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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
36 3 4 6 2 3 2010
375ml Bottle
$10.99
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