Black Hole (Cognac Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by SammyDavisJrJrJr:
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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!
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2011 02:56:57 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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4.19/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Il. This beer smelled as good as it tasted. It was the 2011 version and the flavours held up quite well. Notes of vanilla and toffee followed by bitter chocolate and caramel. Nice thick mouthfeel and smooth finish. Overall one of the better brews Ove had from Mikkeller.
Serving type: on-tap
12-01-2013 15:32:05 | More by vegas1211
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A great beer- so well balanced and complex. A lot going on here, but it's so seemlessly integrated and smooth. Part of the reason is that is has some age on it, which tends to mellow things out a bit. You certainly can't tell that this is 13% abv. When first opened, I noticed the cofee and the honey quite distinctly, after a bit the coffee has faded a bit and the honey is more mellow but still distinct. The cognac notes continue to linger, but as a back- note and harsh at all. It serves more to underline the mellow roasty notes of the coffee and grain and add a roundness to it all. The vanilla and honey cancel any lingering sourness from the coffee and grain and add a welcome modicum of sweetness. Just lovely all around, and maybe smells even better than it tastes.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2013 03:19:44 | More by Georgiabeer
Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.