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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1390   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Roasty, acrid, coffeeish and a touch sour. Plummy, but not with the richness as in many of my favorite imperials. A good mix, but hot and thinning. It is a big beer all around and the flavors meld pretty well, but the alcohol is strong and detracting a bit. Aroma is a strong point; really nice coffee aromas.

Thanks to Kevin for the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2623) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Very dark with a small tan head. Light roasted malts, chocolate, ripe dark fruits, lactose, some alcohol, and light sourness. Very fun aroma. Full bodied. Intense flavor. Coffee, cocoa, molasses, strong alcohol; very harsh overall. Finishes hot, hot, hot! The aroma didn’t relate as well to the flavor as much as I would have liked, but a good stout if you enjoy painful, bitter brews- like I do.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Brown-black, very thin head. Sweet smell dark chocolate and tootsie roll. Faint alcohol bite. Tates initially sweet, with licorice, chocilate and coffee flavors.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Well, its black with a big tan head. Nose is cocoa, burnt malt, tons and tons of alcohol, leading to astringency. Dark fruits are there but hard to find past the smell of my nose hair burning. Flavor is all about alcohol - way too much. There are cherries & cocoa in there but mostly its burnt alcohol. Super astringent, overly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8390) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2008
Dark, almost totally black. Has a dark, lasting head. Aroma is deep, heavy, chocolate, coffee, esters. Perhaps a bit too heavy. Flavor is heavy sweet, bitter finish, complex. Fully body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
Green bottle, 375 ml, best before 14/08/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on July 4 2008; eye: black, cappuccino head that turns into a ring; nose: nice roasted malt, vanilla, liquorice, soya sauce, resinous hops, light pine; mouth: starts with a wait, then roasted malt, strong coffee, black liquorice, soya sauce, alcohol is almost not perceptible, resinous hops, good presence of pine, finale in roasted malt cappuccino pine and a bit of soya sauce, mildly salty, rich, full body, smooth, mildly sweet, rather bitter, slightly oily, vinous, sticky, average carbonation, light astringency; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille verte, 375 ml, meilleure avant 14/08/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 4 juillet 2008; œil : noire, opaque, mousse cappuccino qui se transforme en un petit anneau; nez : bon malt torréfié, vanille, réglisse, sauce soya, houblon résineux, léger pin; bouche : se laisse désiré, puis malt torréfié, café fort, réglisse noire, sauce soya, alcool est à peine perceptible, houblon résineux, bonne présence de pin, finale en malt torréfié, cappuccino, pin et petite pointe de sauce soya, moyennement salée, riche, corsée, smooth, moyennement sucrée, plutôt amère, légèrement huileuse, vineuse, collante, carbonatation moyenne, légère astringence; en résumé : très bon

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
New batch bottle at Chris_O’s 19th April 2008 tasting. Pours black with a line of beige head. Exquisite aroma of cloves, eucalyptus, rosemary, coffee and more. The flavour is similar yet more intense - it really is harsh on the tongue. It’s slick and escapes the mouth leaving the herb flavours in the corners of your mouth. Interesting stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2008
Black with a brown head. The aroma is aggressive with strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, oak, rum, coughing sirup, dark dried fruits, alcohol and tobacco. It carries its high ABV very well in the flavours. They begin sweet and go into a warming alcohol presence combined with a complex bitterness. In the end however you begin to feel like something torn out of Kubirck’s 2001 - at least if youre not sharing the bottle. And on this very night I was making a hop odessey on my own.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Dark black pour with a small creamy tan head. Lots of coffee in the aroma and flavor. Actually coffee seems to dominate this one. Also hints of cocoa, dark fruit, spice, and molasses. Creamy in the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden. Seriously smooth and drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1079) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Shared with sebletitje. Extremely good stout. Pouts pitch black like a Dark Lord with flavors of mollases, roasted coffee, and a light hint of cocoa. Rich and smooth.


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