Black Hole (Tequila Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of flannelman808
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

M: Velvety

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.

Photo of wcintula
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4.5 oz pour at the Ginger Man, NYC.

Minimal to no chocolate brown head on this one as it presents itself as seriously as a shot of black tequila. Not as harsh of a nose as one would expect from a beer aged on tequila barrels. The tequila notes play well with the honey that the beer is brewed with and adds a nice 'dirty sweetness' to it.

Photo of DrewZ926
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  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 hamermt
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.93/5  rDev +31.1%
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 Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Urbancaver
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 barrel varieties with the base beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black.

Minimal head.

Smells sweet, and chocolatey. You can smell the tequila for sure. Weird! But not bad.
Tastes like a enjoyable chocolatey stout with a kick of tequila, a very odd but fun flavour profile.
Good solid mouthfeel. Overall pretty interesting.

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie o's tasting baby!!

A-black body with a tan head that stays around for a bit

S-little bit of tequila that isn't that strong

T-follows the nose. The tequilla compliments and doesn't dominate.

M- medium body and smooth

O-nice tequilla aging. Good addition

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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 DaveHS
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours deep black with 1/2 inch of mocha head. Leaves spidery lacing down the glass.

S-Very unusual. Smells like pulped honeydew soaked in agave nectar. Don't smell anything I would associate with an imperial stout, let alone a barrel aged imperial stout. This should be interesting.

T/M-Black Hole has been completely transformed by the barrel, for better or worse. The upside is how soft and mellow this is compared to the base beer. There's a pleasant, thin melon juice sweetness that's like nothing I've had before in an imperial stout. The problem I have with this is that the base beer is gone. No coffee, no roastiness, no dark chocolate, or any of the things that worked in the original beer.

O-I'm of the opinion that a barrel should be used to complement existing flavors, not overwhelm them. This beer is an interesting experiment, and I can respect Mikkel's innovation in playing with tequila barrels.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 nickhiller
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of crossovert
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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 BlastBeats
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: this stout is jet black with an ever-present khaki colored head that. I really don't care for the bottle.. it's difficult to read the blue text on the dull black label.

Smell: I could definitely pick up the tequila in the nose. Smells boozy.

Taste: the flavors from the tequila, coffee, honey, and vanilla are present, as well as some roasted malt. The finish isn't as appealing however.. there's a powdery, medicinal, and boozy aftertaste. The 13.1% ABV certainly doesn't hide.

Mouthfeel: not much carbonation, but enough to get the job done. Viscous.

Overall: this was my first beer from Mikkeller so I kind of went out on a limb; took the recommendation from an employee at the liquor store after I said I was interested in trying bold/rare Russian imperial stouts. That said, I wasn't sure what to expect when I cracked this one open.. It ended up being alright, but probably not one that I would buy again.

Photo of mentaltraveller
2.33/5  rDev -38%
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

Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AgentZero
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
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 ATLbeerDog
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tequila Barrel Aged Black Hole w/Dark Blue Foil

Pours not as thick as the other 5 in the BA Black Hole series. Even the head is smaller and slightly less tan in color than the others. Still fairly thick and frothy as the head very slowly recedes. Smells only slightly of tequila as there is plenty of roasted malts and coffee in the nose. First sip is really strange as the base beer is still there but changed - just not changed to the point that if I didn’t know in advance that it was aged in tequila barrels, I might not have guessed it. IMO the tequila barrels had the least affect on the base beer as opposed to the other 5 versions. As it warms, more of the tequila comes thru. Super great mouthfeel here as this beer is incredibly creamy and close to being perfectly carbonated. Lacing is as sticky and thick as possible. Of all the 6 versions, the tequila is the most conflicting with the base beer. Still pretty damn interesting and quite good for what it is

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
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 peacebone116
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of lazyboy247
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is something else. Served in a goblet at Armsby Abby in worcester 8/24.

The nose in this beer is all alcohol with sight sweet malt. Surprisingly sweet the honey in this beer shines through for a remarkably smooth roasted sweet flavor. Creamy mouth feel and full bodied. Would definitely not pass over if you have the chance and like a sweeter RIS.

Photo of MasterSki
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.