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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1196   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1013) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2008
A nice imperial, though it struck me as being a tad too vinous and relying too much on the alcohol flavors. It didn’t have the same heaviness that a lot of imperials have, which made for a unique experience. Good...but perhaps a bit disappointing, given its ratings.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Poured form a bottle a deep dismal (in a good way) black body. Opaque with a thin wispy brown-gray head. Nose of sweet, bitter and mildly sour grittiness. Far from cloying. Big on the coffee aromatics. Toasty and lactic in the finish. Peaty smokiness present. Earthy and rather complex. Not as thick and luxurious as I would have liked, but classy and rich all the same. Alcohol is hidden craftily and this beer is better and better as it warms and unveils its true genius.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Dark brown with a dark seafoam looking head. Big mocha aroma; sweet coffee, light espresso, hints of roasted malt, mild brown sugar and toasted oak. Quite lively on the palate. Close to feeling thin, but enough richness to help restore the feel. Sweet fruity start with some berries, plums and prunes. Middle has some pipe tobacco, light tar, alcohol, heavily roasted malt and a touch of anise. Finish is quite hot with the vapor from the alcohol hitting the nose more than the throat. The stomach has a real fire now. Linger is light with toasted and charred wood along with a hints of toasted malt and hickory. This will be a killer (imo) in a few years. Right now it is a bit hot, but still a great imperial stout. The coffee actually added to the brew; rather than over-power as too many coffee stouts have a tendency to do.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle from the wife for Christmas gift. Alcohol on the nose along with an unique aroma couldn’t figure out but thought of smell of new leather jacket. Sweet roasted malt flavor along with a sweet licorice candy flavor as well. Smotth on the palate concidering the alcohol presence in the beer. Has warming effect on the body and may need to have some asprin handy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Very rich roasty malts, burnt wood, a little smoke and a big warming effect. Burnt wood and alcohol finish on this, the last of three awesome beers this New Years morning. Good beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2663) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Pours with a pitch black body and a tan head. Lacing is precnt. Nose of coffee, dark fruit and roasted malt . Flavour of coffee, chocolate, roasted, malt and liqourice. Oily texture. Full bodied. Slightly bitter finish with some alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Pours opaque black with a massive overflowing head of light brown. The spongy, rocky foam settled to a good quarter inch for the duration of the glass. Aromatics are hugely laden with coffee grounds, roasted barley, and bitter chocolate. Almost a bitter promise for whats to come. Mouthfeel is dry and thick, with carbonation adding a perception of increased body. The pallet is unapologetically filled with coffee. The coffee is centerstage, and is somewhat biiter in nature, akin to spent grounds. After the coffee, plenty of dry and roasty chocolate steps up, as does some acrid black malt. Alcohol is noticable, but no heat and does not detract. Finishes with lingering bitter coffee and more acrid black patent. A big beer for sure, but the coffee is a bit harsh, and leaves the beer tasting like a coffee stout rather than an Imperial with coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, fruit, and alcohol. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head and spotty lacing. The flavor starts with chocolate, grape, and roasted malt. The finish is very hoppy with lots of citrus and piny hops with light alcohol. Coffee comes more in the aftertaste. Medium-full bodied with a slick mouthfeel. 7-4-8-4-17

The aroma has lots of chocolate, plums, roasted malt, alcohol, grapefruit, caramel, and light coffee. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a moderate brown head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt. The finish has lots of grapefruit hops, pine, moderate coffee, moderate alcohol, and a hint of smoke and wood. A little too hot in the finish right now. In my opinion, this definitely needs some aging in order to smooth out and mesh the flavors. Full bodied with a slick oily mouthfeel. Will have to revisit again after it has sat a while. 7-4-7-4-15

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle courtesy of kleyland, shared with kieferUGA and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza. Was the highlight of Day 2 of our epic tasting. Poured a black color with a smallish light brown head. Not a big fan of the green bottle. Aroma of coffee, soy sauce/meat and coffee. Called it a tsunami of flavor at the time; just very assertive. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, soy sauce with some meatiness. Palate was nice; no hint that it was 14 percent. Good beer from Copenhagen; probably liked it the least of the 3 of us.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle courtesy of kleyland, shared with kleyland and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza Day 2. Pours a pitch black color. Thin, dark tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and soy sauce. Flavor was quite tasty. Coffee and roasted malts with a silky, smooth body. Alcohol was nicely hidden. Best beer of Day 2.


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