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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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of brown head.

S - Very sweet up front - chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some coffee notes. The ABV is noticeable without being distracting.

T - The ABV is noticeable up front and gives way to a mix of barrel characteristics and the base beer. Bourbon, oak and light vanilla come together with roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, char and molasses. Fairly complex with good integration of the base beer and the barrel characteristics.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of GOMECK
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of s1ckboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of pauljunk
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of danieelol
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Platinum

Appearance is dark black (brown around edges) with good head/lacing.

Smell is nice. Bourbon - caramel, chocolate, soy, roasted wood. Very nice.

Taste and mouthfeel go together. Gingerbread, chocolate; mouthfeel is too thin, too watery. A little bitter from booze; but sometimes too sweet. Paradox?!?!

The bourbon barrel is enticing but the base beer seems kind of mediocre. Did enjoy it though.

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Photo of Cstromberg57
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of champ103
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark, almost opaque black color. A dense two finger tan head forms the gently recedes after a few minutes. Light lace.
S: Charred wood, tobacco, ash. Vanilla, chocolate, toast.
T: Follows the nose and fairly simple. Charred wood and ash. Vanilla and chocolate. Fairly standard, with the barrel kind of taking over.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low carbonation, chalky, asky. Lots of alcohol, which makes this a very slow sipper. One and done.

Probably the best of the Black Hole beers that I have had so far. Though that is saying very little. Still not the horrid abomination the base beer is. It has obviously been toned down from the monsterours 17% ABV it once was. Though I have had enough of these overpriced, over barring, over alcoholic stouts.

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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 MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TonyTalon
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of SHCC
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of originsbrewery
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of 3Hops
2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of atone315
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 brez8791
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black colour with a creamy, loose, dark brown head. Fair head retention. Actually quite attractive.

Chocolate and port aroma. Plenty of sweetness. There is an earthiness and a bit of alcohol but pretty good all around really.

More sweetness and alcohol. Oak. THe barrel has added a nice caramel note to offset the ashy roast. Lots of sweetness again. I really quite like the intensity of this.

Medium-full body with moderately-high carbonation. A little prickly for me.

As noted above, I like this. Big bourbon oak character and the stout is quite nice with lots of sweetness, chocolate and a bit of ash. Good.

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Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes and shared with a friend.

A - Pours a nice black chestnut hue with a one finger mocha head that leaves very nice clouding for this high of ABV.

S - Smell is pretty nice and inviting. Lots of honey, vanilla, and bourbon. Not much in the way of usual stout aromas though.

T - Same as the nose but not getting much chocolate or coffee that one expects from a stout, though chocolate is present in the aftertaste. More of those honey/vanilla/bourbon notes.

M - Very nice carbonation for such a high ABV stout. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a nice unique stout from Mikkeller though I'm not sure if I would pay for it again. Love the vanilla and bourbon, but it kills everything that makes a stout a stout.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark stuff, two-finger coffee head that stays around for a while

S: Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, malts, and dark chocolates

T: Good stuff, bourbon hits first, sweetness, bit of honey in there

M: Pretty much full-bodied, good consistency/thickness, good carbonation

O: Happy for purchasing this, I'll be getting some more when/if I see it around

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Photo of JizackFH
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 2-finger tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good bit of roasted malt to it, and a ton of bourbon. There are some other aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some dark fruit, and quite a bit of alcohol.

T - The taste starts off with a good amount of roasted malt and dark fruit. There is quite a bit of bourbon flavor coming through, but not as much as the nose had. Also, I am getting some flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some vanilla, and some booziness. The finish leaves some lingering flavors of roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a smooth rich feel to it. There is a good amount of roasted bitterness and a bit of sweetness for balance. There is some alcohol warmth, but for the most part it is hidden really well for being 13% ABV.

O - This has good drinkability. It is most definitely a sipper, but the flavor is very nice much like the feel. Overall, I think this is a really nice RIS, and a nice example of what bourbon barrel aging can do. The bourbon flavor in this stands out more than in a lot of other bourbon barrel beers, so if you don't like bourbon you may want to steer clear. Either way, I enjoyed this one, and I would buy it again.

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Black Hole (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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