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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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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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4.93/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Who is this friggin Mikkeller guy anyway and what kind of horse did he ride in on? Pure genius combined with high art. Poured with a fine, thick, creamy, tan head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is opaque black brown. Aroma is mainly roast, malt, cocoa, floral, yeast, hint of tequila. Flavor is much the same but massively so; yet oddly balanced. This is one of my favs of the series so far. Body is superb and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with lots of alcohol warming and tequila coming thru more. Very long finish. And a pure delight.

drpimento, Oct 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Bonko_the_sane, May 13, 2013
Photo of hamermt
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very hesitant at first to try a beer that was aged in tequila barrels. I've enjoyed many a beer aged in whiskey barrels, but my experiences mixing tequila and beer in the past have had varied results. None-the-less, I'm a curious fellow and had to try it. Served in a 10oz glass, the black concoction in front of me looked like it could be used to stain wood. I grimaced before taking my first sniff, expecting to be gagged by the scent of cheap tequila, but was pleased to find it had a somewhat sweet, mellow aroma. The taste was surprising and pleasantly smooth, with notes of roasted cocoa, smoke, and a delicate flowery aroma. The taste of tequila was there, but was mild and well-mixed, not overstated. Not something I was expecting from this seriously dark brew that sat in front of me. It didn't feel overly thick or heavy in the mouth, and each sip ended with a satisfied "ahhh". It went down very easily, almost too easy, with very little bite considering its intimidating 13% ABV.

hamermt, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Oily midnight black with a big, fluffy creamy mocha head that slowly fades to leave nice side lacing and a good halo with clouding. Great appearance for such a high ABV!

S - Some very light coffee notes, some vanilla, some sweetness, and this very unique woody, slightly floral aroma presumably from the tequila barrel. Not quite as prominant as the bottle I've had.

T - Super light chocolate and roasty malts/espresso on the front which is quickly overtaken by some sweetness and hints of vanilla. Then boom, the latter half is dominated again by that earthy barrel and floral tequila flavours.Good wood notes and agave, and at the ABV is somewhat noticeable and chocolate returns to finish things and leave a lengthy dark chocolate aftertaste.

M - Enough carbonation to lift it up off the tongue, nice and smooth and creamy though. Coats the mouth nicely. Even with that, it is still incredibly drinkable.

O - Wow, I am impressed with this. Again. While I like the bottle just a hair better, this was still delicious stuff worth sampling.

rudzud, Aug 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rather thick black beer with a tan head. This bottle has a cap and it does not look undercarbonated. Looks thick and creamy. Good lacing.

Smells very rich and sweet.

I would have loved to try the normal version first. This is very fruity, but not really like your average fruity imperial stout. This has a bit of a resinous, slightly leafy fruitness to it, hard to describe but it must be the tequila (I never drink tequila by the way). Warming alcohol-like smell too. Raisins, molasses.

A very wierd and new flavour this one. Very sweet. Slight alcohol in the after taste. Wow, I need some time with this one. Now it is very sweet but that was expected from a beer brewed with dark sugar and honey. You do get some of the coffee but it does not have an overly big coffee flavour to it compared to other coffee stouts. Darker fruits to it from both the base beer and the barrel. The tequila barrel is like giving lots of flavours to this beer, that slightly leafy resinous flavour, it works with this beer. Noticable but not offputting warming alcohol. Very sweet though. If you don't like sweet stouts don't get this. I do get a little honey but this is basically just big sweetness. Not much in the way of hops. Complex stuff.

The mouthfeel is very good, nice and creamy. Not that much carbonation.

Great desert beer, a true sipper. Just unique and wierd but actually very good. Try it.

IPA35, Sep 02, 2012
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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours an opaque, nearly black color with one-half finger of dark tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Mostly chocolate, a little wine and a faint hint of tequila.

T: Sweet chocolate, some coffee and wine in the background, and tequila floating over the top. The tequila influence is faint but recognizable. Interesting flavor for a stout, but I think it works well.

M: Smooth and creamy, very pleasant indeed.

O: This is the second variation on the black hole barrel aged that I have tried (the first was cognac). The flavor is definitely different with the tequila influence, but to be honest, they could age this beer in a garbage can and it would probably still turn out tasting better than a lot of other beers. Sampled this last night at a tasting and decided to get a bottle for a real review-- very glad I did.

AmericanGothic, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious opaque sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma has notes of roast coffee, smoke and molasses with a firm hint of tequila - no surprise there! - and a bit of fresh-cut grass Mouth-filling and very tasty flavor has the usual smoky, coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice tones with a subtle overtone of grass and a sweet tequila note. Texture is smooth as almond milk and has above average body plus a subtle tingle. Finish is on the sweet side and has a grassy overtone as well as smoky, molasses and mocha tones. I love the Black Hole Barrel Aged series, and hope there are plenty more to come!

Cyberkedi, Oct 08, 2011
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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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 10, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .5-L bottle into a Delirium snifter on 8/13/2011.

A: Black with a gorgeous chocolate-milk head, 1-finger, that fades slowly to leave a beautiful & delicate lace.

N: Chocolate coffee and floral aromatics.

T/M: Bitter chocolate & coffee juxtaposed with vanilla sweetness. There is a perceptible floral character in the middle, presumably from the tequila aging. A noticeable, but not overpowering, alcoholic heat & oaky smokiness in the finish--not as overwhelming as the bourbon aged version--very good and much more delicate.

This is my favorite of the series so far--I may have to come back to edit this statement, as this #2 for me. The tequila contributes a gorgeous floral characteristic that I find incredibly unique and delicious.

peacebone116, Aug 27, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, tequila, roastiness, oak, alcohol, light pepper and light fruittiness. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of coffee, cocoa, tequila, roastiness, oak, light pepper and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth dry warming lingering tequila finish.

Ratman197, Jan 24, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is obviously a love-or-hate brew. I happen to love it.
Yes, its not hoppy.
Yes, it is deceptively light and smooth for such an opaque beer.
Yes, it IS SWEET.
However, for a 13%-er Ive never had anything more palatable. I will be back for more!

TheDole, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

John_M, Aug 04, 2011
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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.