Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
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.

   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).

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rane (951) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hapjydeuce (975) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Bottle shared generously by wetherel at the PP Bottle Shop with DenverLogan, goldtwins, Sean and Ryan. Pours black with deep brown edges with beige swirls and bubbles. The aroma is robust smoke and chicory coffee; heavy burnt barley notes dominate here, with blackened wood and ash. Tasting this one was a tongue shocker - stringent acidity and almost a medicinal charcoal character was surprising. Sugary caramel and wood notes are detectable, but something seems to be wrong. Bitter palate with a strange aftertaste I can’t figure out. What was going on here? I’ll have to try another bottle sometime to check for variation. Thanks John for sharing this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Took the family to the Habachi for some family fun and busted this out. Black with no head. Roasted malt, chocolate, light dark fruits, and wine are the aroma and taste. Light coffee and sour wine notes show throughout in this beer. The first IM Stout my wife actually liked!! Great!! Now, when I buy it I’ll hide it so she doesn’t drink it all the hell up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle sampled. Pours black with a one finger light brown head that leaves some lace. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and some light chocolate notes. Flavor is strong coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of molasses

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Cork/caged bottle. Poured pitch black with a soda like dissipating tan head - and thin. Eh. Aroma is a roasty, oaky chocolate - with faint bitter coffee. Flavor is a bit intriguing and yummy. Unfortunately, there is an intense boozy licorice at the forefront. An oily, spotty carbonated body tries to pull some bitter coffee and chocolate through, but the tingly booze really is the bully. It screams slight astringency. While it still resembles a beer in mouthfeel, the heat makes it drink a bit winey on some sips. But it still leaves a nice coat on the gums and mouth. While I can say I "like" this, it is really meant for the right mood - a blizzard perhaps? Overall, enjoyable, but a bit too raw for me. Too expensive for a 12 oz glass. Really curious to see what the original 100 tasted like.....ah well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle, courtesy of alexanderj. Black pour, with thin brown head that dissipated quickly. Small amount of coffee grounds in the aroma, mostly roasted malt, and some wine-like alcohol. Sort of heavy carbonation initially. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee grounds, alcohol, general astringency. Sort of just seems over-the-top.

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