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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2008
this stinky nasty beer and my low numbers speak for themselves. I had low characters so i will say. i did not like this beer and would never buy it. I could have reviewed it with one word: GROSS

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 18, 2008
Mmmm..black beauty. Sister Iím in love. Closest Iíve come to black wine. Nice and dry..vino, malt hops, fruit..but all in a single taste.Iím gonna buy a dozen and cellar. Coffee and dark beer wine. Mmmm...Black hole.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2008
I have this puppy sitting in my cellar for 6 months and still havenít dug into it. Well celebration time, college graduation is tomorrow morning. Pours a murky dark brown color with an easily aggravated large brown head. Nose of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol is definitely apparent with touch of coffee. Initial taste of chocolate, alcohol, dark fruits and coffee. Mid palate emphasizes the roasted malts. Finishing with mild hop balance, chocolate, smokiness is also touched upon briefly. Palate duration is above average, slight dry. Good head retention and lacing of the glass. Mouthfeel was very thin for me and oily texture. Alcohol is definitely impressive with stronger hints on the nose and touches in the beggining, otherwise well balanced for sure. This is probably the easiest drinking imperial stout, especially 13.1% I have ever had. I would consider this to be my party beer since I look for full body in my imperials.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Sahred bottle. Pours a basically black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee. Flavor is very similar, with some smokiness and licorice mixed in. For me, this one is a little too hot for me to really enjoy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Pours black with slight head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol, and bittersweet chocolate. Oily/watery mouthfeel. Alcohol well balanced in the flavor. Flavor is caramel and roasted malt. Good stuff

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2008
This is a really tasty imperial stout. Very black. Good head. Anise and very mild charcoal. Some chocolate. Some yeastiness. Noticeable hops, but like in more legitimate imperial stouts, the malt flavors dominate so that itís just a faint essence of flavor and bitterness. The body could perhaps be a little creamier, but thatís a very mild complaint.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Pours out pitch black with a darker than usual tan head which did not stay around for long. The taste was a bit bitter (like overoasted coffee) and quite thin in body for a beer of 13.1% alc. and nothing overly complex...perhaps it needs aging as I assume my bottle was very fresh, will re-visit my other bottle next winter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2008
375ml bottle shared with Jan Primus, Janís bottle, thanks Jan! Pours a really nice opaque brown with a large browinish tan coloured head. This was an interesting one. Iíll give it one thing, never have I had a beer so alcoholic yet so relatively easy to drink. It was sort of a weird mix of an ok Imperial Stout and Stone Runeation. That is my own bizarre perception, take it as that. A very hop-defined one, same sort of tongue-assaulting bitterness, but not without being interesting. I donít know really; Iíd drink it again, but itís not really all that great at the same time. Still decent though, I look forward to more Scandinavian brews in my future! (sticking with a large part of my heritage).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15170) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle, 13.1%. Sweet and roasted aroma with a nice, grassy hoppiness. Very black colour, small fizzy brown head. Oily mouthfeel. The flavour is very roasted with roast barley bitterness. Also quite sweet with a grassy hoppiness. There is a sharp alcohol bite at the end, to be expected, of course. Perhaps a bit unbalanced, but it could be worse, and I do not really mind unbalanced beers.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stefano (1951) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Pours a dark black with a diminishing mocha head. Chocolate, roast, bitter coffee, and slight carmel on the nose. The flavour is bitter sweet with lots of roasted malt and chocolate along with bitter coffee, some smoke, alcohol, hops, dark fruits and liquorice. An excellent beer.


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