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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
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FinallyÖÖ! 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 Ė in the heavyweight category.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (1957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Bottle.

Maybe Iím just not man enough, but this beer doesnít quite live up to my expectations. Too hot, too sourly vinous (I love sour, but not necessarily in a coffee imperial stout), too over-the-top to be truly great.

Pours extremely dark and heavily viscous with a vinous aroma, charred wood, a bit of robutussin (alcohol, cherry, sugars, medicinal). And very vinous flavors, sourness competing with the roasts, again that cherry cough syrup especially toward the close. Cold, acidic black coffee. Cough syrup mouthfeel; no, this one isnít coming together for me at all. Maybe with a ton of age on it, but for now Iím pretty unexcited.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Black with a oily, tan head. Creamy lace. Nose of roasted bitterness with some coffee. Vinous and a bit of alcohol. The coffee comes out with a vengeance. Strong roast malts and bitter hops. Oil thick body that coats the mouth heavily. Finishes off a bit hot and malty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (6820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
[1033-20080108] 12.7floz (w/ jerc, DuctTape, others). Faint roasted malt aroma has a bit of nail polish fruit. Black brown body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Boozy roasted plywood flavour. Medium-full body is grainy. Surprisingly disappointing, would like to re-rate in future.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Suprising nose of noble hops dominate the roast and cold coffee. Interesting. Mouthfeel is rich and oily that just borders glycerin. Palate entry reminds me of a late-harvest Zinfandel, as crazy as that sounds. And thats the way it seems to finish, albeit an earthy (by way of malt) and spicy hop finish. The alcohol is held well in check but could stand to intergrate in the cellar. Damn this was pricey, but worth tasting at least once. Worked well with the currant and hazelnut bittersweet chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgiskOlklub (922) - Viby J, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle 37,5 cl. Average size rocky tan head thatís mostly diminishing. Heavy aroma of coffee, roasted and burnt malt. Also heavy hoppy bitter aroma. It has a full body and oily texture. Strong in alcohol - to strong in my opinion. The strength on 14 %is doing no good. Heavy bitter flavor and long bitter, burnt alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1916) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2008
2007 Bottle. Poured into a big brandy snifter. The color is a bright glossy black with a swirly head of deep dark tan. The aroma is is pretty mild. I can smell some bitter coffee and dark chocolate; just a touch of alcohol. The flavor is a match of the aroma. A smooth blend of bitter coffee and dark roasted chocolate. There is a bitter nature to this stout, but at the same time I canít say the flavors arenít well blended and smooth on the delivery. The 14% alcohol is nowhere to be seen. The body is there, but I wouldnít have guessed 14%, I would have guessed 8 or 9. That fact alone is impressive. I guess Iím undecided on this beer. The quality is more than evident, but where is the standout that makes it a top-notch beer?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2554) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours out thick like motor oil, nice brown head and intense aroma. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is very filling and complex. Coffee up front goes into a nice chocolate with some notes of dark fruits and slight earthy notes with some roasted malt lingering around in the background. Very nice!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2008
375 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black with a thick foamy light brown head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of bitter coffee beans, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste of freshly roasted coffee, malt and bitter dark chocolate. alcohol well hidden. A very nice imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2008
(375ml bottle) Large brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, chocolate, anise/cherry, light smoke, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, some smoke/burnt, alcohol, grapefruit, fig. Low carbonation, full body. Definitely has some nice qualities, but the alcohol presence is too strong for me to enjoy the beer fully -- at 9% Iíd probably enjoy this much more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazzmaster (22) - DENMARK - JAN 18, 2008
375 ml . Opaque black with a medium, mostly lasting head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted barley. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, hops, and alcohol. Smooth full body but with a slightly rough bitterness


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