Black Hole (Tequila Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Tequila Edition)Black Hole (Tequila 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 rudzud on 07-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black pour with a thin beige head on it. Aroma hit the bitter ashy, roasted coffee notes, but also dropped that tequila agave edge on it. Wood notes nicely done.

Good mix of chocolate malt, roasted chocolate malt and mild tequila heat. Very interesting, unique, and best of all, good.

Yes these are expensive, but they're a great and unique barrel aged stout that imparts a nice amount of tequila sweetness on top of the bitter ashy notes. Well done.

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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark fluffy head, pitch black.

Nose muted, little peppery tequila, vegetal, faint dark chocolate and caramel, little bitter hop.

Taste big tequila, overpowers the beer, peppery, vegetal green pepper, little chocolate and roast, earthy hop, little metallic.

Mouth is med bod, creamy fluffy carb.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this side by side with the red wine edition, and this was the clear loser. for me, the tequila was almost too intense, having taken over the beer to the point where coffee and vanilla and honey were not really detectable, although i am not sure these flavors would work amazingly well with tequila anyway. the oxidation isnt as well covered up either, so the staleness of this one is a turn off, although i bet it was a lot better fresh. the tequila is super dominant, sweet agave and oak and char, like a heavy anejo, which i really like, just not so much in this particular beer. i do like it more and more as i sip on it, and as it warms up. instead of the sweet desserty additives and port-like qualities of the red wine one, this one pulls more of the roasted earthy grain character out, and i cant fault it for that. much like the red wine one, i would have killed to try this fresh. mouthfeel is still nice too though, frothy and big, but drinking a whole lot easier than anything else coming in over 13% abv. still worth picking up if you can find one i think though.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip, from bottle, 49°F

Didn't realize this was a discontinued beer when I recently purchased it. Have been loving Bourbon Barrel beers, and thought "Tequila Aged" sounded intriguing…

A: Black, half inch dark brown head. Great sticky lacing though the session.

S: something different, floral, sweet, hint of coffee… but almost an antiseptic finish on the nose as well.

T: upfront with sweet, astringent, and bitter(?). hard to describe, but I keep on sipping….

M: cloying, thick, and asking you to drink more.

O: different, yet still familiar. Very much a nice change from the bourbon barrel aged items. Glad I tried it, and wish I had gotten two when I found these at 5-points in Athens, GA recently.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, agave, tequila, vanilla, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, oak, tequila, agave, some vanilla and dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. The tequila adds some nice complexity.

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Photo of cvm4
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cola, body seems somewhat thick and head is a bubbly tan.

S - Ripe dark fruits, bitter dark chocolate & sweet honey. It does come across as boozy though.

T - Sweet molasses & rich honey at first. Midway you get roasted malts, some char (I expect this after a few of the others) and a somewhat floral tequila mix at the end.

M - Medium body & low carbonation.

O - It's a very sweet stout that doesn't keep my attention or really wow me. That being said it's still pretty solid.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this a little over a year ago and actually shared one with a good friend when it had come in to us. I seem to have enjoyed it much more then than now. Even though it is still good, it is not quite as mind blowing as I remember.

But, it still is good.

Black Hole explains the colour... I don't think we need to go any further.

Body is pretty thick, heavy, but now absolutely dense. The carbonation is very fine and helps keep this from being a slab. Almost creamy.

Smells of rich dark fruits, very bitter dark chocolate, and a very interesting long booze/alcohol. It is almost unpleasant because of the high alcohol scent. But there is something reassuring about it. It's breeched the 13% though, so what do you expect?

Taste is instantly honey and liquor sweet. This quickly shifts into sweet raisins and almost a fresh fig taste. Then comes coffee, dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla and a bit of oak. A nice even roastiness. Then tapers into the bitter coffee and chocolate tones with a hint of tequila. This was what I remembered about this beer. The tequila was VERY distant and hard to recognize at the end. At least for me. The booze tend to mask it as well. Booze coming in mostly toward the middle to end, warming the whole mouth... which is actually very pleasant with the creamy body.

Booze that is very warm but not abrasive and competing.

Overall, good to have that one last bottle, but if I could attain this once more in my life I may just pass it over. It was a bit pricey and not as drop dead amazing as some beer that I have had at similar costs.

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Photo of IPA35
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rather thick black beer with a tan head. This bottle has a cap and it does not look undercarbonated. Looks thick and creamy. Good lacing.

Smells very rich and sweet.

I would have loved to try the normal version first. This is very fruity, but not really like your average fruity imperial stout. This has a bit of a resinous, slightly leafy fruitness to it, hard to describe but it must be the tequila (I never drink tequila by the way). Warming alcohol-like smell too. Raisins, molasses.

A very wierd and new flavour this one. Very sweet. Slight alcohol in the after taste. Wow, I need some time with this one. Now it is very sweet but that was expected from a beer brewed with dark sugar and honey. You do get some of the coffee but it does not have an overly big coffee flavour to it compared to other coffee stouts. Darker fruits to it from both the base beer and the barrel. The tequila barrel is like giving lots of flavours to this beer, that slightly leafy resinous flavour, it works with this beer. Noticable but not offputting warming alcohol. Very sweet though. If you don't like sweet stouts don't get this. I do get a little honey but this is basically just big sweetness. Not much in the way of hops. Complex stuff.

The mouthfeel is very good, nice and creamy. Not that much carbonation.

Great desert beer, a true sipper. Just unique and wierd but actually very good. Try it.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours black in color with minimal head. Heavy tequila aroma on this. Lots of wood, grass, and roasted malt. A noticeable green apple note, some booze, and a bit of carbonic acid. Sugary, sickly sweet, with burnt sugar. Heavy on the roasted malt and tequila. Lots of wood and grass and green apple. A little bit of a cigarette flavor to it as well. This was pretty rough stuff.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a nice thick and heavy medium brown head atop it. Fades extremely slowly. Leaves thick frothy lacing behind as well as an island of foam.

S: Intense fruity sweetness, especially raisin. Lots of tequila, molasses and honey. No alcohol burn surprisingly. Don't really get much in the way of roasted malt other than a bit of chocolate. A touch of oak? Very unique smell, not surprising since I've never had tequila-aged anything before. Molasses are especially strong as it warms up.

T: Whoa, what an unusual brew. Lots of super sweet molasses up front and throughout the brew. Some honey and tequila mixes in as the sweetness fades. Roasted malt kicks in briefly with a huge surge of char and a bit of chocolate which fades into the aftertaste. Just a hint of vanilla bean in the lingering aftertaste. No indication to the alcohol content.

M: Heavy, slick and smooth. Not as heavy or syrupy as you would expect for the ABV.

O: Unique for sure. Never had a tequila-aged beer. This was actually surprisingly good. Very strong aromas and flavors so it's definitely not for a beginner. Tequila adds a nice aspect to this brew. The main thing I didn't really like about this beer was the lack of roasted malt character. It gets drowned out and it's more like a crazy barleywine with the intense sweetness and molasses. Otherwise, quite a complex and unique beer.

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Photo of doucmehu
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.x oz. bottle poured into a fluted tulip, 2011 vintage. Not really sure what to expect, but hopes are moderate at best.

A: Deep chocolate with a nice full deep mocha head, leaving a fine covering throughout and nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, black strap molasses, brown sugar, light esters, light alcohol, some sourness. Overall, smells like a syrupy sweet RIS with an oddly funky finish.

T: Bizarre, overly sweet flavors that don't really work well. Bitter baker's chocolate, tequila "organic" flavors, lots of honey and some toffee. Honey and agave nectar sweetness reminds me of "organic" sweets that would have been better with real sugar in them. The slightly sour funkiness is rather unpleasant.

M: Significant alcohol presence. Slightly syrupy and uncomfortably sticky. Carbonation is average and adequate.

O: Not a pleasant beer at all. Trying to pick out the flavors is interesting, but the beer is very difficult to drink and gets cloyingly sweet and offputting within a couple sips. Would never drink again, but still kind of fun to try. Too bad it was $12...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | 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, and liquor fumes. Small hints of agave here and there.

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, but more honey flavor showing than any of these beers. Dash of Lo Siento-brand tequila. Those malts just remain harsh, chalky, and acrid throughout. Boozy, harsh, sugary finish.

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

Overall: Sure, I'm in a black hole now, but there's light at the end of the tunnel as, after this brew, there's only one remaining Black Hole barrel treatment. At times, it felt like a bout of kidney stones - brutal, harrowing, and painful, but at least I can laugh about it now.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a translucent dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, tequila, roastiness, oak, alcohol, light pepper and light fruittiness. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of coffee, cocoa, tequila, roastiness, oak, light pepper and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth dry warming lingering tequila finish.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass at altitude in Denver. Thanks to kojevergas for this one!

A: Pours jet black with a small, creamy light brown head that leaves quite a lot of lacing. Looks great.

S: Floral oak, caramel malts, dark chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Surprisingly the alcohol didn’t come through on the nose.

T: Chocolate up front followed by some really funky oak notes and a bit of vanilla on the finish. Everything is nicely balanced and held together by a solid caramel malt body. Complex and tasty.

M: Full-bodied, wet, smooth and creamy. Fits the style well.

D: Very drinkable considering the ABV. The flavors from the tequila barrel are interesting. After my experiences with the abominable tequila in Europe, I wonder how aging in high-quality tequila barrels would affect the beer. I would happily drink this again, but perhaps I would more likely try a different variation of Black Hole first.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with some buddies, poured into a snifter

A- looks deliciously black with a nice half Finger milk chocolate covered head, which I did not expect from this beer, but am pleasantly suprised.

S- phenomenal, earthy tequila oak mixing w/ the sweetness of both tequila and the brews malts, the honey and a hint of the vanilla... A very complex... And i love tequila, I'd love to know what kinda tequila barrels mikkeller aged this in.... I'll have to do a little research.

T- starts smooth and slik, then a bite of dark fruit in the mid palate. Developing into a bit of sweetness, honey, tequila, finishes with a slightly mouth drying oak character, which is nice, the vanilla is subtle but also shows up a bit in the finish, blending with the oak and sweetness.

M- slick and smooth with low carbonation, the mouthfeel
Works very well for the style allowing all the flavors to blend nicley

O- pretty awesome! I love tequila and I love mikkeller, but when I grabbed this one I figured it was one you would either love or hate, wasn't sure what to expect... But very well done!

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Photo of peensteen
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liam's bottle, part of the Black Hole blind tasting.

Near black in colour, tan head with some lace on the glass. Smell is roasty and charred, some barrel scents, tequila (I guess agave) is there but quite nice and not overpowering, peppery and spicy notes in this that were not in any other Black Hole, some coffee as well. Taste is lightly sweet with chocolate and coffee, tequila and agave, light vanilla with a roasted/charred finish, lightly fruity in the aftertaste unlike the rest in the series. Nice feel, full thick body, lighter carbonation than some of the other Black Holes as well. The thing I liked about this was that it was quite different than the rest of the series without it working negatively like the Peat Whiskey version, This was one I thought I would enjoy the least but I was very wrong, would love to see more Tequila barrel stuff for sure.

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Photo of liamt07
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY, part of our Black Hole blind tasting. 375ml into a snifter. Ticking my first ever tequila BA'd beer.

Poured black (surprise), some translucence around the edges. Dark brown head, lace and retention are good. Nose is interesting and immediately suggestive of tequila, earthy and herbal qualities, pepper notes, fruity and spirity. Agave is there. Taste has the agave, peppery and herbal character again, char, caramel, honey, light tar. A general sweetness contributed by most parties invovled. Some spicy agave-esque flavour in the finish. Sweet full and with good general spirit character. Interesting and intriguing, something I could revisit. Certainly an eye-opener to the potential for tequila-BA'ing beers.

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Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is blackish brown, a small tan head, little lacing and good curtains.

The smell is dark and burned, candid sugar, soy and dried peas.

A taste of burnt bread, ripe tropic fruits, mango and similar, a warm concluding bitterness.

Little carbonation, asoft and sticky feeling, a good body and warm dryness.

A nice black one, with a good spicy finish.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a nearly black color with 2.5 fingers of decently thick and creamy tan head. Retention is very good, especially considering the ABV.

S - Awesome spice, heavy oak, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, cream and a hint of alcohol. Very well balanced and inviting.

T - Spicy oak and cream over a full roasted malt foundation. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and tart black cherry esters. Yeasty throughout. Subtly complex, and pretty tasty, though I don't get any tequila notes.

M - Medium to full bodied, fairly creamy, smooth and wet.

D - It's a fairly complex and drinkable stout, and it conceals its ABV very well. I'd have it again, and it makes me want to try the other aged black hole variants.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green glass bottle with standard pressure cap and foil covering served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely tan colour, great cream lacing, good thickness, and very impressive retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Milky and creamy, with some light chocolate. Oak-laden and pleasant. Caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light cocoa and caramel and cream, with some strange oak notes (I assume some sort of monstrous tequila). Some milky maybe nutty notes are present as well. Well balanced and very nicely built. Pleasant vanilla. Complex and subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Highly drinkable for the well-hidden ABV. I'd have it again.

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Photo of silentnoiz
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank A/B with the Black (sampled all but the Rum same night).

A - same as the rest, dark small head

S - does not smell good

T - very roasty and very sweet. More like white sugar sweet and fairly clean

M - same as the others, more carbonation than the Black

O - interesting brew, very sweet, nice surprise, but wouldnt seek this out

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid black with a nice creamy tan head. Settles to a skim of tan foam with a few big bubbles. The skim reminds me of a pellicle on a sour beer.

S - Straight tequila. Sweet smokey agave. Maybe even more Mescal like. Not sure if I smelled this blind I could tell the difference between this and tequila. Honey, roasted malt and milk chocolate as it warms.

T - Wow is this unique and strange. Roasted malt, honey, lime, agave, somewhat smokey, pineapple, milk chocolate, vanilla. Some alcohol heat and flavor build as it warms.

M - Medium body, creamy with noticeable alcohol.

D - Probably the most unique beer I have tried. I like tequila and this bottle has a strong tequila taste but I am still struggling if it is just okay or if I really like. Highly recommended.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black, mocha head thats thick and lasts a long time. Some nice lacing and cascading on the glass.

S-Sweet and floral, alcohol is present, coconut, tequila, and some espresso. Its kind of funky, but complex.

T-Tequila, lime, alcohol, coconut, chocolate, a hint of coffee, some wood, and more tequila in the aftertaste. Complex and impressive.

M-Thick and chewy.

D-The drinkability suffers to me because I'm not a big fan of tequila. A friend split this bottle with me and I don't think I could have drank any more personally.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. Despite not being a big tequila fan, I give this beer a lot of credit. Its complex and extreme. Lovers of tequila will especially like this. I recommend it for anyone wanting to try something that seems to push the boundaries.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. There is a nice 2-finger dark tan head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind some nice lace on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malt in the front. There are some definite boozy tequila aromas. I am getting some scents of chocolate, black coffee, wood, vanilla, and just a touch of hop character coming through. A really nice and interesting nose overall.

T - The taste starts of with a good amount of roasted bitterness and a big blast of tequila flavor. The barrels definitely influenced this beer a lot. There are some nice flavors of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Also, I am getting some wood and a little bit of hop flavor. The finish leaves some lingering roasted bitterness, tequila flavor, and some booziness behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth quality to it. There is a good amount of roasted bitterness here. Also, there is somewhat of a sourness feel to it, due to the tequila barrels. There is also some alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - There is good drinkability here. This is a sipper but it has a nice unique flavor to it. This is definitely and interesting use of barrel aging and it makes for a pretty unique beer. I have had the red wine and cognac versions, and this definitely has more barrel influence on the flavor. It is definitely different, but I think it works pretty well, and I enjoyed it. I recommend trying this one out, it is definitely worth it.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a rich, dark chocolate brown color - might as well be black. A nice, light mocha color, foamy head forms with nice retention.

S - Interesting aroma. The sweetness of the base beer comes through with honey, molasses and cocoa powder. But, it is covered by an odd vegetable aroma, perhaps from the tequila barrels? Light agave aromasalong with some fruits like grapefruit. An odd mix especially with the slight char aromas coming out.

T - The taste is slightly better than the aroma. Deep, rich, sweet stout flavors contrast oddly with the tequila barrels. Rich chocolate, molasses and honey mix in a weird way with the agave and the char that seems to be coming from the barrel.

M - Slightly thin mouthfeel for me. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slightly dry finish on this one.

O - Not really what I expected. Granted it was my first experience with a tequila barrel aged beer, it still struck me as not entirely right. I probably won't be revisiting this one anytime soon.

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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.68 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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