Black Hole
Mikkeller ApS

Black HoleBlack Hole
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #797
Ranked #14,647
3.9 | pDev: 15.64%
Mikkeller ApS
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Black HoleBlack Hole
Notes: Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Black Hole is what Mikkeller is all about. Daring, vulgar and extreme. From the very beginning Mikkellers goal has been to push the limit and with this warming, intense imperial stout, a new chapter in the Danish beer history has been written. The high bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the malt and alcohol, creates a good balance which makes Black Hole an explosion of nuances, but also leaves a feeling of a perfect and complex beer – in the heavyweight category.

Ingredients: Water, malt, roasted barley, flaked oats, dark cassanade, honey, hops, coffee, vanilla and ale yeast.
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Reviews by JohneHoodlum:
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Sep 21, 2014
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brendan13 from Australia

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the 375ml corked, caged and foiled bottle into a snifter an extremely dark brown with a couple of centimetres of coffee coloured head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - A strong aroma of dark fruit, burnt brown sugar, some sweet chocolate as well as some earthy & medicinal notes.
T - Quite an intense mixture of sweet dark fruit, bitter dark chocolate & large dose of roasted coffee. Some honey hints and earthy qualities.
M - Quite sweet & sticky, full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Quite a strong burnt bitterness.
D - An intense beer indeed. Something worth trying and I'll possibly buy more to cellar but not something I'll be drinking with regularity.

Jun 24, 2009
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gurpapete from California

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treating myself to a very high ABV beer in a Cheers (yes the 90's TV series) mug at my desk in Santa Cruz California. Though what compelled my to purchase this beer was the ABV but now that I've tasted it and it is being digested (I'm about half way done with the bottle) I realize that I should probably be sharing this beer. Fire is very present in the aroma as well as the smoky porter and coffee smell. The taste is, albeit too easy a diagnosis, a bit watery and bitter for a dessert beer. The after taste is definately an acquired one and nothing to boast about, yet any unique beer is A game in my book. As with most Mikkeller beers the appearance is exceptional (opaque with a very small head of coffee with cream) Bottomline, your ten bucks is better spent on the Beer Geek by Mikkeller, if one has the option, and share this one with a friend because your taste buds will diminish as you get more drunk.

Jan 10, 2011
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BeerDrinkingDiver from Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Apr 04, 2014
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bespin15 from Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Dec 31, 2011
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beesy from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 37.5 bottled into a pint glass. Bottle date of 11/2011.

A - pours a really oily, inky black with almost no head. Just a tad of carb present when hard poured or agitated hard.

S - complex. booze. molasses. dark chocolate. brown sugar. a slight soy not.

T - nothing spectacular. very stouty - lots of flavor and complex. the booze is very smooth and not hot for the abv. lots of chocolate and soy. taste smooths as it warms.

M - somewhat thin for the abv. a little can be attributed to aging, but seems very attenuated to start.

D - low. big abv and lots of complex flavors makes it a sipper.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer, especially for the abv. I wish the carb would have come up a tad - its like angels share all over. I did have this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philly about two years ago and remember it being more carbed and way smoother - like chocolate shakey.

Aug 12, 2012
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unmarked bottle at 55 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of coffee with hint of alcohol
Head large (6.5 cm), light brown, rocky, slowly diminishing to a partial layer with a 0-10 mm edge.
Lacing present as small islands and archipelagoes
Body dark brown with slight reddish tinge around edges
Flavor of weak stale coffee without the bitterness, actually somewhat sweet. No alcohol, no malt, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends slightly sweet and flavorless.
Palate medium to full, lightly creamy, carbonation soft.

Not a bad example of a coffee stout, just a little weak in flavor. The 13.1% ABV is well hidden – I don’t even have an alcohol afterglow in my stomach.

Mar 27, 2014
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz corked & caged bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dense black with a finger or so of dark tan creamy head. Retains nicely around the edges with some good spotty lacing left behind that sticks. The aroma is definitely thick with dark roasted coffee, rich chocolate, and some pretty intense dark fruits, followed by an underpining of light heat.

The taste is light coffee, roast, and smoke that is overpowered by chocolate, dark fruit tartness and an almost oaky like quality that I can't quite put my finger on. The mouthfeel is full bodied, viscous at times, and waaay too HOT!

I really liked what was going on with this in both the aroma and flavor departments, as it is quite unique for a RIS, but that nearly 13% ABV is all over this guy. To the point of being overly stinging and distracting from the beer's other qualities. I can take some heat in my beer but this just got to be too much. Tis a shame. Maybe a decade or so in the cellar could help temper the flames somewhat.

Sep 04, 2008
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user785335 from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 27, 2015
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MykeJ from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Oct 07, 2014
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is absolutely heavenly, at least to me as a porter/stout fanatic: rich, strongly of dark coffee and unsweetened chocolate, with an undertone of molasses. Pours just as black as its namesake with a thick, fine-bubbled, dark tan head. Flavor lives up to the aroma and appearance, like a rick mocha made from fine, dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is even a hint of orange in the flavor. Texture is delightfully smooth and thick as cream. Strongly recommended, especially to my fellow stout nuts.

Jan 20, 2009
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FullObs from Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -55.1%

Aug 20, 2012
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rw1992 from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Feb 10, 2016
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argock from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from green 375 mL bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date but purchased in Feb 2012 from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $11.49.

A: Black black with slightly opaque edges but robust beige head with decent retention and substantial lacing despite the 13.1% ABV.

S: The aroma came across as dense roasted grains with some coffee. I don't detect the vanilla and more subtle notes that others are getting -- I just get earthy darkly roasted grain, burnt toast, and coffee aromas. There is a floral hoppy note though that throws in an interesting twist.

T: The flavor is pretty enjoyable, but has a much bigger licorice contribution than I would have imagined. The coffee and roast still dominates the flavor with a lot of burnt grain and espresso type bitterness without the more complex coffee flavors. The same floral, pine hoppy note rides through to the finish t offset the intense sweet and acidic flavor notes. The alcohol is barely detectable, more a sensation than a flavor.

M: The feel is less lush than you would expect for a big beer, probably a result of huge adjunct/sugar additions to maintain ABV while attempting to hit a drier finish. This seems like a good idea for a big beer with coffee and licorice and some lactose sweetness, but why they then used exteremly low carbonation in the bottle is very puzzling -- it seems you would want at least moderate carbonation to help lift away some of the dense acidic, demi-acrid flavors and oily feel.

O: Definitely not worth the price of admission by any stretch, but I am okay with having given this a try -- a big, big beer with a reasonably good balance of sweetness, hoppiness, and acidity for an RIS. Not my favorite by a long stretch, but unique. nonetheless

Dec 21, 2012
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CGMLS3 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Aug 06, 2012
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JJStout83 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Mar 01, 2014
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t0rin0 from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Oct 29, 2012
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

1.98/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours an inky, opaque black with no head whatsoever. Streams of carbonation aren't even noticeable-the beer looks completely still in the glass.

S: Strong aromas of burnt toast, roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, and prickly alcohol fill the nose. As the beer warms, the alcohol gradually becomes overpowering.

T: Notes of coffee, roasted grain, burnt toast, cassonade, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and fiery alcohol assault the palate. I'm not picking up on the honey at all, and any of the dark fruit notes that one would expect to find in a stout are strangely absent as well. The finish starts off slick and oily with a not entirely unpleasant mixture of coffee, roasted grain, and chocolate flavors, but that alcohol kicks in all too quickly, causing the beer to fade out on a decidedly punchy, peppery, astringent note.

M: Full-bodied, but very slick and almost syrupy. Carbonation is present, but is very weak. Alcohol presence is entirely overpowering.

O: After reading the other reviews of this beer and reviewing my notes, I'm convinced that this bottle had to be extremely old and/or botched. It seems that all of the beer's complexities have disappeared. I'll have to try this one again in the future, and when I get around to it, I hope that I have a better experience because this one was plain awful.

Aug 07, 2012
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

May 11, 2014
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 22, 2015
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Jan 08, 2014
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jorgerod99 from California

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Nov 04, 2014
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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce, caged and corked bottle, the brew pours a jet black with a tan head that settles to a thin mass atop. Upon the nose is coffee, chocolate, and toasted bread. Beginning with the flavor of a fresh brewed dark roast, the flavors of bittersweet chocolate and warming bread shine through. The beer is not as big as I would have thought, even with it's 13.1% ABV. It is very drinkable, and I enjoy every sip as I take it. The guys at Mikkeller have yet to dissappoint me. This one has got to be one of my favorites.

Jun 22, 2008
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bsuedekum from Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Oct 11, 2012
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beerforpresident from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Jul 06, 2014
Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
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