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Black Hole (Cognac Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 24
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

drgarage, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

klipper, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BeerHunter76, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

kjkinsey, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Texasfan549, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

danieelol, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Dope, Jul 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
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

phishphorce, Jun 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

JohneHoodlum, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jpajpajeff, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

KarlSpackler, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

alamode, Mar 28, 2012
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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ZX6Chris, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of quilty
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

quilty, Feb 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

MystikCelt, Feb 25, 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
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mrshoes, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

fltmedic, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of frenchblood21
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

frenchblood21, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - near black caramel head that quickly dissipated, minimal lacing

S - sweet vanilla, honey and cognac, pretty strong

T - sweet vanilla, a little roastyness, some honey, straight cognac

M - medium body and fair carbonation, a bit of a sipper

O - good cognac flavor, heavy on the vanillas and roasty coffee flavors

MacQ32, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of seand
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown, with a small amount of dense tan head. Just a bit of film retains on parts of the surface and around the edge of the glass, leaving a few spots of lacing.

S: Densely sweet, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and just a touch of licorice and whiskey. A nice blend.

T: Nice complexity; deep sweetness, leading into roasted malt and caramel. The finish continues with the roasted notes. Subtle whiskey notes, but that's probably mostly because I'm specifically looking for that. There's a lot going on, but it's so well blended that it's hard to pick out individual flavors.

M: Full body, medium smooth carbonation.

Overall, great. This is a really fantastic beer.

seand, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#147. On tap at Taco Mac Decatur. My first Mikkeller beer. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Solid black, spotty surface cover, light brown lacing. 4

(Smell) Black malts, licorice. A great woody cognac aroma. Aroma is intense up close. 4

(Taste) Delicious heavy wooden boozy flavor. Smoky licorice, black raisin and dark roasted black and caramel malt flavor. Tart dry smoky finish complete with wood tones. Complex. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Smooth. Heavy mouthfeel, medium alcohol presence. 3.5

(Overall) A fantastic beer, I'd recommend getting this while it's still around. 4

Black Hole (Cognac Edition)

Jadjunk, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep deep ebony colour with a tanned head that retains well.

S - Sweet roasted malt, cocoa and oaky sweetness that is reminiscent of vanilla.

T - Quite sweet up front with a little roasted malt charachter. Alcohol is non existent. Chocolate present with a little coffee. The cognac is there but not predominant.

M - Full body and minimal carbonation.

O - Would have liked to have seen less sweetness and more cognac in this brew. Nonetheless a very solid showing from Mikkeller.

eric5bellies, Jan 27, 2012
Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
93 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.