Black Hole (Tequila Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Tequila Edition)Black Hole (Tequila Edition)

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Mikkeller ApS
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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 drpimento
4.92/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Who is this friggin Mikkeller guy anyway and what kind of horse did he ride in on? Pure genius combined with high art. Poured with a fine, thick, creamy, tan head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is opaque black brown. Aroma is mainly roast, malt, cocoa, floral, yeast, hint of tequila. Flavor is much the same but massively so; yet oddly balanced. This is one of my favs of the series so far. Body is superb and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with lots of alcohol warming and tequila coming thru more. Very long finish. And a pure delight.

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Photo of rudzud
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Oily midnight black with a big, fluffy creamy mocha head that slowly fades to leave nice side lacing and a good halo with clouding. Great appearance for such a high ABV!

S - Some very light coffee notes, some vanilla, some sweetness, and this very unique woody, slightly floral aroma presumably from the tequila barrel. Not quite as prominant as the bottle I've had.

T - Super light chocolate and roasty malts/espresso on the front which is quickly overtaken by some sweetness and hints of vanilla. Then boom, the latter half is dominated again by that earthy barrel and floral tequila flavours.Good wood notes and agave, and at the ABV is somewhat noticeable and chocolate returns to finish things and leave a lengthy dark chocolate aftertaste.

M - Enough carbonation to lift it up off the tongue, nice and smooth and creamy though. Coats the mouth nicely. Even with that, it is still incredibly drinkable.

O - Wow, I am impressed with this. Again. While I like the bottle just a hair better, this was still delicious stuff worth sampling.

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Photo of hamermt
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very hesitant at first to try a beer that was aged in tequila barrels. I've enjoyed many a beer aged in whiskey barrels, but my experiences mixing tequila and beer in the past have had varied results. None-the-less, I'm a curious fellow and had to try it. Served in a 10oz glass, the black concoction in front of me looked like it could be used to stain wood. I grimaced before taking my first sniff, expecting to be gagged by the scent of cheap tequila, but was pleased to find it had a somewhat sweet, mellow aroma. The taste was surprising and pleasantly smooth, with notes of roasted cocoa, smoke, and a delicate flowery aroma. The taste of tequila was there, but was mild and well-mixed, not overstated. Not something I was expecting from this seriously dark brew that sat in front of me. It didn't feel overly thick or heavy in the mouth, and each sip ended with a satisfied "ahhh". It went down very easily, almost too easy, with very little bite considering its intimidating 13% ABV.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious opaque sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma has notes of roast coffee, smoke and molasses with a firm hint of tequila - no surprise there! - and a bit of fresh-cut grass Mouth-filling and very tasty flavor has the usual smoky, coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice tones with a subtle overtone of grass and a sweet tequila note. Texture is smooth as almond milk and has above average body plus a subtle tingle. Finish is on the sweet side and has a grassy overtone as well as smoky, molasses and mocha tones. I love the Black Hole Barrel Aged series, and hope there are plenty more to come!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours an opaque, nearly black color with one-half finger of dark tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Mostly chocolate, a little wine and a faint hint of tequila.

T: Sweet chocolate, some coffee and wine in the background, and tequila floating over the top. The tequila influence is faint but recognizable. Interesting flavor for a stout, but I think it works well.

M: Smooth and creamy, very pleasant indeed.

O: This is the second variation on the black hole barrel aged that I have tried (the first was cognac). The flavor is definitely different with the tequila influence, but to be honest, they could age this beer in a garbage can and it would probably still turn out tasting better than a lot of other beers. Sampled this last night at a tasting and decided to get a bottle for a real review-- very glad I did.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Revolution for only $8. Black. Thin beige head to it. Great aroma with all of the usual suspects in a big ass stout, massive roast, chocolate, vanilla, and while I'm not a tequila fan in any sense up until now, I really liked what I presume is the woody spice notes coming from the tequila barrel.

Heavy roast and chocolate, with an amazing, almost hot pepper like quality heat (not from abv) coming off it. A great sipper, not boozy in any sense. Carbonation is just perfect.

Already and went out and bought the series after having the tequila and white wine versions. Will probably pick up extra tequilas. Yum.

Sometimes I think Mikkeller is actually underrated on this site because they are nomadic and don't have much to work with in terms of a 'homer' base.

Had it again out of the bottle, a little sweeter than I remembered it, but still, very enjoyable and one of my favorite imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .5-L bottle into a Delirium snifter on 8/13/2011.

A: Black with a gorgeous chocolate-milk head, 1-finger, that fades slowly to leave a beautiful & delicate lace.

N: Chocolate coffee and floral aromatics.

T/M: Bitter chocolate & coffee juxtaposed with vanilla sweetness. There is a perceptible floral character in the middle, presumably from the tequila aging. A noticeable, but not overpowering, alcoholic heat & oaky smokiness in the finish--not as overwhelming as the bourbon aged version--very good and much more delicate.

This is my favorite of the series so far--I may have to come back to edit this statement, as this #2 for me. The tequila contributes a gorgeous floral characteristic that I find incredibly unique and delicious.

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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 TheDole
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is obviously a love-or-hate brew. I happen to love it.
Yes, its not hoppy.
Yes, it is deceptively light and smooth for such an opaque beer.
Yes, it IS SWEET.
However, for a 13%-er Ive never had anything more palatable. I will be back for more!

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have mixed feelings about Mikkeller's multiple barrel aged versions of this beer (all 7 were on tap at Max's), but this was certainly tasty enough.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. Likewise, the nose displays the usual chocolate, coffee and vanilla, but there's another underlying aroma as well, that I guess could be the tequila (more of pure grain alcohol aroma, actually). On the palate, this beer is quite tasty, with the tequila adding another flavor component that is intriguing and surprisingly attractive. Much to my surprise, the tequila flavor also blends in fairly well with the coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly full and smooth, with a long, somewhat gritty, finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and I pick up very little heat or booziness from the 13% abv.

Very impressive. Would definitely order this again, though I'm not sure how well this beer goes with the current August heat wave we're having in Bawlmore.

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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 Rickythejeweler
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 fl. oz. capped & foiled green bottle.

A - Jet black, opaque, light brown head.

S - Tequila, soft chocolate, oak.

T - Tequila, toffee, bitter candied pears, chocolate, caramel, oak.

M - Full bodied, smooth, medium-low carbonation, creamy.

O - Very strong & delicious! Unique tequila bitter odd taste, it goes perfect with the base imperial stout. Can't wait to try the others in the series!

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Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin cap with good lacing.

S: some roasted malts and sweet chocolate up front. What follows is one of the most interesting aromas I've smelled. It's a warm, floral aroma. Vanilla and a little honey perhaps? Tequila aromas follow, creating this interesting, but good aroma.

T: roasted malts with sweet chocolate again along with a very unique flavor. It's a strongly sour flavor with hints of char and smoke. Very slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty dry and relatively light for the style, but it works well with the sourness.

O: a very unique, but good beer. It's like a sour stout. The tequila really adds some interesting components to the beer. Very pricey, but worth trying.

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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 jsanford
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

Pours like "Regular" Black Hole, which is a dark, ominous black with a thin mocha head that fades to a slight ring. Aromas and flavors are hard to pin down, definitely getting the typical bitter roasted malt and burnt coffee, a bit of oak, agave, and a "green" flavor that's hard to identify. Kinda reminds me of caramelized pineapple or sugar cane. I suppose that makes sense given that a agave piña is similar to a green pineapple. Really unique set of flavors and aromas in here, definitely liking it. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, with a full body and low carbonation. Really neat beer, cool to try different Barrel-Aging techniques!

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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 flannelman808
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense midnight brown with just a touch of yellow ochre around the edges. Frothy tan head clings all over a snifter and hangs around for a little while.

S: Wow, lots going on. Vanilla extract, wood, coffee, toffee, polished leather, and coco powder seem to be in charge.

T: Milk chocolate, Vanilla, columbian coffee and wood (which brings in some much needed astringency) dominate the glass. This is not quite as boozy/hot as the nose leads on though not a chugging beer either. Tequila suggestions lend a hand as the glass warms... Anejo? Really a mixed bag awaits in this bottle and will not be a hit with everyone.

M: Velvety

O: An interesting beer, no doubt about it. Though a tad sweet overall for my taste. A menagerie of components manage not to overwhelm in one way or the other. Tequila flavors blend very well into the rest and aim to trick the palate as to what it's tasting.

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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 lazyboy247
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is something else. Served in a goblet at Armsby Abby in worcester 8/24.

The nose in this beer is all alcohol with sight sweet malt. Surprisingly sweet the honey in this beer shines through for a remarkably smooth roasted sweet flavor. Creamy mouth feel and full bodied. Would definitely not pass over if you have the chance and like a sweeter RIS.

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Photo of Klym
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Noticed my local beer store has many more of these sitting on the shelf so I decided to crack my cellared one. Poured into a darkness snifter.

A: this thing is deep, black, and beautiful for a stout. Nice tan head that foams up to match. I was worried about a flat mess, but this has got me impressed.

S: Woah, what the hell. Fresh cut wood, lemon grass, charred beef, a touch of vanilla, slight cinnamon, wasabi and gumball. Yeah, crazy.

T: Much like the nose lots of madness going on. An almost puckering taste with a strong dominant character reminiscent of lime (and tequila for that matter). A slightly spicy burn runs through the top of the mouth and brings with it some more savory flavors. This is really all over the place, but the most surprising thing is how it's most lime/lemon tangy like than savory or sweet.

M: A really nice mouthfeel, a good amount of carbonation with some slick, medium-heavy body.

O: As usual, you can't say this Mikkeller beer reminds you of any other beer. And as usual, you'll likely either find it quite worthwhile or a huge waste of time. Mikkeller can divide the beer nerds like no other. If you like tequila, and you like mikkeller, I dont think this iwll disappoint.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Navy blue foiled 12.7 oz (375 mL) bottle

A: Pours a pitch black color with a creamy mocha/brown head that sticks round pretty much the entire time

S: Big coffee up front, with dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some floral and earthy notes which I'm guessing are coming from the tequila

T: Very complex, with all of the above aromas coming out in the taste. Coffee, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, some oak, and then finishes with the booze and floral and earthy tequila. As it warms, the tequila comes out more and more

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and creamy

O: Like I said, the tequila comes out as it warms, so I would chill this if you're not too fond of tequila or don't want to be slapped by booze. Overall, still a very well-done BA'ing job and an interesting one to boot

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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 DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tequila Mikkeller on tap at The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, $8 (maybe $9) for7 ounces.

Appearance: Comes looking super black, with two fingers of mocha-colored head, good retention and great lacing.

Smell: Chocolate cookie, booze, barrel, gasoline. Humidor, burning candles, smoke. Perfect for the Cabinet's atmosphere. Bit of coffee grounds.

Taste: Sweeter than the nose, but with a sharper end of tingling, burning booze and barrel. Liquor-filled chocolates. Cherry, bit of raisin juice. Liquid sugar/syrup/molasses at the end. Tequila not so there, except for the smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, creamy-sweet body, spicy (hoppy) finish. Dry. Medium body and flavor.

Overall: Enjoyed it. Loved the tequila, just the mere idea of aging beer on it and even though the aroma wasn't particularly noticeable. Could use more body and oomph, but it's a pleasant brew. Drinkable too, at only seven ounces.

Note: Other Barrel Black Hole I have tried include Cognac (bottle bought at Royal Liquors in Kansas City for $10.99), White Wine (at Churchkey in DC)

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

4.5 oz pour at the Ginger Man, NYC.

Minimal to no chocolate brown head on this one as it presents itself as seriously as a shot of black tequila. Not as harsh of a nose as one would expect from a beer aged on tequila barrels. The tequila notes play well with the honey that the beer is brewed with and adds a nice 'dirty sweetness' to it.

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Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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