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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1434   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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1.7
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
Hansen (8618) - 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.

4.2
GRM (4238) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
Green bottle, 375 ml, best before 14/08/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on July 4 2008; eye: black, cappuccino head that turns into a ring; nose: nice roasted malt, vanilla, liquorice, soya sauce, resinous hops, light pine; mouth: starts with a wait, then roasted malt, strong coffee, black liquorice, soya sauce, alcohol is almost not perceptible, resinous hops, good presence of pine, finale in roasted malt cappuccino pine and a bit of soya sauce, mildly salty, rich, full body, smooth, mildly sweet, rather bitter, slightly oily, vinous, sticky, average carbonation, light astringency; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille verte, 375 ml, meilleure avant 14/08/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 4 juillet 2008; œil : noire, opaque, mousse cappuccino qui se transforme en un petit anneau; nez : bon malt torréfié, vanille, réglisse, sauce soya, houblon résineux, léger pin; bouche : se laisse désiré, puis malt torréfié, café fort, réglisse noire, sauce soya, alcool est à peine perceptible, houblon résineux, bonne présence de pin, finale en malt torréfié, cappuccino, pin et petite pointe de sauce soya, moyennement salée, riche, corsée, smooth, moyennement sucrée, plutôt amère, légèrement huileuse, vineuse, collante, carbonatation moyenne, légère astringence; en résumé : très bon

4.2
Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
New batch bottle at Chris_O’s 19th April 2008 tasting. Pours black with a line of beige head. Exquisite aroma of cloves, eucalyptus, rosemary, coffee and more. The flavour is similar yet more intense - it really is harsh on the tongue. It’s slick and escapes the mouth leaving the herb flavours in the corners of your mouth. Interesting stuff.

3.7
Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2008
Black with a brown head. The aroma is aggressive with strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, oak, rum, coughing sirup, dark dried fruits, alcohol and tobacco. It carries its high ABV very well in the flavours. They begin sweet and go into a warming alcohol presence combined with a complex bitterness. In the end however you begin to feel like something torn out of Kubirck’s 2001 - at least if youre not sharing the bottle. And on this very night I was making a hop odessey on my own.

4.2
SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Dark black pour with a small creamy tan head. Lots of coffee in the aroma and flavor. Actually coffee seems to dominate this one. Also hints of cocoa, dark fruit, spice, and molasses. Creamy in the mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden. Seriously smooth and drinkable.

4.5
BeerFanDan17 (1122) - 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
sebletitje (10477) - 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
mjs (7768) - 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
Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2008
Bouteille 375ml (13.1% abv), courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de malt assez rôti (notes de brûlé), de mélasse, moyen de houblon herbeux, de chocolat noir et de café, léger d’alcool et avec des notes fruitées (raisins). Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, sirupeuse et légèrement crémeuse. Moyen goût fruité (raisins vineux, notes de cerises et de figues) accompagné de notes de réglisse noire et des traces boisées (bois brûlé) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel s’enchaîne rapidement un goût amer de malt très rôti (légèrement brûlé), un moyen goût de chocolat noir, un léger goût de mélasse sucrée et avec des notes de pain grillé. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve une une amertume asséchante de houblon herbeux (également de faibles notes résineuses et des traces de thé des bois) ainsi qu’un moyen goût d’alcool réchauffant jusqu’en finale, où on note également la présence d’un goût de café espresso ainsi que des notes de noix grillées. Post-goût long et moyennement sec, amer de rôti, de houblon herbeux, d’alcool, moyen de chocolat noir et de café ainsi qu’avec des notes fruitées (moût de raisins).


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