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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6119) - 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 (13796) - 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 (8773) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla beans, roasted malts, chocolate, light floral hops, and some citrus as well. Taste of chocolate malts, anise, roast, dark fruits, caramel, smoke, with hops, and an alcoholic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Pours a deep black with a medium bubbly/creamy dark tan head. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, honey, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, lots of hops, cherry and hints of dark fruit. Flavor of roasted malts, bitter hops, coffee grinds, alcohol, vanilla, woody and some light smoke and suprisingly dry...not a whole lot of malty sweetness. Alcohol a bit intense...let this one sit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Bottle from Capone’s. Pours black, with a thick, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, hops, coffee, chocolate, and a little vanilla. Flavor is coffee, hops, roasted malt, caramel, smoke, fruit, and chocolate. Medium to heavy body. This is excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Plovmand (6302) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle. This one is my new favorite stout. A beautiful pitch black color fills the glass and ends up in a dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and some oak. The flavor is hoppy and very bitter but the vanilla and the roated malt balances very good. The beer just keeps exploding in your mouth and sticks to the teeth and ends of with a warmth from the alcohol. A fantastic beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 (Bottle, First Batch) Pours an opaque black body with an average brown head. Aroma of roastiness, oak barrel, vanilla, brown sugar, and coffee. Flavor of bitter citric hops, strong roasted malt, anise, and caramel with a dry finish and an over the top bitterness and oak character.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2007
This is a beauty! Dense black with a brown head a an aroma from heaven: Sweet, liqurice filled and with perfect notes of coffee, hops and roasted barley. The flavour is intense and filled action-packed. Coffee, roasted barlye, hops and vanlilla fools around your tongue. The bitterness is bastand and does it’s job very well countering the sweetness. Theres so many adventures to expirience in this beer. Seems like it never stops...


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