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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1142   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bottle. New batch brewed @ De Proef. Aroma of rich, roasted malt, tar, wet leather, vanilla, spent coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Pour looks like freshly roasted espresso with a reddish khaki head. Flavor is quite dry. Lots of roasted coffee, rich, dark chocolate, molasses, and dry and quite bitter hops on the finish. Very complex. Full bodied but with a tad more carbonation than I care for in my Imperial Stouts. Great beer, though.

Re-rate 2/20/08 Nose still has plenty of spent coffee grounds leather and vanilla. Still rather bitter and astringent on the tongue. An odd pepper note that doesn’t quite meld well with the overall essence of the beer. Quite nice, but needs more time to temper the bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2007
Bottled. Thanks to ekstedt. Beefed up version of Beer Geek Breakfast? Black colour with good head. Green pepper aroma with coffee and all in all huge scent. Green pepper, with coffe in flavour and a somewhat demanding mouthfeel, even for a "big beer sucker" like myself. Fiery mouthfeel without being alcoholic.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (5217) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Bottle (33 cl) from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Deep black with a large beige head. Intensely roasted malt aroma with clear notes of asperagus, green pepper, black currant and nettles. Heavy and thick with silky smooth mouthfeel. Some residual sweetness keeps this beer from being unbalanced with its massive bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4667) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown with a light brown head. Alcohol, chocolate, vanilla and some roast aroma. Espresso flavours blending with chocolate and vanilla on a stout alcoholic base. Full-bodied, rather flat. Likeable heavy-weighter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (10782) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2012 2 months old bottle: Jet black with a small and bubbly, long lasting brown head. Lots of hops and alcohol in the aroma, with chocolate, oats, dried fruits, some port and licorice. The flavour is raw and powerful, in your face impy stout. Dry, lots of roast malt, alcohol, hop and burned malt bitterness, and a little sourness. Aftertaste is burning alcohol and roast malt. Very promising for cellaring, but not perfect yet...

2 year old bottle in 2009: The hops are more subdued, and the alcohol softer and more vineous. Port and dried fruit, with a little cold coffee underneath. In the flavour, alcohol is still a little dominating, but the vulgar amount of roasted flavours and coffee is certainly enough to match the alcohol.

5 year old bottle in 2012: No head and hardly any carbonation. Aroma mostly of dried dark fruits, red berries and coffee. Flavour is roasted and alcoholic, still with plenty coffee. The lasting impression is hot alcohol and coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Bottle sampled from Capone’s. Pours black with a large tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, slight chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and hops. The flavor is slightly sweet, roast and coffee are prodominate, chocolate, spices, vanilla, alcohol is well masked, and has a beautiful hoppy finish. Great brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 5     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 5   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 3   Nitro : XX
Aroma:
Intensity : 5  
Yeast : 3   Bread : 3   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : 2   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 5   Biscuity : 4   Burnt Toast : 2   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Coffee : 4   Dark Chocolate : 4   Vanilla : XX   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : 3   Cherries : XX
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 4   Leafy : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : 2 Orange : 1   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3
Notes :   Earth : 3   Wood : 4   Mint : XX   Smoke : 2   Soy : 2   Bourbon : XX   Anise : 4
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 4   Complex : 4   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 5   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 4   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 3   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Extremely dark stout (Expedition black) with a considerable bitterness, both from hops and malts, but still plenty of residual sugars in there and this, to me, is its marking feature and perhaps the phase I like the least. Its citric hops cut a bit roughly this sugary intensity. Very roasty, woodsy, finishing strong on coffee, molasses and pure darkness. Evil stuff with a bit of everything.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2007
Botle. Label saids no name just on the package. Wow this taste wonderfull and also this so strong beer, the alcohol is not so strong in the taste. More bitterness with a perfect after taste. The best out of the 4.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (13483) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle. Nice big brown head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are heavy with dark bitter chocolate, coffee and roast malt.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2007
12.7oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a dark black color with brown edges and an averaged sized deep tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roast, green hopiness, citrus, and dark fruits. Tastes chocolate, roast, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, and lightly smokey. Medium alcohol finish. Some lacing left on the glass.


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