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
Ratings:
794
Reviews:
379
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
16.45%
 
 
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43
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A creamy good tan head is made off the pour, seems to have lots of staying power, there's lots of leg and sheen to this as well. There was some loud sounding carbonation snapping off the pour which has me a little concerned. Body color is a very dark black walnut with red edges.

Nose seems odd. Flat club soda. Lots of dry malt. It's not horrible but I am not sure where this is going.

This is um.. real interesting on the palate a very noticeable cola like fizzy feel, and also cola sweet. Aftertaste brings sweet malts and creamy roast character finishing with a charing action. Real noticeable sweetness on this, going towards soda more so than beer. Maybe even root beer.

Overall it's interesting and big surprise from the nose, but it also doesn't really even tasty like coffee, or have much of a good coffee stout taste to it. Odd.

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Photo of neckbracesub
4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Brad007
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a rich, thick brown head into my glass. Very nice!

Cocoa, roasted coffee and light cream notes greet the nose. Good balance of aroma thus far.

This is all about the coffee. Rich, dark roasted beans leave an acidic finish that is complimented by a touch of cream at the back.

The finish reminds me of that of chocolate covered coffee beans. Bitter and acidic with a sweet finish.

I love this example. I would probably buy another bottle to age as there are flavors that will come out with a bit of time, 13% and all.

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Photo of RefugeeStryker
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Refuge from the tap. Always loved the barrel aged version so was excited to try the base beer before the transformation.

BLACK, one of the most viscous and darkest beers I have ever poured. Head forms and grows quickly if agitated.

One of my favorite things about this beer is the aroma. Such a fruity smell coming off a beer that I would expect to exude coffee and chocolate. Peaches? Grapes? Mangos? All of the above?

The taste is not as complex as others I have tasted. The 3 big dimensions are the obvious ones: coffee, honey, and vanilla. The chocolate is quite apparent as well.

Mouthfeel can get a little thick after a full glass. Better drink this in small quantities. Sticks to the palate a bit.

Tried this after trying the barrel aged versions. Still a very good beer without the aging but the true genius of it comes after it goes into the barrel. Russian Imperial? Not so sure about that. Kind of its own class.

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1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of grittybrews
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured deep black with a trace of tannish head. Aroma of coffee, toasty chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Honey and vanilla sweetness up front mingles with roasty cocoa and coffee. Mild grape and oaky char emerge towards the boozy tail end.

It's kind of a jumble of flavors but this one really worked for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of blakelive784
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - pours a non transparent black color. There's no discernable head, but it's excusable considering the high abv.

S - Sweet candy, bitter chocolate, fruit esters, coffee and roasted barley. Medium strength.

T - Nice roasted barley foundation compliments the coffee notes that dominate the palate. It's sweet throughout, with an obtrusive ethanol finish. Burnt caramel and dark, sweet fruit come through as well.

M - Thick, smooth and wet. Uninviting and wrong.

D - It's got good flavors working for it, but it's not built too well and it doesn't drink too well. Disappointing offering from a good brewer.

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2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
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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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
3.77 out of 5 based on 794 ratings.
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