Black Hole | Mikkeller ApS

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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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3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 ounce green bottle...caged and corked. Not much pop when opening the bottle, but the aroma just spills out.

Appearance of the beer is, well, melted baker's chocolate. Not much head to speak of, aside from a thin, oily residue floating on top and clinging slightly to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of sweet vanilla, wet wood, molasses, orange peel, plum and raisin, caramelized sugar, nutmeg, hazelnut--there is something in the aroma here that reminds me of holiday fruit bread. Not fruit cake, but a fruit bread--a real heavy, oaty loaf of bread with dense chunks of chewy fruit.

The flavor is much different. Up front, this is bitter...almost like a nice bittersweet espresso. The sweetness from the aroma is there, but hanging way back. There is almost a grapefruit pungency to the flavor...a pungency, actually, that seems to completely overshadow the other flavors one might expect from the aroma. I wonder, did the high ABV knock some of the flavors around? Other notes in there are of molasses, dark coffee, baker's chocolate, oatmeal, and some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Overall, this beer is interesting...not great, but not necessarily bad. It's just that whatever hops are used in combination with the chocolate/roasted malts just isn't balancing well. A big beer in terms of ABV, indeed...but when it comes to flavor, this one falls a bit flat.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into snifter

A: Like a Black Hole no light. No head, kinda dissapointing I like carbonation. Not nearly as thick as alot of Imperial Stouts.

S: First thing upfront is a sweet almost milk chocolate, some cinnamon, burnt coffee. All this doesn't hide the booze very well, burns my nostrils sniffing it.

T: Pretty much mirrors the nose. Alcohol is definately present. Kinda pruney not as much Chocolate and coffee as nose though.

O: It's ok. The extremely low carbonation and pruniness throws me off. Almost like I'm drinking a glass of wine instead of an Imperial Stout.

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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2.6/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black Hole certainly lives up to its name. It looks like an abyss. Pure onyx. No light cutting through. Unfortunately, only a few bubbles emerged on the surface. They disappeared quickly. Not enough to form a head. Lacing was very, very light. Eh. I like the color.

The nose is okay. It’s not all that aromatic. Strong chocolate kicks it off. It doesn’t smell sweet. Smells like bittersweet dark chocolate. There’s a bit of a burnt scent. Smells like charred barley. Coffee is definitely there. It’s a nice complement to the malty base. Subtle notes of molasses and light black licorice are there. Alcohol is definitely noted. Smells a tad strong. Eh. It’s alright. Not all that impressive.

The flavor is below average. It starts out with a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. The base seems to be a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The burnt or charred barley flavor is definitely there. It’s not that great. Roasted coffee is noted. It works pretty well with the malt base, but seems to add to the burnt/charred flavor, making it a bit overkill. Alcohol is definitely noted in flavor. It’s too strong. It’s also a bit hot and boozy. Finishes burnt and boozy. Not good.

Black Hole feels on the lighter side of medium. Too thin. It’s very undercarbonated. It almost feels flat. The feel is not good at all. It’s big, boozy, and not smooth. It is not easy drinking at all. This 500 ml bottle is a huge challenge.

Black Hole is not among MIkkeller’s finest moments. It’s rough and needs work. Its biggest problems are its thin body, lack of carbonation, and excessive alcohol. Frankly, it’s not good. Addressing some of these issues would probably go a long way to getting on the right track. My advice – skip it for now.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
3.77 out of 5 based on 792 ratings.
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