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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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Reviews: 100
Hads: 182
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 23.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 05-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i found this and the tequila barrel aged edition down at coaltrain in colorado springs. that place has some dusty gems sitting around, these are relics at this point, and although i feared some deterioration, at over 13% abv, it was worth the risk. this one smoked the tequila one i though, the red wine was quite intense, the tannins there really sort of countered the slight oxidation the beer suffered, and while the honey has faded plenty, the other elements were prominent, and the texture was right on, huge and creamy, bitter enough from coffee and roast, and somehow soft in feel, not the least bit harsh, the alcohol has mellowed tremendously. i remember the white wine edition being more subtle on the wine, the fruit here is really pretty bold, cherry being the most obvious, and it goes great with the coffee and the relative dryness of the whole thing. i would have been curious to taste a fresh one side by side with this, but i enjoyed it very well next to the tequila edition. i hope these beers come back around at some point, but i think they were all one offs for now. a shame, such a cool base beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
1.82/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | 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.

A (4.50)

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
1.49/5  rDev -60.4%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's for their Black Friday event. Poured into a 9 oz snifter glass.

A: Dark chocolate brown, essentially black in body with a light beige bubbly head. Nothing but a thin ring around the edge remained, but the lacing was splotchy and sticky.

S: Ripened dark red fruits (black cherry, red grapes), leather, chocolate roasted malts and hints of whiskey. There is certainly a distinct fruit element to the beer, not necessarily akin to a wine profile though the fruits themselves are. A touch of smoke and wood towards the back end.

T: A rich and robust dark malt, chocolate and cacao nib base is laid up-front. The wine qualities of this beer quickly come through and build on. Dry red fruits, more black cherry and raspberry, toffee and tobacco follow. Finishes like a dry red wine with some lingering fruity and smoke qualities.

M: Acceptable carbonation, not overdone but it still doesn't provide as full of a body as perhaps it should. Not thin or watery though, dry in the finish.

This was a nice surprise and a good way to end the morning at the restaurant. A lot of the red wine/wood qualities came through more than I expected. If you're not a wine person this may come off as confusing, but I think Mikkeller did a nice job at blending the two.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a khaki colored head that quickly dissolves. Large bubbles cling around the edge of the glass with some spotty patterns of lacing. The cap displays poor retention after a reviving swirl. When held to the light, some ruby clarity is seen through the body.

The smell of this brew is oaky with some notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a very mild vinous aspect expected of the red wine barrel aging. This brew smells lightly oxidized. Some semi-sweet chocolate sits above a light tingle of fruity alcohol. Once warm, some mild vanilla tones come out.

The taste of this brew is tannic with a little bit of cardboard quality. Day old, spoiled to stale coffee is present in the flavor. Herbal and earthy with semi-sweet chocolate malt and dates. There is a little bit of vinous flavor evident in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is fusel and tingly in the feel from the alcohol. Quite solvent and numbing on the tongue. It is worth a try but certainly not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of billab914
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a very thin tan lacing for a head.

The aroma has a good dose of sweetness to it, with honey and vanilla leading the way. I get some of the roasty, coffee flavors to it as well. The wine barrel character is light, but adds a bit of a red wine flavor to it.

The taste starts off with the sweeter flavors of the honey and vanilla. Midway I start to get more of the roasty coffee and dark roasted malts. The honey sweetness and coffee roastedness really seem to compete with each other. In the finish I get a good amount of tannins coming through in the wine barrel character.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability is decent, it had a lot of flavor to it but I don't think everything integrated all that well. The wine barrel flavors were interesting, and probably one of the better barrel treatments of black hole I've had. Not a bad beer overall, but not one of my favorite barrel aged beers.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle at Vine St. Pub and ordered it. Black pour, what else would I expect? Soapy off white, brown lacing. Thin lacing.

Aroma of vanilla, oak, red plum, leather and cocoa. Nothing spectacular, nothing bad.

Flavors are mingled well with nothing taking command. Red plum back bone. Vanilla and leather dance around. This beer has a nice mix of flavors, but nothing stands out. It's a bit thin or subdued for an RIS. The abv is well hidden and is not difficult to drink. The cocoa/coffee that we come to expect from this category just don't pass mustard.

Slight tannin on the end. While good, not a re-order for the price

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Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, part of our Black Hole blind tasting. 375ml into a snifter.

Poured black with a bit of clarity around the edges, solid light brown head a couple fingers in height. Moderate retention, good legs and lace. Nose is quite fruity, some berry and light sweet vinous notes. A bit of char, bitter dark chocolate and light booze. Flavour is composed of more non-descript fruity notes, char, less vinous suggestions than the nose (although still there), honey sweetness and bit of tar. Thick full and sweet on the palate, not a ton of alcohol though. Nice and fruity BA'd imperial stout, a success I'd say.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml green caged and corked bottle sealed with a plastic cork. Bottle purchased from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA, a funny little grocery store, with a very small, but exceptionally well selected range of craft beer, particularly from Scandinavia.

Pours rather lighter than expected, a bronze-brown hue that is translucent at the edge, but which traps light at its black heart. Head is a sheen of yellow-beige, like the froth of light sweet crude oil. Exceptionally fine carbonation, when it forms, although the static nature of this beer makes it hard to imagine carbonation forming spontaneously. Looks good.

Intense and crazy nose even from several metres away. Big boozy notes which are tempered by a lovely sweet oaky character giving off coconut, vanilla, and a slight tannic acidity. Dark cocoa comes forward very robustly too, giving chocolate-rich overtones to everything else, which is already dark, sweet and mellow. Just gorgeous; so heady and robust, but so complex and intertwined. Fantastic.

Taste is... disappointing. Certainly particular disappointing over the promise on the nose. Here the depth and the sweetness just fall out as though the beer has a trap door. Big, roasted notes form the basis here, and even then, they're not full, or addressing the entire palate. Rather, we get a boozy entree riddled with an ashy back palate that feels thin and ends bone-dry. No depth, no breadth and certainly no complexity.

How very, very disappointing. To have a beer so fantastically delicious on the nose and so very thin and insipid on the palate. My guess is that Mikkeller was disappointed with this brew as well when they sampled it. I certainly would be.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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]

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer 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 quite a bit of arm wrestling just to get the cork out of the bottle.
S- The chocolate and black malt has some melanoidins and a faint red wine tannin quality in the finish. There is a vanilla hint that comes through as the beer opens up.
T- There is a tart flavor that soon leads to a dark roasted black malt flavor with a slight inky taste to it and lots of char. There is a faint vinous finish with an alcohol taste that lingers a bit. The dark chocolate flavor really increases as the beer warms and more of the dry red wine lingers after the finish. M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with an alcohol bite that finishes the beer.
D- Age might help this beer but right now it has lots of big sharp flavors that are tasty but seem to compete against each other. The tartness, chocolate, tannins and alcohol all fight against each other.

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Photo of corby112
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black color with dark brown highlights. Quick tan head recedes to nothing before I even sip it.

Very roasted and vinuous aroma overall. Coffee, brunt to roasted grains, and dark chocolate come to mind. Much more tart smell compared to the other three Barrel-aged Black Holes I've tried.

Drak coffee, mocha roasted malt flavors upfront after each sip. The middle has a more chocolate and red wine flavor. Sweet from teh viney red wine barrels, and dark from teh super roasted malts and coffee. I like the combo of RIS flavors and red wine barrel flavors. The oak is just a little there. The red wine stands out the most.

The palate has a little pucker, liek from a slightly tart red wine, but that roasted almost charred flavor from the malts and coffee. The best beer out of the barrel-aged Black Hole series I've tried so far.

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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.