Black Hole (Cognac Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.97/5 rDev +18.3%
Pour: Jet black. Three fingers of brown head that lasts forever. Leaves lacing all over the glass. Beautiful lacing that sticks all over the glass. Gorgeous beer.
Smell: A little smoky, sweet and caramelly. Molasses, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Cognac makes its presence known.
Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses kick things off. Undertones of vanilla and dark fruits. Chocolate and smoke come in force in the middle.. A little woody and smoky, slightly spicy in the finish. Long, smooth, full finish with notes of coffee and bitter hops. Alcohol disguised very well - I can't even notice it in the taste. Warming though.
Mouthfeel: Thick, cteamy, and smooth. Low carbonation. Imagine sipping on some nice, thick latte or something.
Drinkability/Overall: Dangerously drinkable. Incredibly smooth on the way down, like sipping some fine liquor. Amazing bold flavor and drinks way too easy for the ABV.
Final notes: Perhaps the best beer I've ever had. Expensive and worth it. Only a handful of bottles in the world, I lucked out to come across some. It's highly unlikely I'll come across something like this again. Absolutely amazing.
09-16-2011 03:04:19 | More by bagpiper2005
4.85/5 rDev +15.5%
Pours a luscious sable with a fairly thick and fluffy tan head. Aroma is absolutely heavenly - chocolate, smoked wood, licorice, malt and hints of coffee and cognac. Flavor - oh, such flavor! Smoky malt, chocolate, quality coffee, subtle notes of licorice, toffee and cognac, no surprise for the latter. Alcohol bite is firm but not overwhelming. Texture is full-bodied and then a little, fizzy and lively, leaving a tingly and smoky finish. Grab this one whilst it’s available!
09-28-2011 02:56:09 | More by Cyberkedi
4.78/5 rDev +13.8%
Oh my! This is...liquid Christmas
A- BLACK as night with a big head
S- Lots of toasty coffee, a little vanilla and a slight toffee
T- WOW! At first the alcohol stands out, maybe a little too cold. As it warms up the coffee and bitter chocolate stand out. Then, as it warms up even more the Cognac comes in on the back of the palate with tastes of sweet vanilla and rich butter.
M- A little bit of alcohol, but over all just smooth and buttery
O- YES, YES, YES... The "Phantom Brewer" does it once again. So far I have tasted the Cognac, the Red Wine Barrel and the White Wine Barrel and this is the best one. Gonna be buying a few more of these.
07-31-2011 05:51:36 | More by bradcochran1234
4.78/5 rDev +13.8%
Black hole is an excellent beer served on-tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY. They serve this beer in a medium sized brandy glass with a beautiful dark tan head and midnight black color. There is no cloudiness and it is sharp and clean in color. The aroma of this beer is of chocolate liquor & cognac. The first sip is syrrupy but smooth with flavors of chocolate, maltiness, cognac liquor, and hints of spice and a hint of tartness. Definitely a special beer.
10-16-2011 00:10:18 | More by angelogarcia3
4.68/5 rDev +11.4%
Bottle into snifter. No freshness date.
A- Syrupy black as night pour. Two finger light tan head that slowly drops to a half inch and stays put. Lacing is oily gobs all over the glass.
S- Chocolate and coffee. The honey is more upfront than the White Wine version I had earlier. The vanilla again isn't as upfront as I would have liked but I'm a vanilla nut. The back end is where you get into the wonderful barrels and cognac. It smells amazing. I haven't had the opportunity to partake in any other cognac beers other than a 2009 Angel's Share and this one takes the cake in the aroma department. It's very smooth and balanced.
T- Coffee and bakers chocolate right up front, followed by a dark devils food cake taste from the vanilla and honey and cognac. Alcohol is invisible with this one. There is a wonderful earthiness from the barrels and it really suits this well.
M- Medium to full bodied, slightly prickly carbonation makes this very palatable and not so heavy and syrupy as some barrel aged beers can get. The slightest feel of the 13% there but very minimum.
O- This I think is Mikkeller's best beer to date. This makes me excited for the others in the barrel aged set as well as wanting to hunt down more cognac beers.
12-30-2011 01:58:38 | More by korguy123
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
Had this last night at the Trappist in Oakland, CA, poured into a snifter.
Appearance is great. Opaque, inky black with light brown head that lingers for a bit. Initial whiff of the beer is a muted yet obvious warm aroma of cognac.
Lots going on here, initial taste is of rich vanilla giving way to pleasant honey sweetness. A flood of chocolate maltiness is followed by cognac flavor and some light vanilla seemingly from the barrel rather than the beer. Sip finishes with a slight throat burn, excellent effect of the cognac.
Tons of complexity in this one. The vanilla and honey flavors of the beer and vanilla overtones from the cognac sandwich a vast array of malt and chocolate profiles. This beer goes anywhere from tasting like a milk shake, to bittersweet cocoa nibs to a good strong coffee with a healthy amount of Bailey's. I find the cognac influence to be strongly present but not overpowering.
This is an excellent beer and why I've come to cherish the stout style. This is a big multi dimensional beer with tons of flavor and character. Despite the always impressive tap list at the Trappist I had to order a second serving; this one was too good to have just once.
08-04-2011 21:07:02 | More by TheStove
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
4.53/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
06-16-2013 03:19:44 | More by Georgiabeer
Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.