Black Hole | Mikkeller ApS

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3.82/5
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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:
#16,480
Reviews:
381
Ratings:
807
pDev:
16.23%
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0
 
 
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Photo of Jeffwise
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black color with a nice tan two finger head... Sticky lacing left behind as it fades away. Smell is awesome, you get some sweetness almost a bitter chocolate smell followed by a nice toasty, nutty, malt mixed in with a slight hint of coffee. Kind of refreshing to find a coffee stout that doesn't smell like a cup of joe. Taste is very smokey.. You get a lot more roasted malt than coffee although the coffee you do get is straight, no sweetener, bitter coffee. I dig it. On the backside you get a slightttt feel for the 13% alcohol but very smooth in my opinion for what it is. I can't find a reason why this beer isn't in the low 90s. The feel is exactly what you'd expect in an RIS. My only complaint is the high price tag but then again... There aren't too many kind priced mikkeller beers where I am in Pennsylvania.

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Photo of ccg
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting look for a stout. 3-4 inches of foam, lots of lacing. It smells more like a coffee IPA than a stout. Tons of piney hops on the nose, followed by coffee grounds. Not much roasted malt here. The taste is more "stouty" than the smell. Some roasted malt and chocolate, plenty of coffee, and, surprisingly, not too much bitterness from the hops. Moderate carbonation. Overall, it's a good if slightly unusual coffee stout. It has a lot more head and lacing than the usual stout. Its bitterness seems to come more from hops than from the coffee.

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Photo of azkkr
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 MrHolden
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reuuin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If you like a black coffee, this is the beer for you. I get hit with bitter but elegant black coffee taste and just enough alcohol to cut back that bitterness so that the coffee comes out much much stronger.

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Photo of leginsh
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a smaller sized brown head. Smells of mostly roasted malt and bitter cocoa with some earthy hops, prune/dark fruit, coffee, and char. The taste follows exactly but isn't as intense; it has more prune and a large amount of tartness. Thin body with below average carbonation. Overall, the tartness isn't very desirable, but at least it's unique. It needs way more body and some more flavor.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TravisMason
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lurkerson
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rw1992
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Herky21
1.64/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charlzm
2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Consumed on January 26th, 2016 from an undated, corked and caged bottle. The synthetic cork was very difficult to remove; the seal was solid and tight. When I finally got it out, I was rewarded with only the tiniest little pop. Uh-oh...

Beer pours very dark brown with lighter brown highlights. Thin and totally still with zero carbonation.

Aroma is watery coffee and thin, dark malt. Quite unimpressive.

Flavor is off: thin and weak coffee, thin and weak dark malts, slight acidic/sour edge. Slightly boozy and with traces of musty prunes. Not good in any way.

Tired of the word "thin" yet? Sorry, but I can't think of any other word that describes the feel of this beer better. Still as tap water as well.

Overall, this 13.1% brew did not age well. Either drink fresh (and good luck with that, as there is no date on the package) or just steer clear altogether. This is not the first time I have had this beer and also not the first time I did not like it.

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Photo of christinelovesbeer
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHerninko
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
4.66/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is Stephen Hawking's birthday today so to celebrate I had a Black Hole from Mikkeller. I love Mikkeller. They have a lot of different kinds of beers with all kinds of flavors. I go there everytime I visit Copenhagen. However, even though I thought this Russian Imperial Stout was good, it is not one of there top offerings.

It has a black beautiful hue and and a brown thick head and a nice sweet coffee aroma. The taste is a mix of coffee, dark chocolate, and fruit. Unfortunately it is also boozy. Still it was overall good.

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Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elumbeer
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Too hoppy for my tastes (and for a RIS)

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Black Hole from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 807 ratings