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Black Hole (Cognac Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 77
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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For an RIS, I couldn't ask for anything more in appearance. Thick, viscous, and black as the dickens with a mounstrous three finger frothy chocolate milk brown head. Long, horizontal patches of lace stick to the sides of the glass along with a thin film of alcohol.

The nose is absolutely huge, bursting with dessert-like aromas, reminiscent of a rich chocolate cake. On the sweet side, there's sweetened dark chocolate, smooth and rounded vanilla and oak, buckwheat honey, brown sugar, and a scoop of strawberry jam at the very bottom. Syrupy, alcohol soaked raisons also ooze over the top of the glass and I assume come from the Cognac barrels. On the other end lies notes of old and weathered wood, char, and roast. Maybe even a touch of smoke. Alcohol tickles the nose, but is no more pronounced than many of the other components that make up this big and complex RIS.

A big first sip gives a big alcohol punch to the back of the throat. I know it clocks in at 13.1% ABV, but based off the nose, I wasn't expecting it to have that much of a kick. A minute later, a warming feeling still lingers in my chest. Many of the flavours have smoothed out and melded together. Sweetened dark chocolate is spread across the top of the tongue while charred wood and roasted malts come up from beneath. The notes of vanilla and oak are delicate in comparison but still but manage to give a feeling of softness in this hefty stout. Honey is also lathered on top and extends to the tip of the tongue. The finish is both roasty and woody with a touch of fruity sweetness. The more I sip on this, the more tame the alcohol becomes.

When I think of full bodied, I'll now think of this. Creamy, mouth coating and incredibly rich. Some dryness comes through with the roasted notes and alcohol. When I first started drinking this, it seemed the alcohol was far too pronounced. After warming up and a few more sips however, it integrates well into the rest of the beer.

As my memory serves me, this has to be the biggest RIS I've had to date, in terms of both alcohol content and feel. I'd love to drink this in a year or two with the hopes of the alcohol dumbing down a bit. I'm not that familiar with Cognac but that didn't take away from me appreciating this. Big thumbs up to Mikkeler. I'll be sure to pick up a couple more barrel aged versions of this.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Cognac version of the Barrel-aged Black Hole has a body that is the darkest shade of brown and completely opaque. Two fingers of brown head settle into a collar and leave some nice lacing behind.

Big notes of cognac dominate the aroma, followed by vanilla, a little bit of anise, roasted malt and coffee. The nose is very complex and quite good.

The lightly smoky, sweet cognac flavor comes through immediately and is very nice. Underneath the cognac is a big sweetness that I assume comes from the honey. The vanilla flavor is nestled down somewhere between the booze and the honey, and although it is definitely there, it could easily get lost in between the other flavors. The malt base has patent black malt along with a little bit of coffee and a good dose of roasted malt. Chocolate flavors come through also, especially in the finish and the after taste. The finish has a little bit of heat, and fusel alcohol flavors do hide in the background, but they aren't glaringly obvious in the finish of this one. The cognac flavors extend throughout the beer and into the after taste, which also features roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. The strongest vanilla flavors that I notice throughout the entire beer also come in the aftertaste.

A little hot on the tongue, and the body is thinner than I would like for a monster of a beer like this one. Prickly carbonation.

I haven't tried a ton of Mikkeller beers because they carry a hefty price tag, but when I saw the entire barrel-aged Black Hole series, I decided to pick up at least one. I'm glad I did, as this is a good example of barrel aging. Although it is a bit hot, for 13%+ ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of spycow (thanks Chris!). I shared this with my wife to celebrate Monday night football on Thanksgiving week. This pours a brownish black color, very opaque with a finely celled milk chocolate colored foam.

Nice candied liqueur aromas laid over the roasted malts, slightly sweet with a well integrated cognac note. The more I smell it the more I like it, sort of akin to an Eclipse. The cognac flavor comes through well without adding any burn, very well done barrel aging as far as my tastes go. Initially sweet with long lasting aftertastes of liquor and malt. Light carbonation helps lend this a silky mouthfeel.

This was actually better than I expected in every way, I wouldn't mind having it again anytime.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Photo of mulder1010
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 ML poured into a Bruery Tulip

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Half a finger of light chocolate colored head. Head faded pretty fast and just left a murky sea of film. Decent ring of lacing.

S-- Cognac soaked chocolate covered cherries. Expected a bigger nose than this really. Faint notes of oak but this nose is really soft.

T-- Cognac, followed by sweet dairy chocolate. Thin, soft and sweet. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-- Alcohol is more evident in the mouth. Still pretty soft and thin until the end when get the usual Mikkeller trademark. ASH, CHAR, BURNT RUBBER. Sigh. Medium alcohol burn in the finish. Light bodied and low carbonation. Like this until the finish and the burn from the alcohol.

O-- Light and easy to drink for 13.1%. The alcohol burn in the end is annoying and a turn off. Good notes of cognac though. Not a bad beer but a decent one.

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2.48/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into snifter. Black with a fingers worth of tan head that dropped to a crown pretty fast. Looked like carbonation may be low.

Nose is heavy on the cognac. It's so strong it's hard to get anything else. Woodiness from the barrel with hints of sweet chocolate.

Taste is not to my liking. Alcohol is all over this beer. A slow burn in my chest is followed by subtle coffee, vanilla, and sweet malt. Cognac comes off sort of paper like. Weird.

Mouthfeel is not good. Body is thin. Under carbonated.

Overall I was disappointed. I like cognac but it just didn't mesh well with the stout. The body wasn't strong or thick enough to support such a strong alcohol presence.

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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the scotch whisky, red wine, tequila, white wine and bourbon versions.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. I don't get much cognac in the aroma.

The cognac characteristics are also missing in the flavor. There is a heavy chocolate character, as well as some roasted malt, maple and oak. There is also a light amount of vanilla in the flavor.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken during a tasting with a friend.

A - Poured into a snifter an oily black with a two finger mocha head that leaves very nice side lacing and good clouding. Spectacular for a this high of an ABV.

S - The nose is mostly very nice cognac with some very light chocolate. Unfortunately I feel the cognac is overpowering the stout a little.

T - Nice chocolate and sweetness, with very nice barrel notes and cognac flavours. Really pleasant taste.

M - Light, smooth, creamy with just a little carbonation. Not too hot at all!

O - Not bad but not super amazing. Mikkeller Barrel aged black hole has been hit or miss...either undrinkable or pretty good. This is solid, but not quite as good as the tequilla one.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the Ginger Man into a snifter.

Black body, chocolate brown, one finger head, a beaut.

Smells sweet, a lighter sweetness than most RIS. Not so much a malty sweetness as it is a candy-like, fruity sweetness.

Drinks more mellow than many RIS out there, the roasted bit of the profile sits back and lets the cognac do the smooth talking. This beer will take you out to dinner, buy you a few drinks, and by the end of it all, you want to take this beer to bed.

Good Night.

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3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black, one finger light brown head, nice lacing.

S - Brown sugar, bitter hops, barleywine scents.

T - Cocoa powder, coffee, candi sugar, dark fruits, medicinal alcohol flavors.

M - Warming, smooth, slick on the tongue, a little thin.

O - It is a decent brew but not as good as I expected, I think the bourbon is the best I have had.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a viscous black that is deep in color. There is about a fingers worth of dark, almost brown head.

The nose is full of booze, vanilla, coffee, and sweetness.

The taste is very smooth and dessert-like presenting flavors of sweet honey and cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oak and booze. It's very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Enough carbonation to bring all the flavors out but there's not too much which is enjoyable.

Overall, this a great barrel-aged brew that is very enjoyable, drinkable, sweet and delicious. Awesome

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is nice. Sheer black as the blackhole from its name. Tan leather halo laces the snifter. Smell is great. Vanilla and cognac sweetness. Taste is much of the same. Light cocoa and sweet chocolate and roasted malts, with the added cognac smoothness and taste. Overall one of the better mikkelwr black hole Ba.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black hole is an excellent beer served on-tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY. They serve this beer in a medium sized brandy glass with a beautiful dark tan head and midnight black color. There is no cloudiness and it is sharp and clean in color. The aroma of this beer is of chocolate liquor & cognac. The first sip is syrrupy but smooth with flavors of chocolate, maltiness, cognac liquor, and hints of spice and a hint of tartness. Definitely a special beer.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a layer and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of honey, vanilla, dark english toffee, and some sweetness from the cognac.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty closely. The bigger flavors are honey and cocoa with a nice molasses backbone.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: Very complex stout and definitely better than the bourbon version I had a while back.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7 barrel varieties with the base beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black.

Minimal head.

Smells sweet, and chocolate heavy. Barrel characteristics. Smells buttery and enjoyable. Tastes a bit boozy and harsh.

Side by side with roger's bourbon pumpkin cake. The cake blew me away...

The beer was so so

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Black Hole (Cognac Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 158 ratings
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