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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 1181   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Very heavy stout with oat flakes and an anarchistic label representing not much more than... well, a black hole. Thin, milky, dark beige foam, unstable due to the alcohol. Black colour with only a presumption of a wine-red glow under very bright light. Extremely intense aroma of black coffee, bitter chocolate, kahlua, sweet tobacco, Worcestershire sauce, old madera, candied dates, white pepper, raisins, soy sauce. Sharp and demanding, powerful taste of an infinitely profound chocolatey and roasted malt bitterness, soft on the edges though, even a bit sweetish, dark fruits, smoky touch, very thick and viscous mouthfeel, warm alcoholic finish, not astringent, very long and complex and totally satisfying in every sense of the word. Man, what a stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yozora (38) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
On tap @Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma of molasses, espresso, pine, roasted malts, burnt sugar, alcohol, sweet, burnt toffee, burnt rubber. Taste is licorice, espresso, roasted malts, pine, hops, burnt sugar, honey, cacao, sweet, toasted notes with a boozy, lingering espresso finish. Oily, creamy body with medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1857) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Tap @ Three Floyds: Who goes to Three Floyds then drinks Mikkeller on tap? This guy. Excited to see this one on draft, though. Appropriately named; jet black, no transparency with a lovely, lasting, foamy tan head. Lots of roasted malts in the aroma with a small hint of milky, lactose sweetness. Burnt brown sugar, molasses, mild ashiness, a touch of brash, leafy hops towards the back-end. Nice aromatic balance of roast & sweet. Taste exhibits the same qualities... Mellow sweetness but never overdone. Baker’s chocolate, dense brown sugar, burnt toffee candy, caramel cookies... The backside plays more of a balance with notes of roasted malt, faint charred smoke, & moderate earthiness coming into play. Dark cocoa & sweet cream linger on the palate; voluptuous, relatively creamy body. A damn good stout from Mikkeller.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (906) - NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 Black. Small beige head and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, pine and juniper, with a hint of green pears and vegetables. Similar taste, balanced with bitternerss. Very strong, black coffe, some sourness and decent bitterness in aftertaste, for some reason also with a hint of green pears and chili. Low drinkability.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bastarda (73) - Freiburg, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
on tap @Cerveteca Lisboa. Aromas of coffee liqueur, rum-raisins, dark Cake, double Chocolate Muffins and a hint of boletus/porcini cream sauce perfectly harmoniously worked in. Finishes with a hint of espresso and liquorice. Wonderful Imperial Stout!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierle (17) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
Einfach absolut genau das richtige sattschwarze, süffige, sahnige, pilzige, holzige, intensive, weiche imperial stout für einen Abend in Lissabon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1424) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 11, 2014
375ml bottle from cerveteca. Color is dark with medium to thin brown head. Body is super smooth with a medium-long finish. Taste is high bitter and low sweet. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, hop, fruit, mint, chocolate, roasted.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kauge (127) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 10, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 375 ml bottle from Õllepood nr 1 Gambrinus in Tartu (€ 7,90), August 2014. A cool label, for some reason without any indication to the beer’s name - I guess they think the label is telling enough. Pours dark brown, whereas in the glass it’s absolute blackness. Tan, thick, slowly receding head leaves traces. Looks all-around appetizing when poured out in a big wine glass. A mind-numbing myriad of aromas: dark coffee and chocolate, caramel, sweet, boozy, thick, vanilla, warming, brandy, coffee liqueur... Taste is as intense: very sweet, even sugary and syrupy, vanilla, some hop bitterness there too, even mild sourness. Thick body with a sticky, syrupy palate, medium / perfect carbonation. Finish is alcoholic, dry and roasty, yet syrupy. Overall a very sweet Imperial with a strong boozy kick. A thoroughly enjoyable brew for pitch black nights together with some quality literature (perhaps Dostoyevsky’s ’Notes from Underground’).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (154) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle shared from a friend. Pours a jet black with a medium mocca head. Aromas of burned coffee, wood, booze, sweet dark fruits, grassy hops, dark chocolate. Taste is quite sweet up front, burned wood and coffee takes over, quite hoppy finish with a dry burned feel to it aswell.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
At Hoppy Loft. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: coffee, vanilla, mocha, very nice. TASTE: coffee, vanilla, mocha, nice, alcohol.


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