Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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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
Ratings:
181
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
19.47%
 
 
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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great bourbon and chocolate aromas.Bittersweet chocolate taste, big thickness and oily.Lots of roast. Lacey on black body. The barrel ageing gave some coconut. A bit astringent finish.Barrel did not make it amazing. I liked this beer plain too.
Ken's bottle.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.5/5  rDev -60%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that died down ever so slowly, leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat more complex compared to the smell and has flavors of bourbon along notes of roast chocolate malts plus some hints of vanilla.
M: It feels on the heavier side of medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol. Only a hint of dryness is detectable.
O: The beer is extremely easy to drink considering the strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste (except for the bourbon).

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Photo of largadeer
1.96/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Quartet shared by chswimmer. Thanks.

Opaque chocolate brown, it has a solid mocha colored head with decent retention. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel and burnt bread consume the senses. Alcohol is sharp and stinging, incredibly harsh compared to other imperial stouts of similar strength. Dark fruit, burnt malt, bourbon and vanilla flavors open this one up. It's plenty complex, but cloying and harsh. Medium-full in body with a burnt, tarry, ashy finish, this is slightly better than the two before it, but it's far from good.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark thick pitch black beer with hints of fizzy head.

Nose has some sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, smooth bourbon that isn't too heavy, bit more chocolate and roast than the others.

Taste again a nice bourbon-ish flavor, sweet rounding, vanilla, light oak and wood, light chocolate, juicy malts, less booze than the others.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent enough carb although lighter, just a bit of warming booze.

Overall maybe the best of the series so far, the bourbon and oak in this one really round it off well and bring the real beer profile forward.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first of the Barrel Aged editions of this beer.Poured jet black into a snifter,a thin walnut colored head atop.Deep vanilla and roast aromas with chocolate and toasty oak coming into play as well,the vanilla stands out along with an alcohol sweet zing as it warms.Vanilla tinged bourbon flavors with chocolate and roast,again as the beer warms more alcohol induced sweetness comes into play.This is a sipper,but its rich and warming,a very nice RIS.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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 with great retention and ok lace.

S – Smokey character with bright booze, vanilla, light chili spice, amaretto, and candied almonds. Complex and well balanced.

T – Sweet up front with caramel, prune, and vanilla honey, and counter balanced by a dark char smoke. Bright bourbon booze throughout. Sharp, semi-dry oak backend.

M – Smooth, medium body with a huge booziness to it.

O – Strongest booze of the barrel aged series, and that’s saying something. [my blinded guess was bourbon]

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black body, thin, beige head. You've seen one of these Black Hole beers, you've seen'm all.

Smell: Modestly aromatic notes of heavily roasted barley, low-grade dark chocolate, charred fruit, with a fusel edge to it and given a bourbon backing.

Taste: Fairly sweetness over the well-roasted malts, still ostensibly harsh, and the bittersweet chocolate taste, still a bit crude. Small hints of vanilla, caramel, and even, oddly enough, a hint of cinnamon. Those malts just remain harsh, chalky, and acrid throughout. Dry, sweetish, warm finish with some lingering chocolate-cinnamon hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: It's not great, it's really not all that good, but, I'll give it that it's the best of the barrel-aged Black Hole bunch to date.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thrilled to be able to grab this lineup at the store yesterday. I decided to open the Bourbon first simply because the green foil topped bottle looking stunning. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 06/08/2010.



The pour was perfect. Dark as night with a wonderful two inch cap of dark chocolate colored foam, Thick as it sits on the top for what seemed like a year and never really released its grip on the glass. Just absolutely a sublime look, especially for something that spent so much time in a barrel, it really just shined here.

Aroma is deep bourbon, hot and you can tell with notes of woodsy oak, vanilla, hints of dark roasted malts and a deep alcohol touch to it. Warming allows it to mellow considerably and calm back down leaving the warm chocolate and coffee notes as well as the oak to really shine. First sip is hot again and it takes a few minutes to really come together, once it does though it is quite nice. Rich bourbon notes, hints of oak, vanilla, touches of light coffee as well. Quite complex. Tobacco leaves and a raw almost leather like flavor in the finish leaves me guessing. Incredible feel as there is no hint of flatness or dullness here, just a rich, full profile that gets the job done.

Overall a great BA Stout. Incredibly strong as the base is, but the bourbon barrel took nicely to this. Definitely cannot wait to try the scotch and the wine barrels as that is way more towards where my flavor goes to.

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2.07/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The cork comes out with out a pop and the beer is black, somewhat thick, and flat.

S: Jeesh, I don't think there is enough alcohol in this. Black Hole is already boozy as it is and the bourbon barrel seems to have just added to it unnecessarily. Bourbon, booze, vanilla, chocolate, booze, and raisins.

T: The amount of alcohol flavor in this beer is staggering. My tongue was immediately hot as I took a sip of this one. The bourbon and alcohol from the base beer just attack you, and the other flavors are not very good either: soy sauce, chemical solvent, and only a hint of chocolate.

M: The body is medium with no carbonation and searing heat.

D: Avoid this one. It's rather sad to say, this was actually better than the Scotch version.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours bla in color. When held to the light, it displays some ruby red clarity through the body. Atop the solution sits a faint cap of khaki froth composed of large bubbles that fades fast leaving spotty lacing on the glass. A thin film resides across the top throughout the duration and fingers and lines of lacing appear as the brew is swirled.

The aroma of this brew is a pleasing mixture of oak, vanilla and sweet smelling bourbon. The bourbon provides a nice accent to the base boozy quality. The smell becomes a little dirty and earthy as it warms up with a spicy and fusel kick of alcohol.

The taste is roasted malt with some cardboard quality and tannic raw oak. It is spicy with alcohol and a fairly solid bourbon influence. It is earthy with a bit of stale coffee character and faint vanilla. A touch of herbal hops and some dark sweetness almost like molasses brings up the rear.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is fusel and a bit solvent with alcohol but not obnoxious. This was the barrel aged beer I preferred the most between the bourbon, rum, wine and scotch barrel aged black hole offerings. However, despite enjoying this one the most, there are plenty of other offerings out there that are a lot more enjoyable ones that are even priced better. Overall it was a nice experience but I don't need to try any more of these.

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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.75 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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