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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1419   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pour a dark, if thin, brown color with some ruby highlights and a short tan to brown in color head. Minimal flecks of lace. The aroma was hops, coffee, light chocolate and some vinous notes. The flavor was roasted coffee, faint pine hops, faint chocolate and some vinous hints. On the dry side, avoids the cloying sweetness. The mouthfeel was thin to medium in body and the finish was abrupt. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle, 70cl. Pours a pitch black beer with a chocolatebrown head. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, some flowers and sweetness. The flavor is alcoholic with chocolate, licorice and coffee. The mouthfeel is dry, and overall this is a nice imperial stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2008
0,5 lt Bottle found at Beer Paradise in Holstebro. What a fantastic beer. Pitch black color with big very dark brown head. Very impressive. Aromas and taste of coffee, vanilla, caramel,liquorice,wood,red fruit and more. Perfectly balanced and very complex. Amazing !

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle labeled 13.1%. Pours black with very little head even as I practically dumped it into the glass. What head it had left very small spots of lacing. Aroma is dark roasty malt, coffee, chocolate, and some floral hops. Flavor was a little strange. Something about it was a bit sour which threw me off but otherwise it is mildly sweet with a lot of bitterness. A different flavor for an Imperial stout which tend to be more on the sweet side but I like the diversity. The alcohol makes itself known as well. As I continue to drink this it is becoming less bitter and more sweet but that strange small bit of sourness is still there. Mouthfeel is a little thin but still decent, otherwise everything I would expect. Long aftertaste and low carbonation. Very good but a little disappointing for me. I thought this would be much better.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 18, 2008
I think the beer hasnt got a permanent abv, because the label said 13,1% on my 0,33 l bottle. But what a beer...Dark body with a nice and delicious small brown lacing head. Brutal fine liqueric aroma with dried plum, coffee, dark chocolate. The flavor is a bomb of roasted tastes:explosion of the taste of coffee, hard attack of cocoa beans, tons of roasted barley and malt. Pleasant dried plum and raisins in the flavor too. Well hidden alcohol, the roasted flavor dominates the mouthfeel. Long dry and of course roasted aftertaste. Very strong personality with a powerful message.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9977) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
This black ale poured with a miniscule tan head. There is a very rich malt flavor with a lot of coffee and notes of prune and a bitter finish. This beer is, surprisingly, quite sour yet very pleasant.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Did not enjoy this, I found it difficult to finish. Aroma is decent - coffee. chocolate, and alcohol. Pours deep brown with rocky tan head. But the flavor profile is dominated by alcohol - too much as it overpowers everything else. Coffee flavor is underwhelming. Peche Mortel is a far better impy stout brewed with coffee, especially considering the price of this one. Not very drinkable or enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (915) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle: pours pitch black with just a ring of dark tan head around the edge of the snifter, aroma of dark fruits and chocolate, taste is bitter, dark fruits, some of the alcohol is present, thin mouthfeel which I don’t really care for in an Imperial Stout. Not worth the price I had to pay ($14) to get one of these.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7574) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
Bouteille de 375 ml, avec bouchon de lige, obtenue via Importations Prives Biropholie. Arme: Odeur de caf et de chocolat avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Prsence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caf et de chocolat avec une pointe de de petits fruits foncs. Dure moyenne de l’arrire got. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture lgrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Lgre prsence d’alcool en en arrire got. (Rating #1869)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 This is my rating number 100 - and to celebrate that this one has to go out to Mikkeller. I chose to rate Black Hole because I believe that Mikkel is brewing some of the best imperial stouts there is - and maybe this is not the very best but it is still a heavy weight champion. This one is from the new batch 2008. Here goes..im popping the 35 cl champange bottle (Isnt Mikkeller by the way the only one using champange-bottles besides the Belgian Lambic-brewers?) What a beauty - it poursa black body with a huge fluffy dark brown head... and the head stays.... The nose is sweet and a little vinoes - heavy hoppy notes and roasted malts, coffee and burned malts with som dry raisins maybe. The mouthfull is huge with a sparkling warm and creamy/fat palate. with a biting finish due to the amound of hops. It has a dark sweetness and I taste burned coffee-beans, brown sugar, roasted malts, plumps and dry fruits with the bitterness from the american hops in the end. This is a meal in its self - Is the appetizder, the main course and the dessert - (you could add some whipped cream on top for the dessert). I believe that this new batch is more balanced and smooth than the batch from 07.


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