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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
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142 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, cognac, vanilla, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, cognac, vanilla, black licorice, molasses, some vanilla and dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. The cognac barrel adds some nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 06:38:52 | More by ngeunit1
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5%

01-28-2013 03:51:06 | More by JMBSH
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

01-12-2013 20:04:16 | More by spycow
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CGMLS3

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

01-02-2013 03:06:31 | More by CGMLS3
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Professional_Drunker


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

12-25-2012 05:59:55 | More by Professional_Drunker
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-06-2012 06:09:38 | More by derkfromwi
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5%

12-04-2012 06:13:24 | More by MarkyMOD
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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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cvm4

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:51:45 | More by cvm4
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JRed

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-18-2012 21:58:14 | More by JRed
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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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robbrandes

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-09-2012 04:42:46 | More by robbrandes
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.8%

09-22-2012 17:41:26 | More by bluesplit63
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MySauceIsHot

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-19-2012 19:22:08 | More by MySauceIsHot
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%

09-12-2012 18:38:40 | More by JustinMatthew
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Swervine44

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-07-2012 04:23:05 | More by Swervine44
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-20-2012 17:07:33 | More by FullObs
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GOMECK

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5%

08-09-2012 16:20:52 | More by GOMECK
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drgarage

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-09-2012 06:16:41 | More by drgarage
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

07-29-2012 22:58:55 | More by klipper
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-15-2012 02:19:09 | More by BeerHunter76
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-13-2012 14:06:20 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

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

Australia

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

With thanks to IBS

Pours a dark black, though not as thick as I'd like, with nice head and lacing.

Smell is a lot like BA George! Faint Frangelico. Molasses, coffee, chocolate. Subtle milk/fruits. Almost get some herbal, tea-y notes.

Taste is chocolate, rounded fruity maltiness. Have had the Bourbon iteration and this is quite distinct. Strong notes of hazelnut, caramelised chocolate and coffee. Faint hops.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery for my preference but does have some sugar thickening it up. Somewhat of a harsh and astringent aftertaste. Faint drying alcohol.

Overall a nice beer. Coffee comes through more in this version, not sure if that may be cause this is fresher.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 16:46:49 | More by danieelol
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a big and dense medium brown head. Fades slowly, leaving substantial fluffy lacing behind.

S: Like the tequila version I had last night, it's loaded with sweet molasses. This one actually has just a little roasted malt character coming through with some char and chocolate. Nice fruitiness, grapes and raisins maybe? Hint of alcohol bite unlike the tequila version as well.

T: A little fruity cognac up front which quickly turns into heavy, heavy charred oak and smoke. Vanilla kicks in and is present through the aftertaste. A little honey also helps to sweeten up the ash and results in a decent finish. Quite boozy and not nearly as sweet as the tequila version.

M: Heavy, slick and a bit chalky. This beer is quite ashy and I swear it even has ash in the mouthfeel too.

O: As mentioned I just had the tequila version last night. Amazing how different the two versions are. The tequila version was very sweet and heavy on the molasses. This has almost no molasses and is much better balanced. Tons more roasted malt character in this too which is what I wanted to see from the tequila version. Overall I give this one the edge, it's just a better overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 05:22:19 | More by Dope
Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.