Black Hole (Tequila Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

65 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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.

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 140
Photo of Arbitrator
1.32/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. I nearly pissed myself with glee when I heard that they were releasing this series again. As if it wasn't enough of a train wreck the first time.

A: Pours black, tan head.

S: This is incredibly interesting: wasabi, moss, metal, spice, strong roast, vanilla, oak, char, tears.

T: Much of the kitchen sink aroma translates to the taste. It's a delightful cornucopia of off flavors (green apple, copper pennies), barrel (wasabi, wood, vanilla), and Mikkeller's unique brand of failure in a mashtun (over-roasted malt, spice, coffee). He seems to be struggling to find new, shiny ways to package the same old turd, and it's not working. Lipstick on a pig and all that.

M: Medium-full bodied, but bizarre, poorly integrated flavors. Boozy.

O: This is moderately less abysmal than the complete trainwreck last year's beers were. But on the whole, not recommended, and for the love of Christ why is this brewery still in business?

 962 characters

Photo of ehammond1
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Black throughout with nearly no head and very little visible carbonation. This beer doesn't leave much at all in the way of lace or stick, though that can be expected at this ABV, though the beer looks slick and oily.

This is certainly one of the most interesting aromas a beer has ever possessed, though that doesn't inherently make it good. And this one is not good. The aroma consists of lime, cactus, roasted malt, boozy alcohol, wood planks, and ?salt water? Really quite strange. Unique.

This beer is strange, to say very least. The flavors of cactus, lime, and wood are dominant, and those do not make a particularly pleasant combination. The alcohol component is huge in this one as well.

Medium to thick bodied with very low carbonation and particularly oily.

Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

 845 characters

Photo of Gfunk720
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle out of my Harpoon tulip.

A- Nice opaque black. The foamy head almost looks like an espresso, with hints of white and mocha. The lacing clings to the glass as I make my way through it.

S- Sweet notes of mesquite tequilla and oak. An interesting background blend of hops, chocolate, and coffee. The tequilla is different, but honestly slightly off-putting

T-It is very smooth and chocolatey sweet at first. A crazy blend of hops, smokey tequilla, and peaty oak then just punish the tongue. I hate mescal style tequilla, and this is very reminicent of that. I pick up the in the honey in the initial flavor, and some slight coffee flavor as well. Not really any vanilla.

M- Overall it punishes my palate, and after a while I wasn't looking forward to trying to drink more. The aftertaste was not very good, and rather bitter.

O- While I think this is an improvement of the base beer from the last batch of Black Hole, the barrel aging did not do this one well. While I love tequilla, I'd be curious to know what kind of barrels these were aged in.


 1,071 characters

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...

 1,078 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
2.29/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Since the cognac version, my hopes have been raised anew for this series. This one pours a bleak, murky black topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises dry wood (yes, generic wood), lime, agave syrup, ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, roasted malts, dark molasses, light char, and dark chocolate. There's definitely a stout in there, and it's damn dark, but the tequila barrl really hits ya up front and powerfully. Honestly, not only is it disconcerting, it's not very appealing, either. The taste brings up the same dichotomy between dark, roasty stout and agave-heavy tequila barrel. The finish forces my lips to pucker slightly from the strange flavor combination. The body is a light heavy, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this beer did not benefit from the tequila barrel at all. Something tells me these are barrels that oughtn't be used for stout-aging very often. Not only that, but things seemed a tad overcarbonated, making things all the worse.

 1,035 characters

Photo of AgentZero
2.3/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Black beer with a tan head that had some good retention. Left some nice lace on the sides. Pretty good looking beer.

S - Pretty sweet, not really in a good way. There's some pretty disgusting something or other mixing in with the sweetness. Smells like tequila, but it is a messed up addition to a beer that tends to be char heavy. Some alcohol burn. Yeah, this doesn't seem promising.

T - Tastes pretty bad. Yeast, char, sweet honey, off-tequila. This is a beer that really shouldn't have happened. Weird hops, oak, and booze. Some chemicals and burnt malts. Yuck.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied, pretty active carbonation.

O - I was expecting bad, hoping for unique and good. I got bad, so in that sense it "lived up" to expectations. Don't drink this.

 764 characters

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.

 376 characters

Photo of mentaltraveller
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black. This beer looks pretty good. The smell is rather interesting; the tequila is much more present in the scent than in the taste. Unfortunately, the taste is pretty awful. The brew starts promisingly, with a smooth, dark chocolate and honey flavor, but then it just dissolves into a mess: chewable vitamins, lemon and a hefty dose of household cleaning products. I finished it, but I am not sure why, but probably because it is so expensive. Avoid

 463 characters

Photo of MasterSki
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another gem shared by Mike. Thanks for picking up the slack on the bad beer front. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Black body, light mocha foam that has good retention, leaving glass-coating lace behind. Some reddish highlights at the fringes.

S - Weird mix of cloyingly sweet sugars, honey, fusel alcohol, vanilla, and perhaps some anejo tequila in the periphery. Slightly sickening - as it warms up there's a mix of burnt tires and a strange chemical pool aroma.

T - Taste is mildly better. Not as sweet, but with a bit of fruity Scandinavian yeast character. Still kind of strange, and not much in the way of tequila.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, sticky finish, and surprisingly well-hidden alcohol considering it's a barrel-aged 13.1% beer.

D - This just isn't very good. I have higher hopes for the cognac version, but I'd pass on this one. The cloying sweetness does not mesh well with the barrel and spirit flavors at all.

 945 characters

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

 337 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

The pour is nearly black with a thin mocha head and a few spots after a few swirls. Thin collar. The nose brings forward some oxidized barrel character plus some light tequila character. Oddly oxidized oak. Not a big fan. The flavor isn't too much better with some oxidation and damp cardboard pervading. Below that is tequila, which isn't adding too much, as it conflicts with the roast and chocolate. Too much barrel character that does not fit at all. Finish is full of cardboard. Not a good brew.

 543 characters

Photo of DrewZ926
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Jet black pour with a nice inch of dark khaki head

S- Highly off-putting. Vegetal, metallic, a ton of tequila, and something that reminds me of the time I made a tea out of pure Saaz hops...

T- A little bit of sweet malt but overpowering tequila essence. Finishes nicer that it attacks, some roasty malt and espresso.

M- Despite the odd tastes going on the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. Pretty creamy and thick but no surprise here.

D- After a few ounces I was satisfied with this one. The barrel aging would be a bit too much to handle in any quantity more.

O- After loving the Cognac version of Black Hole I figured I would give the tequila version a shot, since I've never had a tequila barrel beer before. I'd say I'm pretty disappointed as the RIS backbone of this great beer was changed beyond recognition.

 819 characters

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.

 938 characters

Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is fairly straightforward, with a lot of roasted malt and chocolate. I also get some brown sugar notes in the aroma.

The flavor is little bit strange and is a little tough to describe. The beer is pretty sweet, with a lot of agave nectar and tequila notes. The roasted malt and chocolate are present, but they take a back seat to the fruity agave notes. There are also some nice vanilla and oak flavors, as well as some wine-like notes.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

 664 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Mikkeller, I think.

Near black with a nice, long-lasting tan head. Looks great, and the aroma is sweet and promising, if not that of a typical RIS (or tequila for that matter).

Taste: Too sweet! Rich and complex, but the pronounced sweetness overshadows everything else. Certainly plenty of sweet malt, but much sweeter than from malt alone, I think. Even the aftertaste is too sweet.

If this only rated liked the aroma it would be a fine beer.

O - disappointing, but has it strong points and excellent potential as the start of a revised version.

 563 characters

Photo of crossovert
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had much of these black hole variations mainly due to price. 375ml green bottle with blue foil.

It has a nice pour, a jet black with a huge foamy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is pretty good. It has some tequila but it is mostly cocoa and caramel. There is some nice wood notes as well.

The flavor is not as great. It is a bit too sweet. The tequilla flavor is rather muddled but decent. It is mostly just sugar and some cocoa. The mouthfeel is a bit thin I feel.

All in all not too bad.

 517 characters

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.

 501 characters

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.

 1,054 characters

Photo of nickhiller
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured three glasses, all had great lacing but one had exceptional head/lacing.

S: seriously hoppy of the vegetal persuasion, pepper, Dominican food.

T: tastes nothing like tequilla, sugary like home-brewed wort, strong smoke, a little molasses, bitter orange like Averna, chestnuts, dark chocolate, hazelnut (definitely Nutella), Mexican food, cumin. Hoppy burps. 3.5 based on the beer's high potential.

M: medium to heavy, lots of warmth from the ABV.

O: I was not expecting the hops, very interesting flavors in a good way, wasn't able to pull all of them apart. Definitely atypical in a refreshing way. Flaws: too boozy, too sweet, no tequilla or even mescal.

 672 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 – A bizarre, but not unpleasant combination of horseradish, green wood, steel, peppercorn, sour apples, vanilla.

T – Huge caramel sweetness throughout, but sitting right along side it is an interesting impression of dryness. Well rounded booze through the center of the profile. Brown sugar, oak and traces of vanilla on the backend.

M – Medium/light body with low carbonation.

O – Very sweet, perhaps overly so. [blinded guess was incorrectly white wine]

 640 characters

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.

 781 characters

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.

 779 characters

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.

 936 characters

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

Appearance: this stout is jet black with an ever-present khaki colored head that. I really don't care for the bottle.. it's difficult to read the blue text on the dull black label.

Smell: I could definitely pick up the tequila in the nose. Smells boozy.

Taste: the flavors from the tequila, coffee, honey, and vanilla are present, as well as some roasted malt. The finish isn't as appealing however.. there's a powdery, medicinal, and boozy aftertaste. The 13.1% ABV certainly doesn't hide.

Mouthfeel: not much carbonation, but enough to get the job done. Viscous.

Overall: this was my first beer from Mikkeller so I kind of went out on a limb; took the recommendation from an employee at the liquor store after I said I was interested in trying bold/rare Russian imperial stouts. That said, I wasn't sure what to expect when I cracked this one open.. It ended up being alright, but probably not one that I would buy again.

 929 characters

Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours deep black with 1/2 inch of mocha head. Leaves spidery lacing down the glass.

S-Very unusual. Smells like pulped honeydew soaked in agave nectar. Don't smell anything I would associate with an imperial stout, let alone a barrel aged imperial stout. This should be interesting.

T/M-Black Hole has been completely transformed by the barrel, for better or worse. The upside is how soft and mellow this is compared to the base beer. There's a pleasant, thin melon juice sweetness that's like nothing I've had before in an imperial stout. The problem I have with this is that the base beer is gone. No coffee, no roastiness, no dark chocolate, or any of the things that worked in the original beer.

O-I'm of the opinion that a barrel should be used to complement existing flavors, not overwhelm them. This beer is an interesting experiment, and I can respect Mikkel's innovation in playing with tequila barrels.

 918 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Black Hole (Tequila Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.68 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.