Black Hole (Cognac Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Cognac Edition)Black Hole (Cognac 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 BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
157
Reviews:
76
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yup, this one is big time. big big time. it pours midnight black, literally like the depths of space. its dense as blacktop, and has a small off white head that doesnt stick around too long. im smelling tons of alcohol, as well as sweet tobacco notes, raw honeycomb, and spent espresso grinds. the flavor is easily as complex as the nose, with the honey notes really adding something special here. the cognac barrel adds some potency to the alcoholic profile, as well as a light woody tone that is trying not to be overpowered by the huge roasty malt and coffee flavors. its bitter and its sweet, everything in excellent proportion. this is an order of magnitude more complex than the standard black hole, and one of the more enjoyable mikkeller big stouts (and there are a great many of those). mouthfeel is huge. massive body and light carbonation. a little on the syrupy side, altough not as bad as some others. the alcohol is almost to a brutal level here, and this bottle demands to be shared. what a sensory experience!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dark tan head that has good retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of cognac in the nose; the smell becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of cognac, oak and vanilla along with some hints of chocolate. The cognac becomes more prominent towards the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol and a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is extremely well balanced and has a good incorporation of the cognac flavors from the barrel aging. Considering its strength, the alcohol isn’t that noticeable in the taste.

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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrive with a pitch black liquid capped by a coffee-colored foam that leaves a patchwork design of lacing

Smell: The cognac is recognizable from the first whiff, with vanilla, roast, chocolate and coffee elements

Taste: Roasty flavors and chocolate, up front, with the cognac quickly coming on, bringing a vanilla character, as well; while it is boozy and filled with cognac, after the swallow, the dark fruit, chocolate and coffee elements are also quite prominent

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; rather creamy, too, with plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very well-balanced, complex RIS, but still quite aggressive

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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's, poured into a 4oz. sample glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some red coming through when the light hits the edge of the glass. There is hardly any head at all.

Smell: Quite sweet with overly ripe dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and cocoa.

Taste: Sweet dark fruit, honey, and some roast. The cognac is very smooth, and some cocoa shows up as well. The finish is sweet and warm.

Mouthfeel: Thick and mildly syrupy. Mild carbonation with a dry finish.

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

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours nearly black with a good mocha head and a few spots of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings the unmistakable stench of cognac plus some roasted malt, chocolate, and light coffee. Cognac pervades. As it warms, some light vanilla character. Flavor is mostly cognac and backed very well with some roasted malt and dark chocolate. Everything is well integrated and blends quite well. Medium body and slightly oily. Light carbonation. Solid brew.

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3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light fizzy head, dark brown color.

Nose light, muted, faint chocolate and roast, faint cognac booze.

Taste smooth chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee boat, faint cognac, little booze, little bitter spicy hop

Mouth is med bod, light carb.

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3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours jet black in color with just the most subtle hints of dark amber when held up to the light. The beer has a thin tan head which reduces to a ring at the edge of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The alcohol is very present in the aroma - the combination of the high ABV and the cognac aging is intense. There are also some caramel sweetness, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and charred/burnt wood.

T: Mild sweetness of caramel/toffee on top of burnt and extremely dark roasted malts. There is a less than subtle hint of the cognac as well - vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and something slightly chalky tasting.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol heat is present in the finish.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink as the alcohol presence is much too in your face. I find the alcohol in this beer to be a little harsh and tough to easily drink. The beer improves as it warms but is a little too much for me. Not sure I would get this one again.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 – Milk chocolate: Yoo-hoo more specifically. Cognac. Bitter cocoa and raisins. Almond extract and white chocolate as it warms.

T – Sharp alcohol takes the lead and holds it through the finish. Sweet caramel and dark fruit center. Agave, honey, and brown sugar sweetness pair with bitter chocolate and a dry oakiness deeper in the profile.

M – Medium body is soft with warm alcohol front and center.

O – My guess was Cognac.

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3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours the same unapologetically cheerless, black body with a medium-small, mocha-toned head. Let's see where the cognac takes it from here.

Smell: Burnt malted barley, ashen and charry as it always is in the Black Hole series, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a faint, less-than-supporting fruitiness, assumably aided by the cognac.

Taste: Moderate sweetness over the roasted malts, still ostensibly harsh, and the bittersweet chocolate taste, still a bit crude. Small hints of vanilla, sea salt caramel. A singe of unworthy cognac. Those malts just remain harsh, chalky, and acrid throughout. Boozy, harsh, sugary finish.

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

Overall: I'm not too terribly keen on this one either, no. Well, that closes out the red wine, white wine, and cognac varieties for me. Next up: tequila, whiskey, and bourbon!

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Still hoping for a more-than-just-tolerable offering from this barrel-aged line. This one pours a solid onyx topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light molasses, light coffee, and an offhand hint of some exotic (to me, anyway) booze, which I assume to be the cognac. The taste intensifies the roast and the molasses, adds in a small bit of oak, and tosses in a good amount of somewhat buttery cognac. The booze is definitely present throughout, but it serves as a nice compliment, rather than an imposition. The body is a solid medium, closing in on some heft, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, this is so far the best of the barrel-aged editions of Black Hole. The barrel adds a rather enjoyable character, which sorta makes me wanna try some cognac sometime soon...

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Black body. Looks exactly like an imperial stout should.

S - Sweet cognac, milk chocolate, vanilla, and honey. Aroma is quite sweet, with only mild roast, smoke, and coffee character that intensifies a little bit as the beer warms up. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden

T - Taste has that quintessential Scandinavian character to it - not sure if it's the water, yeast, or terroir, but tastes 'Danish' all the same. There's a bit more oak and soy character, particularly in the finish along with a touch of spirit alcohol, but otherwise it's mostly cognac, dark chocolate, smoke, and a bit of char. Far less sweet than the aroma implies, and far more in line with what I expect from Mikkel. Gets a touch boozy when it warms up, but nothing excessive for a 13.1% beer.

M - Big, sticky, viscous full body, some light warming alcohol, medium-low carbonation, light tannic character in the finish. Surprisingly clean finish with only light lingering stickiness.

D - Not as wonderful as Cognac Black, but exponentially better than the other barrel-aged Black Holes. I drank about 8oz, and then used the rest in a birthday cake for my wife - probably could have drank the whole bottle though. It's in the top tier of Mikkeller offerings and it's an essential beer for cognac barrel-aged beer tastings.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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