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Black Hole | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,290
Reviews:
380
Ratings:
799
pDev:
16.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$12 from Premiere Gourmet, then about $1.25 in duties. An expresso coffee experience. Thickly expresso in mouthfeel and in aroma. Pours black. I wasn't buzzed from caffeine, it was a fine experience, it is a rich coffee experience with chocolate and fruit present. Bittersweet finish and aftertaste.Its certainly drinkable, but my desired RIS is more chocolate based.
Had again 1.5 years later and the coffee was prominent, rich aged. Bittersweet.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe that this is a current release of spring/summer 2009. Date on cork (synthetic) is blurred.

Pours a dark black with a very thin dark tan head. A quick swirl gives a lasting single layer of big bubbled head.

Nose is initially a huge Hershey's chocolate assertive nose that pretty much stays there, rich and strong, with hints of sweet coffee and candi sugar. A hint of whiskey.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy. Big bold mouth that tastes like a rich chocolate coffee dessert, with long lasting bittersweet dark chocolate and sweet espresso flavors. If you like the chocolate, coffee "sweeter" stouts, you'll love this one. It is big, rich, thick and bold.

Finish has bitter chocolate and bitter rich espresso.

A bit of age would be fun on this one as it may integrate and mellow and even soften and richen these bold flavors. I like this to sip after dinner in lieu of coffee or with a rich flavorful dessert or bold cheese. A very distinctive stout, all about huge coffee and chocolate.

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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

how many big imperial coffee stouts can one guy make? apparently a great many, all very good. this one pours pretty dark, but not like the brunch, not nearly as thick in appearance. short filmy head, mocha colored, and reviving itself with every rattle of the glass. smells like coffee rather strongly, roasty malt, booze. flavor is way less coffee than i expected from the nose, more notes of vanilla and wood, but not sweet for an imperial. the alcohol doesnt really come out too much until it warms up. i love the feel of this beer, its best asset. very round and expansively velvet in the mouth. leaves a nice layer of semisweet complexity on the tongue, and fades very very slowly. carbonation is almost a cross between nitro and cask, creamy and smooth, but not overly bubbly. the honey is a cool ingredient too, a raw lively sweetness and richness it contributes. not all the way fermented out. full bodied, leaves a hefty buzz, i like this one better than the breakfast but not as much as the brunch.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very dark black brew. The head was very thin and didn't leave much lacing or retention. The smell of the beer is pretty strong, some deep herbal roasted malt aromas and boozy chocolate on the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice complex roasted malt flavor with licorice flavors in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is sticky, syrupy and smooth. It's thick and dense also. Overall this beer was pretty good. I think it is a little underrated on here but to each their own.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle at Pazzo's last night after a homebrew club meeting. Glad I did. That's one sweet beer.

The beer pours like motor oil. Thick, rich, and viscous. A dense toasty foamstand quickly rises up the glass but also falls quickly under the gravity and alcohols. No much in lacing, but legging was pretty evident.

Very sweet aromas of caramel, confections, and cola along with the strong roasted malt scent. A lot of fruitiness of grapes, plumbs, and berries also rise, giving a lot of complexity to the nose.

Even more sweet to the taste than the nose even suggested. Extreme confecitonate (almost aspirtame) dominates the nose as many Royal Stouts do. No to be overdone, the heavy matiness of the beer gives notes of barley malts, toasted, roasted malts, and a campfire smokiness to round out in the end. Moderate hop character (English) attempt to balance the beer but struggle with the unresolved sweetness. Fruity from mid-palate on with the grapes and plumbs taking the lead. Lightly phenolic with the yeastiness. Sweet alcohols weave in and out of the sugary taste without dominating the beer.

Very sweet and seeming cloying at times. Very sticky and candied. The milk sugars may be a bit overdone but gives a nice reprieve from the bone-dry Stouts that dominate the market today. Risky with the sweetness, alcohol content, and fruity flavors; this is a needed variant to the beer world.

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4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dense black, with only the slightest of mahogany edges when exposed to the light, and three fingers of thick, chunky khaki head, which dissipates very slowly, leaving a consistent web of pockmark lace around the glass. It smells of an unexpected combination of citrus hops and roasted coffee beans, and a bit of milky caramel. The taste is citrusy strong bitter coffee, bittersweet chocolate malt, and some weedy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes with a mildly coffee-tinged citrus fruitiness.

The citrus component of this beer makes it the most unusual RIS that I have ever encountered. However, this is not the weirdest aspect of this offering - at 13.1% ABV, one would expect at least a modicum of alcohol astringency. Nope. At first, I thought it was the citrus hops' obfuscation, but further on, it was plainly apparent that the big booze was just very well and ably integrated. Or, maybe the eponymous 'Black Hole' refers to its whereabouts. Once again, well played, Milkkeller. My first thought was for a long ageing process for such a beast, but it seems that it can be approached both ways...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Green glass bottle with hood and wire cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: No head - a tan colour floater is all that I see. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Alcohol, caramel, chocolate, and maybe toffee. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Heavy coffee throughout, climaxing on the aftertaste. The chocolate undertone is pleasant. Heavy caramel comes in right before the finish. Alcohol lies intermittently hidden, and seems able to strike at any time. Some toffee is present. It's rather dark to say the least. Not horribly balanced. It's built without certain regard for flavour. Quite heavy, but not overwhelming.

Mf: Quite thick - which seems necessary to support the heavy full-bodied flavours. Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV, but nevertheless difficult to handle. It doesn't have any masking overtones (e.g. those that are present in the barrel aged versions), but it's okay as a foundation. Feels like a shell intended for better things. I enjoy it okay for what it is, but I wouldn't have it again. The mouthfeel is disastrous coupled with the strong alcohol. Flavours never come in to save it as they do with the aged versions. Fans of Mikkeller (like meself) are best of pursuing the aged versions - particularly the red wine edition. This pales in comparison.

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3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cork is dated 14/08/11 under the foil.
Cellared for two years.

Pours virtually still with a clustered string of bubbles against one side. Jet black. Roasty char, molasses, leather aromas. Something slightly musty, old coffee grounds and dried eucalyptus oddly enough.

Very light feeling for 13%. Low carbonation, with the body of a porter. Rich roasty char, dark bakers chocolate, moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. Burnt pumpernickel toast. Scorched chocolate syrup, but not really all that sweet. Finishes dry, with a long bitter aftertaste of charred black malt. Slightly prickly. This is more strange than anything, due to the light body and slickness, with little in the way of substantial carbonation. Not really something i'd reach for again.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of fonefan: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy dark brown color head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma is vinous with some raisins and sweet malt. Taste is quite intensely sweet with notes of raisins and alcohol notes are also discernable. Full body with some medium carbonation with an oily texture. While I think I understand the intent of the brewer I found that this beer was way too sweet and too much alcohol was apparent.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, brown, bubbly head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate and rich, dark chocolate. There was a slight floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of bitter, dark chocolate with a espresso-like flavor. It tasted a little like a mocha. Unfortunately the flavor faded the longer it was open.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a good coffee imperial stout. However, the flavor did not match the great aroma.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 9/29/2019. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, char, honey, molasses, vanilla, wood, tobacco, pine, light licorice/dark fruit, light smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, char, honey, molasses, vanilla, wood, tobacco, pine, light licorice/dark fruit, light smoke, and roast/char earthiness. Good amount of herbal/pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, honey, molasses, vanilla, wood, tobacco, pine, smoke, char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/silky/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 799 ratings
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