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Black Hole (Cognac Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Cognac Edition)Black Hole (Cognac Edition)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

147 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 52 | 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: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2010)
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Reviews by SammyDavisJrJrJr:
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Dark tan body, with slight bright red tints. Plenty of lacing and great head retention.

S - The alcohol is not shy in the aroma, with plenty of rich dark chocolate to back it up. Scotch-like smoke is balanced out by nuances of fatty meat and sweet creamy notes.

T/M - Unlike my experiences with the first round of the barrel-aged Mikkeller Black Holes, the additives (honey and vanilla) are both expressive and welcomed. The honey provides a touch of sweetness to the entry, whereas the vanilla seems to present a back drop intense at first, then decreasing into a delicate back drop throughout the rest of palate, adding a lightness and sweetness to the entire experience. The smoke and cognac notes really take over at the midpalate, and carry through the finish. I'm by no means an expert, the fun part was trying to dissect what cognac this most reminded me of. I finally decided on Pierre Ferrand, a drier cognac, heavy on mineral notes, with delicate fig fruit in the finish. The body, like most Imperial Stouts from Scandinavia, is light and silky, with plenty of alcohol burn.

O - This is a huge improvement over my experiences with the first round of BA Black Hole beers. The spirit is very present, but also very interesting. The beer seems to take a bit of a back seat, which is actually a good thing since you really don't get a chance to try Cognac-Barrel aged beer on at all. Mikkeller might not always work for me, but this is a huge hit for me. Buy it all the way!

09-20-2011 02:56:57 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6%

Pretty black with tan bubblies--what more do you want? The smell is like a dream: peaty black stout with honeyed vanilla and sweet, succulent cognac. If BCS is THE cigar beer, I'd like to know what this is...!

Taste is straight what it's supposed to be: all those flavors melted into one single malt beverage! That thick, syrupy cognac burn in the background makes quite the presence. This is truly a man's beer!

Despite the conglomeration of tough, manly ingredients, the mouthfeel is relatively thin--a surprise, really. Overall, it's tough to return to at $16.99 a pop. I offer, though, that this is a great one. A must for big-time, barrel-aged stout lovers, and a golden ticket to beer-drinkin cigar lovers!

07-27-2011 19:17:36 | More by marvin213
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-20-2013 04:43:53 | More by megamass
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

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

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. I don't get much cognac in the aroma.

The cognac characteristics are also missing in the flavor. There is a heavy chocolate character, as well as some roasted malt, maple and oak. There is also a light amount of vanilla in the flavor.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

11-11-2011 04:15:24 | More by Mora2000
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frenchblood21

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance- Almost pitch black, but not quite. Espresso colored head that is very thin and goes right away.

Smell- Where to begin with this beauty? Just like the bottle says, coffee, honey and vanilla. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste- Like the nose, but somehow more complex. Honey, vanilla and alcohol burn right up front, then that turns into, almost like magic, coffee and charred barrel.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin for a stout. Still has the slight burn, but I'm sure that would go away after a year or so in the cellar.

Overall- Is this beer perfect, no of course not. With that being said, the nose and taste are remarkable. Maybe the most complex taste I've ever experienced in a beer. Totally worth the price tag.

02-12-2012 00:37:36 | More by frenchblood21
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1Adam12

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-28-2013 22:30:18 | More by 1Adam12
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

12.7oz bottle into a Stone Tulip. 2011 Vintage.

Pours pitch black with a thin, but respectable, khaki head.

Nose is a bit tame but nice. Wood and cognac take center stage.

Taste is quite sweet. The beer takes on the character of the barrels well, and the cognac treatment was quite nice to this one.

Mouth is light for an RIS, but not to the beer's detriment. It works.

Overall, cognac barrels are a far better fit for Black Hole than harsher bourbon or scotch barrels. Black hole is a relatively thin, highly attenuated beer, so the softer cognac barrel matches perfectly. In my opinion this one is the best of the line up, and I'd recommend it to friends.

12-31-2011 23:46:55 | More by mondegreen
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-28-2012 20:07:26 | More by alamode
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GoldenVIKE

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Pours deep brown/black with a mocha tan head that lasts for a while. Nice clingy lace. Very frothy appearance when swirled.

S: Coffee, bitter chocolate, cherry, vanilla, and some earthy wood tones.

T: Rich and sweet, although not overwhelmingly so. Even with the high ABV you cannot taste the alcohol, only feel the warmth. The flavors (same as the ones in "smell") compliment each other very well. Possibly some subtle toffee or caramel flavors too which weren't detectable in the nose.

M: Very heavy, rich, silky, smooth, and frothy.

O: Overall this is not the richest, sweetest, or most complex BA RIS out there, but it's in the top third of the BA RIS's that I've ever had. And I've had a lot as this is my favorite style.

09-05-2011 13:25:11 | More by GoldenVIKE
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19%

11-15-2011 18:22:59 | More by kkrez
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (proper!). Poured pitch black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, wood, sweet alcohol, plums, raisins, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, roasted malt, honey, dark chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, and subtle coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This brew had a huge amount of complexity. The cognac barrel definitely made itself known throughout the brew. I wish the coffee aspect would have come through a little more to add some more acidity to the brew, but beggars can’t be choosers. Definitely worth your time trying this one. Can’t wait to try the others that are sitting in my fridge currently.

11-21-2012 12:16:41 | More by thagr81us
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

10-26-2013 02:04:11 | More by GRG1313
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incubuscience

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

01-14-2014 04:35:06 | More by incubuscience
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Had on tap at Zwanze Day.

Appearance – Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass. Dark black color, slight mocha colored head.

Smell – Bittersweet cocoa, booze, wood, vanilla, and dark fruits.

Taste – Rather sweet up front. Not so much malty or molasses but sugary chocolate sweet. This melds into a nice oaky and slight bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – This was actually a surprise after trying some of these other beers in the series. Not a bad version at all. Would pick up again to age.

09-28-2011 01:11:21 | More by SpdKilz
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Bung

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

12.7 Poured into Grand Marnier snifter. Dark murky black pour, tan layer that lasts a while.

Plenty of roast and chocolates in the aroma. Hints of booze, caramel, vanilla and a woodiness.

Taste is potent. Malty, caramel, chocolate, roast. Oaky booziness, but not overwhelming. Finishes with some cocoa. Actually don't get a ton of cognac barrel. Barrel is subtle, which is not bad.

Solid full body, though the carbonation is more than I though it would be. Still, about creamy, coats very well. A sipper.

I bet this will age nicely, though I'm not buying another one, unless I could get it for maybe $8.

Certainly a step up from the ones last year, a BIG step up from the Peat Whisky from last year.

08-07-2011 02:19:04 | More by Bung
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-21-2011 15:57:10 | More by Neffbeer
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jpajpajeff

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-17-2012 05:15:56 | More by jpajpajeff
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-09-2011 21:14:57 | More by enelson
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-28-2014 01:34:27 | More by DrBier
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dark tan head that has good retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of cognac in the nose; the smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of cognac, oak and vanilla along with some hints of chocolate. The cognac becomes more prominent towards the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol and a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is extremely well balanced and has a good incorporation of the cognac flavors from the barrel aging. Considering its strength, the alcohol isn’t that noticeable in the taste.

08-28-2011 23:54:03 | More by metter98
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep deep ebony colour with a tanned head that retains well.

S - Sweet roasted malt, cocoa and oaky sweetness that is reminiscent of vanilla.

T - Quite sweet up front with a little roasted malt charachter. Alcohol is non existent. Chocolate present with a little coffee. The cognac is there but not predominant.

M - Full body and minimal carbonation.

O - Would have liked to have seen less sweetness and more cognac in this brew. Nonetheless a very solid showing from Mikkeller.

01-27-2012 15:32:37 | More by eric5bellies
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oline73

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a 4oz. sample glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red coming through when the light hits the edge of the glass. There is hardly any head at all.

Smell: Quite sweet with overly ripe dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and cocoa.

Taste: Sweet dark fruit, honey, and some roast. The cognac is very smooth, and some cocoa shows up as well. The finish is sweet and warm.

Mouthfeel: Thick and mildly syrupy. Mild carbonation with a dry finish.

08-08-2011 00:25:48 | More by oline73
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

06-02-2012 16:52:32 | More by JohneHoodlum
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MySauceIsHot

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

09-19-2012 19:22:08 | More by MySauceIsHot
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle shared by Pino, part of our Black Hole blind tasting. 375ml into a snifter. My clear winner of the night.

Poured a dark brown/black, with a finger of brown head. Light retention, leaving a thick collar and great legs. Nose has light fruitniess and a gentle spirit character, a bit of berries, light honey, alcohol, some smoke and caramel. Taste is fruity, dry with some tar and caramel. Gentle cognac notes (in retrospect) cover the palate, roast, honey and char also. Full thick and chewy feel, sweet with a roasty and charred finish. Quite sweet, but not bad at all - interesting contrast between the roast.char and cognac/spirit qualities.

01-13-2012 20:25:05 | More by liamt07
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Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.