Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Barrel-Aged Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout

When:  Wednesday, 26 October, 4 pm onwards
Where:  The Ginger Man, 11 E. 36th Street (between 5th and Madison)
What:  pay-as-you-go

Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout is a 13.1% stout brewed with malt, roasted barley, flaked oats, dark cassonade sugar, honey, hops, coffee, and vanilla. Mikkel the Brewer describes it thusly: "Black Hole is what Mikkeller is all about. Daring, vulgar, and extreme. From the very beginning, Mikkeller's goal has been to push the limit and with this warming, intense imperial stout, a new chapter in Danish beer history has been written. The high bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the malt and alcohol create 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." Ladies and Gentlemen, you'll be floating in space after a few of these!

For the Barrel-Aged series, the beer was aged for 6 months in 6 different barrels: bourbon, peat whiskey (only for fans of smoky Islay whiskey!), white wine, red wine, tequila, and cognac. Come try them side by side to see the effects of the different barrels; the results are quite dramatic.

If you can't make it to the Ginger Man, Sunswick - in Astoria - will feature the Barrel-Aged Black Holes along with other Mikkeller drafts on 3 November.

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