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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4015) - Kansas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
375 ml bottle, corked and caged. Cork date is 14/08/11. Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA. Opens with a pop. Pour is black, with a nice 1/2 inch deep tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Head appears very oily. Aroma of bright pine hops, coffee, black licorice and alcohol. Taste is initially quite bitter and acidic. The coffee is present immediately, as is the pine. The coffee, mellows really quickly. Alcohol is present in the taste, but it was much stronger in the nose. The finish has sort of a sour sweet taste to it, somewhere in the middle of the triangle of citrus, soy and licorice. Palate is oily, with a very long, lingering hot finish. This was a well made beer, but was a little to sharp (bitterness, alcohol, etc) for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Tasted at the May Northern California Beer Tasting. This Imperial Stout pours a deep black color from a 22oz(?) bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is coffee and chocolate, with some roasty malt. Medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are coffee and chocolate. The hops are earthy. Good body. There is some pepper flavor at the backend. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4935) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Black oily with not too much head. Actually none at all. Smell is coffee, powerful alcohol, and roasty. Slick taste with roastiness, coffee, alcohol, and malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle via SS. Dark color. Smell of coffee, malt, alcohol, smoke, hops and sugar. Taste of roasted coffee, malt, hops, caramel, alcohol, and some fruit. I think this is too over rated.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (6543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Poured a pitch black color with almost no head. Aroma is of strong coffee and wine. Flavor is also very strong coffee flavor but with a nice bitter dryness which is also a bit fruity. The alcohol is extremely well hidden in this great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
Nearing black with a medium brown head. Aroma is sweet with burnt malt, licorice and alcohol. Flavor is quite vinous and sweet with burni malt, chocolate, vanilla and anise. Finishes bitter and dry. Good stuff.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2008
this stinky nasty beer and my low numbers speak for themselves. I had low characters so i will say. i did not like this beer and would never buy it. I could have reviewed it with one word: GROSS

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 18, 2008
Mmmm..black beauty. Sister Im in love. Closest Ive come to black wine. Nice and dry..vino, malt hops, fruit..but all in a single taste.Im gonna buy a dozen and cellar. Coffee and dark beer wine. Mmmm...Black hole.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2008
I have this puppy sitting in my cellar for 6 months and still havent dug into it. Well celebration time, college graduation is tomorrow morning. Pours a murky dark brown color with an easily aggravated large brown head. Nose of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol is definitely apparent with touch of coffee. Initial taste of chocolate, alcohol, dark fruits and coffee. Mid palate emphasizes the roasted malts. Finishing with mild hop balance, chocolate, smokiness is also touched upon briefly. Palate duration is above average, slight dry. Good head retention and lacing of the glass. Mouthfeel was very thin for me and oily texture. Alcohol is definitely impressive with stronger hints on the nose and touches in the beggining, otherwise well balanced for sure. This is probably the easiest drinking imperial stout, especially 13.1% I have ever had. I would consider this to be my party beer since I look for full body in my imperials.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Sahred bottle. Pours a basically black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee. Flavor is very similar, with some smokiness and licorice mixed in. For me, this one is a little too hot for me to really enjoy.


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