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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6478) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2008
Bottled. Pitch black with a small, beige head. Slightly salty with a lot of coffee and chocolate and some dry cocoa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Bottle 55/100. Black pour with a tan head. Very smokey aroma with a malt sweetness to it. Coffee and spice. Spice and some spice. Dry and slightly astringent. Very good.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Honestly this stuff is not very good. Dark pour, almost no head. Alcohol is rather present. There really isn’t much going on here. Not at all complex, doesn’t have any of the characteristics I want in an Imperial. There is a strange apple like flavor, I dunno what that’s about. It’s not creamy, the body is dull and somewhat thin. No coffee flavor that I can find. No chocolate either. Harsh and unpleasant. It’s not 100% terrible, but I can’t see myself finishing the bottle. I dunno, maybe it’s me, but I didn’t like it at all. I find it amazing that anyone likes this.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enmandslauget (19) - Fredericia, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2008
Ristet malt, bitter mørk chokolade, kaffe og frisk citrus humle. Fyldig krop, En anelse alkohol, men ikke meget for 14%) Gemmer den anden et år mere

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2008
bottle. quite delicious, although not worth the high price, when you can get a 6 of storm king for less $$. pours a mild black with a nice 2 finger tan head. great licorice, coffee and plum aromas... excellent on the tongue and palate. thick on the tip of the tongue with the licorice / coffee flavors coming through the most... soft on the sides and thin underneath.... big and full on the top and powerful on the finish. the licorice notes and alcohol come through really strong on the finish, which makes this one stand out... the 14% is not really noticeable at all... until you get up.... a really solid imperial stout.... definitely glad I bought and had one, but I can’t justify the price again....

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Inky black pour. Very thin dark chocolate head even on a heavy pour. Spotty lacing. Bitter chocolate, day old charcoal, a touch of coffee grounds with an omnipresent vinous nose. Sounds pretty F’d up. Sweetened soy sauce twang, super bitter baking chocolate combined with aspirin, mild colombian coffee undertones, and a very young, grapey cabernet flavor dominate. Finishes ashy and sharp. Are there any hops in this? Alcohol almost undetectable on the nose but a little hot on the finish. But the more I drink the more elusive it gets. Go figure. Overall body is medium density. However, this stuff is a masterpiece of understatement. Not balanced at all and definitely not worth $10. Maybe $5. Overall package lacks classic impy stout flavor and feel. Needs a reworking. Let it get a little warmer and then tell me you like it that much.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Bottle: (ABV= 13.1%) Near black pour with some dark ruby at the edges and a wispy deep brown ring for head. Dark chocolate, alcohol, wood, light vinous notes, tar, and more alcohol which tingles the nose hairs. A bit thin feeling, but with tons of alcohol in the flavor. Tarry, ashy, burnt bitterness, with dark chocolate grittiness, licorice and more alcohol. Finish has more ash and burnt bitterness. Not really balanced; a hot mess.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2769) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2008
This poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma contains some alcohol, charcoal, and chocolate. The flavor is a bit on the aggressive side with an alcohol bite. I get some coffee, licorice, and dark chocolate. Overall this is too over the top to call it a great beer. Balanced it is not!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (3042) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2008
Aroma:Dark chocolate,rosted malt..... Apperance:Dark , light tan head.... Flavor:dark chocolate,alcohol,rosted malt....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11943) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2008
Corked bottle. Black and opague. Licorice, roast, cream and dark chocolate in the aroma. Malty sweet, full bodied. Salty flavor with licorice, pepper and coffee. Creamy chocolate. Very tasty, the alcohol is well hidden, the balance is fair, but there are a few raw edges that prevent this beer from scoring even higher.


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