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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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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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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5/5  rDev +19%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev -4.8%

eerbayman, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of chicano4craft
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%

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 Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

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 wcintula
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured at the Ginger Man into a snifter.

Black body, chocolate brown, one finger head, a beaut.

Smells sweet, a lighter sweetness than most RIS. Not so much a malty sweetness as it is a candy-like, fruity sweetness.

Drinks more mellow than many RIS out there, the roasted bit of the profile sits back and lets the cognac do the smooth talking. This beer will take you out to dinner, buy you a few drinks, and by the end of it all, you want to take this beer to bed.

Good Night.

wcintula, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

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 ChugginOil
4.45/5  rDev +6%

This brew pours a viscous black that is deep in color. There is about a fingers worth of dark, almost brown head.

The nose is full of booze, vanilla, coffee, and sweetness.

The taste is very smooth and dessert-like presenting flavors of sweet honey and cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak and booze. It's very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Enough carbonation to bring all the flavors out but there's not too much which is enjoyable.

Overall, this a great barrel-aged brew that is very enjoyable, drinkable, sweet and delicious. Awesome

ChugginOil, Oct 31, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance is nice. Sheer black as the blackhole from its name. Tan leather halo laces the snifter. Smell is great. Vanilla and cognac sweetness. Taste is much of the same. Light cocoa and sweet chocolate and roasted malts, with the added cognac smoothness and taste. Overall one of the better mikkelwr black hole Ba.

stabzmcgee, Oct 18, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Blinded review alongside the rest of the barrel aged Black Hole lineup.

A – Black with dark brown highlights. Creamy, dark mocha head with great retention and ok lace.

S – Milk chocolate: Yoo-hoo more specifically. Cognac. Bitter cocoa and raisins. Almond extract and white chocolate as it warms.

T – Sharp alcohol takes the lead and holds it through the finish. Sweet caramel and dark fruit center. Agave, honey, and brown sugar sweetness pair with bitter chocolate and a dry oakiness deeper in the profile.

M – Medium body is soft with warm alcohol front and center.

O – My guess was Cognac.

vfgccp, Oct 16, 2011
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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.

angelogarcia3, Oct 16, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a layer and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of honey, vanilla, dark english toffee, and some sweetness from the cognac.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty closely. The bigger flavors are honey and cocoa with a nice molasses backbone.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: Very complex stout and definitely better than the bourbon version I had a while back.

GregSVT, Oct 11, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

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
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jackie o's tasting baby!!

A-black body with tan head around the edges

S-nice cognac smell that is very inviting. Cwnt wait to dive in

T-follows tthe nose. Very nice. Better than I expected.

M- medium boey and smooth

O-one of the better ones we have had of yet

brew3crew, Oct 08, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -19.5%

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
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

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.

MasterSki, Sep 30, 2011
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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!

Cyberkedi, Sep 28, 2011
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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.

SpdKilz, Sep 28, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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...

TMoney2591, Sep 24, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A: Almost lives to the name, but has a nice dark tan color against the light. Coffee-colored head with great lacing.

S: Immediately hit with the cognac. The chocolate and vanilla aromas quickly follow with nice earthiness. Absolutely beautiful and opens up as it sits.

T: Sweet and roasted flavor with nice chocolate and vanilla flavors. Boozy finish of cognac with coffee bitterness. Although, very smooth and warming.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Definitely a sipper.

O: A great beer that would be great for a sampler with the other variations. It’s too early to tell since this is the first one I’ve tried. Could possibly be my favorite of the bunch. Very complex and just a great RIS. I would buy again, but $$$$. After I go through the other variations, I’ll cross my fingers and hope my local store still has whichever is my favorite.

thetastywort, Sep 23, 2011
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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!

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Sep 20, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

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

brentk56, Sep 18, 2011
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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.

bagpiper2005, Sep 16, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Served on tap in a nonic tasting glass at Northdown.

Appearance: My pour is black with dark mahogany edges and a nice tan head. A little lace is left after the first sips, but the lace fades away with the rest of the head from the high ABV.

Smell: The aroma is balanced with cognac, vanilla, roasted malt, and some coffee. The cognac starts to really dominate as the beer warms up a bit.

Taste: The flavor has a bit less cognac and further complexity than the aroma. Fully roasted malt borders on burnt, with dark chocolate and vanilla adding a nice sweetness. The cognac flavor comes in during the middle of the sip, and with it a determined alcohol note. The oak comes through a little bit as the sip wanes, and the finish has a little bit of everything - some coffee, more roasted malt, cognac and some soft sweetness. The balance in each sip was startling.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite full, with smooth creamy carbonation. The cognac and barrel thin the beer out a little bit in the middle and end of the sip. A tingle accompanies this additional alcohol presence.

Overall: I have not had a lot (maybe any) cognac aged beers, but this certainly impressed me. The vast majority of Mikkeller's beers have been interesting and challenging to my palate.

KickInTheChalice, Sep 14, 2011
Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.