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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

169 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 16.84%


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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In a bit of a hurry and this is fresh out of my cold fridge. Geez, it's really good, so I can't even hardly imagine how good it'd be at proper temp. Poured with a thick, foamy, fine, light brown head that lasts and some lace. Color is an absolutely opaque black brown. Aroma is roasty, wine, ripe fruit, cocoa. Flavor is like nose with some lingering bitterness and tang on the back of the tongue. Alcohol is apparent almost immediately. Sweetness comes and goes. Body is perfect, likewise carbonation. Finish is very long and like flavor. Be a great digestive, perhaps with a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 22:13:05 | More by drpimento
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Tim460

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Mikasa stout glass.

Pretty much black in appearance. I've read of some problems with the regular black hole lacking any trace of carbonation so I used an aggressive pour that resulted in large head that lasted for a while.

The smell of this beer was amazing. Chocolate coffee mixed with the red wine scent made this beer smell like a real treat. The taste was similar to the smell. Massive chocolate up front followed by coffee, vanilla, and the tart red wine.

The fruitiness of the red wine in the back end really made this seem like a dessert beer for me. Definitely not sessionable due to the high alcohol content which creates a strong warming sensation.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's not your normal Imperial Stout but for me was a real treat. It's not cheap but I plan on picking up a few more to save for a while. I also have the Bourbon aged version which I can't wait to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:05:23 | More by Tim460
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours sludgy and black as night. The slightest hint of red, with a creamy head.

S: Grapes, sweet, honey, kiss of alchohol. Coffee. flowers. Very concise. Not what you would expect from a stout.

T: Whoa what just happened... Sweet wine then alcohol then bitter then coffee. And not gross coffee like every other beer ever (ok that's an exaggeration but out of all the coffee beer's I've had so far only one of them has actually tasted like coffee). This is crazy, each aspect hits at a different time and the alchohol which is very powerful gets outshone with the coffee finish and the burn has nearly faded by the time the coffee goes away. And it's a sweet coffee. This is killer. Certainly a sipper though: very powerful.

M: Alcohol really comes through but is bearable. Doesn't sit the best but certainly you can let it linger. Sits heavy.

Overall this beer was crazy complex. The alchohol really seems to dominate but it is well balanced with the other aspects. As i mentioned, the coffee flavors is actually coffee not a bitter grossness. Gotta sip this one though as it is very powerful. The wine aspects are present but the tannins that are usually present in red wine don't really show up here as much as the sweetness. Worth checking out but certainly for a special occasion: gotta drink this one slow.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 23:00:26 | More by Jamesthebrit
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma has an overtone of apple brandy and nutty and caramel hints. It pours a dark opaque sable with a fine-bubbled, almost velvety tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Wine and brandy dominate the smoky coffee taste, which has nutty, caramel and unsweet chocolate hints. Lively, full-bodied texture is quite fizzy and leaves behind a strong tingle and a dry red wine finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 00:29:30 | More by Cyberkedi
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kojevergas

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a De Molen stemgoblet at Olbutikken in Copenhagen. Best before date is 09/05/2015 (i.e. May 9th 2015). Reviewed from extensive notes. Expectations were high because this is me favourite brewery.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beautiful tan colour, amazing cream, and brilliant thickness. Colour is a solid black. Nontransparent. Appealing.

Sm: Vinegar, cream, toffee, chocolate, and some indistinct sweetness. A mild strength aroma. Some middle-of-the-road raspberry fruit ester hops are present.

T: Amazing, with the notes from the nose accompanying red wine hints. Wonderful subtle grape overtones are complemented by the cream undertones. Nothing short of incredible. The hops are layered, not meshed together. Very complex. The mastery is in the exquisite balance of grape esters with the stout notes (cream, toffee, and so forth). Very well built. How did they achieve such balance?

Mf: Smooth and wet, with thickness replacing coarseness to coax out the flavours, a necessity at this high an ABV. Usually stouts rely on coarseness to slow the flavour for optimal enjoyment, but this one has so much flavour that it doesn't need to. Not syrupy, but strong. Very complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Amazingly drinkable for the style and ABV. No alcohol comes through, and she tastes amazing. I'd have another for sure. The price (94 DKK at Olbutikken) makes her best suited for a special occasion, but lads - she's a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 23:19:31 | More by kojevergas
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I blind tasted this one during a PINT tasting session in 'de Mug' (A Dutch pub in Middelburg).

A - A brown foam on top of a pitch black beer.

S - A nice coffee and chocolate scent.

T - A delightful coffee, chocolate, oak and peat mixture. The beer is a little too sweet upfront.

M - A creamy and thick syrup with a nice bitter finish. The carbonation was low to medium.

O - Terrific! Worth buying, having, trading, etc. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 10:04:26 | More by Mar02x
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jampics2

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with friends at an afternoon Saturday tasting! Sampled alongside the bourbon and rum versions. This was the best in terms of complexity and most likely in terms of overall score.

The appearance, however, was not the best of the bunch, probably the worst. Black opaque beer with some red highlights but absolutely no head retention. It's gone daddy gone.

Smell is the first indication we're in for a treat. There's a ton of red wine mixed in with the roasted malt and coffee and chocolate notes. There's a great amount of red grapes, currants, and even some tannins. This is really layered and deep.

That continues into the taste. There's a ton of wine, of course, with red grapes and spiciness. Also, the vanilla and honey make an appearance. Finally, the roast contributes some chocolate and coffee. This is complex and wonderful.

The mouthfeel is a touch thin, but it's amazing nonetheless. Good carbonation and, although the alcohol is noticeable, the flavors go a long way to covering it up. Overall, this rocked and was the one of the series I wish I had more of - I could drink tons more of this, one of the best wine barrel treatments I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 18:49:48 | More by jampics2
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with one finger of foamy light brown head.

S -Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some cherry and oak in the background.

T - Bitter dark roasted chocolate up front giving way to oak, vanilla and dark fruit. I don't specifically get the red wine but there are some subtle dark fruit notes present that add a nice complexity to this palate.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. A nice chew. A touch viscous at times. A nice mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 15:17:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mikeyv35

New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 06/01/2010
Type: Expensive 12.7oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a dark black in color w/ a bubbly one finger head that left heavy lacing on the glass. Appearance was awesome! Nose was of roasted malts, dark fruits, and wine in your face. Taste was of chocolate roasted notes, a touch of coffee and vanilla, with a finish of bitter hop bite and vinous cabernet/merlot wine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied w/ nice amounts of carbonation. Flavors really hung on the palate, especially the wine characteristic. I poished off a 12.7oz. bottle w/ ease. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and am looking forward to tasting the other Black Hole variations. Great job by Mikkeller!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 00:26:09 | More by mikeyv35
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vfgccp

New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blinded review alongside the rest of the barrel aged Black Hole lineup.

A – Black with dark brown highlights. Creamy, dark mocha head with great retention and lace.

S – Sharp alcohol with a dry fruitiness. Bitter cocoa, raisins, almond extract and white chocolate.

T – Sweet caramel, raisins and tanniny grape skins open the profile along side a bright, but sweet vanilla booze. The center drops off a cliff of dryness leaving arid ghosts of wood, alcohol and grapes through the finish.

M – Super creamy with a dry, woody backend. Full body. Low carbonation.

O – Complex and refined, the best of the barrel aged lot in my opinion. [blinded guess was red wine]

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 13:20:49 | More by vfgccp
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Patrick999

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to even know what to expect with something like this, as I've never had a coffee stout aged in red wine barrels. Well, I will certainly find out. Poured into a small snifter. Minor, soft carbonation but it's there. Like the regular Black Hole, looks like, well, a black hole.

Oh, that is a nice aroma. I don't get a ton of red wine aromas, but I do get big chocolate, coffee, and wood.

I'd had regular Black Hole, and it was quite sweet. With that in mind, is this really the same base beer? Because this is actually on the dry side. Much, much drier than I would expect of a 13.1% stout. Small honey sweetness up front, but the wood dries it out quickly. Unsweetened bakers' chocolate and a lot of wood. I get the vinous character in the finish, aftertaste and feel, it comes off as a dry, woodsy Merlot.

It does feel like exactly the big beer that it is. Creamy, rich, heavy on the palate. A definite sipper, but not a difficult sipper. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 21:33:58 | More by Patrick999
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Pitch black pour with a one finger caramel colored head that fades pretty quickly with great lacing. Tons of dark roasty chocolate in the nose along with hints of oak, red wine, espresso and alcohol. The smell really draws you in as it gets way more intense as it warms. The taste was much the same with bitter cocoa and dark chocolate at the forefront. As it warms, this beer really comes alive with flavor. The roasty chocolate is soon challenged by a tart, dry red wine component as well as hints of burnt coffee, oak, and vanilla. Solid, sweet roasted malt backbone balances it out nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk, especially considering this is 13%. Really nice dry bitter finish and only a slight warming from the alcohol make this a really scary drinkable big beer. I'm not understanding where the B rating for this beer is coming from. This is one awesome, drinkable beer with a lot of character. The only thing that might make me not get more is the steep price tag. Other than that, another gem from Mikkeller!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 14:50:40 | More by beerdrifter
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

This is my second foray into this series. The first was the Scotch Barrel Aged abomination - quite possibly my most disappointing brew of 2010. I'll try not to let that mishap influence this review.

Pours a luscious pitch black with a tighty packed half inch foam head. Looks great.

Aromas of chocolate, roast, strong red wine, and a very slight hint of funk. Complex and inviting.

Taste is equally complex. Big bitter chocolate and dark roast flavors in the front, a light sweetness and heavy red wine notes in the finish. The flavors mesh beautifully into one of the most unique barrell aged stouts I've had to date.

The mouth is silky smooth and coats the palate well. Finishes pretty dry for an Imperial Stout.

This beer drinks very well. I'd love to stock up if it weren't so expensive, but I am glad I picked this one up. I'm puzzled as to how the Scotch Barrell version could be such a mess and this one could be so elegant. Oh well, this is one to try!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 23:49:04 | More by mondegreen
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crusian

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from greens in ATL. pours with no head. I was concerned as I pulled the "cork" out and there was no pop. I am not a fan of uncarbonated beer. I poured and I was let down more... then as I finished... something magical happened... I saw some tiny bubbles protrude. yay.
smells like a big stout with a wee bit of sour on it... I dont get much from the wine aging, except the tiny bit of sour.
taste is interesting. there is a tiny bit of wine on the finish, but it is otherwise lost. but... somehow it makes the black hole thicker and better. The original is thin for my taste... this is much thicker. As I continue to drink it, the wine is lost completely. All that is left is the roasted and smooth lactic taste. better than the regular for sure. if the wine turns you off, dont let it. one if the best mikkellers out there. Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of trying the other "aged" series.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:30:31 | More by crusian
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Lucho

Florida

4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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?

M: thick to medium body which makes it easy to drink but coats your mouth well. The carbonation is spot on and not overwhelming.

O: I love this beer as much now as the two times before and it has held up so well especially with the carbonation and flavors. I wish I could have had it fresh to really tell how far it has come. overall, I have never been sure why people dont rave about this beer. An 86? like come on. It cant just be me?

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 06:48:25 | More by Lucho
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice half finger brown head, dark brown body. Retains pretty well.

Smells very similar to regular Black Hole, but some leathery funk.

Tangy, grapeish, but still with the malt soul of the beer.

Nice mouthfeel, no complaints, not outstanding.

Interesting to see how well it takes on the barrel character in the taste, if not in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:00:40 | More by zaphodchak
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gford217

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with a huge beige head that recedes to a thick cap and leaves great lacing along the sides.

The aroma is much like the other barrel version which is to say that the barrel character is not dominant. It's mostly heavily roasted black malts, mocha and espresso. Light dry vinous grape aroma as well.

Taste is also dominated by the underlying heavily roasted black malts and mocha. There is a bit more wine barrel character in the taste with some dry oak character as well as dark grapes.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and more vinous and dry than the other versions I've tried.

Another great variation on Black Hole and one that leans heavily on the grapes, leaving a wine-like finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:03:21 | More by gford217
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Synthetic cork and caged bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Deep black, but I swear I can pick up a red glow on this one. May be seeing things. The redness is more noticeable in the head, which is a dark tan with the red. Pretty unique looking.

S: Good alcohol heat still remains on this one, but a very big and roasty nose with definite red wine aromas. Roasty and dark, yet has a sharpness. Good wood aroma as well, close to an oak-like smell. Every sniff brings something different...first was huge coffee and dark chocolate, a quick swirl of the glass and now I am picking up some tart red wine grapes and some sweet notes. Interesting aromas.

T: The wine is far more noticeable on the palate. Almost cuts away the roast that you would expect from this style. Don't get me wrong, this is still a gigantically roasty beer, but the tannins cutting in at the end take a good slash at it. Quite a bit dry as well, I'm no wine expert so I won't be mentioning style comparisons here. The two colliding flavors pair very nicely together actually, you pick up dark chocolate and coffee and the fruitiness of a good red wine. Very impressive. Could definitely see this one maturing well with age.

M: Pretty high viscosity here, big and roasty upfront with a tannic and astringent finish. Kind of a best of both worlds situation here. Smoky, woody, tannic, roasty. Very interesting idea for barrel aging an RIS.

D: Enjoying this very much. Definitely delivers as far as style goes, with an interesting twist towards the end. A slow sipper though. High ABV makes this one a good night cap after an 8 day work week.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 04:50:06 | More by kiddynamite920
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Manoftyr

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter

Appearance-Pours a very dark, nearly black, brown with an almost-motor oil slick consistency; a little thin looking for an RIS, maybe the wine barrel aging? In any event some head rises, dark mocha brown, some chunky lacing. Doesn't have that RIS viciousness I like to see, but aside from that it's not bad.

Aroma-Sweet and gently tart vinous red grape upfront mingling with mocha and coffee, the wine barrel aging is really coming through on this; quite the aroma really.

Taste-Tart grape upfront, much like the aroma, the coffee comes through next with undercurrents of cocoa-like dark malts with a touch of oak and vanilla. Finishes semi-dry and tart with final touches of the wine barrel aging. It's definitely tasty but perhaps a tad less complex and more straight forward than I would have liked

Mouthfeel-Very low carbonation though a tad prickly with alcohol heat, rather thin body for an RIS, could definitely stand to be plusher and more viscous.

Drinkability-A slow sipper, but no more or less than I would expect given the barrel aging and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 02:43:12 | More by Manoftyr
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into C&B tulip glass. I have had the Tequila version so far, this will be my second of the barrel aged black holes.

A - Black, carbonation bubbles aplenty, 1 finger khaki head, good lacing.

S - Sweet malt, suprisingly hoppy, light coffee, more subdued than the Tequila version.

T - Coffee bean, vanilla, caramel, red wine is subtle, alcohol is barely noticeable, light hop bitterness.

M - Very smooth, turns out to have low carbonation, much sweeter than the tequila version.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 00:57:18 | More by Rickythejeweler
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a PALM snifter... liquid is black in color with creamy light brown head maybe 1/4" thick that leaves behind some spotted lacing before disappearing. No light shines through when held up

S- Smell very chocolatey upfront with a faint aroma of jammy red wine

T- Alot going on... starts out with some coffee flavor mixed with some sweet malts before the jammy wine barrel flavor comes through. Finishes with a with a second dose of coffee, more pronouced than the first with accompanied by some boozy heat

M- Full bodied with nice carbonation for a barrel aged RIS

D- Far to boozy and expensive to be considered anywhere close to sessionable, but I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend a try to anyone

CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 02:03:56 | More by bbeane
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Nashvillain

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bubbles, no head, just darkness. A few bubbles, but really just a lake of blackness, reminds me of Charlie Murphy.

Smell is a light tartness with some oaky scents, a dark red wine, and some roasty malts.

Taste is wine, all wine. I guess there's a little of stout, but this is the most wine-like beer I've ever had. I love the flavor, like a great Pinot Noir, the tannins and oak are huge! Only bad quality about this beer is everything but the taste, but I think it makes up for it in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 04:50:40 | More by Nashvillain
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wcintula

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a flight at the Ginger Man, NYC.

Big chocolate brown head on this one, RIS notes blended with the red wine barrel gives it a vinous oak quality. Additional tastes the black hole base noted are the oak and vanilla tannins, they complement the big malty beer but at no point do they overwhelm what the beer is supposed to be. A beer, with some barrel flavors, not a barrel with some beer flavors. Awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 14:43:18 | More by wcintula
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, vanilla, red wine, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, oak, red wine, vanilla, and some dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. Red wine adds some nice depth and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 05:15:31 | More by ngeunit1
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, light amounts of dark molasses, and lighter still amounts of red grapes. Also present are good amounts of dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate kick things off. Midway through the sip earthy red grape and currant flavors with hints of oak enter into things. Near the end of the sip vanilla and coffee flavors make a brief appearance before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with no problem.

Overall I was impressed with how much influence the barrels had but the strong flavors of the base beer kept it from being overly influential. Of the four treatments I thought the wine barrel allowed the second-most characteristics of the base beer to shine through, after only the rum. The wine barrel still exerted a nice influence. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:24:34 | More by glid02
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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.