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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
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%

11-24-2011 03:03:22 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours nearly black with a good mocha head and a few spots of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings the unmistakable stench of cognac plus some roasted malt, chocolate, and light coffee. Cognac pervades. As it warms, some light vanilla character. Flavor is mostly cognac and backed very well with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. Everything is well integrated and blends quite well. Medium body and slightly oily. Light carbonation. Solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 01:41:49 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:54:03 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrive with a pitch black liquid capped by a coffee-colored foam that leaves a patchwork design of lacing

Smell: The cognac is recognizable from the first whiff, with vanilla, roast, chocolate and coffee elements

Taste: Roasty flavors and chocolate, up front, with the cognac quickly coming on, bringing a vanilla character, as well; while it is boozy and filled with cognac, after the swallow, the dark fruit, chocolate and coffee elements are also quite prominent

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; rather creamy, too, with plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very well-balanced, complex RIS, but still quite aggressive

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 01:12:24 | More by brentk56
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -24.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 14:54:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-13-2012 14:06:20 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

01-12-2013 20:04:16 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

07-13-2012 02:56:08 | More by Texasfan549
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Still hoping for a more-than-just-tolerable offering from this barrel-aged line. This one pours a solid onyx topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light molasses, light coffee, and an offhand hint of some exotic (to me, anyway) booze, which I assume to be the cognac. The taste intensifies the roast and the molasses, adds in a small bit of oak, and tosses in a good amount of somewhat buttery cognac. The booze is definitely present throughout, but it serves as a nice compliment, rather than an imposition. The body is a solid medium, closing in on some heft, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, this is so far the best of the barrel-aged editions of Black Hole. The barrel adds a rather enjoyable character, which sorta makes me wanna try some cognac sometime soon...

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 01:52:07 | More by TMoney2591
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5%

11-21-2011 18:36:52 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Black body. Looks exactly like an imperial stout should.

S - Sweet cognac, milk chocolate, vanilla, and honey. Aroma is quite sweet, with only mild roast, smoke, and coffee character that intensifies a little bit as the beer warms up. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden

T - Taste has that quintessential Scandinavian character to it - not sure if it's the water, yeast, or terroir, but tastes 'Danish' all the same. There's a bit more oak and soy character, particularly in the finish along with a touch of spirit alcohol, but otherwise it's mostly cognac, dark chocolate, smoke, and a bit of char. Far less sweet than the aroma implies, and far more in line with what I expect from Mikkel. Gets a touch boozy when it warms up, but nothing excessive for a 13.1% beer.

M - Big, sticky, viscous full body, some light warming alcohol, medium-low carbonation, light tannic character in the finish. Surprisingly clean finish with only light lingering stickiness.

D - Not as wonderful as Cognac Black, but exponentially better than the other barrel-aged Black Holes. I drank about 8oz, and then used the rest in a birthday cake for my wife - probably could have drank the whole bottle though. It's in the top tier of Mikkeller offerings and it's an essential beer for cognac barrel-aged beer tastings.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 01:35:11 | More by MasterSki
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:15:24 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yup, this one is big time. big big time. it pours midnight black, literally like the depths of space. its dense as blacktop, and has a small off white head that doesnt stick around too long. im smelling tons of alcohol, as well as sweet tobacco notes, raw honeycomb, and spent espresso grinds. the flavor is easily as complex as the nose, with the honey notes really adding something special here. the cognac barrel adds some potency to the alcoholic profile, as well as a light woody tone that is trying not to be overpowered by the huge roasty malt and coffee flavors. its bitter and its sweet, everything in excellent proportion. this is an order of magnitude more complex than the standard black hole, and one of the more enjoyable mikkeller big stouts (and there are a great many of those). mouthfeel is huge. massive body and light carbonation. a little on the syrupy side, altough not as bad as some others. the alcohol is almost to a brutal level here, and this bottle demands to be shared. what a sensory experience!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 18:42:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5%

12-04-2012 06:13:24 | More by MarkyMOD
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5%

12-13-2013 07:23:41 | More by XmnwildX12
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 01:40:15 | More by dbrauneis
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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
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John_M

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable dark chocolate and brandy (OK, I guess it's really "cognac," not brandy), with some underlying coffee and vanilla as well. There's also something of chocolate malt ball aroma as well, that is impressive. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the beer showing some bitterness and a bit of heat from alcohol as well. The brandy is a bit less noticeable on the palate, though I still get some of it in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with a long, chocolate and coffee infused finish.

A solid beer, no doubt, though a little bit of this goes a long way.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 20:58:23 | More by John_M
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of spycow (thanks Chris!). I shared this with my wife to celebrate Monday night football on Thanksgiving week. This pours a brownish black color, very opaque with a finely celled milk chocolate colored foam.

Nice candied liqueur aromas laid over the roasted malts, slightly sweet with a well integrated cognac note. The more I smell it the more I like it, sort of akin to an Eclipse. The cognac flavor comes through well without adding any burn, very well done barrel aging as far as my tastes go. Initially sweet with long lasting aftertastes of liquor and malt. Light carbonation helps lend this a silky mouthfeel.

This was actually better than I expected in every way, I wouldn't mind having it again anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:41:18 | More by TurdFurgison
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-21-2014 04:07:26 | More by afsdan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 16:39:06 | More by xnicknj
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 20:25:05 | More by liamt07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 12:16:41 | More by thagr81us
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Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.