Black Hole (Rum Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Rum Edition)Black Hole (Rum Edition)

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by ShogoKawada on 05-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Didn't see the vintage indicated on the bottle.

A - Pitch black with almost no head. Carbonation appears very low.

S - Huge char, vanilla and rum aromas with some cocoa and molasses notes.

T - Charred oak, vanilla and molasses notes dominate. Come cocoa and roast notes are secondary flavours. The ABV is well hidden. A light rum presence is noticeable but not as dominant as I would have guessed. A light coffee flavour is also present.

M - Medium body and FLAT. The lack of carbonation made this beer almost undrinkable and it became a drain pour after a few sips. Disappointing.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while watching the Florida @ Florida State game during Rivalry Saturday! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (proper!). Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, sweet alcohol, charred malt, subtle dark fruit, and subtle coconut. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, dark chocolate, dark fruit, wood, sweet alcohol, and coffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall pretty decent brew. I have had a few rum barrel aged stouts that I have really enjoyed in the past so I went into this one with high hopes. However, this one fell just a little short unfortunately. The rum presence was there in the aroma with the subtle coconut note, but was nowhere to be found on the flavor. The coffee was really the dominant/lingering aspect taking place on this one. Wish the rum would have pounded my palate on this one. Still a good brew that I would suggest trying fresher than I have.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle. This is the final beer in the Black Hole series that I needed to try.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with hints of rum and oak mixed in. The flavor is heavier on the rum, with the barrel aged notes of oak and maple thrown in. I also get a nice amount of roasted malt and molasses. The beer is fairly sweet overall and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark thick pitch black beer with hints of fizzy head.

Nose has less chocolate than the regular, hint of vanilla like, sweet molasses, sugar, caramel, hint of booze.

Taste has quite a bit of rum. Rummy, with molasses and sugar cane sweetness, chewy, less chocolate as well but a bit of roast, rounded well, hint of vanilla and oak, and some decent booze.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent enough carb although lighter, some warming and hint tingly booze.

Overall not bad, but again the rum barrel doesn't do much for it, I'm not a rum fan either.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Builds a dense, dark, creamy walnut head over a jet-black beer with dark walnut highlights. The head falls quickly, leaving a fine coating of lace and a quick swirl puts up a film on the glass.

Smells of rich, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, whisky, raisins, and vanilla.

Deep roasted malt is the primary flavor with sharp alcohol. This stout is syrupy sweet at times, otherwise following the nose. The finish is long with roasted bitterness and some tobacco.

A full, syrupy body with light astringency, high alcohol and moderate carbonation.

A good sipping beer from a Dogfish Head snifter, but is better with grilled steak.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with a small head of tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - deep, dark chocolate with some nutty caramel and warm alcohol.

T - sweet, chocolate and toffee malt up front. Things get thicker and darker in the middle with vanilla, caramel and nutty chocolate. More of the same in the finish with smoke, licorice, and dark chocolate.

M - medium-thick body, low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - very complex with a distinct contribution from the rum but not so much that it overwhelms the base beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No head or lacing on a jet black body with no light getting through. Very strong aroma, mostly smokey, vanilla, raisin and chocolate aroma. The flavor with a strong rum presense intermixed with a strong smokey backbone and tart chocolate notes. full syrupy body and no carbonation. Overall not very drinkable which is expected but still a nice rum aged beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blinded review alongside the rest of the barrel aged Black Hole lineup.

A – Black with dark brown highlights. Creamy, dark mocha head pours with poor retention and lace.

S – Touch of spice with vanilla, light caramel, and raisin.

T – Vanilla, caramel, round booze, and sharp oak. There’s a subtle, but strange rubber note in there. Raisin and light smoke on the backend.

M – Sharp, medium/light body with a dry woody finish.

O – [my blinded guess was rum]

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Photo of Urbancaver
2.21/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

7 barrel varieties with the base beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black.

Minimal head.

Smells sweet, and chocolate heavy.
Very cloying on the nose and tongue.
Tastes sweet and cloying. Overall way way to sweet.
Mouthfeel is thick and boozy. Overall pretty mediocre

The rum is just a hair better than the rest, not enjoyable

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a faint khaki colored head composed of rather large bubbles that fade fast. Some faint, tiny spots of lace stick to the glass. When held to the light, some ruby coloring is seen through the body.

The smell of this brew is roasty chocolate spiked with some spirited alcohol inclusion. Oak and some vanilla are present before the onset of some light cardboard character. Overall the good aspects of the aroma outweigh the negative.

The taste is roasty and spirit infused with some spiced alcohol accent. A touch of oak and rum character is present mixed with coffee and bitter chocolate. The aftertaste is somewhat earthy.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that feels at times watery. A little bit more carbonation would go along way. Overall it is a decent example but the cardboard quality present doesn't fit in with the rest of the brews characteristics. Initially this brew showed promise but as it warmed up, it fell apart.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this one poured out black like the others and has pretty much the same type of head on it. It's thick and brown in color, leave a light lacing on the glass. The smell of this one has the typical stout aromas to it and a hint of what might be spice from the rum. The taste of this one was pretty good, just like the others... it's deeply roasted and has a subtle amount of spices in there. The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and coats the mouth pretty well. Overall the I enjoy these stouts.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

375ml 2010 caged and corked bottle poured into snifter.

Pours deep brown with no head looks almost flat. Smells sort of like milk choclate and opens up to a woody rum scent. Tastes of vanilla and honey mostly the rum flavor comes in more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty weak overall. Overall an okay beer its something different but not worth the price tag.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as motor oil in color and a quick brown head.

The aroma is spicey rum, heat from the alcohol, coffee, roasted and burnt malts, and dark chocolate.

The taste has a nice rum flavor infusion. You can taste some of the spices and oak. The base of this RIS's flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted to burnt malts. The heat is in the taste and mouthfeel from front to back of your mouth. This beer is hot, but not as hot as teh Bourbon barrel edition. This is my favorite of the barrel aged series so far.

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Photo of jamescain
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one.

Appearance: Pours black with a tan head about a finger thick.

Aroma: Rum dominates the aroma, with a hint of roasted grains and coffee. Interesting experience smelling rum when sniffing a stout.

Taste: Rum…That’s about all that I can taste. If you try hard enough you can make out flavors from a stout, but mostly rum and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: hot and boozy, with moderately high carbonation for the style, way too boozy for me.

Overall: Interesting experience. I like how Mikkeller experiments and I now know I don’t like rum barrel aged beers, although I already knew I wouldn’t because I don’t like rum.

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Photo of boomer31
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up over DLD weekend in IL.

A - Pours black with a dark tan head that leaves quickly. No stick. Ruby around the edges.

S - A nice mix of chocolate, vanilla, smoke and a hint of wood. No rum which is a bit disappointing but the other piece fit very nicely. Probably the highlight of this beer.

T - Chocolate, vanilla a hint of wood and an odd bitterness in the back, not sure if this is from the hops or the chocolate. The rum comes in with the bitterness in the back...but not in a good way. Its an odd mix. Not too exciting.

M - Its viscous which is great but feels flat. The bitterness lingers in the back.

O - Pretty disappointed in this. I wasn't sure what to expect as the ratings are low which I knew going in. The bitterness in the back is tough to get used to. Not a pleasant barrel flavor

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle thanks to finewinemike

Fridge temp into a Snifter

A- For some reason it seemed as though this one didn't pour as dark or thick as the rest of the Black Hole's I've encountered. Has a flat coke appearance to it with nice dark brown hues and a thin head that's barely there. Couple spots of lacing with some really nice legs on the side of the glass.

S- Nice dark roasted malts and char up front with some spice and heat from the rum. Gives off some slight clove and cinnamon notes surprisingly as well as some really nice vanilla from the oak barrels.

T- Plays out just like the aroma. You get mostly black hole characters up front on the tongue such as roasted malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate but finishes with a really nice cinnamon spicy rum that brings the heat and slams the palate. Also getting a ton of flavor from the barrel itself like musty wet oak, a burnt char flavor, and a nice amount of vanilla.

M- Not to happy about the mouth feel, it's a lot thinner and in a sense more watered down than the regular black hole. Very noticeable but it seems to be more carbonated and has a strong bitter alcohol bite to finish it off.

Overall this is definitely the best version so far and also my first rum barreled beer. Hope to try more cause this is good.


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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This should be interesting given the wide range of reviews...

A - A fingers worth of medium to dark brown colored head that is sparse and creamy... Mixed in are some big chunky bubbles that are active and vigorously "pop..." Modest retention gives way to a thin slightly splotchy lacing... The color is a deep dark brown that let's in just the slightest bit of lit around the edges... Still... Slightly brooding...

S - A big whiff of potent quality rum to start... Vanilla... Sweet milk chocolate... Touches of brown sugar... Brownie mix... Some faint roasted malts...

T - The rum dominates the palette... Some roasted malts... Much of the sweetness from the nose is missing in action...

M - Medium bodied... Not much in the way of carbonation... A warm drying alcohol induced heat is evidenced throughout and intensifies on the finish..

D - A sipper with an incredible nose... The flavor and mouthfeel are a bit of a let down... Overall the result is a decent brew, but one that is rather pedestrian in the world of big ABV barrel aged stouts...

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Photo of ncketchum
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

A = Pours jet-black, 1/2 finger of chocolate head which dissipates fairly quickly, come lacing left.

S = Strong smell of chocolate, sweet malt, and rum

T = Alcohol, rum dominate the taste, with chocolate and sweet malt following

M = thinner than I'd expect for this style, burn of alcohol is quite evident

D = good drinkability, although I don't think I could have more than one in a setting. I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.66/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

By far the best of the Black Hole bottles from an epic tasting.

Smell is of course, acrid and hot, but it carries a hint of nice spice. Appears blacker than coal, and taste a bit like that too. Solventy, hot, gross. It was the best, but that's kinda like winning at sucking.

Mikkeller, you can do better.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

And the odyssey into the barrel-aged Black Holes begins here, at random. This one pours a pretty much opaque black-brown topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a light booziness in the back. The taste does not deviate far from this, though the booze and oak are stepped-up and some raisins somehow find their way in as well. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, chewy feel. Overall, a nice barrel-aged stout, but not as strong as the original and the lack of rum character is a bit f a disappointment.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for letting me partake in this

This beer pours the way I like 'em. Dark with a nice brown head. The aroma is heavy with smoke, oak, and vanilla with the obvious roasty characters tying it all together...but where where has all the rum gone? The flavor is identical in nature to the smell except I believe that I may have detected the rum right up front and only when I slurped the beer looking for it. Then again maybe I made it up, but truly it was rather faint. Essentially this tasted like the original Black Hole, but was vastly more disappointing. Plus there was the simple fact that it was kinda hot to the taste, even though I'm fairly certain that this beer isn't all that fresh. Who knows. I do however note that perhaps the higher than average ratings is due to my bias towards the style. However as regular RISs go, this is a disappointment.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a goblet and has a typical RIS dark black color. Great hot cocoa-colored head on this one that lasts for a while with tons of lacing. Filtered for as much as I can tell.

S - At first it's a lot sweeter than I had imagined, but with 13.1% ABV I suppose a lot of residual sugar will stick out due to all the grain used. A little woody aroma and coffee in the background with a hint of rum spices.

T - Again, starts off sweet from fermentable sugars but quickly turns to a sour/bitter flavor from the coffee, and maybe a little due to the honey used during brewing. The vanilla is subtle at best IMO and the rum is sort of faint but it works b/c rum aging can be quite delicate. Overall not too bad but finishes a little too sour for me.

M/D - Huge body on this one that has low volumes of carbonation as per style guidelines. Creamy texture with a semi-sour finish on the palate. Don't know when this one was bottled but it's pretty hot and the alcohol will kick you in the teeth as it goes down.

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Photo of birchstick
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours as its name suggests - black as a black hole with a nice cocoa-colored head that stays around for a while

S - cocoa and burnt malt, sweet tones of honey and vanilla are there, and a large rum scent, which helps give it some of the sweet vanilla aroma. It is very boozy on the nose, which makes me expect it will be so on the palate.

T - starts off with the spicy sweetness of the rum that pretty overpowers everything. Underneath and less detectable are hints of vanilla and a little bit of ashiness. It ends with ends with burnt malt / coffee with smoke and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate on the exhale. The more I drank this, though, the more of a boozy mess this seemed to be. The subtle flavors I detected at first got lost in the spicy rum and booze, and took away from my initial enjoyment. I don't know this is a function of fatigued palate or a one-dimensional beer. I'd put this a notch above average due to the subtleties that are detectable.

M - pretty good mouthfeel. A little chewy and full bodied.

D - I don't know how I feel about this beer. At times it seemed to be really complex and delicious; at other points it was a one-dimensional boozy mess. I'll split the difference and put this at average drinkability. This has piqued my interest in the rest of the series.

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Photo of billab914
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head. The head faded pretty quickly but did leave a bit a bit of lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a lot of bold flavors to it. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and just a bit of vanilla. The rum comes through but is mold compared to the taste. The aroma is pretty good and has a nice range of bold flavors to it.

The taste is where things don't really come together for me. It has a lot of dark chocolate and coffee coming through, which are nice. A bit of vanilla sweetness is there as well. The rum just doesn't mix well with them at all. The alcohol comes through too much and it really just feels like it clashes with the beer flavors instead of complimenting them.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with low carbonation. I like low carbonation in big stouts, this one might be getting a little close to nothing though. Drinkability is not that great, the rum just didn't work for me in it. It had some nice stout flavors but the rum overpowered them too much and didn't mesh with them at all. Unfortunately I just didn't think it was that great of a barrel aged beer.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Like the Kings of the Niger Delta! Strong and dark and without much carbonation. Aroma is nice, complex, roast and coffee, subtle rum and vanilla. not picking up any of the honey. Flavor is also good, the rum works well with this beer, allowing the big booze to run rampant with its roasted entrails dragging behind. The rum shows up in a supporting role, definitely finishes a little bit sweet, but it works well. Would have loved to have a little more of this one.

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Black Hole (Rum Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.4 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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