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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1173   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (788) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2014
On tap poured a black hue w/ thick tan head. Bold boozy aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Tastes are molasses, brown sugar, and fig. Full bodied, soft carbonation and boozy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (3118) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2014
375 ml bottle, no date code, ahhhh and yes after sampling it is old. Aroma is deep chocolate malts, burnt coffee and sugar.

The flavor of the coffee bean has turned for the worse. Bitter and astringent. It’s not a total bum out but close. Why can’t breweries put more bottle dates on theses bottles??? Old dark chocolate hurt by the bitter coffee. Cocoa nib and molasses.

Overall, I’m sure this was really nice about 8 months ago. Who else gets angry after paying a premium for a stout and it’s old coffee bitterness? Well I do...

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3640) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Chalky brown. Oily dark tan head. Dirty lacing. Aroma is funky old earth, spoiling dirt, alcohol. You can tell the flavor is sharp and its like a liquor but the malt flattens this and it goes down smooth with notes of dark fruit pulp and chocolate. Smooth texture that finishes with a bite. Pretty badass for an imperial stout which usually suck. This one is drinkable, even enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlruthven (544) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle, shared. Pours, of course, inky black, surprisingly lively and resilient mocha head. Nice legs and lacing. Nose is cold-pressed coffee, blackberry, some chocolate, hints of tobacco. Big and slick on the palate, but not cloying: bitter cocoa, coffee, port. Shockingly dry finish. Ashy. Really, really good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (7173) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, schokoladig, Toffee, Kaffee. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig süß, schokoladig, Kaffee. Wunderbares Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
Backlog. Tried both bottled and kegged versions. An immense stout truly worthy of it’s name. One of the better out there.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
martjoobolut (658) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2014
0,375L bottle, BB 12.09.2017. Pours pitch black with brown head. The head stays, nice lacing. Aroma: smoke, coffee, licorice, vinous, and dark fruits. Taste: sweet and sour, dark fruits, smoke, coffee, dark chocolate bitterness. The alcohol is really well hidden and is just nice burn in the finish. Overall: great beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smmaaren (216) - NORWAY - MAR 7, 2014
37,5 cl bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is citrusy, caramelly, smokey. Texture is oily. Taste is sweet. Complex and good stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - FEB 23, 2014

Look: Medium sized, thick, mocha head with good retention. Think but thick layer stays on top for the ride, leaves quite a lot of fine lacing. Dark, dark brown, can’t see through. Looks good.

Smell: Some dark fruit, black berries; dates connected with sweetness. Roast stands out the most with light dark coffee, milk and bitter dark chocolate notes. A pleasantly balanced mix, nothing really overwhelms. Something refreshing about it, like it a lot. Light alcohol notes come up, when it warms up, but nothing too distracting.

Taste: Medium roasted sweetness with milky chocolate that goes into dark and light coffee. The light sweetness that comes through is surprising and does it good. There is a sour part that keeps it fresher. This part is most noticeable right before the end - very smooth and appealing light sour with black currant, black berries. Also some tart, maybe with some help from the high alcohol contend (alcohol itself hardly to detect). Ends with medium roasted (and some light coffee) bitterness accompanied by light-medium sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, creamy, light carbonation. Gets almost sticky when time goes by.

Overall: Was expecting it to be a lot sluttier, but the balance and flavors were smooth and in line. The specter of notes is rich already, would really like to taste some barreled version of this one. A fine example.

Bottle 2 years old.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Finn (4157) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
Flaske 0,375l fra Vinmonopolet, Tromsø Langnes. Drukket i Skibotn 25 Des 13. Svart. Høyt mokkafarget skum. Tett lacing. Kraftig aroma av nøtter & mørk frukt. Lukter skog. Smaken det samme med en voldsom fylde. Sjokolade & syrlig frukt. Smaken varer og varer. Rett og slett et toppøl. Alkoholen merkes ikke.


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