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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
69 80 36 5 16 8
Black Hole by Mikkeller
Russian Imperial Stout
13.10 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
36 3 4 6 2 3 2010
375ml Bottle
West Lakeview

13.1% abv.

Mikkeller Black Hole pours, well, like the name implies. Not a trace of light comes through even when backlit. The mocha head grew to a hefty one plus finger billowy head. As the head slowly fell to a respectable cap it left patchy lacing on its way. Each drink leaves drink lines piled on top of the last. This is an excellent looking stout!

The aroma is loaded with dark berries. This is supposedly brewed with coffee but the only coffee I can pick up is stale. The berries were inviting upfront when a little colder but as this stout warms there's the unmistakable aroma of burnt rubber wafting through the air. The rubber combined with an overpowering alcohol presence leaves me wishing I cracked open something else for the evening...Coming back to the aroma. As it warms even more the rubber and alcohol are still there but fall to the back and cocoa powder comes forward which improves things but doesn't make up for the burnt rubber.

The flavor, while better than the aroma, still falls short of expectations. The berries play a big role in the throughout but I just can't get around the burnt rubber and overabundance of alcohol. There's really not much to say about the flavor except it's just not very good!

The mouthfeel falls far short as well! It's watery and thin with huge amounts of alcohol fumes rising through the mouth and nose. Now don't get me wrong. I believe a solid shot of alcohol often enhances big stouts such as this. Unfortunately the alcohol crosses the line in this case.

I wouldn't drink this again and there's no way I would ever recommend it to anyone. I'm going to finish the bottle for the sake of keeping an open mind but this is a lost cause.

The initial pour was good and I was anxious for a drink, it was downhill after that. This is my second beer from Mikkeller. The first being Beer Geek Breakfast. I thought that was underwhelming and was hesitant to try another Mikkeller brew. Unfortunately, I bit the bullet and bought Black Hole. It not only left me wanting something different but put a dent in my wallet as well!

Reviewed: 3/8/08

Price: $10.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by clockworkorange on 12/01/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 15 3 7 2007
A corked 375ml bottle purchased around late 2007/early 2008. Poured from the bottle into a standard shaker glass. The stout appears a very dark brown color with about a finger of quickly fading ecru colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of bittersweet chocolate, dark molasses, acrid, roasted low end coffee beans, quite a bit of boozy alcohol heat lingering about yet, some more roast and a bit of char. Yay, heartburn after every swallow. Oily, medium to full bodied with just about enough carbonation and an oily boozy finish.

Served In: Tulip

Review by mar on 02/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
bottle thanks to tip top. black pour with a very thin espresso brown head that dissipates quite fast. nose is chocolate, fruit, roasted malts and no alcohol. nice on the palate with a very thick roasted flavor that is well balanced by the sweet chocolate. tiny bit of alcohol in the finish and chocolate in the aftertaste.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 01/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 4 7 2008
A - Pours a deep black body that is completely opaque, as the name would suggest. Head starts at about one full inch of thick, tight bubbles. Sort of the color of chocolate milk.

S - Huge piney hops here, which sort of surprised me coming from an imperial stout made with coffee. Nice milk chocolate. Light anise. Don't really pick up coffee here.

T - Starts off with all kinds of malts right away. Big and roasty dark and black malt, bringing with it some light day old coffee flavors. Graham cracker cream pie? Fruity undertones come in with a tropical sense to them. Hops come on with a big bitter bite with huge pine needle flavors. Bitterness stays though into the aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly heavy here.

M - Full bodied and oily slick. Carbonation is a little low.

Overall - Good, not great. Still a little hot. I will be interested in how this beer ages, hopefully taming down the hops and alcohol heat some.

Served In: Other

Review by Westside Threat on 01/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 17 4 6 0
A: Super deep black, like ink. A closer look reveals some streams of bubbles hugging the side of the glass. Head is a quality inch tall, made up of tight caramel colored bubbles.

S: Smells extremely oily and rich. Lot of piney hops on the nose with milk chocolate, vanilla bean and café au lait.

T: Starts off like it smells; oily, malty with some piney hops blended in. Hops aren’t as strong as the nose would lead you to believe. The maltiness has good dimensionality to it with hints of honey, graham, bitter chocolate and a fruity flavor that I’m having a hard time putting my finger on. The coffee doesn’t really come through much. I can find aspects of it in the intense bitterness of this beer, but the only time the taste becomes apparent is in the after taste. After the swallow, alcohol goes shooting right into the nasal cavity with reckless abandon. Finishes hoppy, oily and simply bitter.

M: Full body and thick.

D: For all the great imp stouts on the market, this is not one of them. Its good mind you, but the market has become saturated and this one doesn’t stand out.

Served In: Tulip

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