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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1425   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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   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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (3201) - 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 (2360) - 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 (8565) - 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.


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