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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 1158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cybercat (3218) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Aroma is absolutely heavenly, at least to me as a porter/stout fanatic: rich, strongly of dark coffee and unsweetened chocolate, with an undertone of molasses. Pours just as black as its namesake with a thick, fine-bubbled, dark tan head. Flavor lives up to the aroma and appearance, like a rick mocha made from fine, dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is even a hint of orange in the flavor. Texture is delightfully smooth and thick as cream. Strongly recommended, especially to my fellow stout nuts.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Let me put it this way: I couldnít find anything wrong with this beer. Itís perfect. If youíre looking for a coffee stout, this is the one. Hereís where it differs from the masses of coffee stouts out there: 1) the coffee flavor is real, and just so intense. 2) there are other things going on besides the coffee. Itís expensive, but spend the money once, you wonít regret it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (108) - - APR 12, 2014
April 4, 2014. 330mL bottle at barvolo. Lovely smooth mouthfeel. Roasted coffee and chocolate nose and flavours. No head to speak of. Oily consistency. Dark chocolate and berries in flavours. Awesome beer. My kind of imperial stout!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2006
A black as a black hole can be, poured in a big Riedle glass, this beer is topped with a creamy and fluffy warm browish head. Ne negerkop da we zeggen inít West-Vlams. Aroma is rich, powerfull and flowery with hints if mocca coffee, spring flowers, fresh torrified coffee beans, the best quality of the blackest chocolate one can imagine, all topped with a sweet-bitter accent of intens dark caramel. All these rich aromas are so well countered with delicate soft fruity and slight minty accents. Taste is very well ballanced, Again touches of freshly roasted cocoa beans, soft mocca expresso, dark caramel, flower-honey, burned edges of sugar bread and burned raisins. The mouthfeeling is very mild and has a silky carracter. The 12,5% is not detectable in the smell or taste, but afther emptying the flask you know it was indeed a 12,5%. In the afthertaste, the hints of dry figgs, dates and burned dark raisins are very well present. In the very finale of this serious challanger for Dark Lord the complex bitterings of hops, flowers, mild burned chocolates and coffee beans are so well in harmony that they making it a World Class brew. I think this beer has to be served straight from the fridge and it deserves a Big Tulip shaped glass. What can I say ? TOP

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Nice package w/ wire and silicon cork all wrapped in silver foil. BH pours next to black with a beautiful copper head that sits there like a stubborn blister. Good lacing to boot. Aromas of pot scorched espresso, tar, a twig of molases, and roasted cherry skins. Full nectar w/ good carbonation creating an expansive cottonball soft texture. A huge roast component is the backbone for this hive. Heavily roasted blackcherry skins, espresso, charcoal, iodine, tar, leather, black pepper, licorice, wintergreen, . As it warms a sour skankiness comes out an punishes me for being so shallow at times. The finish is long like a Sleestack winter with a dose of roasted asprin. Donít forget to put the fire out. This stuff is so stout I could hit a baseball with it. BH is everything but a black hole. Itís very generous and expansive much like our galaxy. Itís warm, personable (Sam Kinison style), inviting, and charitable. I highly recommend this brew. * Itís seems that as it rises in temerature a void (black hole) occurs where the flavors turn a little ugly. But, then as it warms more it comes right back. It drinks better cold and warm. I wish I had a temp guage, my best guess would be the black hole occurs between 45 and 50f.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2010 WOW. This is a bomb. a JAGGERNAUGHT. The aroma hits you instantly. Coffee; burnt toast, roasted malts, chocolate, spices. Texture is very good although a little nutty. Palate is a little rough so had to reduce one mark which makes me feel guitly. The aroma is damned perfect. The appearance is out of this world. Great bottle design. Minimalistic works. This is genius. The taste is insane. Coffee, German black licorish, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, wood and a damn fine lacing I must add. This beer is bloody WORLD CLASS. Do not miss out. Iím literally staggered. Iím enjoying this beer SO MUCH. This beer is on another level so I decided to give it my first rating of 4.9. Can not wait to have this on tap at the Mikkeller bar.Cheers Beermerchants for stocking this bombshell. This SHOULD be a 100-100 beer.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (915) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours pitch black with a beautiful mocha head. Smells like iced espresso. Taste is dark roast coffee, espresso, and hints of licorice, with unexpected dark fruit flavors. Full-bodied with a slick, smooth, silky texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Mikkeller Black Hole finishes with some coffee bitterness and fruit tang.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maria (10129) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 8, 2007
This is a truly pitch black beer with a small, but dark brown, creamy and lasting head. Itís incredibly complex from start to finish, maybe the most complex beer I ever had? Thank you Mikkel for making it possible for me to enjoy this fantastic beer as my personal rating # 2000 and my # 1000 on RateBeer!! The aroma gives me chocolate, vanilla, light smoke/tar (in a nice way), coffee and burnt figs. The mouthfeel is completely oily. The flavour reveals something new in each sip, and it takes forever to get through the finish, that is incredibly long and exciting. The dark roasted malt has some nice, bitter notes of chocolate, tar/smoke, licorice, coffee, chalk, a smooth light vanilla sweetness, that kind of lives itís own life in the turbulent strong notes, and yet seems to tie them nicely together. The finish is sooo looong, several minutes, and I find a nice bitterness, sweetness, ash/chalk and wood. This is amazing stuff - a piece of art in bottle - woow - I would say so much more, but I seem to run out of words describing this beer.... 2000

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle. [thank you Grovlam, this is soooo stunning]. Well, this was an experience.

It is absolutely pitch black as it reluctantly pours from the bottle, as engine oil, it slurps around until the head reaches the top of my glass. Head is not impressive, very brown, but only a small film. You would think that from an 12,5 % beer - difficult to maintain any head at that ABV. Aroma is stunningly complex. There are coffee notes, liqourice (though quite subdued), and oaky whiskey feel, some raisins, alcohol and a touch of sweet vanilla. Carbonation is quite low, lending the beer even more a feeling of engine oil. Flavour is both complex soothing, warming and refreshing. Roasted malts is the first to hit me - almost with a coal-like feel to it. Chocolate appears as well alongside the vanilla. Very full, very round and finishes with a good pang of bitterness at the end. Somewhere along the way, the oakyness settles in my cheeks and a lingering raspberry edge appears.

This is stunning brew art, and a million times better than Mikkellers X Stout (at least the 2007 version).

I heard a voice saying that this beer was to get a larger release!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Inky black body with only the slightest brown hues around the edges when put up to bright light. Cascading bubbles form a dark tan head of just over a finger. It reduces to an amorphous cap, leaving fine sheets of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, with an odd charred pineapple quality. Some tar, dark fruits, and chocolate are also detectable. Taste is again a bit odd for the style. Thereís a nice RIS profile of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and boozy dark fruits, but thereís also a big dose of citrusy hops in the middle of the palate. Itís like part double stout and part double IPA. Itís interesting and it works pretty well. Points for uniqueness here. Carbonation is appropriately modest. Body isnít all that full, but itís still pretty velvety. Finish is exquisitely dry from all that roastiness. Booze is not apparent in the flavor but it really warms the whole body. A pleasant brew for winter nights.


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