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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1155   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Deep black but not especially sludgy pour, producing a tepid cling of mocha foam around the edge. Burly aroma of beef soaking in port and bourbon. Burnt honey, blueberry, and alcohol leap out loudly in the middle, while pungent, vegetal, dark roasted African beans and soy sauce simmer underneath; hints of melon and burnt popcorn. Bright, electric citrus hops flash across the top and enliven it quite a bit. Taste brings a bold attack of cold-press, the type that typically conjures the damnable stain of expired grounds and soapy ashes; this, however, somehow mostly eludes that issue, gathering the healthier qualities of dark roast with spicy, earthy success. It has its share of minty zest and dry astringency, but this has more of an iron and black licorice skin character than the more typical plastic and soap. Almost soured milk, raspberry cheesecake, and sour mash bourbon lend a specific type of strange sweetness that blankets and warms the earlier acridity into something more pleasant, if certainly quite odd. Berry and currant sweetness expands boldly with warmth, and while this parlays the brutish possibilities of the raw beans even further, those never completely resign themselves; bites of mint leaf and dirty root vegetable tend to consistently creep in. Finally, the high notes of tropical hops ring with crystal clarity above everything else; altogether, aroma and flavor echo each other with little deviance. Palate is comparably light, medium to full in body, and softly carbonated. Finishes with a grisly rare meat and smoke thickness; touch of black cherry and a bit more licorice. Drying. Unique, and quite memorable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Thanx dan for sharing this.Holy crap this beer is sic! pours like a black hole.Lots of sweet dark fruits with coffee notes on the nose.The flavor was the same.Real defined flavors.This finished of with the coffee and some alcohol popping through.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2007
375 ml corked and caged green bottle poured an opaque black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of dark fruit, alcohol, dark chocolate, carmel, light coffee, light licorice and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied smooth and warming. Flavors of bitter coffee, alcohol, dark chocolate, plum, raisin and a hint of licorice with a smooth warming fruity finish.
A good impy stout but not as great as I expected.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Nice package w/ wire and silicon cork all wrapped in silver foil. BH pours next to black with a beautiful copper head that sits there like a stubborn blister. Good lacing to boot. Aromas of pot scorched espresso, tar, a twig of molases, and roasted cherry skins. Full nectar w/ good carbonation creating an expansive cottonball soft texture. A huge roast component is the backbone for this hive. Heavily roasted blackcherry skins, espresso, charcoal, iodine, tar, leather, black pepper, licorice, wintergreen, . As it warms a sour skankiness comes out an punishes me for being so shallow at times. The finish is long like a Sleestack winter with a dose of roasted asprin. Don’t forget to put the fire out. This stuff is so stout I could hit a baseball with it. BH is everything but a black hole. It’s very generous and expansive much like our galaxy. It’s warm, personable (Sam Kinison style), inviting, and charitable. I highly recommend this brew. * It’s seems that as it rises in temerature a void (black hole) occurs where the flavors turn a little ugly. But, then as it warms more it comes right back. It drinks better cold and warm. I wish I had a temp guage, my best guess would be the black hole occurs between 45 and 50f.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Sample from second batch bottle courtesy TheCheeseMan, at Throwdown 3. Poured jet black with wisps of light tan head. Fresh minty hop and dark bitter roast aroma provide a nice contrast. Light alcohol presence also. Lightly carboanted and surprisingly light body for a strong beer. A ton of roast, coffee, spicy hops, and heat on the taste. It all comes together nicely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle split with Garrett. This is one that I have wanted to get my hands on for a while. Sean the ass raper has a bottle which he charged 25 dollars for (must be his service charge), but locally this beer was only 10 dollars. Thanks for the real deal on that one Smitty boy, next time I see you Ill be sure and give you a hot lunch. Pours out a dark black color with a tan head on it. Smell is sweet, full of coffee, and almost a banana like sweetness to it. Some chocolate and roasted smells as well. Taste is thin, much thinner than I was expecting, but it turns out this wasnt a bad thing at all. Full of coffee and chocolate in the taste, its like drinking an amped up version of Beer Geek, or Breakfast Stout. It has a nice hoppy flavor from being a freshly made beer, but in a couple of years this beer will be fantastic. More so than it already is. Awesome stuff, and the best beer of the night hands down.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Poured black with a creamy brown head that lasted til the last drop. Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Started off with roasted coffee flavors with some chocolate hints. Finish was rather hoppy. Very surprised. Also a rather harsh alcohol burn.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Chocolate and vanilla notes. Heavy bitter flavor. Fantastic powerfull bitter loooong finish. Chocolat and vanilla is dominating flavors, not coffee. Fantastic creamy palate. Wonderfull beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Date on cap 08-1?. Pours black with a brown, moderately full, pillowy head; it is mostly diminishing and leaves some nice lace. Nose is potent and quite complex but not overly coffee-ish; notes of expresso, molasses, black currant, light anise, strong earthen notes, a sense of alcohol, and lighter notes of burnt maple. Flavor is much of the same notes and still quite potent; expresso notes are heavily roasted but not dominant. After the expresso notes there is black currant, molasses, milk chocolate, burnt caramel, burnt maple wood, and light anise. Palate is medium to full, lively, oily, and warm. Finishes with plenty of burnt maple notes, expresso notes leaving, chocolate and currant notes lingering, and a warm finish. Complex and interesting among Imps but certainly could benefit from some aging. A little brash but the unique complexities make up for that. Not my favorite Imp but quite unique and a nice one-of-a-kind.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayg1 (541) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 Split this one with Ross, thanks man. Poured out very dark, almost like the absence of matter that I would suspect in a black hole. Anyway if you hold this up to your nose you get alot of coffee and toasted nuts. Taste is rich of espresso and dark chocolate, add in a touch of sweetness and a clean mouthfeel and there you have Black Hole. I will say the mouthfeel was thinner on this one than I expected but actually turned out just as well. I feel the thinner mouthfeel added to this beers drinkability and therefore added to the overall experience. Heavy on flavor, not heavy on feel. Great job, I guess the Danes do know how to make some good beer!!!! Re-rate: This beer is terrible compared to what it used to be, perhaps this beer doesn’t age well but my God has this fallen off the map. Little to no aroma not even a hint of coffee as before. Taste was of cardboard and burnt coffee grounds and overall pretty terrible, alcohol comes off too hot with no flavor to balance it and watery mouthfeel doesn’t sit well on the palate. Awful re-vist of this beer. I dropped my score a full .9


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