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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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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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-29-2012 01:24:15 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-24-2011 03:03:51 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured jet black with a small tan-colored head. A thin layer of bubbles continually covered the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of roasted malts along with hints of coffee.
T: There is a lack of complexity in the overall taste, which is rather bitter and dominated by roasted coffee flavors. The barrel aging doesn't overpower these flavors and lends some notes of oak and vanilla in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly dry on the palate. The carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: The beer is surprisingly easy to drink considering the alcohol content, which is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 00:01:27 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

11-18-2011 03:11:10 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with almost no carbonation. The red wine really comes through on the nose giving a nice fruitiness, mild butterscotch, and oak. Plenty of wine and grape aroma with sweet chocolate and molasses. The beer is a bit on the sweet side with molasses, chocolate, berries, and grapes all being major contributors to the flavor. A decent oakiness along with some roasted malt and cocoa powder. Quite full in body, though some carbonation could be helpful.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 18:52:24 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-01-2012 17:44:36 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours the same unapologetically cheerless, black body with a medium-small, mocha-toned head. Let's see where the red wine barrel takes it from here.

Smell: Burnt malted barley, ashen and charry, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a boosted fruitiness, assumably from the red wine barrel.

Taste: Moderate sweetness over the roasted malts, still ostensibly harsh, and the bittersweet chocolate taste, still a bit crude. Small hints of vanilla, caramel. A singe of tart, salty red wine. Those malts just remain harsh, chalky, and acrid throughout. Boozy, harsh, sugary finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'm not too terribly keen on this one either, no.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 16:47:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-01-2012 18:55:20 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-14-2013 17:03:37 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

10-26-2013 02:05:27 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out like the other Black Hole brews in this series. Big thick and black. The head was pretty good looking also, Wasn't sure if it would have a reddish tone to it or not from the barrels it was aging in but it didn't. The smell of the beer has a good amount of roasted malts and deep tart chocolaty aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer has a big roasted character to it lots of nice roasted malts and such in there. The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and creamy. It finishes with a dry feeling in the end. Overall the wine aging didn't alter this one as much as i thought it would. I expected this to be much more tart or sour but it was still pretty sweet and roasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:41:44 | More by Knapp85
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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-21-2012 02:34:02 | More by JAHMUR
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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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

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

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer with me on his birthday - poured from the 375ml into a snifter

A - A deep opaque walnut brown with rock med tan cap that settles to a small ring of tight bead. The lace is not really lace, but legs like a spirit leaves on a glass when swirled

S - Smell is instensely filled with roasted coffee and currants w/ lots of cocoa and bitter fruit with moderate alcohol and dark sugar notes

M - The feel is tannic, roasted and full of body with moderate effervescent and somewhat fusel with alcohol drying into the finish

T -The taste is very good with a sort of currant and coffee blend of flavor with a strong dark chocolate element and the tannic notes of the wine barrel come through more as it warms with a subtle acidic note that plays off of the brown sugar and chocolate elements. The flavor of alcohol is the only thing that I find off putting slightly

D - A good barrel aged beer, but I feel this requires cellaring as I mentioned before the alcohol presence is a bit high for me to consider this great drinkability-wise. It is 13%, but it is not hidden in the least

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 14:22:49 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark thick pitch black beer with hints of fizzy head.

Nose has a light wine fruit, still lots of chocolate compared to the original, hint of syrupy like malts, dark roast, bitter.

Taste is light sweetness, reddish fruit, little chocolate, decent kick of booze, charred malt and roast, touch of sweet wine like, a bit vinous, hint syrupy caramel like malts.

Mouth is fuller bodied, decent enough carb although lighter, some warming and hint tingly booze.

Overall not bad, wine barrel adds a decent flavor that blends fairly well, but doesn't add a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:34:42 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the scotch whisky, tequila, cognac, white wine and bourbon versions.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is about what I expected, with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. Other than a little bit of oak, I don't get any red wine notes in the aroma.

The flavor has a little red wine in it. I get some nice, dark fruit notes with some grapes, cherries and plums. The fruit is hidden behind some big, bold chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also quite a bit of oak in the flavor, which goes with the dark fruit very well. The red wine aging is subtle, but is definitely there and is well done.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:22:39 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First tried: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Imperial stout (13+%ABV) brewed with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, honey, and aged in red wine barrrels. Sounded really delicious. And it was, but unfortunately, I didn't find it as distinctive as I had hoped. That said, it definitely gained character as it warmed to room temp. It poured a very thick black-brown with a beautiful bubbly brown head. The nose was of chocolate-covered cherries. Chilled, the first thing that hit me was the coffee, and it seemed an average dry stout. As it warmed, I got more of the chocolate, but the wine flavor didn't hit until it was just about room temperature, and then, I tasted it only up front and in the aftertaste, which was nice. I didn't get any vanilla at all. Mildly bitter, and surprisingly very little taste of alcohol. Moderate mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:01:11 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at a small tasting thanks to nimbleprop; thanks Mac.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oak, roasted malts, alcohol, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of oak, wine, roasted malts, dark fruit, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent version of black hole but the wine barrels didn't really add anything for me. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:05:04 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-26-2013 13:33:55 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-12-2013 19:10:33 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19%
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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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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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.