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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 1173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Lively cola,malt aroma with touches of coffee and chocolate liquer alcohol. Complex malts taste ,bakers chocolate a tart fruitness, and a cold coffee bitterness that seems like it is derived from the alcohol,the wonderful Mikkeller smoothness on the palate,very subtley complex,not big bodied, the alcohol got a little harsh towards the finish. Probaly will smooth out with age. Nice stout, price a little high

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2007
wonderful fresh hoppy, roasty, slight coffee, and chocolaty aroma. Very rich and velvety. Sweet and very roasty up front. Moving on to a robust bitterness that is interestingly balanced by a tart and sourness. Unique. Worth every penny. I have been sucked in...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenhorn1 (809) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle from BottleTrek.com. Pours like oil with a brown frothy head that dissipates into a few wishpy clouds. Big aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Flavor is similiar with addition of roasted malts and even some citrus notes in the back. Smooth, almost velvet like, mouthfeel. You can hardly detect the alcohol, but it does sneak up quickly. This is a copmlex brew and will be even better with age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2007
The aroma was strong coffee and woodsy, earthy, grassy and minty hops when first poured. Roasted grains and espresso coffee were notable along with a caramel presence. The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a very slight ruby highlight when held to light. The head was brown, tight bubbled, tall and frothy with a lasting presence which laced the glass. The flavor was nicely malty with caramel and chocolate coupled to a nice roasted barley character of espresso coffee. The grassiness of the aroma carried over into the flavor and the caramel moved forward out of the background. The flavor was also lightly minty and the bitterness was well done in conjunction with the malt. The finish was dry with lasting grassy hop flavor and chocolate/coffee into the aftertaste. The body was just below full and despite a fairly low level of carbonation the beer was creamy on the palate. The alcohol was restrained despite being substantial and really only showed its cards in the warming that occurred post consumption. A very nice RIS! 12.7 ounce corked and bailed bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a pitch black motor oil with a chocolate head that is sticky and lacy. Smells like chocolate covered fruit with some expresso. Taste is hot, lots of chocolate, dark fruit and a bitter hop finish. Thick in the mouth with a nice smooth finish. A sipper and needs some age. This has a bite that will tame with a year and generous flavors that need some time to mingle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a dark black color with deep brown head. Aroma is kind of a let down with big nose of alcohol and citrus hop flavors. I really had to struggle to find a slight hint of chocolate or coffee. Taste is citrus hops, faint chocolate and alcohol. WTF? I was expecting more in an imperial stout brewed with COFFEE! The carbonation is mild leading to a creamy mouthfeel, and the alcohol is well hidden. Its not bad, but just not what I was expecting with all the fanfare and price behind it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a dark black with a diminishing mocha head, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is alcohol, citrus, liquorice, and hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is rather bitter up front and finishes with a little alcohol burn and some coffee/chocolate. I find this to be an easy drinking Impy Stout, especially on the finish. I wish it had a bit less bitterness and more chocolate/coffee complexities. Aging this would probably do it more justice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottlle. Black body, dark tan head, coffee and chocolate in the nose. Very bitter, alcoholic, severely overrated.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 21, 2007
Labeled. Bottled on August 14th 07. Danish rating # 989. Pours a totally pitch black colour with a huge well lasting bubbly and creamy brown head leaving a good lacing. Sweetish aroma of alcohol indeed with lots of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and some liquorice. Very good mouthfeel. The flavour is bitter sweet with lots of roasted malt and chocolate along with bitter coffee, some smoke, alcohol, hops, dark fruits and liquorice. Bitter, roasty, dry and softly alcoholic finish. Woooooooooo, what a brew. ILll get myself some more of this brew to store.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2007
nice substantial dark tan head. aroma of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. at first, taste is extremely sweet, and the alcohol comes on heavy, as does substantial hop bitterness. Unbalanced and not very pleasing. The finish is awesome, chocolate bar and freshly roasted coffee, but unfortunately, occurs too late to make this something special.


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