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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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
Yea its black allright, with close to no head. The one there is is brown and disappears really fast. The first thing that comes to mind in the aroma is coffee along with a sharp alchohol and some sweet notes like toothpaste? Palate is thick, flavor heavy burned and roasted, again with a sharp alchohol burn and an extremly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (7497) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2008
Hardly any head, just a thin deep dark brown film. Intense deep black chocolate aroma with pine and mint notes. Intense massive chocolate mint and pine taste with coffee notes. An overpowering and uncompromising onslaught of black taste. In fact, I need water after 2 sips. Quite a bit of alcohol heat. Vaguely citric burnt notes and used coffee beans. Very unusual, very intense, and hard to drink. Interesting, though. (0.375l bottle from gr0ve.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2008
375ml - Aroma of mocha, coffee, alcohol, chocolate and burnt dark malts. Pours black with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is very strong dark roast coffee and burnt malts. The alcohol becomes astringent as it warms. Palate is sticky, dry and cloyingly bitter.

As it warms it became a struggle to even finish. I was not enjoying myself and actually poured the second half of my glass down the drain. Not a total drain pour (hence 3.5) but not something I would recommend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2008
Opaque dark brown pour with a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by coffee and alcohol. Some chocolate and molasses as well. It almost smells like port. Intense coffee flavor - the most intense coffee beer Ive had. Hops on the finish as well as a lot of alcohol. This beer is pretty good, but there is way too much alcohol, it ruins the flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5856) - 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).

4.6
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MPA (997) - 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.

4
   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

3.2
   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.

4.2
   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.


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