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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
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Finally……! 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 – in the heavyweight category.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brix (647) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2009 Tasted 2008-02-17. 6 months old bottle. Pours black with brown head. The head rather quickly disappears leaving it looking very much like a strong coffee. Aroma: coffee, roasty, caramel, chocolate, grass, leather, earthy, alcohol, liquorice, wood. Flavours: coffee, caramel, chocolate, grass, medium bitterness, slightly salty. Very full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter finnish. Great beer! Edit: Revisited the same vintage 18 months later: A little bit more accessible now - but pretty much all the nuances has survived.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours very black with a tight, grayish dark tan head. The aroma at first makes me think of a barleywine, what with the alcohol, strong spicy maltiness, woody hops, and sweet caramel. But then I get wafts of chocolate and coffee as well, along with a really weird medicinal, antiseptic note. That strange antiseptic quality is the first thing I notice in the flavor, too, and much more strongly. It’s seriously like mouthwash. I think the combination of the slightly biting herbal hops and the alcohol combine in a way that makes it resemble the mouthwash I typically use. I just can’t shake the association, and it’s ruining the beer for me bigtime. But if I can pay attention to the rest of the flavor for a minute, it’s got a nice roasty quality to it with occasional hints of chocolate, smoke, and nuts. The finish is surprisingly bitter with plenty of alcohol warmth. Herbal hops linger in the aftertaste for an eternity. This has the potential to be pretty good, but the whole mouthwash deal is more than I can take.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2008
12.7oz Bottle - Trade - jmikolich
Aroma – Huge black malt and dark crystal malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee all through out the aroma.
Appearance – Dark Black color, Then head and clear? Well it might be clear.
Flavor – Tons of stout flavor, Deep dark chocolate and coffee. This was super.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, good texture with a dry finish.
Overall – Huge Impy Stout this beer will give your grandchildren hair on their toes. Huge flavor this is a sipping beer and a great finisher for the night.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Pours a black color with a thin brown head. Aroma is molasses, coffee, and roasted malts. Flavor is malty, caramel, molasses, roasted malts, and a bitter hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Poured from a 12.7 oz corked and caged bottle and served in a snifter. This imperial stout poured an opaque black with a small head of dark tan foam that settled into a thin layer, lasting throughout most of the glass. A healthy amount of clingy lace was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of strong coffee notes, citrus hops, charred malts, and some chocolate covered cherries. The flavor consisted of burnt malt, smoke, a heavy dose of espresso roast coffee, mild grapefruit bitterness, and an ever-present alcoholic note. The mouthfeel was heavy and full-bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this was a really nice imperial stout, but the coffee bitterness and alcohol overpowered the rest of the flavor at times. Otherwise, pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2008
2-11-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to Ty5592
Nice thick black pour with tan head and great speckled lacing. Smell is roasted malt and has a definite hops presence as well. Flavor is malty but also quite hoppy - especially in the finish. Palate is average - less thick and creamy than most Imperial Stouts and has a higher level of carbonation than I expected. Alcohol becomes present in the aroma as it warms and only slightly in the taste. Overall, pretty darn good (but not the best).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Bottle courtesy of Ty5592. Thanks!
Pours dark black with some light brown tones during the pour. Medium but quite short lived tan head for an Imperial Stout. Smell is quite obviously nicely hopped for the style, with a nice dry roastiness coming in as well. Some alcohol in the nose as well as a bit of aspirin. Taste is dark and roasty, somewhat dry chocolate like and hoppy as well. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but it comes off more like a minty freshness in the mouth and warming in the chest than hot alcohol. Quite pleasant for 14% and very drinkable. Carbonated a bit more than average for the style aiding in drinkability. As it warms, I definitely get a bit of the aspirin like chalky medicinal bitterness too from the hops. That definitely detracted a bit and kept it from being a fantastic beer, yet it is still good.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Large small-bubble tan head. Alcohol is noticable. Black color. Very dry, bitter and ashy. Mild aroma. A hint of aspirin. A hint of oxidation. Received from fonefan on 11/14/07. Saw it in the city beer store this past week. Not my favorite style. I like sweet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rane (943) - Nibe, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle. Dark black with medium brown head. Aroma is nice with some hopps and some licorice and smoked malt. Taste nice with very much licorice. Long finish ending with some bitter licorice. But I think the alcohol content is too high.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rustan (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2008
thick pour, mininimal head, strongly brewed coffee color w/o thin caramel foam, velvetly body, chocolate start and bitter hoppy finish. complex, enjoyable


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