Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
08-06-2011 03:05:23 | More by Tim460
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
08-25-2010 22:13:05 | More by drpimento
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
06-10-2012 23:00:26 | More by Jamesthebrit
4.53/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
09-06-2011 00:29:30 | More by Cyberkedi
4.5/5 rDev +19%
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.
12-21-2011 10:04:26 | More by Mar02x
4.5/5 rDev +19%
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.
10-17-2011 23:19:31 | More by kojevergas
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
08-26-2010 18:49:48 | More by jampics2
4.38/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
11-05-2011 15:17:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
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]
10-16-2011 13:20:49 | More by vfgccp
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Type: Expensive 12.7oz. Bottle
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!
06-03-2010 00:26:09 | More by mikeyv35
Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.