Black Hole (Tequila Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
140
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
18.75%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

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

Appearance: Almost black with some red around the edges when the light hits it. There is hardly any head.

Smell: Some sweet roastyness, dominated by the tequila.

Taste: Quite smooth, which was a surprise after the smell. Sweet ripe fruit and some roast. The finish is sweet and warm.

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

Overall: This was better than I expected. I was a bit scared by the smell, but it was surprisingly smooth. This is my first tequila aged beer, and I would be willing to have another.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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]

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

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