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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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sarch

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.5%

04-27-2014 04:50:23 | More by sarch
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

11-15-2011 18:57:29 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.48/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into snifter.

Pours a light tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown that settles black.

Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate, black sharpie marker, ash, and burnt rubber.

Taste: Peat, ash, smoke, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, burnt malt, burnt rubber, sharpie, No wine flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and burnt. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends bitter and roasted and the flavors last forever.

Overall, this one was better than the other 2 ba black holes I have had, but not by much. Very similar to the others. Awful. I cannot believe how much money I wasted on this series.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:38:01 | More by mothman
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largadeer

California

1.85/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared by chswimmer. Thanks!

Dark brown in the glass, not quite opaque. A thin cap forms and retains nicely, leaving some scattered lacing. The smell is rather wretched, like burnt berries, tar, ash, rubber and booze. The barrel seems to have overwhelmed the coffee and vanilla character that I get in the rum version, leaving nothing but a burnt fruity mess. The taste, surprisingly, is a step up. A small step. It's vinous and fruity, ashy and burnt, with a touch of coffee and vanilla. Very tannic and drying in the finish, burnt licorice flavors linger. This isn't quite as bad as the rum version, but it's far from good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:15:20 | More by largadeer
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Arbitrator

California

1.93/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nanoslug. From notes. I'm just uploading the barest comments because I don't care much for the beer and don't feel a need to go in-depth.

A: Pours a pitch black body with huge mocha head.

S: Spice, pepper, roast, red grape, chocolate, some oak.

T: Roast, burnt / char flavors, some grape (tart with a subtle sweetness). It's not the worst of the Black Hole series, but to be fair, the other three iterations I tried set the bar pretty low.

M: Lingering roast into the aftertaste, along with grape tartness. It's full-bodied, with somewhat high carbonation.

D: This beer infamously made Roger say, "I regret taking the Roger [a huge, shameless pour of this beer]." 'Nuff said. Most of it went into my BBQ sauce the next day. Terrible stuff, especially at the equivalent of $18 / bomber. I'd be embarrassed to have my name attached to something like this.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:31:09 | More by Arbitrator
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bootdown21

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -47.1%

07-02-2012 16:50:41 | More by bootdown21
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silentnoiz

Tennessee

2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank A/B with the Black (sampled all but the Rum same night).

A - dark pour with small amount of head and slight lacing

S - very roasty and a small amount of grapes

T - roasty with a slight tangy flavor, not a lot of red wine but sense more of a port

M - carbonated

O - interesting to try, and not a bad beer for being aged in red wine barrels

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:37:02 | More by silentnoiz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drat at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch balck and completely opaque with very faint mahogany edges ad a half finger light beige head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.

vinous, boozy aroma with a storng wine barrel presence as well as some roasted dark malt underneath. Hints of grape, currant  and other dark fruit as well as some earthy oak and burnt malts.

Medium bodied with a strong raosted malt presnce that overpowers the barrel character lingering into a boozy, hot finish. Lots of acrid, smokey malt with hints of burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate and fuel. The barrel character provides some dry toasted oak that exaggerates the smoked malt character without adding much balance. Some faint vinous sweetness with hints of grape and dark cherry but this beer is all toasted oak and overly roasted dark malts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 02:55:43 | More by corby112
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ShadesOfGray for this one!

A- This is a fitting name for a black hole of a beer. No head, just a few soapy bubbles.

S- Very chocolatey, almost straight natural cocoa. Some roast and a bit of a cherry cordial aroma.

T/M- Wtf?! The most wine ever presented in a beer. This is intensely vinuos, red winish, vinegar-y. Motherfucker in a glass, this is. Hot as shit, way more alcohol than a red wine or a beer or a combination of them should ever have. What little sour I get out of this is burnt. Flat, plain, dull on the tongue. Could be better if more full, but its just too thin and bleh..

O- Not my cup 'o tea. I feel like there could have been a decent stout underneath, but barrel aging came through In full force. Damn its intensely winey. Not enough beer for me... The wine aspect was way overdone!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 18:45:28 | More by TheGordianKnot
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JMBSH

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-28-2013 03:49:56 | More by JMBSH
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cosmicevan

New York

2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 03:47:15 | More by cosmicevan
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Beer Planet in Brussels. Not cheap that's for sure. Split with a friend. From notes.

A - Completely black pour with carbonation coming up the sides. No head and a very small amount of lacing.

S - Vinous as hell. Chocolate and roast malt with lot's of coffee, licorice, and some vanilla.

T - More vinous. Chocolate and a little roasty malt. Woddy as well. Not as good as aroma and slightly harsh.

M - Good carbonation with a light body which is weird. Maybe it's just my palate though. Sweet finish. Seemed like a weak body.

O/D - Not a great beer. A chore to finish my half and I didn't really enjoy it. The price tag was about 14 Euros so I was not too happy with this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 14:51:34 | More by tbeckett
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a small 375ml (plastic) corked and caged bottle with no freshness information poured into my stone IRS snifter.

A- the plastic cork was difficult to pop out. when it did come out, it did without a sound. the beer pours out an opaque black body with a larger than expected coffee colored head on top. the head doesnt take too long to fall, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing that i pick up in the nose are dark roasted malts that are almost burnt smelling. after that im impressed with just how strong the red wine comes through. a lesser amount of vanilla from the barrel is noticed. some dark chocolate and molasses towards the end. coffee and alcohol as well.

T- the taste starts out with the roasted malts that i could smell and it tastes just as burnt. the red wine is still larger than expected and brings an interesting twist. vinous stout? odd. the vanilla from the oak doesnt really bring the flavors together either. some chocolate and coffee. lots of noticeable alcohol also.

M- the body is significantly lighter than i was expecting or would have liked. almost watery. strong warming from the alcohol. the carbonation is almost nonexistent.

D- im not sure what i was expecting when i dropped close to $14 for this. not really a great combination of flavors. im glad this comes in a small bottle. i really wouldnt like to try to get through a whole 750. dont think ill be buying this one ever again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 01:15:16 | More by jwinship83
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, pours black with a creamy mocha head. Nose is big on red berries and wine barrel. Not much in the way of malt, fruit is so prominent here. Roasty, charred in the mouth, dark chocolate dust, some coffee beans. Becomes fruity and bitter in the finish, a bit clashing. Thinner body than I expected. Decent, and a fun idea, but the finish on the is pretty ugly and I'm just not digging this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:30:23 | More by JAXSON
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claspada

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black body with a bubbly dark tan head that pops away into a thin film. There are a few tiny bubbles gliding up the glass. (It was a b*tch just to get the cork out of the bottle.)

Aromas begin with dark roasted malts, molasses, chocolate syrup, wood, dark pit fruits, and dark vinious grapes.

The tastes are immediately dominated by dark bitter charred roasted malts. Dark chocolate and dark fruits emerge as it warms, but the acrid dark roasted malts are quite overwhelming for my palate. Most Imp Stouts from Mikkeller fall into this category for me.
As it continues to warm I get some wine-soaked oak, followed up by more larger amounts of char.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Overall, this did not work for me at all. I was hoping for a stout with nice vinous notes but instead I got a crazy overly roasted charred oaky, thin something. I could not finish my glass and I do not plan to sample any more beers in this series anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 20:10:30 | More by claspada
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a glass mug.

It was kinda entertaining watching VDubb86 and TheStretch attempt to figure out which wine this beer's barrels were shared with. Regardless, it pours a nice obsidian topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, chocolate syrup, generic wood, figs, pecans, and black grapes. The taste, though, forsakes the stoutiness of the smell and opts instead for a woody red wine. Seriously, all I got from my 'buds was a blast of tart-ish wine-soaked oak, followed up by a small hint of char. Wow. Not my cup o' tea, honey. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this did not work for me at all. I was hoping for a wine-tinged stout, but instead got wood-tinged wine. I could not finish my glass, so I tried pawning it off on anyone else at the party. Boo.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 22:30:48 | More by TMoney2591
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ThreeWiseMen

California

2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

JustinA1 (my rooommate) decided to share this with me last night. Thank you sir. Following review based on notes.

Poured into a 7oz. snifter.

Appearance: Looked downright sinister following the pour; pitch black (opaque) body with a brown, bubbly crown that retained well and drug tons of web-like lace. Looked pretty hearty too! Right on the money style-wise.

Smell: Chocolate, honey, and coffee with milder contributions from the vanilla. The red wine barrel added a very interesting and enjoyable twist. ABV wasn't shy, but I didn't mind. Nicely put together.

Taste: Roasted barley, char/ash, French roast coffee, dark currants, and red wine crowded my palate from start to finish, and lingered too. Honey and vanilla were impossible to find amongst their loud counterparts. Finished with burnt and peppery, with a somewhat pleasant (at least interesting) merlot twang.

Mouthfeel: Hot, dry, peppery, and intense. Full and viscous, but not creamy in the least. Very, very flavorful, but not necessarily in a good way.

Drinkability: Started out interesting and enjoyable, but after awhile the aftertaste grew really acrid and ashy, which paired HORRIBLY with the increasingly intense heat and dryness. I had to thoroughly rinse my mouth out at the end. Still, I liked this version better than the original.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 20:19:44 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a New Jersey Devils shaker. Poured pitch black with a very minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, dark fruit, earth, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with no carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. With having this one directly after the Scotch version I can honestly say that this one is much more drinkable than it was. There was a decent amount of things going on in this one that weren't invasive to the palate. While it wasn't the most balanced brew that I've ever had (especially for the style) it wasn't the worst either. Glad I got to try it, but doubt I would do so again given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 04:23:34 | More by thagr81us
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-01-2012 08:38:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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GOMECK

Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

08-09-2012 16:21:54 | More by GOMECK
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jkane101

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-19-2013 02:44:56 | More by jkane101
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-16-2014 02:19:08 | More by appetiteforparis
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-04-2012 12:57:19 | More by ohtheguilt
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-07-2013 04:54:28 | More by BYOFB
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sbricker

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-14-2011 18:29:59 | More by sbricker
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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.