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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 1419   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.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2008
375 ml bottle shared with Lubiere, served cool in a goblet.

App.: Deep cola brown with ruby hints, tiny light mocha head. Aroma: An assault on the nostrils! Big black pepper, green resinous hops, some black coffee and dark chocolate, smokey. Palate: Medium-full body and sparse carbonation. Flav.: Very aggressive green peppercorns, huge amounts of resinous hops, some sweet malts but they are struggling; very spicy, quite bitter, biting and young; oily and mouth-coating..

ENORMOUS and needs to age I think.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (5413) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle, RBESG08 grand tasting.
Almost black brown body. Nose... hmm... elder? Very pleasant. Dark malts. Nice heavy malty taste, elder again, alcohol, big roasty bitterness. Way better than the Black, but it just isn’t my style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Snifter. Pours raven black with tan frothy head. Nose is primarily creamy espresso with roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a prevailing alcohol note. Flavor is lots of coffee with heavily roasted malt and sweet dark fruit. Sweet but alcoholic, hops come out in the finish. Palate is thick and viscous... tingling, warming, and agressive. Impressive beer in its own right, but a definite unique winner for its style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle from lighthouse beer and wine. Pours a solid black with a medium brown head. aroma is chocolate with complexity. Flavor is sweet like fruit at first then chocolate with endings filled with coffe and a bitter hop bite. This is one of my favorite Impy stouts

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottled: Thanks CollinT for bring this awesome beer back to Sylva! Pours oil blad with tan lacing. Smells of roasted coffee malts. Tastes like black coffee with hints of alcohol and malts. Amazing!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2008
pours motor oil black with smallish head for an impy. aroma- espresso reigns supreme with chocolate, alcohol, and dark fruit added. Flavor isn’t overly complex but very aggressive, alcohol bite is a pugnacious shot that stings the gums. Excellent imp. stout because it has unique focus and the alcohol adds a whole other dimension. Incredible stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2008
black as night. Espresso nose that overpowers. very bitter chocolate, sliggght alcohol. heavy alcohol on the taste, aggressive, in your face beer. raisins. The mouthfeel is silky and delicious. a heavy hitter, bold and unique

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
Pours obsidian black with almost zero head, what is there is a dark beige. Nice aroma , deep fruity berries, strong complex coffee character, some oily hop notes. Palate is sticky and strong, with an almost overwhelming burnt toast character along with treacle sweetness, scotch warmth , and a vanilla tinge to the herbally bitter finish. Don’t know, this one feels a little out of balance for me. Certainly a monstrosity though.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a black colour with small beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasted/burnt, chocolate, malt. Flavor is again coffee, burnt, very spicy and VERY alcoholic!! Pilsner hops gives it a slight bitter finish

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, 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!


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