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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Gift from stegosaurus, sampled with Dennis Bell. Thick black pour with good lacing. Dark chocolate and roast aroma. Big roast and coffee taste. Very smooth and good but I am noticing something with Mikkeller, they make good beers but they over do the roast flavor on their beers .They need to balance it slightly better. But still really good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Graciously shared by Brewfiend. Black color with no head. An almost salty aroma with some spearmint and herbal qualities. Again, a fairly herbal taste with plenty of English and Noble hop. Dry malt and roasted character, but subdued. Very, very little of the coffee and chocolate flavor I would expect. I find it almost funny how different my tasting of it was from JK and Skyview considering we had the same bottle. 7/4/7/3/15 Re-rate 12/13/07: Very odd... just a few weeks later and at a Cellar’s tasting again, this beer changes. A much heavier roasted barley and coffee aroma and taste. This is more like what I figured the beer would be like.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle. Black color, nice lasting brown head. Malty chcolate and tar aroma, cocoa, okay, vinous, some creamy notes. Roasted coffee flavor, rather bitter, tar,cocoa, a bit vinous and with some alcohol. Huge body, strong bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Aroma is overpowering roasted malts with some dark chocolate. Pours a very dark brown with a nice large tan head. There is a lot to like about this beer, nice big malts that are roasted with some chocolate hints but thereis too much coffee in this one for a none coffee drinker. Of ciurse, it is a coffee beer but i have had ones a bit better executed. Still good and flavourful.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 10, 2007
12.7oz. bottle, courtesy of tytoanderso, THANKS Tyler! Pours a syrupy black with a fluffy two finger dark brown head, good lacing. Mmmm, freshly pulled espresso, complimented by brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, and plum/prune. Flavor has an espresso flavor and bitterness, with molasses, chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits coming along nicely; gently warming. This is a great coffee IS, but agree with JK, and I’d give DDC’s Péché Mortel a slight edge. Great stuff either way!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
i feel fortunate for the chance to try this and I appreciate Brewfiend sharing. It is a very good coffee imperial stout, though perhaps not Peche Mortel-good. Loads of coffee in the aroma and flavor. A thick, viscous beer with low carbonation. Lots of malt and light spice I can’t identify. The hops are very light. A skillfully made beer and I am surprised to see the alcohol is so high because I didn’t pick up any alcohol in the aroma or flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Also, shared by brewfiend. Pours a thick opaque dark brown brew that really resembles 10w30 motor oil. Nice light tan head that has good retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, dark black malt, chocolate and a touch of molasses. Taste is full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and some orange zest. Finish is slightly metalic bitter from the high alcohol with a coffee and dark berry aftertaste. Happy to have tried this awesome Imperial Strong Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. Black colour with a huge fully lasting brown head. Powerful aroma and taste of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Good and complex.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. Dark black color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, orange, coffee, vanilla, black currant, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finsh feel is light alcoholic. ;o)) (261007)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Re-rate: Another good tasting, although a slight notch lower than my first. The flavor this time through had some licorice and fruity/vinous notes, slight astringent bitterness, although still quite excellent, just not as solid as my original. Dropping only a couple notches. Original rating: Bottle, pitch dark black pour, nice chocolate colored slow developing head, good retention and head. The aroma was initially a bit vinous, choco, piney hops. The flavor started out a let-down, somewhat like the Dark Horizon did, acidic, roasty bitter, pine hoppy bitter, lingering bitter, choco-coffee malts, some dark fruits in there too. However, the serving temp was the culprit, and as this puppy warmed up to the 55-60F range, man a rockin’ beer, rich dark malts, only light roast, firm coffee (but not as strong as Speedway), well balanced with some chocolate, pine hops, and faint vinous/dark fruit notes (port wine like) underneath, lingering hoppy, almost spicey zing. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, full, prickly (carbonation and hops there), lovely. Glad I have another bottle, may go get a couple more, put it up against Speedway eventually. Wonderful stuff!


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