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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2851) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2007
375ml bottle, 2007 vintage brewed at De Proefbrouwerij. thanks to sunevdj for the bottle. pours black with a tan head around the rim. nose is extremely roasty with some vanilla, coffee, and a big piney hop presence. flavor is extremely roasty with piney hops, some vanilla, molasses, and a woody character to it. wow you can’t taste the alcohol at all. the hops and intense roastiness in this really reminds me of Ten Fidy. I think it’s great now but I could see increasing this rating for an aged bottle. easily the best Mikkeller beer i’ve had yet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2007
12.7oz bottle from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). synthetic cork marked 14/08/11. Poured very deep brown, capped with a moderate sized dark tan head that diminished quickly. Rich, roasted coffee aroma, with bittersweet chocolate, malt, and green chili pepper. Big roasted malt and espresso flavor, with accents of molasses, pepper, vanilla and dark chocolate. Oily, citric hop finish. Interesting beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2007
50 cl Bottle from Capone’s. Onyx pour with 2-finger dark brown head and great lacing. Aroma is dark roasty malt, huge coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. The palate is rich, roasty, with a huge dark malty flavor mixed with heavy coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee seems to get more subdued throughout, and this one never got hot, which is a plus. This is a very good beer.

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 (3843) - 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 (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Bottle (33 cl) from Řlbutikken, 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 (4755) - 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 (11021) - 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.


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