohol bite lingers on for some time.
Overall, this is a tasty brew, but a bit harsh...it *might* improve with a year or two of aging, but I have a feeling the alcohol might be even more prevalent later down the road. A bold stout from Mikkeller, but the alcohol could be taken down a notch to smooth things out.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 21:40:36 | More by hero27
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a dark and shiny black with a woody tan collar.

Smells of dark chocolate and sappy green wood with a touch of camp fire. There's a slight green hop here too to round things out. There's a dry coffee base along with a ton of alcohol.

Tastes of dark chocolate and fades perfectly into a tasty coffee. An astringent dryness takes over. There's pure alcohol here that stings the roof of my mouth. Ouch!

Feels thin, light, dry and painful.

I really didn't enjoy this beer, but it was spared the drain.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 01:29:30 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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dnichols

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a silver topped caged and artifically corked 375 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a shiny, inky black body with a dark brown modest head. The head receded to a ring around the collar and there was scant lacing.

S: This RIS is all about the coffee. The bottle indicates coffee was an additive and it is noticeable from the first whiff. The smell is strong with an ethanol aroma overhanging the liquid. there were hints of roasted malts and dark fruits but the coffee and alcohol overwhelmed those aromas.

T: IT opened with a bitter chocolate flavor reminiscent of bakers chocolate. There was a noticeable lemony zest flavor that was quickly overcome by a burnt coffee flavor that reminded me of a pot of campfire coffee after hours of brewing. It finished warm and fairly clean with a bit of bitter aftertaste.

M: It was full-bodied with a acidic bite and warm and tart finish.

D: It packed a massive coffee flavor that was somewhat over the top. It could use a tad more balance to make it a more sessionalble brew. As is it is a one and one beer. Interesting but not one I'll lust for.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 22:26:51 | More by dnichols
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black. Has a nice dark tan head that leaves great lacing paterns.
Lots of giant chunkies floating within.

Smells smooth. A smooth blending of hops, alcohol, burnt malts and chocolate.

Exceptional taste. A great "burnt" espresso taste that is IN YOUR FACE but very good!!!
Grapes, chocolate, alcohol, bitter asperin, and many other flavors in there...buy this one and see!

A little thin for how huge flavored this beer is. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkibility is on the border of a sipper. How nice is this on?
Buy it and try it!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 01:08:54 | More by Trueant1
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JDV

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ty5592. Thanks!
Pours dark black with some light brown tones during the pour. Medium but quite short lived tan head for an Imperial Stout. Smell is quite obviously nicely hopped for the style, with a nice dry roastiness coming in as well. Some alcohol in the nose as well as a bit of aspirin. Taste is dark and roasty, somewhat dry chocolate like and hoppy as well. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but it comes off more like a minty freshness in the mouth and warming in the chest than hot alcohol. Quite pleasant for 14% and very drinkable. Carbonated a bit more than average for the style aiding in drinkability. As it warms, I definitely get a bit of the aspirin like chalky medicinal bitterness too from the hops. That definitely detracted a bit and kept it from being a fantastic beer, yet it is still good.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:14:03 | More by JDV
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StoutHearted

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer impresses from the start: the color is pitch black with a thick, 2-inch, cocoa head. The smell is all hops, no coffee. But the taste is where the coffee jumps out at you: it tastes of a coarse grind dark roast with a gritty, dark chocolate aftertaste. The brew is smooth and rich, and its drinkability changes little through warming up; it stays solid all throughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 00:05:14 | More by StoutHearted
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12.7 oz. bottle with silver foil, 13.1% ABV, and a rubber cork. A stout brewed with coffee, most excellent.

Into an nonic, pours a pitch black with a velvet smooth dark tan head of a half inch thats lasts for just a bit. The lacing is subtle. The aroma isn't. The chocolate is dark, the malts burnt and fantastic, roasted coffee grounds, quite nice.

Taste, its strong. Quite strong, both in taste and alcohol. The coffee is on, the malts quite roasted, hints of chocolate and molasses. Its the kind of beer that one can both love and hate and any sitting, because its the kind of overpowering beast that can be your favorite one night and your bane the next.

The mouth is fairly full, very warm, smooth. Right now, I'm lovin it, big time.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:50:56 | More by objectivemonkey
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 2" mocha head on a pitch black body.
S- Chocolate, burnt, dark fruits, black currants, hints of mocha, alcohol, and almost some oak?
T- Big burnt and roasted flavors that really just cover the whole mouth. Dark fruits are not very well hidden in the burnt body. Light citrus hops do show themselves, mainly in the aftertaste with a light bitterness. Coffee flavors show themselves throughout drinking it, and they seem to come and go as they please. Oak seems to come through too. I wouldn't be surprised if part of this is BA. Alcohol comes in a little strong on the tongue but only leaves a light soothing warmth in the chest. Aftertaste, you are left with a dry bitterness from the burnt malts and coffee, very faint citrus fruits, dark fruits around leaving a nice touch on the roughness of the burnt malts.
M- Full body, light oily, low carbonation.
D- First sip I wasn't blown away, but the more I drink of it the more it grows on me. I think it's a nice solid IRS that has a really complex flavor and a burnt malt body.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:48:52 | More by BlindPig
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sprinkle for providing this one to try. 12.7oz, caged, synthetic corked, foiled - mostly just a lot of work to get to the beer inside, no pop, no fizz.

Pours a deep black with a dark tan frothy head. Head doesn't last too long, but long enough to look good and leave some generous lace on the way down.

Nose is very intriguing, with a chocolaty liqueur scent riding on warm burnt wood and coffee. Earthy organic smells are really very nicely presented with some faint aromatic smoke and warm spice. So far I really like this beer.

The taste, while great, is surprisingly hollow compared to the nose. The same flavors are present as aromas, but in lesser intensity and character. Begins with full round malt that lightens to a very smoky warm wood flavor that sits really high on the palate. Toasted and burnt grains are present, but left wanting for depth and substance. Finishes with a coffee aftertaste and more intriguing burnt grains. Despite the want for more intensity, I'm really pleased with the overall flavor of this brew. Unique in its smokiness and character, not overbearing or intimidating, this is one really nicely drinkable imperial stout.

Feel is relatively dry, washing pretty clean off the palate with each sip. Very mild mouth coating for the style, with some thickness toward the end of the sip. Honestly, the body and feel really well match the smoky quality of this beer, kind of light and elusive, but with a strong and very notable presence.

I find this to be very drinkable, due to the intriguing and not overly intense taste, as well as the well controlled feel. I think I really like this beer a lot. Too bad I likely won't get more. ABV is nicely disguised but worth noting.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 04:03:27 | More by lightindarkness
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a 12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle wrapped in silver foil. Heard alot about this. Hopefully it lives up to the hype.

Appearance: Pours out a spent motor oil black, possibly one of the blackest stouts I've seen. Seems to pour on the thick side. A somewhat vigorous pour resulted in two solid fingers of creamy, mocha colored froth. Great head retention that leaves behind some thick trails of lace.

Smell: Slight hints of coffee, black coffee. A bit of dark chocolate goes well with the thick roasted malt aroma. Light caramel and english toffee add to the nose. All of this is rounded out by a nice whiff of hops.

Taste: Strong bitter coffee flavor is noted first. Has almost a charred wood character to it. A tiny bit of chocolate with a bitter hoppiness. Has almost a sour boozy flavor that warms as it goes down. A bit strange in my opinion, but not bad. Seems like the warmer it gets, the better it tastes.

Mouthfeel: Has a pleasant, rich, thick mouthfeel. Coats the palate leaving behind some lasting flavors. A bit of fizzy carbonation is felt on the tongue.

Drinkability: Suffers a bit from the big ABV. Definitely a sipper. Not bad overall, but doesn't live up to the hype in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 23:18:42 | More by jaxon53
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

12.7 oz.
Silver Foil
Caged/Corked

Poured into a tulip a dark brown/blackish color, minimal carbonation, very nice creamy one-finger plus tannish head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing around. The nose is malty, soury/tangy, slight coffee, and caramel. The taste is malty, sour/tangy, some coffee going on with some caramel. The sourness is really making a big presence in this one. The alcohol is present, not too well hidden. Full body. Drinkable, not bad, but I was expecting alot more, since all of the hype earlier on. Recommended though.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 00:21:05 | More by Wasatch
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joepais

Maine

2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a sniffer produces a coco head that lasted momentarily and fizzled out to a ring of lace around the glass. All this on top of a Jet black body
Aromas of sweet malts chocolate and coffee and some alcohol there as well
It tastes like boozy coffee with some chocolate thrown in for good luck. Way to much alcohol in the flavor
It's a sipper for sure but I'll pass on this one again
This turned into a drain pour, just couldn't finish the last of it Reading thru the reviews its almost like there is two different brews here. hard to believe there is such a swing in the opinions on this one

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 02:22:00 | More by joepais
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Floydster

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Soltuions in Oregon for about eleven dollars, said 13.1% ABV on the bottle, split with a few friends last night, poured about four ounces into my Three Philosophers glass

A-Black color with absolutely no light shining through, 2/5 inch mocha colored head that was rather creamy, stuck around for close to five minutes, some nice retention and lacing

S-Coffee, dark chocolate, espresso beans, dark berries, roasted malt, some kind of hoppiness, coffee was dominant and the rest of the aromas were pretty weak for the most part

T-Started off with a big coffee flavor, burned malt in the middle, some dry hops in the finish, got some toffee and caramel later but not too much, mostly coffee still with a hint of cherries in the middle, aftertaste remained dry and a little tart, could have used some sweeter malt to balance out the dryness, coffee was overpowering in the taste as well, did not go down very easy, especially with the booze in the finish towards the end

M-Dry and roasty mouthfeel, good level carbonation, thick and full body, taste lingered a long time, had some bad cotton mouth after this because it had such a dry sensation

D-Could not drink much of this, maybe the bottle individually but that might be pushing it, not smooth, super high in alcohol, you can taste it too, super strong

Been wanting to try this after hearing all the hype about it and it was a good RIS but not one of the best I have had, especially at its price, strong coffee presence almost made it seem like a porter, would drink again if I got the chance, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 08:15:11 | More by Floydster
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

13.1% Best before per the cork: 15-08-11

Very near black, opaque ink with scant burnt ruby edge. The head is a solid brown with decent (given the potency) rise.
Scented of molasses, vanilla pod, pinot noir, spiced rum, coffee, and spearmint. The vanilla and wine traits are particularly loud.
It enters with a dark roasted coffee that is quickly enveloped by wine. Tannic and jammy and fudgey. It brings oak and strong vanilla, which only is bolstered as it progresses toward prune and molasses and soy sauce. A shearing dried leaf, alkaline, and wintergreen hop bitterness tries to clear it out and balance things, but is cut short by cannon shots of vanilla-tinged dark rum.
Yes this is monumentally boozy.
The mouthfeel is bindingly big, yet thinned substantially with slick ethanol. Hardly any carbonation to note, but any present would be too drunk to do much.
This is beyond intense and almost flavored to a fault. And it's not particularly complex, as the big players here are so monolithic as to squeeze out any space for nuance. Coffee is drowned out to a degree, but vanilla shines through boldly and brashly. It's also as vinous as any.
It's hard to rate with any sort of baseline. It's unique and unapologetic....and almost certainly overly so. Don't enter this with visions of roasty coffee stout; think instead of Merlot spiked with rum, vanilla liqueur, cigar ash, and molasses.
On any given day, I'd be as likely to hate it as I would be rapt with it.
On the good days, it's a great nightcap, if only because it bludgeons the mouth and anesthetizes the head.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 10:01:04 | More by cokes
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours nicely, black and bubbly, a thick creamy mocha cap of melted ice cream on top. Some thick sheeted lacing above the collar.

Aroma - some roastiness in there, a faint bitter chocolate, hints of coffee, but nothing really jumps out of the glass. Good but disappointing at the same time.

Taste - lots of roasted malt and right now. A touch of char but not overly burnt. Intense coffee flavor and while not exactly stale, it does have a dated flavor to it. The swallow has a twangy bit to it, whether that is hops or coffee bitterness I cannot tell. Alcohol moves in big now as well, fumey and potent. The finish is still coffee and charred malt. This beer is certainly big at 13.1%, and it holds things together just enough.

Mouthfeel - thick and lucious, as I hoped it'd be.

Drinkability - I'm usually a sucker for a coffee brew. This is okay, but given the dated flavor of the coffee, cellar time may make that worse as coffee wouldn't really improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 04:53:45 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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bjoyce12

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours beautifully and with a nice fizzy dark brown head. Coffee aroma hits you right away. Can also sense the alcohol in the scent. That's the killer with this brew: the 13% ABV. It's way too much and it's not covered up by the taste and depth. If they were to rachet the ABV back down to 8-9%, it would make this an outstanding Russian stout. As it is, the burn comes through in the aroma and taste and overwhelms all the other good attributes.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 18:50:48 | More by bjoyce12
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

1.38/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a foil wrapped 12oz. green bottle into a snifter

Appearance - On the pour the beer seemed to be slick as it built up in the glass. Took quite some time for the head to form, but in the end it came through as a brown 1/2 finger tight head.

Smell - A very bitter coffee smell, sweet cherries, and an over the top warm alcohol.

Taste & Mouthfeel - WTF? An extremely bitter coffee taste right off the bat. Smooth on the first taste, but then turns a gross ass sour tangy on the tongue. Absolutely putrid! On the swallow an alcohol taste takes over that is way to strong in my opinion. It had the consistency of a smooth oil in the mouth with a lite carbonation. No real flavor to speak of. Just a sour, tangy, warming coffee horrible taste is left in your mouth. Doesn't that sound delicious!

Drinkability - Use this brew to start up your lawnmower. This beer has no need to be passed through the human body.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 08:02:42 | More by ryrust5301
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz corked and foiled bottle courtesy of my main man at Shelton Bros, Ron.

Pour: opaque, oily black/brown under a cm of brown foam that fizzles to nothing.

Nose: burnt, smoky malts, bitter cocoa, dark red fruits, molasses, and a hefty alcohol presence

Taste: black cherry, fig, raisin, bitter chocolate, burnt malts and an ephemeral boozy burn.

Feel: Booze has a thinning effect, carbonation is light and velvety.

Drinkability/Overall: A fine RIS, though I didn't pick up the coffee behind all the bitter malts and booze. A bit bigger than it needs to be, but a well-constructed beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 05:06:23 | More by Golden2wenty1
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HotHabanero

Denmark

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pours with a pitch black body and a tan head. Fair lacing is precnt. Nose of coffee, dark fruit and roasted malt . Flavour is of coffee, chocolate, roasted, malt and liqourice. The texture is oily. Full bodied. It has a slightly bitter finish with some alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 17:28:25 | More by HotHabanero
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.2/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I got this in a trade with RustyDiamond. Thanks Rusty!

This pours from foil wrapped, caged and corked 12.7oz bottle a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tannish foam. Good lacing.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, fruit, alcohol, and something else in the background.

The taste is very strong! Roasted malt, berry flavours, and a huge alcohol presence. I can't taste any coffee or at least, it's not strong enough in flavour for my palate to be noticeable. Damn that alcohol. Burning in the throat and very warming after the swallow. There goes the drinkability for me.

Further tiny sips in and I think I'm getting some molasses and some candy sugar and a weird flavour that's putting me off even more(?) than the alcohol? There's also a somewhat citric sour taste that's just starting to show up.

Ok, I just can't finish my glass...the flavours here are a real mess, imho, and the alc is just *too* much. Other notes: The body is on the thin side, the carbonation is light and it finishes on the sour(not in a good way) side. This will definitely be a one of for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 15:54:17 | More by Bitterbill
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triplecoil

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery gold rimmed glass.

Pours pitch black with a thin, tan, lingering head. Pretty nice looking. Nose is astringent with some burnt sugar and alcohol. Taste is slightly smokey and somewhat roasty, hoppy to an extent, with a weird rubber and alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is ok, a little under carbonated and somewhat viscous.

Not a fan. Seems like Mikkeller tried to do too much with this one. I do not see how this is a coffee stout. Unfortunately dashed some pretty high expectations.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 22:37:36 | More by triplecoil
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn flute. Pours a pitch black with no light penetrating.

S- Ton of malt, ton of alcohol. This is a very potent nose with a lot of malt and grapey notes. I don't really get any coffee at all.

T- Too much! There is too much trying to go on in this beer for anything to shine through. A huge amount of dark malt, coffee grinds, and alcohol. There is a syrah grape coming through on this too. There is a distinct latex type after taste as if I had liked a super-ball.

M- Not too bad here. Decent carbonation and mouthfeel but nothing overly exciting.

D- Sorry there is too much going on in here for me to want much more than what I am currently drinking. I think they should really try to focus this beer a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 22:27:56 | More by Mudpuppet
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joe1510

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml Bottle
$10.99
West Lakeview

13.1% abv.

Mikkeller Black Hole pours, well, like the name implies. Not a trace of light comes through even when backlit. The mocha head grew to a hefty one plus finger billowy head. As the head slowly fell to a respectable cap it left patchy lacing on its way. Each drink leaves drink lines piled on top of the last. This is an excellent looking stout!

The aroma is loaded with dark berries. This is supposedly brewed with coffee but the only coffee I can pick up is stale. The berries were inviting upfront when a little colder but as this stout warms there's the unmistakable aroma of burnt rubber wafting through the air. The rubber combined with an overpowering alcohol presence leaves me wishing I cracked open something else for the evening...Coming back to the aroma. As it warms even more the rubber and alcohol are still there but fall to the back and cocoa powder comes forward which improves things but doesn't make up for the burnt rubber.

The flavor, while better than the aroma, still falls short of expectations. The berries play a big role in the throughout but I just can't get around the burnt rubber and overabundance of alcohol. There's really not much to say about the flavor except it's just not very good!

The mouthfeel falls far short as well! It's watery and thin with huge amounts of alcohol fumes rising through the mouth and nose. Now don't get me wrong. I believe a solid shot of alcohol often enhances big stouts such as this. Unfortunately the alcohol crosses the line in this case.

I wouldn't drink this again and there's no way I would ever recommend it to anyone. I'm going to finish the bottle for the sake of keeping an open mind but this is a lost cause.

The initial pour was good and I was anxious for a drink, it was downhill after that. This is my second beer from Mikkeller. The first being Beer Geek Breakfast. I thought that was underwhelming and was hesitant to try another Mikkeller brew. Unfortunately, I bit the bullet and bought Black Hole. It not only left me wanting something different but put a dent in my wallet as well!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:52:33 | More by joe1510
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into BMS mug...

Beautiful, oily-black pour. 3-finger, praline-colored head with root beer float consistency. Deep dark espresso body.

Alcohol, malt and yeast present in abundance but does not provide unbalanced aroma.

Taste has a root beer, alcohol and malt forefront with very austere, slate-like hoppiness. Alcohol becomes a bit of a hinderance as it warms.

It's a clean mouthfeel but is quite viscous.

Definitely a sipper; as it warms it becomes tougher to drink because of the strong alcohol vapors.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 11:49:01 | More by IBUnit63
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nkruback

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing.

Sampled as a gift at work the other night, this is such a delicate stout. Pours a magnificent black-leather hue, with a frothy coffee head and substantial lacing. The nose is hard to pick up on at first, but a few good whiffs reveal an underlying espresso note to an already beefy dark roasty/toasty malt scent. Massively complex already, but now for the taste. Enough balls to back up the Imperial Stout claim, yet subdued enough to challenge any palate. I'm reminded of the Allagash Black or Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, yet a complexity that reminds me of my first few Bordeaux's. What fun in a small amount of brew. Each sip reveals new tones, from top soil to rich Tiramisu to truffle butter to English Toffee, this is a rich delicious beer. Finishes all too well, with a lack of resinous or oily mouthfeel, I wish I could afford more. Simply delicious.

I've always said some of the best breweries can belt out a high abv brew & mask that abv...
Mikkeller is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 03:41:54 | More by nkruback
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