Black Hole (Tequila Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by flannelman808:
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
A: Dense midnight brown with just a touch of yellow ochre around the edges. Frothy tan head clings all over a snifter and hangs around for a little while.
S: Wow, lots going on. Vanilla extract, wood, coffee, toffee, polished leather, and coco powder seem to be in charge.
T: Milk chocolate, Vanilla, columbian coffee and wood (which brings in some much needed astringency) dominate the glass. This is not quite as boozy/hot as the nose leads on though not a chugging beer either. Tequila suggestions lend a hand as the glass warms... Anejo? Really a mixed bag awaits in this bottle and will not be a hit with everyone.
O: An interesting beer, no doubt about it. Though a tad sweet overall for my taste. A menagerie of components manage not to overwhelm in one way or the other. Tequila flavors blend very well into the rest and aim to trick the palate as to what it's tasting.
11-09-2011 20:10:05 | More by flannelman808
More User Reviews:
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.
11-11-2011 04:18:50 | More by Mora2000
2.23/5 rDev -40.8%
Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
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.
11-16-2011 02:47:18 | More by ehammond1
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.
08-10-2011 17:12:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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.
10-04-2011 23:06:34 | More by chinchill
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
09-05-2011 05:49:24 | More by mentaltraveller
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.
09-09-2011 04:00:57 | More by nickhiller
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.
11-01-2011 02:28:50 | More by DrewZ926
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.
09-05-2011 03:32:28 | More by n2185
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!
09-06-2011 18:52:30 | More by jsanford
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.
08-17-2011 02:24:23 | More by Gfunk720
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.
08-08-2011 00:30:31 | More by oline73
Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.