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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 20%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 05-27-2010)
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Popped the cork on this and it seemed a little flat, but got a decent head. Pitch black pour with a one finger head that fades pretty quickly and nice lacing. Very earthy nose totally dominated by the bourbon. There's also some chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla and alcohol. Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the bourbon. I'm also getting some oak, slighty burnt espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. No attempt whatsoever to disguise the alcohol. It's got a bitter burn from start to finish. With that said, it's definitely a sipper, but for a 13% beer, it's got decent drinkability. It's way better than some of the recent reviews might indicate. Not Mikkeller's best, but still a decent beer.

12-10-2010 20:25:44 | More by beerdrifter
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

My first of the Barrel Aged editions of this beer.Poured jet black into a snifter,a thin walnut colored head atop.Deep vanilla and roast aromas with chocolate and toasty oak coming into play as well,the vanilla stands out along with an alcohol sweet zing as it warms.Vanilla tinged bourbon flavors with chocolate and roast,again as the beer warms more alcohol induced sweetness comes into play.This is a sipper,but its rich and warming,a very nice RIS.

10-18-2011 13:18:26 | More by oberon
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-20-2013 04:44:37 | More by megamass
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the white wine, red wine, tequila, cognac and scotch whisky versions.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the oak, with some bourbon and vanilla notes also mixed in. There is also some strong chocolate and a little bit of maple in the aroma.

The flavor is similar. The flavors that stand out the most are vanilla and maple, with some nice oak and chocolate notes also mixed in. The roasted malt is also present, as are some whiskey notes.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

The consensus of the group was that this was the best of the six barrel-aged Black Holes that were shared at the tasting.

11-11-2011 04:00:07 | More by Mora2000
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dogfishandi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

12.7oz capped and foiled green bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a deep opaque black color, the slightest bits of brown show on the edges in the light. very nice thick creamy mocha colored head, super creamy retention with lots of sticky lace left around.

in the aroma, lots of creamy heavily roasted/ burnt malt, also some cocoa, vanilla, charred wood, coffee, dark fruits. everything is there in moderation.

first you get this creamy burnt roastiness, cocoa, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark fruits. the magic in the taste really happens after youve swallowed the sip. lots of charred wood, oaky vanilla, bourbon, maybe its the honey that takes on a nice sweet almost maple flavor. very nice.

so smooth and creamy, sticky on the palate, full bodied. carbonation a touch high at first but it settles.

im surprised at how solid this is, maybe one of the best ive had from mikkeller yet! i was kind of going into this expecting to find nothing that it proclaimed on the label, but to my surprise, its all there! honey, coffee, vanilla, bourbon barrel. has that trademark mikkeller ashy creaminess, in there stouts atleast. my first of the black hole series, cant wait to try more.

11-29-2011 02:29:14 | More by dogfishandi
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours pitch black with a huge khaki colored head that dissipates to a sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells really sweet like coconuts, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak and a light roasted malt aroma. Repeated whiffs and the coconut turns into honey.

Tastes are lots of chocolate, dark fruits, promised vanilla and a pleasant roasted coffee characteristic round out the flavor. The lady says rotten wood.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Very light carbonation that works in this beers favor.

Overall is top notch in my book. Would love to try all the different variations of Black Hole.

09-02-2011 17:59:15 | More by daveytheformer
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +12%

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and smooth bourbon. Also present are mild amounts of coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors serve as the backbone and are joined by equal amounts of vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate flavors shortly thereafter. The flavors sweeten a bit midway through the sip before coffee flavors temper the profile before a solidly bitter ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found that the bourbon and scotch barrels had the most influence on this beer and the bourbon did the best job of the two of augmenting as opposed to overpowering. A very nice beer that's well worth a shot.

06-01-2010 01:40:11 | More by glid02
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-07-2013 17:46:24 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8%

Great bourbon and chocolate aromas.Bittersweet chocolate taste, big thickness and oily.Lots of roast. Lacey on black body. The barrel ageing gave some coconut. A bit astringent finish.Barrel did not make it amazing. I liked this beer plain too.
Ken's bottle.

02-20-2011 16:01:28 | More by Sammy
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Roguer

Connecticut

2.1/5  rDev -44%

First off: worst cork ever.

No head from a turbulent pour - just the barest rim of dark brown bubbles around the edge. A bad sign. Brew is jet black.

Big bourbon notes, as well as an aspirin smell, chocolate malts and cacao, and roasted barley. Bourbon is overwhelmingly strong.

Bourbon, chocolate malt, and sour oak. Not good. Not good at all. I'm sure it's infected or died somewhere along the way.

Flat and lifeless. Reinforces the infected/dead indications.

What a shame - one beer, high expectations, and right down the drain. If I get a good bottle later on, then I'll revise my review appropriately. Right now, all I can go off of is a dead, flat, probably infected bottle.

04-20-2014 19:54:04 | More by Roguer
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dirtylou

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

consumed post US-England, 1st in line with the others in the series (wine, rum, scotch)

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, coffee and cream, fierce bourbon

taste: maybe the best of the 4 we sampled, though the rum-barrel version was also impressive. The scotch and wine versions were the ones i expected to like the most, but no dice. The bourbon plays pretty well in this one - extreme roasted malts, coffee, strong bourbon. I preferred the single-hop IPA series to these, but it was still a fun session

mouthfeel: full bodied, strong bourbon warming

drinkability: ok

06-13-2010 22:03:54 | More by dirtylou
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kkrez

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-15-2011 18:22:44 | More by kkrez
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nickd717

California

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

375ml bottle thanks to chswimmer. Thanks, Ted!

Pours black in color with a small tan head that fades to swirls of tan foam on the beer.

Aroma has chocolate, espresso, bourbon, and some higher alcohol presence.

Flavor is maybe a little better than the wine version. Tastes like a typical good Mikkeller impy stout with a big bourbon presence and a little -bal. Some bittersweet chocolate notes in there too.

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

Decent overall, better than all the other versions except Wine. Disappointing for a -bal aged imperial stout from Mikkeller though.

08-18-2010 22:03:58 | More by nickd717
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Gmann

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours as black as a beer can get black with crazy thick, dense brown head that slowly disipates leaving tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a straight roasted malt, some light vanilla, honey and caramel. Not very strong on the bourbon for a bourbon barrel aged brew; nice vanilla though. There is some alcohol vapors seeping through, though not as strong as the others in the series. The taste is of a big roasted malt, coffee grounds, and some sour from the oak. What I thought would be the strongest barrel aged flavor in the series seems to be the weakest. The bourbon seems to add some vanilla and a touch of the whiskey but not as much as I expected. The oak also adds a tart fruity aspect which cuts the roasted malt very well. The flavors seem more balanced in this brew but not much "wow" factor, still good though. Well bodied with soft carbonation, good range of flavor between roasted bitterness, fruity tartness and some sweet malt. It is a tad boozy but not as bad as the others; seems more intergrated. A solid roasted malt coffee stout with hints of bourbon and whiskey. Seems to be made for the intent of balance, probably still could use some aging.

06-26-2010 05:02:12 | More by Gmann
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

10-26-2013 02:03:52 | More by GRG1313
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-30-2013 23:56:42 | More by crosenkrantz
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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-07-2012 02:13:57 | More by sammo
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%

Corked and caged bottle that I picked up last winter sometime. No date found on the bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: There was little to no pop when I removed the cork, but there was a good amount of carbonation when I poured yielding a thick one and a half finger head. It is dark as night and completely opaque. The head displayed good retention and left behind a fair amount of sticky lacing.

S: The nose presents a heavy dose of bourbon laced dark malts. There are notes of booze, vanilla, oak, chocolate, anise, and tobacco. There is something a bit acrid going on that I find a little off putting.

T: Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon in my face. The barrel is so intense that it actually masks all the interesting flavors I detected from the nose. It doesn't particularly bother me as I really enjoy bourbon, but something to balance that flavor would make this beer much better. It finishes with a big dose of bitter dark chocolate with some residual sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is way too thin for this big of a stout. I would prefer something much thicker with a touch more carbonation

O: Not terrible, I will finish my glass without a drain pour, but certainly not worth the price tag.

06-24-2011 02:43:13 | More by Neffbeer
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CooperEllis

New York

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

Whole bottle into the DFH snifter - I presume this will be the only drink I have tonight.

Very dark, initially a big billowy head but after that goes away there is little in the way of lacing. Not sure what the carb is going to be on this - I had to use pliers to get out the cork and there was a barely audible 'pop'.

I really enjoy the smell - but it is one dimensional. That dimension is booze. Within the booze, if you're able to keep your nose in there, there a nice roasted malt and chocolate notes but man are they burried. Think about biting into one of those Jack Daniels candies with the liquid booze in 'em. Now imagine that it was the same concept but delivered in a more refined manner.

Wow, my left eye flipped shut with the abrupt tart/booze combo out of the gate. This is much more watery than the color and smell indicate and I got a pretty good pop without much effort. The best part of this is in the complexity of the last bite and aftertaste. There is some roast, some malt, some bourbon, some wood. There is also a faint chocolate milk flavor.

The booze dominates and this is a bit watery for a stout, perhaps even more so for an RIS and expectation may be driving me to think this a bit more watery than it truly is.

I have no ability to drink more than one of these. Possibly ever, but certainly not in a sitting - or maybe even a month.

(96th)

02-09-2011 00:47:07 | More by CooperEllis
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a 1/2 inch brown head. Not much head retention, but there is a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and strong, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and honey. The flavors are mostly the same as the aroma, but the coffee and roasted malt flavors are stronger compared to the chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and honey. There's also some burnt/charred malt noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit slick with decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's an easy enough brew to drink. The 13.1% ABV is hidden well for the most part. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd probably buy another bottle if I came across this again, although it is pricey.

10-09-2010 22:28:36 | More by bluejacket74
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

A - Absolutely zero head, just a couple of big chunky bubbles that dance atop the surface before fading and leaving a milky way like veil of lacing and a miniscule collar around the glass... Pours a flat black with some distinct reddish hue... Quite still... Leaves a very thick filmy residue on the sides of the glass...

S - The nose if very warm and inviting... Vanilla... Milk chocolate... A bit of alcohol... Raisins... Some earthy wood tones... A very modest bit of roasted malts... Deep and fairly complex...

T - The booze dominates... Some faint vanilla and chocolate attempt to compete for dominance, but ultimately fail... Extremely subdued raisin, roasted malts, and caramel as well... Some woody notes... Then more booze on the finish...

M - Medium to full bodied... A bit on the thin side... Limited carbonation... Sharp and biting... A bit gritty and chalky... The booziness lingers and warms the entire mouth for a while post swallow...

D - This barrel aged black hole series was a unique endeavor from Mikkeller... The brews were either hit of miss with this one falling squarely in the middle... Not a bad beer, but far from the elite of its barrel aged brethren...

08-21-2011 02:09:41 | More by philbe311
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +12.8%

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of brown head.

S - Very sweet up front - chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some coffee notes. The ABV is noticeable without being distracting.

T - The ABV is noticeable up front and gives way to a mix of barrel characteristics and the base beer. Bourbon, oak and light vanilla come together with roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, char and molasses. Fairly complex with good integration of the base beer and the barrel characteristics.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

08-11-2012 00:20:03 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jsanford

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

Pours like "Regular" Black Hole, which is a dark, ominous black with a thin mocha head that fades to a slight ring. Big aromas and flavors of bitter roasted malt and burnt coffee, with strong Bourbon notes of oak, caramel, and vanilla. The Bourbon integrates nicely with the base beer, and takes a lot of the harsh edge off (thankfully). Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, with a full body and low carbonation. Much better then the base beer, and a good "control" for the rest of the Barrel-Aged versions, but I've had about a million Bourbon-aged beers that were better.

09-06-2011 18:46:58 | More by jsanford
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Mosley1212

Florida

5/5  rDev +33.3%

12-11-2011 18:33:25 | More by Mosley1212
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Greywulfken

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

My first Mikkeller brew. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: pitch black ('natch) with a thick dark tan head that settled slowly but never completely disappeared

S: coffee, bourbon, molasses, cocoa - sweet and burnt

T: semi-sweet with some chocolate, maybe a little of the honey, and notes of the bourbon - Somewhere between North Coast's Old Rasputin and Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout.

M: a little sticky, no bitterness or bad aftertaste, the high abv is invisible - no burn or astringency

O: a very good beer - I hold the Old Rasputin in very high regard but have lost some of my enthusiasm for the Bourbon County stout, and this beer is a good middle ground between the two.

09-17-2011 13:20:41 | More by Greywulfken
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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.