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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1401   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4267) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2008
bottle via MrManning, thanks! jet black pour, very dark brown head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, roasted/burnt malt, some slight ripe fruit, with alcohol in the mix. Flavour is very very roasty, a good maltiness, some very biter hops, and loads of coffee in the aftertaste with a wicked bitter finish. THe 14% is VERY well hidden, and this is a very complex but very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17474) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle at Kulminator, thanks to Mes for buying it. Stunning US hop aroma. Body really falls away though. Too much soy sauce for me. Thin on the tongue. Too many hops for the malts too. Really lovely aroma, but the mouthfell falls away and hot hop on end is too much. Mustve liked it though to give it 3.8/5

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Ive been hoping to get a chance to try this for a while, Ive always like the original bottle picture. 12.7 oz bottle. Pour is black with a thin brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate covered raisins and a bit of bitter coffee. Big coffee taste up front, some smoke, chocolate and some sweet fruit. A little more smoke and sweet fruit in the finish. Nice and warming. Big body, noticeable alcohol. I like the complexity of this, it is a little more than just chocolate and coffee.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1387) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12.9 oz bottle rating. Pour is pure blackness, theres no seeing through this beer. A nice creamy brown head settles above the tar. Very nice aroma of roast, vanilla, raisin, dark chocolate. Flavor is really coffee forward, with most of the other complexities noticed in the aroma taking a back seat. Alcohol is totally masked, with the exception of a nice warming feeling experienced in my stomach. For such a rich beer, this is very drinkable. The one downside is that the coffee is maybe a little overpowering. However, as I sip on this and the temp warms, I notice some other flavors become assertive. Very good beer. I can see some similarities between this and Speedway Stout (which is probably my favorite Impy Stout of all time).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2008
A mostly black pour with a little bit of brown on the edges. Light head. The aroma has some nice coffee and malt going on with caramel and charcoal as well. It actually smells creamy. Unfortunately I did not care for the flavor as much as I thought I would. Coffee was present and it was well mixed with the malts. There was also a good bit of bitter chocolate but it seemed to be mixed with a touch of saltiness that I found misplaced and distracting. Semi-dry full body. Not bad, but certainly not as good as it was hyped to be.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2008
A small, but dense tan head with mild lacing occur upon pour. The nose is dark roasted coffee, chocolate,dried dark fruits, slightly vinous and other more subtle tone which I cant quite nail down. The flavor Is rich with combinations of sweetness and bitterness from roasted malts. It is quite well balanced and a definite winner. I hope to try this again soon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Oh wow. This a great impy. Pour out a deep black color with nearly no head. aroma is huge roasted malts with a nice nutty note to it. Flavor is sweet roasted malts with coffee notes through out. A very enjoyable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3324) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Bottle in a blind tasting. Black milky texture with a whispy trace of a very dark head. Some rubies might be noted in there somewhere. The aroma is chocolaty, molasses, some roast, espresso, noted alcohol burns my nose. The flavor has walnuts, strong alcohol presence. A sharp hickory flavor is up front with a drying earthy finish. Hints of fanilla wafers come through. The sharp flavors are very strong, it makes it almost minty in feel. I noticed some ash as well. Intense, almost awkward, but very good. This was my 3rd pick of 4 in a blind tasting, but I loved all 4.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
375ml bottle, courtesy of Travisd13. Hi-Oh! Pours black as the night, thin, brown, somewhat creamy, little bit of lace. Smells of black coffee and alcohol. Tastes much more malty than the smell implies. Stiff black coffee and booze hit in the middle and last through the finish. Palate is thick but not super thick, good carbonation. This is a potent brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
2007 Bottled sampled at the Kulminator along with Mikkel who just happened to be there that night. Poured jet black with a 1 finger of head. Aroma is truly amazing. Loads of dark malt, American hops, dark chocolate, espresso. Hops and malts come out equally in the aroma as in the flavor. Flavor is really incredible, loads of roasted flavor, caramel, raisins, espresso, bitter chocolate, and resiny American hops all come together with perfect balance. Mouth feel is thick and satisfying. A truly incredible beer.


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