Stout Season is a Coming

Immediately after having that La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin, I realized that I said I was going to take a break from sours for a while. Since I failed on that front, I decided to make up for it by trying a big barrel-aged stout. Being at Beermongers, I simply walked over to the coolers, grabbed a Mikkeller Black Hole Cognac Edition, and got to work.

Beer: Black Hole Barrel Aged Edition Cognac

Brewery: Mikkeller

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 13%

Location: Denmark

Appearance: Black on black on black on black. Also a half finger of coffee colored head.

Aroma: Lots of cognac, holy crap. I was so caught up with the cognac that I almost forgot to notice the coffee, chocolate, and vanilla notes

Taste: Really god damn delicious, people need to age their beer in cognac barrels more. This is a boozy beer, not unlike Bourbon Brand County Stout, but sweet chocolate, vanilla, and mild coffee bitterness more than make up for it.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, and super heavy.

Drinkability: Not that drinkable, I ended up splitting part of the bottle with some of the people at Beermongers

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: A

This beer is part of a big series of Black Hole Barrel-Aged beers. The others include  bourbon, whiskey, red wine, white wine, rum, and tequila.

I’ve tried the bourbon which was delicious, and the tequila which was not.

Avoid the tequila.

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    • Mooch
    • October 4th, 2011

    black hole < beer geek breakfast < beer geek brunch… You tried these with me last reagan run, and i'm pretty sure we all agreed that all types were weak. Tequila was awful, Rum was watery, Bourbon was good but not worth trying again. I've never had an urge to try another bottle, and though I trust your opinion I think it's a little slighted toward mikkeller for whatever reason. I'd rather stick with cheaper and more available stouts. I'd even say Rasputin is better, and that's like $2 a bottle.

  1. The cognac was incredible, really, really good. Almost as good as brunch weasel.

    Worth trying. Once. It is too expensive to rationalize drinking it regularly.

    • Dave
    • October 5th, 2011

    I had the scotch aged (oak barrels, so i figured id love it) one but have to confess i didnt like it. it tasted like a tree to me, the aging just overpowered the stout and tasted like sweet oak wood and nothing else. disappointed.

  2. I haven’t had the scotch yet, but the cognac was good. Also to note, the bourbon barrel black hole on tap is significantly better than out of the bottle. I want to try cognac barrel on tap, it could upset the beer geek brunch weasel.

    I’m pretty sure that weasel is going into cognac barrels too though….

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