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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1369   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 30, 2008
My 37.5 says 13.1% abv, brewed at Proef in Belgium. If a beer like this can be made inside a Belgian brewery, I donít understand why a few here make so-called imperial stouts that fail to resemble the real thing. Because this is it. Pours a slick, oily black with thin, fading brown head. Nose is full of dark coffee with sugar and cream, and mocha chocolate, but it could be stronger. Tastes reasonably sweet but far short of cloying, with a mild bitterness and drying out a tad at the end. Thin and oily MF. Lingering mocha aftertaste, touch of smoke. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2008
20071025 Small corked bottle. Roasty and mild, a bit on the thin side. Astringent, ashy to finish. Lightly tart and acid. Interesting, itís leaning toward an imperial dry stout. I like where theyíre going with the mouthfeel but otherwise not so exciting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6591) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2008
No head, just a thin film. No carbonation. Coffee and liquorice aroma. Chocolate, piney hops, extreme dryness, lika aspoon of cocoal powder. Some sourness in the finish. As far away from a low carb lager you could possibly come.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
From LIC, Aarhus, DK Bottled Alcoholic but supplemented with sweet liqourice flavor and roasted malts

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
Yea its black allright, with close to no head. The one there is is brown and disappears really fast. The first thing that comes to mind in the aroma is coffee along with a sharp alchohol and some sweet notes like toothpaste? Palate is thick, flavor heavy burned and roasted, again with a sharp alchohol burn and an extremly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7074) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2008
Hardly any head, just a thin deep dark brown film. Intense deep black chocolate aroma with pine and mint notes. Intense massive chocolate mint and pine taste with coffee notes. An overpowering and uncompromising onslaught of black taste. In fact, I need water after 2 sips. Quite a bit of alcohol heat. Vaguely citric burnt notes and used coffee beans. Very unusual, very intense, and hard to drink. Interesting, though. (0.375l bottle from gr0ve.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2008
375ml - Aroma of mocha, coffee, alcohol, chocolate and burnt dark malts. Pours black with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is very strong dark roast coffee and burnt malts. The alcohol becomes astringent as it warms. Palate is sticky, dry and cloyingly bitter.

As it warms it became a struggle to even finish. I was not enjoying myself and actually poured the second half of my glass down the drain. Not a total drain pour (hence 3.5) but not something I would recommend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2008
Opaque dark brown pour with a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by coffee and alcohol. Some chocolate and molasses as well. It almost smells like port. Intense coffee flavor - the most intense coffee beer Iíve had. Hops on the finish as well as a lot of alcohol. This beer is pretty good, but there is way too much alcohol, it ruins the flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5625) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
Dark brown, nearly black, with a dark ruby tint around the edges - faint lace, no head - aroma of dark roast coffee, tobacco, damp oak, red wine tannins, alcohol (which gains an acetone quality as it warms, but just faintly) - low carbonation, slick mouthfeel - a cocoa and coffee bitterness dominates, and keeps the underlying sweetness from taking control - strong tannic character, notes of tobacco and wet ash - becomes more dry, ashy, and bitter near the finish - as it warms, I canít really feel the alcohol, but I can taste it, so after a while the beer starts to taste like cheap vodka and chocolate - a bit thin for something so strong, and Iíve tasted more richness and complexity in coffee stouts half this strength - like a high gravity beer geek breakfast - another overpriced, overhyped mikkeller product - (new batch, marked as 13.1 abv).

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2008
375ml green bottle. Caged and (synthetic) corked. Pours thick, black. Pure crude oil. Aroma of cold espresso coffee, licorice, sweet malts, and aromomatic hops. Flavor is sweet malt, rich chocolate, coffee, cocoa, topped off with a perfectly balanced hop flavor. Absolutely stellar! Now Iím gonna eat some Triple Chunk Brownies. YUM.


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