Black Hole (Tequila Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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

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very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 18.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 07-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij
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Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ehammond1
2.26/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mentaltraveller
2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Photo of nickhiller
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DrewZ926
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jsanford
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Gfunk720
2.26/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of blakelive784
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a nearly black color with 2.5 fingers of decently thick and creamy tan head. Retention is very good, especially considering the ABV.

S - Awesome spice, heavy oak, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, cream and a hint of alcohol. Very well balanced and inviting.

T - Spicy oak and cream over a full roasted malt foundation. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and tart black cherry esters. Yeasty throughout. Subtly complex, and pretty tasty, though I don't get any tequila notes.

M - Medium to full bodied, fairly creamy, smooth and wet.

D - It's a fairly complex and drinkable stout, and it conceals its ABV very well. I'd have it again, and it makes me want to try the other aged black hole variants.

Photo of liamt07
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY, part of our Black Hole blind tasting. 375ml into a snifter. Ticking my first ever tequila BA'd beer.

Poured black (surprise), some translucence around the edges. Dark brown head, lace and retention are good. Nose is interesting and immediately suggestive of tequila, earthy and herbal qualities, pepper notes, fruity and spirity. Agave is there. Taste has the agave, peppery and herbal character again, char, caramel, honey, light tar. A general sweetness contributed by most parties invovled. Some spicy agave-esque flavour in the finish. Sweet full and with good general spirit character. Interesting and intriguing, something I could revisit. Certainly an eye-opener to the potential for tequila-BA'ing beers.

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip, from bottle, 49°F

Didn't realize this was a discontinued beer when I recently purchased it. Have been loving Bourbon Barrel beers, and thought "Tequila Aged" sounded intriguing…

A: Black, half inch dark brown head. Great sticky lacing though the session.

S: something different, floral, sweet, hint of coffee… but almost an antiseptic finish on the nose as well.

T: upfront with sweet, astringent, and bitter(?). hard to describe, but I keep on sipping….

M: cloying, thick, and asking you to drink more.

O: different, yet still familiar. Very much a nice change from the bourbon barrel aged items. Glad I tried it, and wish I had gotten two when I found these at 5-points in Athens, GA recently.

Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours deep black with 1/2 inch of mocha head. Leaves spidery lacing down the glass.

S-Very unusual. Smells like pulped honeydew soaked in agave nectar. Don't smell anything I would associate with an imperial stout, let alone a barrel aged imperial stout. This should be interesting.

T/M-Black Hole has been completely transformed by the barrel, for better or worse. The upside is how soft and mellow this is compared to the base beer. There's a pleasant, thin melon juice sweetness that's like nothing I've had before in an imperial stout. The problem I have with this is that the base beer is gone. No coffee, no roastiness, no dark chocolate, or any of the things that worked in the original beer.

O-I'm of the opinion that a barrel should be used to complement existing flavors, not overwhelm them. This beer is an interesting experiment, and I can respect Mikkel's innovation in playing with tequila barrels.

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is blackish brown, a small tan head, little lacing and good curtains.

The smell is dark and burned, candid sugar, soy and dried peas.

A taste of burnt bread, ripe tropic fruits, mango and similar, a warm concluding bitterness.

Little carbonation, asoft and sticky feeling, a good body and warm dryness.

A nice black one, with a good spicy finish.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

The pour is nearly black with a thin mocha head and a few spots after a few swirls. Thin collar. The nose brings forward some oxidized barrel character plus some light tequila character. Oddly oxidized oak. Not a big fan. The flavor isn't too much better with some oxidation and damp cardboard pervading. Below that is tequila, which isn't adding too much, as it conflicts with the roast and chocolate. Too much barrel character that does not fit at all. Finish is full of cardboard. Not a good brew.

Photo of AgentZero
2.3/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Black beer with a tan head that had some good retention. Left some nice lace on the sides. Pretty good looking beer.

S - Pretty sweet, not really in a good way. There's some pretty disgusting something or other mixing in with the sweetness. Smells like tequila, but it is a messed up addition to a beer that tends to be char heavy. Some alcohol burn. Yeah, this doesn't seem promising.

T - Tastes pretty bad. Yeast, char, sweet honey, off-tequila. This is a beer that really shouldn't have happened. Weird hops, oak, and booze. Some chemicals and burnt malts. Yuck.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied, pretty active carbonation.

O - I was expecting bad, hoping for unique and good. I got bad, so in that sense it "lived up" to expectations. Don't drink this.

Photo of bgold86
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap had mold on it, drank it anyways. Smelled kinda bad, actually tasted good, but made me feel sick, sad, was an expensive bottle...

Photo of crossovert
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had much of these black hole variations mainly due to price. 375ml green bottle with blue foil.

It has a nice pour, a jet black with a huge foamy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is pretty good. It has some tequila but it is mostly cocoa and caramel. There is some nice wood notes as well.

The flavor is not as great. It is a bit too sweet. The tequilla flavor is rather muddled but decent. It is mostly just sugar and some cocoa. The mouthfeel is a bit thin I feel.

All in all not too bad.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.29/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Since the cognac version, my hopes have been raised anew for this series. This one pours a bleak, murky black topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises dry wood (yes, generic wood), lime, agave syrup, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, roasted malts, dark molasses, light char, and dark chocolate. There's definitely a stout in there, and it's damn dark, but the tequila barrl really hits ya up front and powerfully. Honestly, not only is it disconcerting, it's not very appealing, either. The taste brings up the same dichotomy between dark, roasty stout and agave-heavy tequila barrel. The finish forces my lips to pucker slightly from the strange flavor combination. The body is a light heavy, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this beer did not benefit from the tequila barrel at all. Something tells me these are barrels that oughtn't be used for stout-aging very often. Not only that, but things seemed a tad overcarbonated, making things all the worse.

Photo of womencantsail
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours black in color with minimal head. Heavy tequila aroma on this. Lots of wood, grass, and roasted malt. A noticeable green apple note, some booze, and a bit of carbonic acid. Sugary, sickly sweet, with burnt sugar. Heavy on the roasted malt and tequila. Lots of wood and grass and green apple. A little bit of a cigarette flavor to it as well. This was pretty rough stuff.

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have mixed feelings about Mikkeller's multiple barrel aged versions of this beer (all 7 were on tap at Max's), but this was certainly tasty enough.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. Likewise, the nose displays the usual chocolate, coffee and vanilla, but there's another underlying aroma as well, that I guess could be the tequila (more of pure grain alcohol aroma, actually). On the palate, this beer is quite tasty, with the tequila adding another flavor component that is intriguing and surprisingly attractive. Much to my surprise, the tequila flavor also blends in fairly well with the coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly full and smooth, with a long, somewhat gritty, finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I pick up very little heat or booziness from the 13% abv.

Very impressive. Would definitely order this again, though I'm not sure how well this beer goes with the current August heat wave we're having in Bawlmore.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 fl. oz. capped & foiled green bottle.

A - Jet black, opaque, light brown head.

S - Tequila, soft chocolate, oak.

T - Tequila, toffee, bitter candied pears, chocolate, caramel, oak.

M - Full bodied, smooth, medium-low carbonation, creamy.

O - Very strong & delicious! Unique tequila bitter odd taste, it goes perfect with the base imperial stout. Can't wait to try the others in the series!

Photo of doucmehu
2.26/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.x oz. bottle poured into a fluted tulip, 2011 vintage. Not really sure what to expect, but hopes are moderate at best.

A: Deep chocolate with a nice full deep mocha head, leaving a fine covering throughout and nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, black strap molasses, brown sugar, light esters, light alcohol, some sourness. Overall, smells like a syrupy sweet RIS with an oddly funky finish.

T: Bizarre, overly sweet flavors that don't really work well. Bitter baker's chocolate, tequila "organic" flavors, lots of honey and some toffee. Honey and agave nectar sweetness reminds me of "organic" sweets that would have been better with real sugar in them. The slightly sour funkiness is rather unpleasant.

M: Significant alcohol presence. Slightly syrupy and uncomfortably sticky. Carbonation is average and adequate.

O: Not a pleasant beer at all. Trying to pick out the flavors is interesting, but the beer is very difficult to drink and gets cloyingly sweet and offputting within a couple sips. Would never drink again, but still kind of fun to try. Too bad it was $12...

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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.