Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)

Brewed by:
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 gford217 on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Mosley1212
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of ScottishBrew83
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For appearance the lush, viscous black liquid poured nicely with a dark brown head that dissipated quickly.

The smell of this beer was exceptional with a huge bourbon nose and plenty of roasty coffee stout aromas.

The flavor of this beer is complex to say the least. The bourbon cuts right through at first then it holds back to let the roasted coffee and cocoa flavors come forward. The taste progresses to let the silky honey, vanilla, and trace caramel flavors roll over the tongue. This is undoubtedly a Russian Imperial Stout with many characteristics indicative of the style.

The mouth feel of the beer is smooth and has a thick viscosity akin to espresso. The concentrated oily texture makes for a pleasantly smooth drinking experience when enjoying such a complex and flavorful beer.

Overall, this beer is excellent. The complex and concentrated nature of this beer creates an adventure for your palette. I would highly recommend this beer even though it is expense. The price justifies the care and craft of this immense brew. It has a sophisticated array of flavors that I would expect from masterful brewers. Great job on this amazing ale. Slainte!

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Photo of Jenkster4
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Jet black, a couple carbonation bubbles, half finger light brown head.

S - Bourbon & milk chocolate.

T - Chocolate fudge, bourbon, oatmeal, coffee.

M- Smooth, bourbon sticks to your tongue and I don't want it to ever leave!

O - Each black hole barrel version I try I like more than the one before! This is my favorite blac hole, and one of the greatest beers I have ever had!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is smoky with notes of coffee, unsweet chocolate and molasses, with a firm woody bourbon overtone - very appetizing. It pours a luscious opaque sable with a VERY thick and persistent fluffy light tan head. Flavor is - SU-PERB! Rich and smoky, strong tones of quality roast coffee, unsweet chocolate, molasses, caramel, charred wood and good bourbon. How could I complain? Texture is not just full-bodied, it is thick as cream and fairly tingly with a strong alcohol bite. This beer is danged near perfect, and a MUST for all stouties!

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of BierJager89
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Literally black with a dark brown head. Perfect appearance for an imperial stout. Very deserving of the name Black Hole, a thing so dark it's blacker than black. It sucks light into an inescapable void, through the infinity of endless ages.

S: Caramel, coffee, vanilla, honey, roasted malt and a touch of alcohol in the nose. In short. It smells amazing.

T: Coffee, chocolate, honey, a lingering hint of vanilla in the finish. Bitter aftertaste of alcohol is unpleasant, but the beer is delicious.

M: Creamy, full bodied and quite smooth. Alcohol takes a bit away from the smoothness.

O: One of the best Mikkeller beers out there. Worth a try if you can find it. I still can, but according to BeerAdvocate it was only brewed once.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Such a beautiful looking beer. Thick black pour out of the bottle with a very large, deep brown head. The size of the bubbles and thickness of the head reminds me of a sponge above the beer. Lacing is great, retention is only ok.

S: The aroma is really rich. Chocolate, roast, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and booze. At times, the alcohol seems to be a bit too much for the rest of the ingredients...but I don't mind it. The aroma is really well put together.

T: This taste is extremely deep and well balanced. The vanilla I'd say is the most surprising part, as it really asserts itself and helps curb the intensity of the other flavors. I think the honey is playing a role in the sweetness as well. A very nice blend of chocolate and bourbon make this an intimidating offering. The coffee finish adds a dry roast character that is much needed. Booze is noted throughout the taste, but certainly only adds to the balance. All of the flavors play together very well. Really impressed here.

MF: The body is thick and heavy, carbonation low, and finish dry. I found it to be really drinkable because the flavors all worked very well together. That 13% will catch up to you!

O: Really happily blown away by this one. It was easy to justify the price when I saw what all this was brewed with, and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of Tim460
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Mikasa stout glass.

Poured black with a tanish/brown head.

The smell coming from this beer is simply amazing a mixture of coffee and bourbon with a hint of chocolate. Tastes of coffee up front with a subtle hint of chocolate. Strong bourbon taste on the back end. Warming alcohol sensation throughout but seems right at home with the bourbon flavor.

This is a heavy beer and it lets you know it. Very complex yet the flavors meddled together nicely. Mikkeller has quickly become one of my favorite brewers and though his beers are expensive, they really deliver in terms of quality.

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4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night, what else is new? Tan head, does not last, leaves a little lace behind.

Aromas of roast, vanilla, oak, and coffee. Compared to the scotch whiskey barrel aged, this is much more 3-deminsional.

First sip is of coffee first (interesting), vanilla, oak, and roast. Tastes like stout float with vanilla ice cream, delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick, bust roasted, mildly sweet, again, like a stout float would feel.

Drinkability is awesome. this is so much more complex and enjoyable than the scotch barrel aged. This is desert in a bottle.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a (synthetic) corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a fantastic black with dark coffee brown highlights. Sitting on top is a dark mocha colored layer of creamy foam that slowly melts down to an unbreakable collar. Lace curtains all the way!

S: I was surprised at how pronounced the coffee was in the aroma. I was expecting more of a syrupy sweet bourbon smell, but the coffee really helped tame that. Just like all the other ones in this series, the complexities come out as it warms. I picked out espresso and boutbon, heavily roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, brown sugar, fudge and a bit of tart cherry.

T: Exactly as above with the sole difference being a creeping alcohol flavor that adds rather than detracts, by bringing just a pinch of solvent booze.

M: Of the series I felt this was the fullest of the bunch. Sticky and creamy with some sweet bourbon and chocolate, prickly hops and alcohol, with bitter espresso and dry roasty malt.

D: Yikes! This went down too easy. Only at the last couple of sips did the booziness really blow up. Fantastic, my favorite of the series.

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Photo of FranzBC
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Wow I cant believe this beer is rated so low... I think this bottle is from 2010; no cork just a cap. At 13.1% with quite a bit of age this beer is super smooth. The coffee and bourbon are dominate in the long lingering taste. Tastes quite a bit like aged KBS in my opinion. No sharp bitterness like many Mikkeller stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer plus the the others in the series were very good. I feel that the Bourbon was my favorite though. The beer poured out as a jet black brew with a nice creamy brown colored head on it. The smell of the beer is boozy and very roasted, had a light amount of bourbon on the nose. The taste has more bourbon that the nose does. The other flavors in there was of heavy roasted malts and boozy heat. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Overall this beer was great in my opinion. Should have bought more.

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Photo of psychotia
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

brewery notes: Stout ale brewed with coffee, honey, and vanilla, aged in bourbon barrels.

Pours a dark, wine-tinged brown with light lacing. Almost resembles a Porto.

As it warms it smells of bourbon, caramel, and slight metallic prune. Only the slightest hint of honey. It goes through phases and goes from cold metal to warm fruits and back again.

Very thin body with a slightly acidic, almost acrid taste. The initial taste is rather flat, but then blooms into a charred bourbon that develops into a very lingering and more weighty after -taste. A cold fruity hop note mingles with the earthy tobacco flavors. Almost musty. Tastes of mushrooms and leather.

The after taste is the clear standout of this beer. The initial flavors come off as a bit distant, even cold, but the lingering note is of cocoa nibs and bakers chocolate. You can spend a good amount of time with the lingering flavors.

One of the better Mikkeller offerings I've had.

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Photo of jpro
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle from CBX into a shaped Mikkeller tulip...

A: Tar black with a coffee brown, one-finger head of foam; nice retention leaves a thick sheet of lace (surprising, considering the abv)

S: First... bourbon; some woody / vinous notes in there, too, along with some rich, roasted and sweet malt aromas.

T: Bourbon. Followed by sweet, black patent maltiness; some distinct vanilla and honey sweetness peeks through towards the finish, followed by a dry, woody finish; very complex.

M: Full-bodied; high carbonation, yet velvety; warming... very nice.

D/O: A tasty sipper; very robust and high abv... its a bit more harsh than some other bourbon barrel aged brews, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz capped and foiled green bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a deep opaque black color, the slightest bits of brown show on the edges in the light. very nice thick creamy mocha colored head, super creamy retention with lots of sticky lace left around.

in the aroma, lots of creamy heavily roasted/ burnt malt, also some cocoa, vanilla, charred wood, coffee, dark fruits. everything is there in moderation.

first you get this creamy burnt roastiness, cocoa, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark fruits. the magic in the taste really happens after youve swallowed the sip. lots of charred wood, oaky vanilla, bourbon, maybe its the honey that takes on a nice sweet almost maple flavor. very nice.

so smooth and creamy, sticky on the palate, full bodied. carbonation a touch high at first but it settles.

im surprised at how solid this is, maybe one of the best ive had from mikkeller yet! i was kind of going into this expecting to find nothing that it proclaimed on the label, but to my surprise, its all there! honey, coffee, vanilla, bourbon barrel. has that trademark mikkeller ashy creaminess, in there stouts atleast. my first of the black hole series, cant wait to try more.

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4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7floz Cork and Caged bottle into a Goblet

$13.99 at Decicco's in Ardsley

A- Pours solid black with pretty much no head other than a rim of different sized bubbles around the glass. No retention as it goes down the glass but leaves some serious alcohol legs behind.

S- Coffee up front that's followed by a lot of bourbon and musty oak notes. Getting notes of fresh leather, sweet vanilla and coconut as well. The base beer shines through but the presence of the bourbon barrels hear is undeniable.

T- Deep dark roasted malts up front with burnt coffee, and bitter unsweetened dark chocolate. But what really makes this beer shine is the barrel flavors. Lots of char, sweet vanilla, coconut, and of course boozy bourbon that blends so nicely.

M- Medium to light bodied with low carbonation and a nice clean finish with a good warming feeling down the throat from the bourbon. Body is a little to thin for me especially for this style.

Overall this is definitely hands down my favorite of the line-up. The beer and the barrels blend so nicely and create such a complexity of flavors that is satisfying every sip. If you can get this serious buy these and only these. The rest will disappoint, glad I saved this one for last.


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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 181 ratings