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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1156   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayg1 (542) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Dark inky black, light mud, light head, a bit of lacing. Nose of bright roast, sharp astringency and same light deet and spent coffee grounds, starch and rhubarb. The flavor is strong, lots of alcohol warmth and brash roasty notes. Woody coffee and a light fruity musty undertone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle: Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma is heavy roast and coffee. Warming sensation from the anticipation of a high ABV. Flavor is lots of coffee up front, roastiness, and some bitters in the tail. Thanks Chad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2315) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Harlequin. Black with a small dark tan head. Big dark roasted aroma with anice and leather. Big sharp roasted flavor with an odd dirt like note. Lots of fumey alcohol but it really carried the flavors. A littlle espresso and lingering smokey trailer. Nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle. Spicy hoppy aroma. Black color with a brown head. Sweet spicy body with light honey and nutty notes. Balanced hoppy and spicy palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2007
bottle (tasting hosted by after4ever) - pours black as black can be with no head; aromas a bitter mix of malts, some grain, chocolate and coffee at the end, but not too strong; as with the aromas, the coffee hints are slight but come at the end; alcohol is well hidden; still got a full one thanks to hogfodder!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Richmond "industry" gathering, courtesy of maniac, I believe. Black. Aroma and flavor were a dead on match. Bitter roastiness, but I found it to be more malt driven, as I didn’t really detect a coffee note. A bit of spruce as well. Good, but perhaps a bit one-dimensional. Perhaps palate fatigue setting in?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Wow. As dark and oily as any beer I’ve ever seen. Lacing throughout. Nice tan head. Bitter dark chocolate and loads of coffee dominate the aroma and flavor of this beer while a soft and smooth mouthfeel makes each sip go down easy. Fain alcohol notes in the end don’t hinder this one at all. What an amazing beer experience this is!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2447) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Small brown head that settles slowly into an almost mirror reflection of the label art, neat. Color is black. A wee bit of saggy lace left behind. Nose is rubbery, chocolatey, malty , grainy with notes of berries and alcohol. Body is full, oily on the palate with some alcohol astringency. Fairly common flavors of chocolate, roast and coffee with more alcohol notes as well. Dry, roasty finish. Meh. Alcohol notes seem to be a bit much all around. Obviously the first batch was far superior to this latest one. Oh well, just my luck.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2007
12.7 oz bottle, caged and corked. Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grains, chocolate, lactose, tarry leather and a little coffee. As it warms, the leather dominates.

The flavor is chocolate, anise and tar with some bitter harsh alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, this one is not very well balanced - too much harsh tarry alcohol, and not enough coffee (I didn’t get any in the flavor). It’s a bit over-priced for me at $10 for 12.7 oz.


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