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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
85
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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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Photo of davey101
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

davey101, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, some dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. The Bourbon barrels add some nice depth and complexity.

ngeunit1, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

JMBSH, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Literally black with a dark brown head. Perfect appearance for an imperial stout. Very deserving of the name Black Hole, a thing so dark it's blacker than black. It sucks light into an inescapable void, through the infinity of endless ages.

S: Caramel, coffee, vanilla, honey, roasted malt and a touch of alcohol in the nose. In short. It smells amazing.

T: Coffee, chocolate, honey, a lingering hint of vanilla in the finish. Bitter aftertaste of alcohol is unpleasant, but the beer is delicious.

M: Creamy, full bodied and quite smooth. Alcohol takes a bit away from the smoothness.

O: One of the best Mikkeller beers out there. Worth a try if you can find it. I still can, but according to BeerAdvocate it was only brewed once.

BierJager89, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

eawolff99, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +6.4%

MarkyMOD, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: 4.0 dark with light head
S: 4.0 a whole lotta bourbon and a little bit of dark malts in the nose of this brew
T: 3.0 very smokey and then bourbon.
MF: 3.5 smooth and slippery
O: 3.5 I love the bourbon but not too keen on the smokeyness. It was like being overwhelmed at a bonfire and smelling smoke in your hair the next day.

brewdude1982, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cfh64, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JAHMUR, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black brown with no head.

S - Bourbon and oak with sweet malt and hints of vanilla and coffee.

T - Bourbon with sweet vanilla and honey. Roasty in the middle with a hint of coffee and then some alcohol heat that lingers.

M - Medium mouthfeel with very little carbonation and warming alcohol.

D - A little disappointed with this one. Needs more carbonation and less alcohol heat.

brewcrew76, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of cvm4
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick black, lots of lacing, very good appearance.

S - Bourbon, dark chocolate and charred wood.

T - Very bourbon, sweet vanilla, faint malts and oak. But, there's a linger burnt flavor that is just not good.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation.

O - I had a horrible experience with black buffalo. This isn't quite as bad but really, where are you getting the bourbon barrels from??

cvm4, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

drewone, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of GOMECK
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

GOMECK, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

s1ckboy, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +13%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of pauljunk
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

pauljunk, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of danieelol
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Platinum

Appearance is dark black (brown around edges) with good head/lacing.

Smell is nice. Bourbon - caramel, chocolate, soy, roasted wood. Very nice.

Taste and mouthfeel go together. Gingerbread, chocolate; mouthfeel is too thin, too watery. A little bitter from booze; but sometimes too sweet. Paradox?!?!

The bourbon barrel is enticing but the base beer seems kind of mediocre. Did enjoy it though.

danieelol, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Cstromberg57
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Cstromberg57, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of champ103
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark, almost opaque black color. A dense two finger tan head forms the gently recedes after a few minutes. Light lace.
S: Charred wood, tobacco, ash. Vanilla, chocolate, toast.
T: Follows the nose and fairly simple. Charred wood and ash. Vanilla and chocolate. Fairly standard, with the barrel kind of taking over.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low carbonation, chalky, asky. Lots of alcohol, which makes this a very slow sipper. One and done.

Probably the best of the Black Hole beers that I have had so far. Though that is saying very little. Still not the horrid abomination the base beer is. It has obviously been toned down from the monsterours 17% ABV it once was. Though I have had enough of these overpriced, over barring, over alcoholic stouts.

champ103, May 11, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Such a beautiful looking beer. Thick black pour out of the bottle with a very large, deep brown head. The size of the bubbles and thickness of the head reminds me of a sponge above the beer. Lacing is great, retention is only ok.

S: The aroma is really rich. Chocolate, roast, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and booze. At times, the alcohol seems to be a bit too much for the rest of the ingredients...but I don't mind it. The aroma is really well put together.

T: This taste is extremely deep and well balanced. The vanilla I'd say is the most surprising part, as it really asserts itself and helps curb the intensity of the other flavors. I think the honey is playing a role in the sweetness as well. A very nice blend of chocolate and bourbon make this an intimidating offering. The coffee finish adds a dry roast character that is much needed. Booze is noted throughout the taste, but certainly only adds to the balance. All of the flavors play together very well. Really impressed here.

MF: The body is thick and heavy, carbonation low, and finish dry. I found it to be really drinkable because the flavors all worked very well together. That 13% will catch up to you!

O: Really happily blown away by this one. It was easy to justify the price when I saw what all this was brewed with, and it did not disappoint.

russwbeck, May 09, 2012
Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

MouthfulOfchris, May 07, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4.25/5  rDev +13%

TonyTalon, Apr 25, 2012
Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.