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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1377   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (823) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2016
Drank 23-3-2016 while writing in my diary. Actually didn’t really like it. Very much liquorice and alcohol in the taste. Body is nice and thick but the taste doesn’t really come out for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wombat23 (385) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Shared 12.7 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a light tan head. Nice lacing. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol on the nose. Taste follows. The finish is my least favorite aspect of the beer: a lasting combination of coffee, acidity, and alcohol with moderate amounts of sweetness. But overall, it’s still very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darbeer75 (320) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Aroma: simultaneously malty, chocolatey, bitter and boozy; very complex; Appearance: pitch black with fluffy tan head whose large bubbles dissipate very slowly; good lacing; Taste: starts malty and finishes bitter; good complexity in taste; not too sweet; Palate: very heavy, oily body with long, sweet/bitter/boozy finish; Overall: great example of an imperial stout; would buy again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4309) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2016
375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 9/29/2019. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, char, honey, molasses, vanilla, wood, tobacco, pine, light licorice/dark fruit, light smoke, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, char, honey, molasses, vanilla, wood, tobacco, pine, light licorice/dark fruit, light smoke, and roast/char earthiness. Good amount of herbal/pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, honey, molasses, vanilla, wood, tobacco, pine, smoke, char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/silky/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjik83 (1247) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2016
37,5cl flesje via drankgigant.nl Alcoholpercentage van 13,1% Uitgeschonken in St. Bernardus glas Uiterlijk: zwart met redelijke volle cremelaag Aroma en smaak: koffie, chocolade, warm van de alcohol, lekkere fruittoets zoals lychee, vanille, zoet van honing Conclusie: lekkere stout met een leuke toets ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (866) - SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Deep glossy black. Not heavy. High roast, nippy spicy and a bit of a burny acidity.A slow sipper. Should age well.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kacperred (168) - Gdańsk, POLAND - MAR 3, 2016
Kran. Nieprzejrzyście czarne, piana jasnobeżowa, opada dość szybko, lekko oblepia szkło. W aromacie czekolada, kawa, słodycz oraz paloność, intensywnie. W smaku powtórka z aromatu z tym, że odrobinę słabiej. Alkohol ładnie ukryty, chociaż coś początkowo drapie w gardło. Bardzo dobre piwo, lecz odrobine przyciężkie.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DroolYeast (867) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2016
Tap @ mikkeller Aarhus. Aroma of sweet alcohol, burnt malt, roasted malt. Taste is moderate- malt bitter, sweet alcohol, light+ sweet. Full body, thick oily texture, light carb., malt bitter sweet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
libertine (368) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2016
Pours black with a two finger head. light soapy lacing. Aroma: black licorice, dark chocolate, cinnamon, coffeetabacco and dried dark fruits. Flavor: Licorice, coffee, spice, sweet chocolate, tabacco as it warms and the alcohol is warming and pleasant. Creamy and slighty sticky texture. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Lightly sweet and bitter finish with the alcohol warming at the very end. Honestly one of the top stouts I have ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lambister (418) - FINLAND - FEB 19, 2016
17/01/16. Bottle from our lovely monopoly. Black color with beautiful light brown head. Delicious rich nose with aromas of licorice, coffee, some alcohol and hops. Well balanced deep taste of coffee, licorice, hops, sweetness, little alcohol. Nice mix of sweetness and bitterness. Long lasting and complex.


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