Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Pours opaque black with a massive overflowing head of light brown. The spongy, rocky foam settled to a good quarter inch for the duration of the glass. Aromatics are hugely laden with coffee grounds, roasted barley, and bitter chocolate. Almost a bitter promise for whats to come. Mouthfeel is dry and thick, with carbonation adding a perception of increased body. The pallet is unapologetically filled with coffee. The coffee is centerstage, and is somewhat biiter in nature, akin to spent grounds. After the coffee, plenty of dry and roasty chocolate steps up, as does some acrid black malt. Alcohol is noticable, but no heat and does not detract. Finishes with lingering bitter coffee and more acrid black patent. A big beer for sure, but the coffee is a bit harsh, and leaves the beer tasting like a coffee stout rather than an Imperial with coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5747) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, fruit, and alcohol. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head and spotty lacing. The flavor starts with chocolate, grape, and roasted malt. The finish is very hoppy with lots of citrus and piny hops with light alcohol. Coffee comes more in the aftertaste. Medium-full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. 7-4-8-4-17

The aroma has lots of chocolate, plums, roasted malt, alcohol, grapefruit, caramel, and light coffee. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a moderate brown head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt. The finish has lots of grapefruit hops, pine, moderate coffee, moderate alcohol, and a hint of smoke and wood. A little too hot in the finish right now. In my opinion, this definitely needs some aging in order to smooth out and mesh the flavors. Full bodied with a slick oily mouthfeel. Will have to revisit again after it has sat a while. 7-4-7-4-15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle courtesy of kleyland, shared with kieferUGA and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza. Was the highlight of Day 2 of our epic tasting. Poured a black color with a smallish light brown head. Not a big fan of the green bottle. Aroma of coffee, soy sauce/meat and coffee. Called it a tsunami of flavor at the time; just very assertive. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, soy sauce with some meatiness. Palate was nice; no hint that it was 14 percent. Good beer from Copenhagen; probably liked it the least of the 3 of us.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle courtesy of kleyland, shared with kleyland and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza Day 2. Pours a pitch black color. Thin, dark tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and soy sauce. Flavor was quite tasty. Coffee and roasted malts with a silky, smooth body. Alcohol was nicely hidden. Best beer of Day 2.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5161) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2007
This bottled brew from JSquire at a rating party was marked 14/08/11 and poured a large sized head of foamy brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation black colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was brown malt and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of hops and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Aptly named. Super dark. Dark roasted aroma and flavor. Unfortunately, it leans towards burnt. Still pretty good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Brown almost black pour with tan head. Sweet coffee aroma with a hint of hops. The flavor is intense yet amazingly smooth, with coffee, pine, and a hint of dark chocolate. The finish, while smooth, is more bitter and hoppy than I would have liked in am imperial stout. I am left a bit disappointed by this, especially when compared to other impy stouts with such a high rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3892) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Very black color, great dark head. There’s a hoppy atmosphere around this black hole and I really didn’t get the kind of coffee that I’ve had in other top examples of the genre--that’s too bad. Thick, hints of smoke, like sitting next to a fireplace. Some bitter notes in the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Mikkeleler’s ’Black Hole’ - whoa. Look - Pours like the black plague... dark, dark, dark. Smells - like a coffee shop in Heaven, perhaps a coffee-flavored champagne. Mouth feel - Nice and clean, smooth. Taste - Nice and coffeeish, caramel and oaky notes; heavy in alcohol. A definate must-try for fans of coffee-flavored beers. Too many of these will leave your broke and saying things you shouldn’t. $9.99 for 12.7 oz. bottle 13.1% ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
$12 from Premiere Gourmet, then about $1.25 in duties. An expresso coffee experience. Thickly expresso in mouthfeel and in aroma. Pours black. I wasn’t buzzed from caffeine, it was a fine experience, it is a rich coffee experience. Bittersweet finish and aftertaste.

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