Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
FinallyÖÖ! Black Hole is what Mikkeller is all about. Daring, vulgar and extreme. From the very beginning Mikkellers goal has been to push the limit and with this warming, intense imperial stout, a new chapter in the Danish beer history has been written. The high bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the malt and alcohol, creates a good balance which makes Black Hole an explosion of nuances, but also leaves a feeling of a perfect and complex beer Ė in the heavyweight category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Bottle: (ABV= 13.1%) Near black pour with some dark ruby at the edges and a wispy deep brown ring for head. Dark chocolate, alcohol, wood, light vinous notes, tar, and more alcohol which tingles the nose hairs. A bit thin feeling, but with tons of alcohol in the flavor. Tarry, ashy, burnt bitterness, with dark chocolate grittiness, licorice and more alcohol. Finish has more ash and burnt bitterness. Not really balanced; a hot mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2837) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2008
This poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma contains some alcohol, charcoal, and chocolate. The flavor is a bit on the aggressive side with an alcohol bite. I get some coffee, licorice, and dark chocolate. Overall this is too over the top to call it a great beer. Balanced it is not!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2008
Aroma:Dark chocolate,rosted malt..... Apperance:Dark , light tan head.... Flavor:dark chocolate,alcohol,rosted malt....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12280) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2008
Corked bottle. Black and opague. Licorice, roast, cream and dark chocolate in the aroma. Malty sweet, full bodied. Salty flavor with licorice, pepper and coffee. Creamy chocolate. Very tasty, the alcohol is well hidden, the balance is fair, but there are a few raw edges that prevent this beer from scoring even higher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2008
dark brown with one of the darker heads iíve seen in a long time. i cannot find the coffee aroma even as iím looking for it, only the dark roasted grain and no sharp alcohol smell. hmm, some spearmint? ah, thereís the coffee! soft at first, peaks in the middle, and fades out. not very heavy in body, and still in carbonation, but nice and tasty. the heat remains in the end of the finish. sure, i had a cigar earlier, so what? iíll look to this beer again with an untainted palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2008
12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan, pudding-skin head. Nose is milk chocolate, coffee and molasses. Almost medium with a minimal carb tang. Flavor is huge but in need of some melding. Chocolate syrup, coffee and black jelly beans; hints of Good ín Plenty. Veins of candied citrus and pithy grapefruit add contrast. Alcohol well-hidden despite the high ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6428) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Yet another solid Mikkeller. Creamy. Black. Roast taste. Lovely all around. Iím drinking a heavy stout like this in the summer. Thatís right. Summer. So sue me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Black, but dark brown around the edges. Quickly receding head. Very roasty and full of booze in the aroma. This seems like it needs some time to mellow, but beyond the booze there is some charcoal, hops, and licorice. Taste is a little green, needs some time on it. Taste is also roasty, with some bitter chocolate and a boozy finish. This may be worth aging, but I wonít be loading up on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nuplastikk (5756) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2008
375ml corked bottle. Opaque black color with a minimal, quickly fading head. The aroma is deep alcohol and chocolate. Taste is surprisingly drinkable at 13.1%. Lots of roasted chocolate sweetness typical for the style. The most unique attribute to this beer is the alcohol/taste balance. Remarkably well done. An almost peppery taste compliments the sweet warming aspects of the alcohol perfectly. A new classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Bottle #55/100 - Very good beer here. Lots and lots of roasted malts in both the flavor and the aroma. There was some interesting aroma profiles I found though. Peppers, smoke, charred wood, a touch leathery. Nice nose. Appearance was jet black with a small 1-finger thick brown head. Flavor had some puckering quality to it, which made me think of astringency. Reminded me of some kind of bitter espresso thats a day or two old. Also some smokey flavor on the palate, a nice bite of piney hops...very acrid. Overall a very nice impy stout.

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