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: 27 | 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 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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this side by side with the red wine edition, and this was the clear loser. for me, the tequila was almost too intense, having taken over the beer to the point where coffee and vanilla and honey were not really detectable, although i am not sure these flavors would work amazingly well with tequila anyway. the oxidation isnt as well covered up either, so the staleness of this one is a turn off, although i bet it was a lot better fresh. the tequila is super dominant, sweet agave and oak and char, like a heavy anejo, which i really like, just not so much in this particular beer. i do like it more and more as i sip on it, and as it warms up. instead of the sweet desserty additives and port-like qualities of the red wine one, this one pulls more of the roasted earthy grain character out, and i cant fault it for that. much like the red wine one, i would have killed to try this fresh. mouthfeel is still nice too though, frothy and big, but drinking a whole lot easier than anything else coming in over 13% abv. still worth picking up if you can find one i think though.

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 ChainGangGuy
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.

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 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 kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green glass bottle with standard pressure cap and foil covering served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely tan colour, great cream lacing, good thickness, and very impressive retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Milky and creamy, with some light chocolate. Oak-laden and pleasant. Caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light cocoa and caramel and cream, with some strange oak notes (I assume some sort of monstrous tequila). Some milky maybe nutty notes are present as well. Well balanced and very nicely built. Pleasant vanilla. Complex and subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the well-hidden ABV. I'd have it again.

Photo of MasterSki
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.

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 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 Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours black with a full frothy milkshake like brown head. Great retention, lots of lace.

S: Quite vegetal, has a hint of agave syrup, fairly hoppy, not what you'd expect.

T: Milk chocolate with a lot of agave flavour, fruity, some pineapple liqueur especially in the finish. Vegetal and grassy hop character, dandelion greens, an interesting flavour especially in an Imperial Stout.

M: Full-bodied with a light carbonation, creamy and smooth, with a nice aftertaste leaving an enjoyable alcoholic burn.

O: This is the first time I've seen the BA Black Hole series. This is certainly a unique tasting beer, for the price, it's not worth it, but it's nothing like I've ever had before.

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 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 vfgccp
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blinded review alongside the rest of the barrel aged Black Hole lineup.

A – Black with dark brown highlights. Creamy, dark mocha head with great retention and ok lace.

S – A bizarre, but not unpleasant combination of horseradish, green wood, steel, peppercorn, sour apples, vanilla.

T – Huge caramel sweetness throughout, but sitting right along side it is an interesting impression of dryness. Well rounded booze through the center of the profile. Brown sugar, oak and traces of vanilla on the backend.

M – Medium/light body with low carbonation.

O – Very sweet, perhaps overly so. [blinded guess was incorrectly white wine]

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 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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

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 drpimento
4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle.

Pour is gorgeous on this one with pitch black body and a massive thick tan head that recedes super slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is stronger than the cognac version I had last night with a heavy tequila aroma, lots of alcohol. Heavily roasted malts and bakers chocolate with a little sugary sweetness.

Taste is even more interesting, a serious mix of roasted chocolate malts and floral tequila flavors. Definitely some herbal notes and coffee as odd as that sounds together. Big sweet burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with lots of alcohol and wood in the finish.

I don't think I like this one as much as the cognac but it's still really good. The tequila brings some interesting floral and herbal notes to the heavy underlying beer.

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, agave, tequila, vanilla, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, oak, tequila, agave, some vanilla and dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. The tequila adds some nice complexity.

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 peensteen
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liam's bottle, part of the Black Hole blind tasting.

Near black in colour, tan head with some lace on the glass. Smell is roasty and charred, some barrel scents, tequila (I guess agave) is there but quite nice and not overpowering, peppery and spicy notes in this that were not in any other Black Hole, some coffee as well. Taste is lightly sweet with chocolate and coffee, tequila and agave, light vanilla with a roasted/charred finish, lightly fruity in the aftertaste unlike the rest in the series. Nice feel, full thick body, lighter carbonation than some of the other Black Holes as well. The thing I liked about this was that it was quite different than the rest of the series without it working negatively like the Peat Whiskey version, This was one I thought I would enjoy the least but I was very wrong, would love to see more Tequila barrel stuff for sure.

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