Black Hole | Mikkeller ApS

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Black HoleBlack Hole

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of jmswry
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of Beerandboards
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 11.7oz cork and cage bottle

A - Poured into a standard pint glass, almost zero head. Bottle is about 1.5 years old, so the reduction in carb is expected I suppose (I'm still relatively new to this aging beer thing). A fairly aggressive last 1/4 pour produces some brown sugar colored head that actually retains for a little while. Color is black with some ruby edges when held to the light. Upon emptying the bottle, I can see its green glass. Why they would used green glass is beyond me.

S - Acidic coffee. Smells like super strong roasted coffee beans. Almost acrid, but not quite. Smells like it should for a coffee stout, nothing particularly great, but good overall.

T - Right along with the nose, at first it kind of cocks my head to the side and for a second I think I dont like it. Second sip, I kind of get the hang of it. Its really coffee forward with little else. Has the taste of strong brewed cold coffee. The alcohol is still there after this amount of time, glad I have an aged bottle, as I imagine it would be quite hot if fresh. By the middle of the glass I'm liking it. This is certainly a coffee lover's stout. Just dont expect too much complexity.

M - Quite thin. Was a little disappointed in this aspect, would have liked a little thicker feel for how big this beer is (13%ABV). Pretty average here.

O - Well, its a pretty big coffee stout. Minus points for being thin and a little simple, added points for really executing pretty well on the coffee element. Perhaps too coffee centric for me, but thats just personal taste. A pretty good beer that I'm glad to have tried.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Hole pours a black color with no head at all. There is a strong chocolate coffee aroma, very boozy as well. There is a very bold complex taste. Coffee comes out, hints of chocolates and vanilla as well, strong alcohol tastes well. A nice full taste, but burns and fells like a liquor opposed to a beer. Overall a very interesting beer, might not be for everyone but worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of divineaudio
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12.7 fl oz, undated, c&c bottle into my founders snifter.

a - pours thick, oily dark brown. no head or lacing whatsoever.

s - roasted barley, black currants, dark chocolate covered cherries, faint cola, faint booze.

t - dark chocolate, port, and a menagerie of dark fruits. has a coffee like bitterness but most of the coffee flavor has faded. oddly, the taste gets flatter as the beer warms.

m - full bodied and seems to have lost almost all of it's carbonation. has a weird chalky thing going on as well. gets quite syrupy as it warms.

o - well, i took a chance and fell flat. i feel like this may have been a great beer at one time, but this bottle is clearly over the hill. if i come across a certifiably fresh bottle and feel like blowing $9 again, i'll update this review.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

Photo of beesy
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mrfrancis
1.98/5  rDev -48.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of danieelol
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Leura Cellars. Bought this thinking it was the Whisky version but it's actually the plain.

Pours a dark black with nice tanned head and ok lacing.

Big citric hops hit the nose first. Kind of strange. Was getting some roast, porty and coffee qualities initially but these have converted to a boozy DIPA-like smell, loads of fruit here and in particular oranges. Occasionally I will get some vanilla and roast poking through but this lemon fruitiness is very prominent. Subtle tar and faint muscatels. The fruitiness may actually be coming from the alcohol.

Taste is similar- huge amounts of fruit in this, just lots of orange and lemon. There is bitter roast dryness here moreso though, particularly on the back of the palate. Do get some creamy cake flavours coming through intermittently.

Mouthfeel is a little sweet but then has some roast bitterness to balance. Solid but not amazing thickness too.

Overall I found this beer pretty enjoyable. The fruitiness was very pleasant to experience- and it was more of the fruitiness you'd expect in a pale ale rather than the dark fruits you'd perhaps find in an Imperial Stout. Interesting and complex beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB December 2015.

Beer is black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Vanilla is strong in the nose but smells a bit artificial. Roasted malt is present. Coffee. Caramel and chocolate. It all sounds nice, but the smell is oddly thin.

Taste is much better than the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt. I would not have picked out the honey on my own but when looking for it it is noticeable, adding a nice sweetness to the beer. Black liquorice. The vanilla and honey combined result in a pretty unusual RIS, but I like it.

Thin for a RIS, especially one of this strength. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, an unusual beer. I like the flavour, but there are elements to it that sit a little strangely and are hard to put a finger on.

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark black with a nice dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves light lacing. Coffee and dark malt aroma. Alcohol forward with a strong coffee flavor; dark malts and dark fruits. Finishes dry and sharp, probably from the coffee. Tastes more like a coffee dry English stout. Not well balanced, the ABV shows. Decent, but not remarkable and pricey.

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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet molasses, brown sugar, and cookies with a slight grassyness on the nose.

Black Hole pours out obsidian with beautiful lacing and a generous dark mocha head. A stout can't look much better than this.

Chocolate, cookie dough, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and cream are the flavors I am picking up. Each flavor is distinct, and doesn't over power any other flavor.

Light carbonation and a full body, the alcohol isn't present at all in the taste, but you can feel it almost immediately. Overall, not bad.

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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 68.1% out of 100 with 796 ratings
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