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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2008
37.5cl bottle at De Kulminator: Pours black with red-brown edges. On top lays a thin but very creamy dark mocha head. Aroma is a wonderful bold blend of roast coffee, roasted barley, hops and a deep deep chocolate. Alcohol does make itself known on the nose. The boldness continues in the mouth. A deep dark roasted black hole with some creamy toffee, hops, a touch of mint, and alcohol all running for their lives. Finishes with rich espresso sprinkled with. Bold flavors without being thick.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2008
375ml bottle. Pours a pitch black with minimal tan head. Nose is alcohol, black coffee, more alcohol and dark chocolate. Palate is black licorice, salty soy sauce, cocoa, coffee and a bit of a hop bite at the end. Finishes very dry. Alcohol is surprisingly hidden a lot more than I anticipated from the aroma. On the thinner side on the mouth feel. An interesting Impy, but not among my favorites.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 1, 2008
Dark super dense stout. Nice brown head. Hugely dark roasted malt aroma and flavor. Very strong alcohol flavor also, not for the faint of heart! If you like dark roasted malt this beer is for you!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
(3/4/08) Bottle at Kulminator in Antwerp. Best before 8/11. Completely opaque black with a brown head. Aroma of lots of coffee and roasted malt. Flavor of malt, caramel, some chocolate and espresso. Finishes with a lot coffee and a bit of alcohol. Rather full-bodied. Very good but I didn’t find it that impressive.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
Bottle at the shack of party banter tasting. Alround rating: Possibly one of the sorest drinks i encountered over the weekend. Roasty, packed with alcohol, really difficult to drink, i could only manage 3 sips before giving it to someone else.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle at Magic_dave6’s disco dance tasting. Dark brown, thin bubbly brown head. Nose is burnt malt, some alcohol, some malty stock cube. Mouth is heavily burned malt, molasses, worcestershire sauce. Rubbery end with some spirit burn. Rather good, just needs toning down a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13311) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 375ml bottle. Shared by Mirjukka - thanks! (6:4:7:3:13=3.3)
Jet black. Fizzy head is brief. Very alcoholic coffee aroma, some ginger too. Tingly in the mouth - with hot chilli and alcohol. Also fizzy. Drying and coffee-like, burnt and harsh. Odd, I thought I wanted a beer, why did you add coffee to it? Good brewers get a coffee taste just from the malt. Nothing really selling this beer to me. I hope this inane trend to lace beers with coffee beans is a short one, it’s getting terribly boring. Give me coffee in a coffee cup, and a decent unadulterated beer in the beer glass.
Rerate: Keg (Pudel, Tallinn) (7:3:7:4:14=3.5)
Much better balance now. Coffee better integrated. Covers 13% extremely well. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Shared with DocHop. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is hops, roasted malt, and what I want to say is roasted peppers. The initial sweetness moves to that roasted pepper/hops flavor. Never tasted anything quite like this. Surprisingly little coffee flavor. I can tell it is really well made, the finish is extremely clean and the ABV is very well hidden, but I’m not fully in love with the unique roasty flavor. Other than that its a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. Black as can be, espresso colored head. Flavor is dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa powder. Thick bodied, chewy. Sweetness is well balanced by a nice dry roast. Slight alcohol burn at the end. Smooth like butter on the palate. This is quite a beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Pours a very dark brown (black hole it is indeed!) with thick dark tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is sweet roasted malts and notes of cocoa/dark chocolate. Flavor is like chewing chocolate covered espresso beans to a tea, and done perfectly. It is so smooth that it goes down without bitter notes. Chocolate, sugar, malts and coffee combine perfectly. Body is just above medium with light carbonation. A delicious beer to sit back and enjoy. Will definitely be getting another.


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