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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Pours opague black with a small medium brown head. Strong burnt coffee aroma with sweet smoke and some mild citrus. The flavor starts off with the same burnt coffee taste followed by a black pepper flavor that dominates all of the way to the aftertaste. Really didn’t have the complexity that I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle purchased at Sam’s Blue Light. Looks like black coffee with a tan head. excellent lace. Nose has a lot of coffee, alcohol, some vanilla and some roasted malt and fresh hops.. Flavor begins with a lot of alcohol up front, a little bit of cocoa, coffee, and bitter resinous hops. The alcohol predominance kind of detracts from the mouthfeel and overall enjoyment of this ale for me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Cork and Caged Bottle from Kindom Liquors Brandon. Pours black with a very small tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing. Heavy aroma of roasted malt, coffee, slightly burnt caramel, alcohol, licorice, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is the same as aroma but more prominent. Full slightly oily mouthfeel with a good amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. This may be the best Imperial Stout I have ever had to date.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Sadly, not what I expected. Beautiful brown color. Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, but a little too much alcohol. Flavor was decent, but a little bitter and unpleasent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Pours a very viscous used oil like consistency, pitch black, with really no semblance of a head. Lots of chocolate, anise, an odd earthy funky coffee aroma, and a huge dose of alcohol. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a powerful hit of molasses, chocolate, soy, light pepper, very nice alcohol dose, and a great oaky like dryness to the finish. Very nice, and definately will age well.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 [Bottle, thanks Brewfiend] Pours brown with minimal tan head. Aroma is alcohol, black liquorice, pepper and a small amount of chocolate. Taste is pine, roasted malt, a little chocolate and some coffee at the end. Medium mouthfeel. Good, fairly dry finish. Very unusual imperial, especially with the peppery aroma. I’d like to try this again some time as I did not get nearly the same amounts of chocolate or coffee that others have described.
Re-Rate: Very much the same as last time, only a little bit more coffee now. Overall a very unique beer, but just not that good imo--dropping the rating one point.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Furseth (1947) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle(thx to Ekstedt) Black colour,nice creamy brown head. Aroma of hops,Dark chocolate,citric,and a toch of a alc/hopy nose. Flavor is almost the same, but had also a raisins. Full body, and a long nice raisin-alc finish. Wery nice Imp Stout!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
#1100!! Courtesy dsnowden. Thanks a ton for sharing this with me Dan, and for giving me such a generous pour!! Cheeseman strikes again! Pours pitch black, oily, with a smallish, swirly, light brown head. Rich and thick looking. The smell was just awesome. So rich and roasty with subtle chocolate notes, maybe some light vanilla, and syrupy malts. Delicious. Give me a damn sip. The flavor is hugely rich, thick as hell, with such great body. The chocolate seems to arrive more in the flavor to my delight. Great balance as the 14% was only slightly noticeable. Huge roasty finish that seemed to linger into eternity. It took me a while to finish this as I savored every last drop. Thanks again Dan for sharing this beauty. I loved every minute of it!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with a nicely sized tan head on top. The head leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and dark roast. Wonderful aroma that seems to be calling me to drink it. Flavor is coffee through and through, nice dark roast flavor with sweet chocolate and fruit coming in as well. Alcohol is noticeable but not over the top. Nice and heavy on the palate which causes this beer to be a very enjoyable sipper. I am loving these beers from Denmark.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Pours pitch black. Nice tan head that never comes close to getting out of control. mild, but slightly noticable roasted aroma with some chocolate there as well. Flavor makes this extremely drinkable. Goes down smooth as can be. The alcohol seems to be hitting me very quickly here.A higher tone of sweetness than I would have figured. Nice thick malty edge, but not as much coffee as I would have thought coming through. Molasses seems to really peek out as time goes on. Alcohol might be interfering a bit here. Slick on the tongue with a low carbonation. This is a hearty imperial stout. I just don’t feel like it has as much character as I was expecting.


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