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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1411   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1096) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9645) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2008
Pours pitch black, no head. This beer got better after a few sips. It starts of with a smell of soy sauce that leaves you wondering where the coffee might be. It does get a lot better after a few sips when the maltiness and the aroma of coffee/mocha sets in. Could hardly notice it was a 14% beer. A complex and interesting beer to say the least.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (6849) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2008 (Bottle, BBE 14/08/11) Pitch black. Small brown head which disappeared quickly. Vanilla, coffee and roasted malts in nose. Slight carbonation in dryi palate. Taste: acidy red wine, coffee, roasted malts, alcohol. Some vanilla. Bitter aftertaste. (I am suspecting that there was something wrong with the bottle I drunk.) (My rating was 3.5) Re-rate on 2008-07-22: Now, the acidiness is not there, so this bottle must be in better condition. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitterness and alchol form majority of the taste. Some vanilla and coffee, too. Quite balanced taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2008
Bouteille 375ml (13.1% abv), courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de malt assez rti (notes de brl), de mlasse, moyen de houblon herbeux, de chocolat noir et de caf, lger dalcool et avec des notes fruites (raisins). Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen et une texture riche, sirupeuse et lgrement crmeuse. Moyen got fruit (raisins vineux, notes de cerises et de figues) accompagn de notes de rglisse noire et des traces boises (bois brl) lors de lentre en bouche auquel senchane rapidement un got amer de malt trs rti (lgrement brl), un moyen got de chocolat noir, un lger got de mlasse sucre et avec des notes de pain grill. Paralllement, lon retrouve une une amertume asschante de houblon herbeux (galement de faibles notes rsineuses et des traces de th des bois) ainsi quun moyen got dalcool rchauffant jusquen finale, o on note galement la prsence dun got de caf espresso ainsi que des notes de noix grilles. Post-got long et moyennement sec, amer de rti, de houblon herbeux, dalcool, moyen de chocolat noir et de caf ainsi quavec des notes fruites (mot de raisins).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6891) - 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 isnt much going on here. Not at all complex, doesnt have any of the characteristics I want in an Imperial. There is a strange apple like flavor, I dunno what thats about. Its not creamy, the body is dull and somewhat thin. No coffee flavor that I can find. No chocolate either. Harsh and unpleasant. Its not 100% terrible, but I cant see myself finishing the bottle. I dunno, maybe its me, but I didnt 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 mrk chokolade, kaffe og frisk citrus humle. Fyldig krop, En anelse alkohol, men ikke meget for 14%) Gemmer den anden et r 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 cant justify the price again....

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsteph (323) - 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 Fd 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.


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