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%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
Dark brown, nearly black, with a dark ruby tint around the edges - faint lace, no head - aroma of dark roast coffee, tobacco, damp oak, red wine tannins, alcohol (which gains an acetone quality as it warms, but just faintly) - low carbonation, slick mouthfeel - a cocoa and coffee bitterness dominates, and keeps the underlying sweetness from taking control - strong tannic character, notes of tobacco and wet ash - becomes more dry, ashy, and bitter near the finish - as it warms, I cant really feel the alcohol, but I can taste it, so after a while the beer starts to taste like cheap vodka and chocolate - a bit thin for something so strong, and Ive tasted more richness and complexity in coffee stouts half this strength - like a high gravity beer geek breakfast - another overpriced, overhyped mikkeller product - (new batch, marked as 13.1 abv).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2008
375ml green bottle. Caged and (synthetic) corked. Pours thick, black. Pure crude oil. Aroma of cold espresso coffee, licorice, sweet malts, and aromomatic hops. Flavor is sweet malt, rich chocolate, coffee, cocoa, topped off with a perfectly balanced hop flavor. Absolutely stellar! Now Im gonna eat some Triple Chunk Brownies. YUM.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MPA (983) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 18, 2008
Bottle. The new batch (still got one bottle left of the old and a backlog rating somewhere). Black, brown head. Coffee, licorice, hopscotch and some chocolate in aroma. Flavour is packed with notes of burnt malts, coffee and licorice along with a good dosage of bitter hops. This is great! This is gonna be a short rating, coz I just wanna savour this baby instead of typing. Excited to see how it compares to the original, when I dig up my notes or try them up against one another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - APR 15, 2008
Pure brown black beerness, a strange ambivalence of intensive unsamplelike taste nd this coffeeshop tendency, but its name wins

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2008
375ml from Sams, Durham. Very thick pour, completely opaque with nary a sliver of light visible through the darkness. Yes, the laws of space and time are suspended here. Unfortunately, the beers not quite up to snuff in this space either. The nose is somewhat rich, with some espresso notes (but alas, not too much) and a funky, vegetal character as well. I actually didnt find the beer as boozy tasting as Id expected. Some hop bitterness in there, along with at least a bit of coffee, but the overall effect is more mushy and burnt, a kind of indistinct harshness rather than a refined, purposive character of any sort. Theres no way this is a bad beer. But based on what Ive had from Mikkeller previously, and also on hype/cost, this is a pretty big disappointment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hiddenvariable (210) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 bottle. pours dark black (ha) with a thinnish tan head that recedes relatively quickly but remains as a film and a ring around the edges. smell is magnificent! first, a hint of bitter dark chocolate, then a blast wave of coffee. i dont drink coffee, but i really do enjoy the smell. and this has everything i like about the smell packed tightly and oozing all over the place. as that fades (well, for the sake of journalistic integrity, i should say it doesnt really fade, but other notes join it), hints of more cocoa, some black cherry and fig notes, and what seems to be a note of a rather citrusy hop join the party, all rounded out with a light woody note. it took a while to build up the desire to stop simply smelling it and actually have a go at tasting, and it wasnt disappointing. not quite as yummy as the smell, but quite yummy still. a bit more cocoa, and a fairly strong roasty note chip away at the coffee edifice, and while they dent it significantly, its still there in all its glory, noticeable from all the surrounding counties. its a warm, luscious, sweet coffee note, and its totally enjoyable, even for someone who doesnt drink the stuff. the alcohol is noticeable, but doesnt significantly detract from the taste. the same bits of twigs and berries (ha!) as encountered in the smell remain here, playing a role, but not dominating. as the taste fades, there is a light but sharp sweetness at first, fading into a long, moderate bitterness, and my mouth is warmed significantly. thick and sticky mouthfeel, somewhat oily, and with a solid body (though maybe not as viscous as i would like), and enough carbonation to play fun games with your tongue. this stuff is fantastic. and it hits like a truck. i feel like this must be what others taste when they drink speedway (a beer that has managed to avoid being enjoyable to me). another grade a product from mikkeller.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle drank to celebrate winning the 2007 Mikkeller Barrel Aged X Imperial Stout. Black in color with a medium head of tight brown bubbles. The nose showed the coffee with additional aromas of chocolate and creme. The beer definitely came alive in the mouth where it was powerful and concentrated with the flavors from the nose continuing into this full-bodied beer with balanced sweetness and acidity. Very well made and balanced with enough bitterness on the finish to keep it fresh and not feel heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6123) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle during Maxs 72 Hour Belgian Beer Fest. Starless midnight pour. Small brown head. Strong roasted malts, coffee notes, dark fermented fruit and soft alcohol in the nose. Taste is strong coffee (really oily coffee beans, in actuality), dark roasted malts, licorice, soft wood and booze. More fermented dark fruit flavors too. Body is chewy, thick and has a mild carbonation to it. Nice warming feel to this as well. End is more dark roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and soft alcohol. Very tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2008
one of the better beers Ive had. had with black. black and black hole similar on the nose. Pours black with tan head. Both had an amazing aroma which I cant quite place(the black slightly more winey and powerful) Of the two this was more a beer while the black kicked it up a notch to almost a port status. Definite coffee in the flavour with perhaps citrus notes. Paired with some blue stilton. Alcohol warming but not offensive. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - APR 9, 2008
#200! Very harsh for me, expresso coffee without the cream and sugar. Very tough to drink untill you get a little buzz. Great dark color and strong scent. I prefer my stouts a little sweet.

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