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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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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.1%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Knapp85, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 21, 2011
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.

MasterSki, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

oline73, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Nov 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

MarkyMOD, Dec 04, 2012
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.

kojevergas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ejimhof, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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
Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of chinchill
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.

chinchill, Oct 05, 2011
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 10, 2011
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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.