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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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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 19.1%
Wants: 13
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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: rudzud on 07-01-2011)
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1.33/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. I nearly pissed myself with glee when I heard that they were releasing this series again. As if it wasn't enough of a train wreck the first time.

A: Pours black, tan head.

S: This is incredibly interesting: wasabi, moss, metal, spice, strong roast, vanilla, oak, char, tears.

T: Much of the kitchen sink aroma translates to the taste. It's a delightful cornucopia of off flavors (green apple, copper pennies), barrel (wasabi, wood, vanilla), and Mikkeller's unique brand of failure in a mashtun (over-roasted malt, spice, coffee). He seems to be struggling to find new, shiny ways to package the same old turd, and it's not working. Lipstick on a pig and all that.

M: Medium-full bodied, but bizarre, poorly integrated flavors. Boozy.

O: This is moderately less abysmal than the complete trainwreck last year's beers were. But on the whole, not recommended, and for the love of Christ why is this brewery still in business?

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:35:42 | More by Arbitrator
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2.15/5  rDev -43%
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:24:23 | More by Gfunk720
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2.18/5  rDev -42.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 03:06:30 | More by doucmehu
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2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:47:18 | More by ehammond1
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

12-27-2012 05:36:38 | More by logicalparadox
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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:39:39 | More by TMoney2591
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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

04-15-2013 01:33:13 | More by spycow
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2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 05:41:31 | More by AgentZero
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2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 05:49:24 | More by mentaltraveller
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2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 20:40:43 | More by womencantsail
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another gem shared by Mike. Thanks for picking up the slack on the bad beer front. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Black body, light mocha foam that has good retention, leaving glass-coating lace behind. Some reddish highlights at the fringes.

S - Weird mix of cloyingly sweet sugars, honey, fusel alcohol, vanilla, and perhaps some anejo tequila in the periphery. Slightly sickening - as it warms up there's a mix of burnt tires and a strange chemical pool aroma.

T - Taste is mildly better. Not as sweet, but with a bit of fruity Scandinavian yeast character. Still kind of strange, and not much in the way of tequila.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, sticky finish, and surprisingly well-hidden alcohol considering it's a barrel-aged 13.1% beer.

D - This just isn't very good. I have higher hopes for the cognac version, but I'd pass on this one. The cloying sweetness does not mesh well with the barrel and spirit flavors at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 17:07:10 | More by MasterSki
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

10-29-2012 01:25:10 | More by t0rin0
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2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 01:45:47 | More by Thorpe429
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2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank A/B with the Black (sampled all but the Rum same night).

A - same as the rest, dark small head

S - does not smell good

T - very roasty and very sweet. More like white sugar sweet and fairly clean

M - same as the others, more carbonation than the Black

O - interesting brew, very sweet, nice surprise, but wouldnt seek this out

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:56:27 | More by silentnoiz
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

01-14-2014 04:35:31 | More by incubuscience
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:28:50 | More by DrewZ926
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-28-2012 23:23:44 | More by codynevels
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-04-2012 12:57:56 | More by ohtheguilt
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-14-2011 13:41:04 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black body, thin, beige head. You've seen one of these Black Hole beers, you've seen'm all.

Smell: Modestly aromatic notes of heavily roasted barley, low-grade dark chocolate, charred fruit, and liquor fumes. Small hints of agave here and there.

Taste: Fairly sweetness over the well-roasted malts, still ostensibly harsh, and the bittersweet chocolate taste, still a bit crude. Small hints of vanilla, caramel, but more honey flavor showing than any of these beers. Dash of Lo Siento-brand tequila. Those malts just remain harsh, chalky, and acrid throughout. Boozy, harsh, sugary finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Sure, I'm in a black hole now, but there's light at the end of the tunnel as, after this brew, there's only one remaining Black Hole barrel treatment. At times, it felt like a bout of kidney stones - brutal, harrowing, and painful, but at least I can laugh about it now.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 16:03:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:18:50 | More by Mora2000
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 23:06:34 | More by chinchill
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3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 02:34:44 | More by crossovert
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-26-2013 01:59:09 | More by GRG1313
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-01-2013 16:00:47 | More by jaydoc
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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.