Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)
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3.77/5
Very Good
182 Ratings
Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)Black Hole (Bourbon Edition)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
182
pDev:
19.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
46
Trade:
2
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've never really understood the lukewarm (to put it kindly) reception from a lot of people towards the Black Hole lineup. Sure, they are expensive like everything Mikkeller. But the product does kind of have a little niche going for it, if you're into some smokey ashtray kind of stouts that are then put into various barrels. The bourbon version pours, well, black. Has a very thin head on the top, 1/5" tan. Aroma is big on the roasted malt, the bourbon, and the dry ashyness is very mild in the nose.

Taste hits more with the dryness and stuff. Plenty of booze notes, but still is enjoyable as a sipper. Where I like this series the most is its ability to transition from acrid roast to wet barrel in layers. Some earth and tobacco slip in towards the end, the carbonation gives the feel a slightly lighter presence than it would otherwise. A light amount of smoke in there too. Its complex, its got its own niche, and its a little bit expensive. I think everyone who likes barrel aged stouts though should check out the lineup, and if you like to smoke cigars with your stouts, this should be a must pair.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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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Photo of Seanhand_atl
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Boston_Steve
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of appetiteforparis
2/5  rDev -46.9%

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 ncelauro
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Roguer
2.14/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

First off: worst cork ever.

No head from a turbulent pour - just the barest rim of dark brown bubbles around the edge. A bad sign. Brew is jet black.

Big bourbon notes, as well as an aspirin smell, chocolate malts and cacao, and roasted barley. Bourbon is overwhelmingly strong.

Bourbon, chocolate malt, and sour oak. Not good. Not good at all. I'm sure it's infected or died somewhere along the way.

Flat and lifeless. Reinforces the infected/dead indications.

What a shame - one beer, high expectations, and right down the drain. If I get a good bottle later on, then I'll revise my review appropriately. Right now, all I can go off of is a dead, flat, probably infected bottle.

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Photo of beergoot
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Intense black body with a thick, creamy, sticky, light tan head; sudsy clumps of foam clinging to the glass. Deep, sweet chocolate aroma infused with cocoa and anise; crème de menthe. Big, sweet and bitter milk chocolate with a noticeable bourbon-barrel undertone; sharp, boozy aftertaste. Rich, heavy mouthfeel.

The bourbon barrel aging really shines through on this one and does a fine job complementing the deep, rich malt sweetness. There's a deft softness to the taste and flavor that is nicely offset with a good, boozy sharpness. Balanced and complex throughout.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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