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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)

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85
very good

173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 05-26-2010)
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours out as black as I would expect from something called Black Hole. It builds up around three fingers of deep brown head. Around a finger remains after a few minutes, and the space that used to be occupied by the head is now graced by a ton of lacing. 4.5

S: The tannins of the red wine, coffee, and honey really come together nicely on the aroma. It's musty as well, but in a good way. The coffee seems to be at the forefront, with the sweetness from the honey adding character. 4

T: The red wine is significantly more a focus of the taste than it was on the aroma. The wine and the coffee seem to fight for primacy at the beginning, but it gives way to a nice, smooth chocolate. The honey adds a sweetness that bolsters the finish. Despite some of the flavors trying to be the strongest, they all work well together. I was quite impressed by this one. 4

MF: Thick, heavy body that is low in carbonation. I found the alcohol to be well hidden, making this beer deceptively drinkable. 4

O: I was impressed, but not overwhelmed by this beer. There aren't many stouts this big aged in red wine barrels to my knowledge, but if they all taste like this I'd be ok with more coming out. 4

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 21:29:35 | More by russwbeck
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Bottle picked up a while back when released and was turned off from the series after trying the scotch edition and forgot I had this. So why not? Consumed from a mikkeller wine glass.

a - opened with nary a pop and poured a watery black. Looks like no carb.

s - black licorice, super sweetness, red wine.

t/m/o - overwhelming red wine. No carbonation. Kind of like red wine with chocolate in it. Extremely dry and thin. The front of the palate is red wine and the finish is cooling cocoa. I am not a huge fan of dry red wines so this is a waste on me and not my bag. Pretty crazy and complex but more of a science project than anything else.

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Pitch black with a big, fluffy, brown head. Good head retention and very good lacing.

Richly aromatic. Solid sweetness and chocolate. Lots of oak and an integrated red wine fruitiness.

Sweet and creamy. Light roast. mild burnt character. Solid alcohol notes. Moderate fruitiness. Good oak. A balanced oak aged stout.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

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I thought I would open this beer on its three year anniversary. I have had it twice before 6 months ago and a year ago. Lets see whats new.

A: Pours almost a pitch black with an incredible mocha brown/tan head that has some staying power, awesome lacing! The head slowly fades in around 2-3 mins to a ring around the edges with some clouds in the middle.

S: Wow as always! some oak up front with a musty red wine scent. The coffee has come out a little more as I feel the honey/vanilla has subsided. There is a very nice sweet scent from the honey and vanilla, mostly honey. There is a slight booze scent but not overwhelming

T: F-ing perfect! upfront with honey oak sweetness with an almost tannin bitterness on the finish, from the coffee. It does not leave your mouth dry though. The coffee is not so strong on the palate as on the nose, which I like. The vanilla and honey really shine in your mouth. I cant get enough of this beer as it is very easy drinking for 13.1%. Age has done this one well. I have one more, do I dare wait another year?

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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.