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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Tequila Edition)Black Hole (Tequila Edition)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 19.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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: rudzud on 07-01-2011)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Pitch black with a nice thick and heavy medium brown head atop it. Fades extremely slowly. Leaves thick frothy lacing behind as well as an island of foam.

S: Intense fruity sweetness, especially raisin. Lots of tequila, molasses and honey. No alcohol burn surprisingly. Don't really get much in the way of roasted malt other than a bit of chocolate. A touch of oak? Very unique smell, not surprising since I've never had tequila-aged anything before. Molasses are especially strong as it warms up.

T: Whoa, what an unusual brew. Lots of super sweet molasses up front and throughout the brew. Some honey and tequila mixes in as the sweetness fades. Roasted malt kicks in briefly with a huge surge of char and a bit of chocolate which fades into the aftertaste. Just a hint of vanilla bean in the lingering aftertaste. No indication to the alcohol content.

M: Heavy, slick and smooth. Not as heavy or syrupy as you would expect for the ABV.

O: Unique for sure. Never had a tequila-aged beer. This was actually surprisingly good. Very strong aromas and flavors so it's definitely not for a beginner. Tequila adds a nice aspect to this brew. The main thing I didn't really like about this beer was the lack of roasted malt character. It gets drowned out and it's more like a crazy barleywine with the intense sweetness and molasses. Otherwise, quite a complex and unique beer.

Dope, Jul 03, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +6.1%

megamass, May 20, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the scotch whisky, red wine, cognac, white wine and bourbon versions.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is fairly straightforward, with a lot of roasted malt and chocolate. I also get some brown sugar notes in the aroma.

The flavor is little bit strange and is a little tough to describe. The beer is pretty sweet, with a lot of agave nectar and tequila notes. The roasted malt and chocolate are present, but they take a back seat to the fruity agave notes. There are also some nice vanilla and oak flavors, as well as some wine-like notes.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
2.23/5  rDev -40.8%

Bottle

Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Black throughout with nearly no head and very little visible carbonation. This beer doesn't leave much at all in the way of lace or stick, though that can be expected at this ABV, though the beer looks slick and oily.

This is certainly one of the most interesting aromas a beer has ever possessed, though that doesn't inherently make it good. And this one is not good. The aroma consists of lime, cactus, roasted malt, boozy alcohol, wood planks, and ?salt water? Really quite strange. Unique.

This beer is strange, to say very least. The flavors of cactus, lime, and wood are dominant, and those do not make a particularly pleasant combination. The alcohol component is huge in this one as well.

Medium to thick bodied with very low carbonation and particularly oily.

Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

ehammond1, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +18%

On tap at Beer Revolution for only $8. Black. Thin beige head to it. Great aroma with all of the usual suspects in a big ass stout, massive roast, chocolate, vanilla, and while I'm not a tequila fan in any sense up until now, I really liked what I presume is the woody spice notes coming from the tequila barrel.

Heavy roast and chocolate, with an amazing, almost hot pepper like quality heat (not from abv) coming off it. A great sipper, not boozy in any sense. Carbonation is just perfect.

Already and went out and bought the series after having the tequila and white wine versions. Will probably pick up extra tequilas. Yum.

Sometimes I think Mikkeller is actually underrated on this site because they are nomadic and don't have much to work with in terms of a 'homer' base.

Had it again out of the bottle, a little sweeter than I remembered it, but still, very enjoyable and one of my favorite imperial stouts out there.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

My first Mikkeller, I think.

Near black with a nice, long-lasting tan head. Looks great, and the aroma is sweet and promising, if not that of a typical RIS (or tequila for that matter).

Taste: Too sweet! Rich and complex, but the pronounced sweetness overshadows everything else. Certainly plenty of sweet malt, but much sweeter than from malt alone, I think. Even the aftertaste is too sweet.

If this only rated liked the aroma it would be a fine beer.

O - disappointing, but has it strong points and excellent potential as the start of a revised version.

chinchill, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of mentaltraveller
2.33/5  rDev -38.2%

Pours pitch black. This beer looks pretty good. The smell is rather interesting; the tequila is much more present in the scent than in the taste. Unfortunately, the taste is pretty awful. The brew starts promisingly, with a smooth, dark chocolate and honey flavor, but then it just dissolves into a mess: chewable vitamins, lemon and a hefty dose of household cleaning products. I finished it, but I am not sure why, but probably because it is so expensive. Avoid

mentaltraveller, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +32.6%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

A: poured three glasses, all had great lacing but one had exceptional head/lacing.

S: seriously hoppy of the vegetal persuasion, pepper, Dominican food.

T: tastes nothing like tequilla, sugary like home-brewed wort, strong smoke, a little molasses, bitter orange like Averna, chestnuts, dark chocolate, hazelnut (definitely Nutella), Mexican food, cumin. Hoppy burps. 3.5 based on the beer's high potential.

M: medium to heavy, lots of warmth from the ABV.

O: I was not expecting the hops, very interesting flavors in a good way, wasn't able to pull all of them apart. Definitely atypical in a refreshing way. Flaws: too boozy, too sweet, no tequilla or even mescal.

nickhiller, Sep 09, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

incubuscience, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Neffbeer, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DrewZ926
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

A- Jet black pour with a nice inch of dark khaki head

S- Highly off-putting. Vegetal, metallic, a ton of tequila, and something that reminds me of the time I made a tea out of pure Saaz hops...

T- A little bit of sweet malt but overpowering tequila essence. Finishes nicer that it attacks, some roasty malt and espresso.

M- Despite the odd tastes going on the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. Pretty creamy and thick but no surprise here.

D- After a few ounces I was satisfied with this one. The barrel aging would be a bit too much to handle in any quantity more.

O- After loving the Cognac version of Black Hole I figured I would give the tequila version a shot, since I've never had a tequila barrel beer before. I'd say I'm pretty disappointed as the RIS backbone of this great beer was changed beyond recognition.

DrewZ926, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A: pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: some roasted malts and sweet chocolate up front. What follows is one of the most interesting aromas I've smelled. It's a warm, floral aroma. Vanilla and a little honey perhaps? Tequila aromas follow, creating this interesting, but good aroma.

T: roasted malts with sweet chocolate again along with a very unique flavor. It's a strongly sour flavor with hints of char and smoke. Very slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty dry and relatively light for the style, but it works well with the sourness.

O: a very unique, but good beer. It's like a sour stout. The tequila really adds some interesting components to the beer. Very pricey, but worth trying.

n2185, Sep 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of logicalparadox
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

logicalparadox, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

Pours like "Regular" Black Hole, which is a dark, ominous black with a thin mocha head that fades to a slight ring. Aromas and flavors are hard to pin down, definitely getting the typical bitter roasted malt and burnt coffee, a bit of oak, agave, and a "green" flavor that's hard to identify. Kinda reminds me of caramelized pineapple or sugar cane. I suppose that makes sense given that a agave piña is similar to a green pineapple. Really unique set of flavors and aromas in here, definitely liking it. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, with a full body and low carbonation. Really neat beer, cool to try different Barrel-Aging techniques!

jsanford, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of guytyping
5/5  rDev +32.6%

guytyping, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of DerrickW
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DerrickW, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Gfunk720
2.15/5  rDev -43%

330ml bottle out of my Harpoon tulip.

A- Nice opaque black. The foamy head almost looks like an espresso, with hints of white and mocha. The lacing clings to the glass as I make my way through it.

S- Sweet notes of mesquite tequilla and oak. An interesting background blend of hops, chocolate, and coffee. The tequilla is different, but honestly slightly off-putting

T-It is very smooth and chocolatey sweet at first. A crazy blend of hops, smokey tequilla, and peaty oak then just punish the tongue. I hate mescal style tequilla, and this is very reminicent of that. I pick up the in the honey in the initial flavor, and some slight coffee flavor as well. Not really any vanilla.

M- Overall it punishes my palate, and after a while I wasn't looking forward to trying to drink more. The aftertaste was not very good, and rather bitter.

O- While I think this is an improvement of the base beer from the last batch of Black Hole, the barrel aging did not do this one well. While I love tequilla, I'd be curious to know what kind of barrels these were aged in.

-GFunk

Gfunk720, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a 4oz. tasting glass.

Appearance: Almost black with some red around the edges when the light hits it. There is hardly any head.

Smell: Some sweet roastyness, dominated by the tequila.

Taste: Quite smooth, which was a surprise after the smell. Sweet ripe fruit and some roast. The finish is sweet and warm.

Mouthfeel: Thick and a bit syrupy. Mild carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: This was better than I expected. I was a bit scared by the smell, but it was surprisingly smooth. This is my first tequila aged beer, and I would be willing to have another.

oline73, Aug 08, 2011
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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.