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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

176 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.72%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +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.

metter98, Jun 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Texasfan549, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

kjkinsey, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Knapp85, Sep 03, 2011
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1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

TMoney2591, Jan 06, 2011
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1.85/5  rDev -51.1%

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.

largadeer, Jul 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

JAHMUR, Jan 21, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Slatetank, Jun 08, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

jlindros, Feb 25, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +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.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Mora2000, Nov 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 26, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

mdfb79, Aug 07, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

MarkyMOD, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.