Black Hole (Rum Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 22.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 05-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of SFLpunk
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12.7oz green glass (mini-champagne) cork and cage finished bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours a cola-black, no light passes through this black hole. Some coke-like tan head fades quickly.

Nose: Not like any other beer I've smelled...Lots of agave-like notes intertwine with Honduran rum (drier, lighter style). Freshly ground coffee grounds, and more tequila smells. Must be the honey plus rum barrels? But in the end, that coffee always wins over the attention. Ever had coffee candy, the ones with caffeine? That's the aroma here.

Palate: Medium- to full-bodied and rich while bitter. Like casually sweetened black espresso. Super complex, wow. The flavors revolve from the sweetness of the rum oak to the bitter coffee to an almost ethereal floral note way out on the finish. The barrel notes are up front but the vanilla is a beautful segue from the wood to the coffee.

Notes: The nose is a little too aggressive for me with the rum plus honey equals tequila smells thing. Outside of that, this beer is f-ing outrageous. Complex is an understatement. And even if you don't like it, you have to appreciate the dense level of flavors and how they all take their turn and fade neatly from one to the next.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle. This is the final beer in the Black Hole series that I needed to try.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with hints of rum and oak mixed in. The flavor is heavier on the rum, with the barrel aged notes of oak and maple thrown in. I also get a nice amount of roasted malt and molasses. The beer is fairly sweet overall and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts, dark chocolate, and light amounts of dark molasses. Also present are mild amounts of coffee and vanilla. As the beer warms a very small amount of spiciness from the rums enter into things.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors work seamlessly with good amounts of dark chocolate. Mild amounts of coffee and stronger amounts of vanilla flavors enter into things midway through the sip. As with the aroma mild amounts of rum spiciness enter into things before a mildly bitter ending. The rum influence increases slightly as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I think this was the closest to the base beer with minimal influence from the rum barrels. Still, the subtleties to exist and it's worth a shot to find out for yourself.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

consumed post US-England, 2nd in line with the others in the series (wine, scotch, whiskey)

12.7oz bottle purchased at Star

appearance: corked (synthetic), caged and foiled. all 4 barreled versions have a strong appearance - served in snifters - very dark mahogany, creamy chocolate crests with strong retention

smell: big roasted malts, rum, caramel, honey, coffee and dark chocolate

taste: enjoyed this one more than the wine-barrel version - the flavors came together better here with the rum provides some nice complexity and texture. nice notes of vanilla, caramel and honey provide added depth.

mouthfeel: alcohol still fierce, but the rum-barrel aging was the least abrasive of the bunch

drinkability: ok

Photo of nickd717
2.11/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

375ml bottle thanks to chswimmer. Thanks, Ted!

Pours black with a quickly fading tan head leaving bubbles.

Not a great aroma. Harsh rum, roast, and coffee. I feel like the smell is getting me drunk on its own.

The flavor is rough and boozy. The rum is brutal, and besides that there is coffee, sweet chocolate, and blueberry.

Smooth on the palate with medium-full body and low carbonation. Boozy.

Not a very good -bal aged imperial stout.

Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while watching the Florida @ Florida State game during Rivalry Saturday! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (proper!). Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, sweet alcohol, charred malt, subtle dark fruit, and subtle coconut. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, dark chocolate, dark fruit, wood, sweet alcohol, and coffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall pretty decent brew. I have had a few rum barrel aged stouts that I have really enjoyed in the past so I went into this one with high hopes. However, this one fell just a little short unfortunately. The rum presence was there in the aroma with the subtle coconut note, but was nowhere to be found on the flavor. The coffee was really the dominant/lingering aspect taking place on this one. Wish the rum would have pounded my palate on this one. Still a good brew that I would suggest trying fresher than I have.

Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 330ml corked, caged, and foiled bottle. Pours a near black color with a very nice fluffy brown head that slowly dissipated into a puffy cap leaving some solid lacing on the glass. The aroma is big and roasty, some stale coffee, boozy raisins, vanilla and brown sugar. Seems to have some alcohol vapors. Strong roast malt and coffee flavors as well as some sour oak. Hints of rum pop through here and there but seem to add to the boozy feel. There is a lemony tartness, most likely from the barrel. Very mellow honey and vanilla towards the end. The feel is big and chewy but the tartness from the oak seems to cut the body some. The carbonation is soft to tingly. Good range of flavors from sweet to bitter to sour. The ABV is a bit hot and all of the flavors haven't quite mellowed into each other yet. Aging will do wonders with this I believe. A big complex stout with lots of flavors bouncing around. The rum seems to get a little lost in the jumble of flavors but perhaps it will come out with some age.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours and dark black Coffee color with a tan head.

S- Smell of rum and coffee and vanilla.

T- Very boozy from the rum. Taste coffee and rum.

M- Boozy and thick to the pallet heavy flavor of rum and coffee.

D- Well the rum just overpower the beer to the point it lost vanilla. Honey was a waste putting in cause the sugar from the rum barrels over power it. Glad I could still taste the coffee. It's ok to try once and thats it.


Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This should be interesting given the wide range of reviews...

A - A fingers worth of medium to dark brown colored head that is sparse and creamy... Mixed in are some big chunky bubbles that are active and vigorously "pop..." Modest retention gives way to a thin slightly splotchy lacing... The color is a deep dark brown that let's in just the slightest bit of lit around the edges... Still... Slightly brooding...

S - A big whiff of potent quality rum to start... Vanilla... Sweet milk chocolate... Touches of brown sugar... Brownie mix... Some faint roasted malts...

T - The rum dominates the palette... Some roasted malts... Much of the sweetness from the nose is missing in action...

M - Medium bodied... Not much in the way of carbonation... A warm drying alcohol induced heat is evidenced throughout and intensifies on the finish..

D - A sipper with an incredible nose... The flavor and mouthfeel are a bit of a let down... Overall the result is a decent brew, but one that is rather pedestrian in the world of big ABV barrel aged stouts...

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Didn't see the vintage indicated on the bottle.

A - Pitch black with almost no head. Carbonation appears very low.

S - Huge char, vanilla and rum aromas with some cocoa and molasses notes.

T - Charred oak, vanilla and molasses notes dominate. Come cocoa and roast notes are secondary flavours. The ABV is well hidden. A light rum presence is noticeable but not as dominant as I would have guessed. A light coffee flavour is also present.

M - Medium body and FLAT. The lack of carbonation made this beer almost undrinkable and it became a drain pour after a few sips. Disappointing.

Photo of largadeer
1.49/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks, Craig. Condolences on paying for these.

Black in body with a solid tan cap that settles to a film. The aroma is incredibly sweet and roasted, almost tar-like. Molasses, coffee, vanilla, oak, booze. I don't get a strong rum character. As it warms, the solvent character becomes overwhelming. Tastes burnt, ashy, like drinking tar. Tar with coffee and vanilla, that is. It's also intensely sweet, with rum-like caramel notes and a massive alcohol kick. Medium-bodied, a bit thin for the ABV, with a brutal charred malt finish. This is damn near bottom of the barrel for the style.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black and poured with a thin layer of mocha colored bubbles that quickly dissipated and left lacy patterns on the surface.
S: The nose is dominated by aromas of rum and some hints of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, flavors of rum dominate the taste, but there are also notes of chocolate, dark roasted malts and spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol and dryness in the finish.
D: For the most part, the alcohol is masked rather well from the taste and its strong presence is only really noticeable from the heat on the palate.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle thanks to finewinemike

Fridge temp into a Snifter

A- For some reason it seemed as though this one didn't pour as dark or thick as the rest of the Black Hole's I've encountered. Has a flat coke appearance to it with nice dark brown hues and a thin head that's barely there. Couple spots of lacing with some really nice legs on the side of the glass.

S- Nice dark roasted malts and char up front with some spice and heat from the rum. Gives off some slight clove and cinnamon notes surprisingly as well as some really nice vanilla from the oak barrels.

T- Plays out just like the aroma. You get mostly black hole characters up front on the tongue such as roasted malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate but finishes with a really nice cinnamon spicy rum that brings the heat and slams the palate. Also getting a ton of flavor from the barrel itself like musty wet oak, a burnt char flavor, and a nice amount of vanilla.

M- Not to happy about the mouth feel, it's a lot thinner and in a sense more watered down than the regular black hole. Very noticeable but it seems to be more carbonated and has a strong bitter alcohol bite to finish it off.

Overall this is definitely the best version so far and also my first rum barreled beer. Hope to try more cause this is good.


Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a (synthetic) corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a fantastic black with dark coffee brown highlights. Sitting on top is a dark mocha colored layer of creamy foam that slowly melts down to an unbreakable collar. Lace curtains all the way!

S: Really awesome blast of espresso and burnt rum barrel. I worried that this would become a little one-note, but as it warmed the complexities came out. Dark chocolate and fudge, figs, fresh honey, milk chocolate covered cherries, booze soaked raisins, and of course, dark rum.

T: Pretty much everything noted above with even more emphasis on the charred oak and a pretty apparent alcohol flavor.

M: Relatively thick and creamy with a really cool prickly alcohol burn. Heat is definitely there but in no way over the top.

D: Didn't hit me as hard as the wine barrel version. Coffee was slightly subdued compared to the wine version. Overall, this made me feel "less raw", if that makes any sense.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.41/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

"Feelling hot hot hot" -Buster Poindexter

Pours deep cola brown, looks opaque black in the glass. Fluffy tan head leaves but a foamy collar lapping at the glass sides. Served at cellar temp.

Smells of dark vinous fruit and spiced rum. Nostril searing heat. Vanilla soaked wood, and coffee add to the mix. This would be great if it didn't burn my nose hair off.

Alcoholic burn like this came out of a mason jar. Roasty ash and charcoal character, coffee and vanilla give the impression that this would be great if the alcohol was toned down. Mouthfeel is...soft?

So alcoholic even my RIS-for-breakfast girlfriend couldn't finish it.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark thick pitch black beer with hints of fizzy head.

Nose has less chocolate than the regular, hint of vanilla like, sweet molasses, sugar, caramel, hint of booze.

Taste has quite a bit of rum. Rummy, with molasses and sugar cane sweetness, chewy, less chocolate as well but a bit of roast, rounded well, hint of vanilla and oak, and some decent booze.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent enough carb although lighter, some warming and hint tingly booze.

Overall not bad, but again the rum barrel doesn't do much for it, I'm not a rum fan either.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a goblet and has a typical RIS dark black color. Great hot cocoa-colored head on this one that lasts for a while with tons of lacing. Filtered for as much as I can tell.

S - At first it's a lot sweeter than I had imagined, but with 13.1% ABV I suppose a lot of residual sugar will stick out due to all the grain used. A little woody aroma and coffee in the background with a hint of rum spices.

T - Again, starts off sweet from fermentable sugars but quickly turns to a sour/bitter flavor from the coffee, and maybe a little due to the honey used during brewing. The vanilla is subtle at best IMO and the rum is sort of faint but it works b/c rum aging can be quite delicate. Overall not too bad but finishes a little too sour for me.

M/D - Huge body on this one that has low volumes of carbonation as per style guidelines. Creamy texture with a semi-sour finish on the palate. Don't know when this one was bottled but it's pretty hot and the alcohol will kick you in the teeth as it goes down.

3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown in the light with a brown head and sticky.

S: like a box of choc and def getting spicy rum.

T: Not what I was expecting. I get the rum flavor but it seems like the rum killed off the other great flavors in the regular verison. I was hoping that it would add to the list of flavors instead of take away. Def less complex and less flavors going on than I expected.

M: doing a side by side here and the mouthfeel is def thiner then the regular. Dissapointing...

D: fairly drinkable...not great. but ok.

Thoughts: this beer was not nearly as complex as I expected. Its thiner and very simple. Overall, I am pretty dissapointed.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

And the odyssey into the barrel-aged Black Holes begins here, at random. This one pours a pretty much opaque black-brown topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a light booziness in the back. The taste does not deviate far from this, though the booze and oak are stepped-up and some raisins somehow find their way in as well. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, chewy feel. Overall, a nice barrel-aged stout, but not as strong as the original and the lack of rum character is a bit f a disappointment.

Photo of womencantsail
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is nearly flat, black, and with a very small and short lived tan head.

S: This actually has a few redeeming aromas: coconut, chocolate, and a bit of oak and rum. Some floral honey and coffee in there too. Surprisingly, not completely booze heavy.

T: The flavor is, however, quite boozey. Roast, char, soy sauce, vanilla, alcohol, bitter coffee, and astringent. Did I get everything? Probably not, but I couldn't really stand to take any more sips than necessary to figure that out.

M: The body is fine (medium in nature) with almost no carbonation and a definite heat.

D: This is the best of the barrel aged Black Holes that we had, and that is not a compliment. That just shows you how bad the others were.

Photo of Josephkeene
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When i first saw the collection in my local store i needed at least one of these. I let it sit for 2 months before drinking but heres how it went.

Poured from a bottle and split with a friend. Pour is dark black with light carbonation and about a 1/2 inch chocolate colored head.

Smell if of rub but its very faint mainly reminded me of chocolate rum.

The taste was good. First impression is of rum taste, carbonation and some chocolate. Within a second i had a rush of chocolate vanilla and the sweetness of rum. After taste is okay and there really isn't too much but coco on the plate.

I loved the beer found it a little harder near the end to kill off but it was excellent.

Photo of RohoMech
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer to share to introduce a friend to the world of aged beers. While the had good flavor overall...I was really let down by the very subtle hints of what it was aged in. I could barely make out any rum flavor the honey and vanilla registered only towards the end of the beers taste. Given the price of the beer and reputation of the brewery, I think I w
as expecting too much.

Side note, we followed this beer with goose islands bourbon county stout....its flavors were much richer and we enjoyed it more.

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a faint khaki colored head composed of rather large bubbles that fade fast. Some faint, tiny spots of lace stick to the glass. When held to the light, some ruby coloring is seen through the body.

The smell of this brew is roasty chocolate spiked with some spirited alcohol inclusion. Oak and some vanilla are present before the onset of some light cardboard character. Overall the good aspects of the aroma outweigh the negative.

The taste is roasty and spirit infused with some spiced alcohol accent. A touch of oak and rum character is present mixed with coffee and bitter chocolate. The aftertaste is somewhat earthy.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that feels at times watery. A little bit more carbonation would go along way. Overall it is a decent example but the cardboard quality present doesn't fit in with the rest of the brews characteristics. Initially this brew showed promise but as it warmed up, it fell apart.

Photo of Elendinn
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A - pitch black with half-a-finger of dark, chocolatey head, becoming more of an off-white as it dissipates; some lacing around the edges.

S - spiced rum, port, lots of dark chocolate, some roasted coffee, a hint of honey and vanilla, caramel, grapes, dates, and smoke. The alcohol is overwhelming, but not enough to suppress the rest of the delicious nose, though it does burn the nostrils a bit.

T - lots of spiced rum and dark chocolate, red wine, port, coffee, and dates. Finishes dry, boozey, and smokey, with lingering dark fruit, some cherries, and raspberries. Usually smokey, hot stouts are extremely off-putting, but this one is more than tolerable -- the sheer amount of chocolate works to balance the alcohol, though not enough for it to go unnoticed. Improves slightly as it warms, more coffee emerging on the backend.

M - medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Not necessarily smooth, but it attempts to be creamy.

D - 6-8 ounces is probably enough for one person -- share the rest. The flavors and the moderately-aggressive alcohol make this great for a cold day (probably its only niche). I imagine it'd be more refined with some age on it. An understandably-offensive beer, but its strengths out-weigh its weaknesses.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.57/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nick3. From notes scribbled down when I got home.

A: Pours a near-black in the glass, with a half-finger of poorly retaining mocha head. Some residual bubbles during a sip, though it's not dense enough to call lace.

S: I'm not exactly sure how to characterize rum smells -- I'm not a spirits guy and it has been years since I touched the stuff -- but I'm guessing it's the slightly coconutty brown sugar smell I'm picking up, backed by light tannins. Honey (shut up Arne), chocolate, and apparently coffee. A pretty solid and tantalizing aroma. Some booze to it.

T: Oh. My. This is truly vile. Introduced Vanna-White style by a one-two punch of roast and ash. Brown sugar and vanilla are noted, as is coconut. The variety of honey used seems to impart a slight spice that pairs unpleasantly with the hot-hot-hot beer to produce a nose singeing experience. Coffee is very bitter and poorly integrated, emerging only in the finish to deliver a powerful dose of bitterness before diving back out of sight. One of the worst barrel-aged RISes I've tasted. Full Sail Black Gold was worse, but this is right down there.

M: Light-medium bodied, hot, and rough around the edges. Basically missed all the targets. I think it's actually melting some nose hairs, and I'm vaguely toying with giving a sip of this to my coworker with the briar patch sticking out of his sniffer.

D: I definitely wouldn't pay for this beer. Its price (equivalent to an $18 bomber) is just a big ol' HUH?

Mikkeler. What have you done?

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Black Hole (Rum Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
78 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.