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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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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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 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?

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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.

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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 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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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.

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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]

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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 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 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 Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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 chocolatey. You can smell the tequila for sure. Weird! But not bad.
Tastes like a enjoyable chocolatey stout with a kick of tequila, a very odd but fun flavour profile.
Good solid mouthfeel. Overall pretty interesting.

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie o's tasting baby!!

A-black body with a tan head that stays around for a bit

S-little bit of tequila that isn't that strong

T-follows the nose. The tequilla compliments and doesn't dominate.

M- medium body and smooth

O-nice tequilla aging. Good addition

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours black with a full frothy milkshake like brown head. Great retention, lots of lace.

S: Quite vegetal, has a hint of agave syrup, fairly hoppy, not what you'd expect.

T: Milk chocolate with a lot of agave flavour, fruity, some pineapple liqueur especially in the finish. Vegetal and grassy hop character, dandelion greens, an interesting flavour especially in an Imperial Stout.

M: Full-bodied with a light carbonation, creamy and smooth, with a nice aftertaste leaving an enjoyable alcoholic burn.

O: This is the first time I've seen the BA Black Hole series. This is certainly a unique tasting beer, for the price, it's not worth it, but it's nothing like I've ever had before.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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

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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 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.

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