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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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Photo of chicano4craft
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into snifter. Black with a fingers worth of tan head that dropped to a crown pretty fast. Looked like carbonation may be low.

Nose is heavy on the cognac. It's so strong it's hard to get anything else. Woodiness from the barrel with hints of sweet chocolate.

Taste is not to my liking. Alcohol is all over this beer. A slow burn in my chest is followed by subtle coffee, vanilla, and sweet malt. Cognac comes off sort of paper like. Weird.

Mouthfeel is not good. Body is thin. Under carbonated.

Overall I was disappointed. I like cognac but it just didn't mesh well with the stout. The body wasn't strong or thick enough to support such a strong alcohol presence.

chicano4craft, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of incubuscience
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

incubuscience, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of crusian
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

bottle from awesome girlfriend from someplace outside boston.

pours a nice dark nasty thickness with a minimal amount of head.
smells of chocolate and booze with a bit of dirt mixed in... not all that inviting.

taste is something different. nice sweetness up front, followed by the dirt on the middle palate, and a boozy finish. Chocolate seems to creep in with its partner coffee near the mid-finish.. I was expecting a lot out of this, based on the reviews, etc... and I was let down. This seems way too boozy for what it is... I have had way better 13% RIS in the past...
after it warms there is a nice inviting grape aftertaste that seems to take over... and I have now upped my score because of this.

mouthfeel is actually not that great, or rather, it is good, but after about 6 sips, my mouth and throat seem to be plagued with a coating that I want the hell out of my body... now. it is not pleasant... and it is very off putting.

overall, i isnt too bad, but for a 13% RIS, I want more. good to try, but seriously? an A rating is way too much for this. I dont take price into consideration when i rate... and that may be the issue here.

crusian, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of silentnoiz
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank A/B with the Black (sampled all but the Rum same night).

A - very dark small head slight lacing

S - roasty boozyness

T - boozy, interresting, a bit bitter

M - same as the rest of this series

O - interesting brew, quite bitter on the back end, fun to try

silentnoiz, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours the same unapologetically cheerless, black body with a medium-small, mocha-toned head. Let's see where the cognac takes it from here.

Smell: Burnt malted barley, ashen and charry as it always is in the Black Hole series, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a faint, less-than-supporting fruitiness, assumably aided by the cognac.

Taste: Moderate sweetness over the roasted malts, still ostensibly harsh, and the bittersweet chocolate taste, still a bit crude. Small hints of vanilla, sea salt caramel. A singe of unworthy cognac. Those malts just remain harsh, chalky, and acrid throughout. Boozy, harsh, sugary finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: I'm not too terribly keen on this one either, no. Well, that closes out the red wine, white wine, and cognac varieties for me. Next up: tequila, whiskey, and bourbon!

ChainGangGuy, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of mulder1010
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 ML poured into a Bruery Tulip

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Half a finger of light chocolate colored head. Head faded pretty fast and just left a murky sea of film. Decent ring of lacing.

S-- Cognac soaked chocolate covered cherries. Expected a bigger nose than this really. Faint notes of oak but this nose is really soft.

T-- Cognac, followed by sweet dairy chocolate. Thin, soft and sweet. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-- Alcohol is more evident in the mouth. Still pretty soft and thin until the end when get the usual Mikkeller trademark. ASH, CHAR, BURNT RUBBER. Sigh. Medium alcohol burn in the finish. Light bodied and low carbonation. Like this until the finish and the burn from the alcohol.

O-- Light and easy to drink for 13.1%. The alcohol burn in the end is annoying and a turn off. Good notes of cognac though. Not a bad beer but a decent one.

mulder1010, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of litheum94
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz green bottle. Reviewed 9/4/11. Thanks to daysinthewake for sharing.

Deep black body, with a frothy, tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Smoked meat and coffee tones. Some chocolate. Not much cognac on the nose, but the brandy tones fight back as it warms. Pecans also show up.

Very ashy and charcoal like, in flavor and mouthfeel. Smoked meats and dark chocolate. Some apple brandy flavors. Smooth and smokey.

litheum94, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of jkane101
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

jkane101, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at farmers cabinet

Pours an inky black with a tiny toasted brown head resting on top. Some patchy lacing clings to the glass with some wispy film littered across the top.

Aggressive nose with cognac and booze, tempered by soothing oak and vanilla. Highly roasted malts with a touch of tobacco and smoke. Chocolate sweetness with dark malts. Boozy and warm.

Warm and boozy right out of the gate with heavily roasted (almost charred) malts. Dark flavor with caramel and chocolate, followed by some toasted bread crust. Cognac and oak with residual vanilla, leather and tobacco. Heavy and boozy in the finish.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, sticky and thick on the tongue. This is nowhere near as bad as some people make it out to be - although the flavors are a bit clumsy due to the heavily roasted and charred notes in the nose and flavor profile. The volume is definitely amped up on this one.

xnicknj, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

1Adam12, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of drgarage
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

drgarage, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

cfh64, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours jet black in color with just the most subtle hints of dark amber when held up to the light. The beer has a thin tan head which reduces to a ring at the edge of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The alcohol is very present in the aroma - the combination of the high ABV and the cognac aging is intense. There are also some caramel sweetness, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and charred/burnt wood.

T: Mild sweetness of caramel/toffee on top of burnt and extremely dark roasted malts. There is a less than subtle hint of the cognac as well - vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and something slightly chalky tasting.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol heat is present in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol presence is much too in your face. I find the alcohol in this beer to be a little harsh and tough to easily drink. The beer improves as it warms but is a little too much for me. Not sure I would get this one again.

dbrauneis, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 barrel varieties with the base beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black.

Minimal head.

Smells sweet, and chocolate heavy. Barrel characteristics. Smells buttery and enjoyable. Tastes a bit boozy and harsh.

Side by side with roger's bourbon pumpkin cake. The cake blew me away...

The beer was so so

Urbancaver, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, one finger light brown head, nice lacing.

S - Brown sugar, bitter hops, barleywine scents.

T - Cocoa powder, coffee, candi sugar, dark fruits, medicinal alcohol flavors.

M - Warming, smooth, slick on the tongue, a little thin.

O - It is a decent brew but not as good as I expected, I think the bourbon is the best I have had.

Rickythejeweler, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.375 ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A-Pours out an intense,blackish brown body with 2 fingers worth of dark tawny foam that displayed good retention and left sticky clumps of lacing.

S-This was the beer's only downfall for me.As it warmed more scents could be pulled out but even then it just wasn't as assertive as I would've liked.Smelled of caramelized nuts,dark chocolate covered espresso beans,oak and charred malts.

T-More rich chocolate flavors,sweet nuttiness,vanilla,strong,fresh coffee and burnt sugars.

M-Full and balanced with good residual sugars,bitter coffee,semisweet chocolate and creamy vanilla.Good lasting flavors.

O-A little pricey but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

StlHopHead77, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Cognac version of the Barrel-aged Black Hole has a body that is the darkest shade of brown and completely opaque. Two fingers of brown head settle into a collar and leave some nice lacing behind.

Big notes of cognac dominate the aroma, followed by vanilla, a little bit of anise, roasted malt and coffee. The nose is very complex and quite good.

The lightly smoky, sweet cognac flavor comes through immediately and is very nice. Underneath the cognac is a big sweetness that I assume comes from the honey. The vanilla flavor is nestled down somewhere between the booze and the honey, and although it is definitely there, it could easily get lost in between the other flavors. The malt base has patent black malt along with a little bit of coffee and a good dose of roasted malt. Chocolate flavors come through also, especially in the finish and the after taste. The finish has a little bit of heat, and fusel alcohol flavors do hide in the background, but they aren't glaringly obvious in the finish of this one. The cognac flavors extend throughout the beer and into the after taste, which also features roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. The strongest vanilla flavors that I notice throughout the entire beer also come in the aftertaste.

A little hot on the tongue, and the body is thinner than I would like for a monster of a beer like this one. Prickly carbonation.

I haven't tried a ton of Mikkeller beers because they carry a hefty price tag, but when I saw the entire barrel-aged Black Hole series, I decided to pick up at least one. I'm glad I did, as this is a good example of barrel aging. Although it is a bit hot, for 13%+ ABV.

Hojaminbag, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark body with a 2 finger tan head. Not much lacing to speak of

S - Very forward nose with all the cognac and boozyness showing through. Lots of oak, sweet chocolate & a slight coffee.

T - Very boozy, even from the beginning. Lots of roasted malts, vanilla & cocoa nibs. It can come across as sweeter than I'd prefer.

M - Medium carbonation, body is lighter & not as heavy as I'd expect.

O - I've had the bourbon, peat whiskey & tequila versions & this is the best of the bunch by far.

cvm4, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken during a tasting with a friend.

A - Poured into a snifter an oily black with a two finger mocha head that leaves very nice side lacing and good clouding. Spectacular for a this high of an ABV.

S - The nose is mostly very nice cognac with some very light chocolate. Unfortunately I feel the cognac is overpowering the stout a little.

T - Nice chocolate and sweetness, with very nice barrel notes and cognac flavours. Really pleasant taste.

M - Light, smooth, creamy with just a little carbonation. Not too hot at all!

O - Not bad but not super amazing. Mikkeller Barrel aged black hole has been hit or miss...either undrinkable or pretty good. This is solid, but not quite as good as the tequilla one.

rudzud, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
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Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.