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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1139   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Black with rich, creamy, chocolate shake head, delicate lacing / Deep, mellow, lightly winey nose of dark fruit, roast coffee, roast grain, chocolate, caramel, cream / Full body, chewy and creamy, noticeable alcohol kick, sweet but with excellent balance, lot of coffee acidity, bitter finish underneath / Likewise rich, deep flavors of caramel, semisweet chocolate, prune, licorice, dark roast coffee, cream / Maybe a little overly acidic, but then there’s the coffee, but really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAgutten79 (357) - Skui, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2013
Heller svart i glasset, med espressofarget medium skum. Aromaen gir meg ristet malt, sitron, humle, noe alkohol, sødme, lær(!), kaffe og vag sjokolade. Smaken er søtere enn mange imperials jeg har prøvd, med sitron, kaffe, mørk malt og noe sjokolade. Nydelig balanse, og man kan nesten ikke merke at denne er på hele 13% alc. Fyldig munnfølelse, medium/tykk konsistens. Bitter i ettersmaken.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aleksander9 (280) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
Pours pitch black with a nice brown head. Aroma is huge leather, fruity and citric espresso, roasted malt and some alcohol. Very round, fruity and smooth mouth feel with low carbonation. Aftertaste is fruity espresso, dry floral hops, dry leather, red fruit, burnt malt and some alcohol sharpness. Overall: Excellent! This beer is like a nice death metal band. Awesome, energetic and straight in your face with bold flavors while still having loads of complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (974) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2013
Duft av kaffe, lys sjokolade og vanilje. Dyp mrk farge. Tynt brunt skum. Smak av sjokolade og vanilje med en skarp ettersmak.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCametron (1592) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours Black with a thin, tan head. I remember being luck enough to try 3 or 4 of the various finishes on keg at Brewdog Edinburgh a couple of christmasses ago. Finally getting a go of the base beer. This is a fantastic imperial stout. Really my kind of beer. Thick, Rich, boozy with amazingly complex roasty malt flavour. Tobacco, tar and ashy, overripe fruit. A thoroughly ’grown up’ beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abstractbeer (237) - NORWAY - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle, at home. Pitch black, large capuccino coloured head. Incredibly complex aroma, with everything from freshly sharpened pencils (read: hops) to alcohol, honey and bitter chocolate. Quite difficult to describe! The flavor is likewise, and yet again I think of freshly sharpened pencils. The alcohol is very present both in flavor and mouthfeel. Other flavors I pick up are: orange peel, dark chocolate, marzipan, malts and hops of various kinds, various nuts, notes of coffee. Wicked stuff! Difficult to describe. Very boozy to me. Surprisingly high carbonation. On the bitter side tastewise. All in all an interesting experience flavorwise, but a bit on the bitter and boozy side for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1054) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Best before 12/09/17. Pours Avery dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is grassy, mildly funky, wet leaves. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. A fairly big booze hit follows a grassy, mildly veg, fruity, treacly mix. An odd one, but tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle: Pours black, oily, with a thin dark head. Smoky, roast, chocolate and cola aroma. Taste is chocolate/coffee, cream. Sweet with a growing, easy back bitter. Dark berry notes, a little licorice. Very subdued alcohol presence. Nice...very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
rgf001 (86) - München, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2013
Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Pitch black with beige head that stays. Taste of licorice, coffee, chocolate. Bitterness OK but too sweet. Finishes sweet and took forever to finish 300 cc.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (385) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2013
Close to black. Medium amount of light brown head. Coffee, red fruit, apple, alcohol, grape, lemon, spicy aroma. Sour, bitter. The sourness surprised me. Thick mouth feel, medium carbonation. Hard to define the different flavors in this one. Interesting. The sourness suits the beer, but it’s maybe a bit too much?


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