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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

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -28%
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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 07:30:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
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billab914

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:45:09 | More by billab914
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Black like the crayon color, it's definitive blackness. Aptly named, no light's getting thru this beast. The thin layer of froth is dark brown, as you'd probably expect. It's just super black with a dark brown head. Like a black man with pantyhose on his face, it's a little scary.

I smelled a cabernet sauvignon from the bottle, but my pour offers more stouty options: malt, a touch of that vanilla perhaps, and a tad of smoky charred oak, I'm guessing from the barrel. Though cold, I don't sense any honeyish sweetness. The red wine element is still present, but it's more of a table wine now. With everything going on with this beer, its aroma is underwhelming.

I feel thinness before I really taste anything. I like the red wine influence, but the wine seems cheaper and cheaper the more I discover it. Whatever makes a stout "chewy" isn't in here. It's SO thin! The vino might be overbearing, as I detect very little vanilla and coffee's an afterthought. Better than an average beer certainly, but short of its apparent potential.

What's the correct, objective way to measure that thick chewiness--density? I wonder how the density here compares with other big stouts--regular Black Hole even. The thinness makes it easy-to-drink, particularly for a 13+%er, but a $15 handle seems more shipping than sensing.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 22:58:52 | More by marvin213
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz synthetic cork and caged bottle thanks to finewinemike!

Poured into a C Lawrence goblet at Fridge Temp

No date on bottle or Cork

A- Pours a solid black, you don't get darker than this. A small 1 finger light brown head on top that dissipated fairly quickly leaving spotting lacing and some serious alcohol feet on the side of the glass when you swirl it.

S- Really good. Dark roasted malts with a nice sweetness from the honey and vanilla. Has a really nice oak/wood note to it from the barrels. After giving it a nice swirl and let it warm a bit you definitely get some red wine notes in the background. Some sweet fruity notes from the grapes. A really great smelling beer to say the least.

T- Wow nothing like the aroma. Super strong roasted dark malts that bring out some nice coffee and bitter unsweetened chocolate. After it goes down your slammed with a strong smokiness and dryness from maybe the burnt barrels? Kind of like smoked meat in a way. Definitely some sweeter flavors hidden in there as well, most likely from the honey and vanilla. The wine kind of gets lost in the smoke but at the same times comes through and adds some fruit to the mix and complexity. Not at all what I was expecting

M- Medium bodied with lower carbonation and a nice dried out smokey finish.

Overall Black Hole is one of my favorite stouts so to try this definitely blows all my expectations out of the water. Definitely a completely different beast in every way. Once again Mikkeller has out done himself. Looking forward to the rest of these bad aces!

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:08:16 | More by Arenbeer
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - No real head from the pour, just an uneven splotchy veil of lacing that is light to medium tan in color with a very thin collar... The beer itself is a very dark brown with a faint reddish hue... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - An intoxicating aroma... Roasted malts... Chocolate... Vanilla... Cherries... Honey... Very subtle notes of tannins from the wine barrel aging... A slight alcoholic heat character... Wonderful balance... Wonderful complexity...

T - Burnt roasted malts... Some alcoholic heat... The notes of vanilla and honey are minuscule at best... The finish is that of red wine and it lingers for quite a while...

M - Medium to full bodied... A bit of a thin feel... Not much carbonation, possible even a bit "flat..." A distinctive dry burnt nature... Some alcoholic heat lingers... Takes on a lot of red wine character from the aging process...

D - A sipper for sure... Challenges the senses... A bit of a booze bomb... The red wine components are undeniable... May make some beer drinkers uncomfortable, but I can't understand many of the negative reviews... This is not something I would drink on a regular basis, bit is the type of brewing that pushes boundaries that I really enjoy...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:11:40 | More by philbe311
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
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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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet, allowed to warm to 60ish degrees

A = Pours very dark brown with a half a finger of old dark brown head which quickly dissipates, some carbonation, mild lacing

S = chocolate and red wine initially, followed by malt

T = taste on the wine overpowers at first and then the chocolate, coffee set in at the end. As with the Rum Aged Black Hole, ralcohol is almost overpowering at first

M = Good amount of alcohol, little carbonation

D = Drinkability is good, however, I couldn't see myself making more than one of these is sitting. Overall, it is unique and quite good. I would definitely try this again, but not on a daily basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 03:10:40 | More by ncketchum
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Elendinn

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an 8 oz. snifter and split with my wife.

Pours the usual "pitch black" with a miniscule amount of caramel-colored head and a surprising amount of splotchy, evenly-distributed lace. To be honest, I was expecting more from this beer aesthetically, given the ingredients, but it looks, more or less, like a typical coffee stout. Not bad, but I like to be intrigued, and this isn't doing it for me.

Coffee dominates the nose -- smokey and quite woody. There's an undercurrent of slightly-tannic, vinous grapes and dark fruits, but, again, I was expecting more. As a wine lover, I'd really hoped for those characteristics to be featured more, but they take a backseat to the usual suspects ubiquitously-present in imperial stouts.

Coffee dominates the tongue, as well, but gives way to something slightly more akin to what I was looking for. It's a lighter red wine flavor, reminiscent of a Bordeaux table wine -- tannic, fruity grapes, wood, alcohol, and a little spice. The dark fruits are there, too, but the wine begins to overshadow them as the beer warms. Vanilla becomes more discernable, as well. The flavors blend fairly well together, finishing dry and a little smokey. I've been appeased! Though I've had better, significantly-more-complex wine-barrel-aged beers, this one's still pretty good.

There's not a whole lot of carbonation, as evidenced by the pour, and the body's fairly full, like a fruity wine -- a well-suited mouthfeel.

Based upon the reviews I'd read, I was expecting some kind of monstrosity, but this Black Hole was actually pretty solid. Its look and aroma were rather unimpressive and I'd almost given up hope that the beer's most attractive feature, the wine, would remain buried beneath the roasted coffee and wood. Fortunately, with a little aeration and warmth, it ultimately came through. Those ambivalent about wine may not appreciate it as much as I, but this seemed like a good, though flawed, effort; it's something I wish more brewers would attempt. It's not extremely drinkable, as the alcohol is a bit too apparent, but I'd certainly buy it again. My recommendation: though there are a plethora of better barrel-aged stouts out there, it's interesting enough to justify purchasing once, primarily if you like wine -- just don't expect anything stellar. Oh, and let it warm up!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 05:19:24 | More by Elendinn
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
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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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stella glass

I'm rather fond of this series of beers. This one gets a nice little bump because I really liked deciphering what type of wine barrels were actually used. This beer pours the blackness that the name would suggest the smell is very chocolaty with hints of the red wine grapes on the nose, but it's too faint to pick out the type. The taste again is greatly chocolate filled with the wonderful currant taste and a tad bit on the spicy tannins that would lead me to believe that in some way shape or form that this barrel previously contained pinot noir grapes. The oak comes through as well. It's really a rather pleasant drink. It's a tad on the hot side, though I wonder with the cork and all how well it might actually age.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:48:41 | More by Vdubb86
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

This is my second foray into this series. The first was the Scotch Barrel Aged abomination - quite possibly my most disappointing brew of 2010. I'll try not to let that mishap influence this review.

Pours a luscious pitch black with a tighty packed half inch foam head. Looks great.

Aromas of chocolate, roast, strong red wine, and a very slight hint of funk. Complex and inviting.

Taste is equally complex. Big bitter chocolate and dark roast flavors in the front, a light sweetness and heavy red wine notes in the finish. The flavors mesh beautifully into one of the most unique barrell aged stouts I've had to date.

The mouth is silky smooth and coats the palate well. Finishes pretty dry for an Imperial Stout.

This beer drinks very well. I'd love to stock up if it weren't so expensive, but I am glad I picked this one up. I'm puzzled as to how the Scotch Barrell version could be such a mess and this one could be so elegant. Oh well, this is one to try!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 23:49:04 | More by mondegreen
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Pitch black pour with a one finger caramel colored head that fades pretty quickly with great lacing. Tons of dark roasty chocolate in the nose along with hints of oak, red wine, espresso and alcohol. The smell really draws you in as it gets way more intense as it warms. The taste was much the same with bitter cocoa and dark chocolate at the forefront. As it warms, this beer really comes alive with flavor. The roasty chocolate is soon challenged by a tart, dry red wine component as well as hints of burnt coffee, oak, and vanilla. Solid, sweet roasted malt backbone balances it out nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth as silk, especially considering this is 13%. Really nice dry bitter finish and only a slight warming from the alcohol make this a really scary drinkable big beer. I'm not understanding where the B rating for this beer is coming from. This is one awesome, drinkable beer with a lot of character. The only thing that might make me not get more is the steep price tag. Other than that, another gem from Mikkeller!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 14:50:40 | More by beerdrifter
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a PALM snifter... liquid is black in color with creamy light brown head maybe 1/4" thick that leaves behind some spotted lacing before disappearing. No light shines through when held up

S- Smell very chocolatey upfront with a faint aroma of jammy red wine

T- Alot going on... starts out with some coffee flavor mixed with some sweet malts before the jammy wine barrel flavor comes through. Finishes with a with a second dose of coffee, more pronouced than the first with accompanied by some boozy heat

M- Full bodied with nice carbonation for a barrel aged RIS

D- Far to boozy and expensive to be considered anywhere close to sessionable, but I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend a try to anyone

CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 02:03:56 | More by bbeane
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.48/5  rDev -60.9%
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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Arbitrator

California

1.93/5  rDev -49.1%
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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tbart428

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split this beer with TK5150 last night since the mo fo has split so many good beers with me. I have to say both TK5150 and I tasted very different flavors on this beer.

A: The appearance is black with tan head with some carbonation with some really nice alcohol legs.In a wider snifter the appearance is more dark brown.

S: The smell of this beer is oak, chocolate and alcohol with more chocolate smell as it opens up.

T: The taste is a wave of vanilla chocolate oak roasted malt wine that fades to a dry alcohol flavor that leaves a cigar smoke taste on the palate . The vanilla fades away from the beer as it warms and coffee, oak, vinous flavors (cheery possibly) take over with the alcohol cigar flavor remaining at the back.

M: The mothfeel of this beer is thin to medium bodied with some carbonation.

D: The drinkability of this beer is extremely low due to the burnt malt taste at the end and the high alcohol content.

I want to have this beer again but with some more age on it to mellow the intense flavors out. This beer is complex and has a lot of potential with some time in the cellar.
Cheers TK5150

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 21:54:03 | More by tbart428
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TK5150

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours very dark brown/black with a small light to medium brown head. Nice tight bubbles on the head, but it recedes quickly. Brown highlights can be seen in the body of the beer when held up to the light. Alcohol legs run down the glass when swirled.

S- Red wine oak barrel is the most prominent smell. Red wine, caramel, vanilla also jump out. Roasted malt.

T- Oak, dry red wine, vanilla and cherry. The red wine barrel character really comes through here. Very high cocoa count dark bitter chocolate and black coffee on the finish. Finishes dry and very burnt with alcohol present. Very complex.

M- Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth for the most part. Coats the mouth nicely.

D- Low drinkability. A friend shared about 40% of the 11 or 12 oz bottle, and that was plenty for me. The burnt character in the finish made me like the beer less and less, especially the warmer it got.

Overall, there is a lot to like about this beer, but it has a couple of flaws, most notably the burnt finish. I would like to have again, but aged even longer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 14:04:06 | More by TK5150
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a really dark brown color with zero head, surprised at that. Coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and minimal grape wine type notes. Swirling coats the glass with a dark film. Slightly sweet up front with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and red wine. Roasted bitterness in the end that lingers on a bit. I wish they didn't roast the grains as much as they did. Medium mouthfeel. Booze shows a little.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:19:19 | More by kbutler1
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Patrick999

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to even know what to expect with something like this, as I've never had a coffee stout aged in red wine barrels. Well, I will certainly find out. Poured into a small snifter. Minor, soft carbonation but it's there. Like the regular Black Hole, looks like, well, a black hole.

Oh, that is a nice aroma. I don't get a ton of red wine aromas, but I do get big chocolate, coffee, and wood.

I'd had regular Black Hole, and it was quite sweet. With that in mind, is this really the same base beer? Because this is actually on the dry side. Much, much drier than I would expect of a 13.1% stout. Small honey sweetness up front, but the wood dries it out quickly. Unsweetened bakers' chocolate and a lot of wood. I get the vinous character in the finish, aftertaste and feel, it comes off as a dry, woodsy Merlot.

It does feel like exactly the big beer that it is. Creamy, rich, heavy on the palate. A definite sipper, but not a difficult sipper. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 21:33:58 | More by Patrick999
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ThreeWiseMen

California

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
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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crusian

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle from greens in ATL. pours with no head. I was concerned as I pulled the "cork" out and there was no pop. I am not a fan of uncarbonated beer. I poured and I was let down more... then as I finished... something magical happened... I saw some tiny bubbles protrude. yay.
smells like a big stout with a wee bit of sour on it... I dont get much from the wine aging, except the tiny bit of sour.
taste is interesting. there is a tiny bit of wine on the finish, but it is otherwise lost. but... somehow it makes the black hole thicker and better. The original is thin for my taste... this is much thicker. As I continue to drink it, the wine is lost completely. All that is left is the roasted and smooth lactic taste. better than the regular for sure. if the wine turns you off, dont let it. one if the best mikkellers out there. Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of trying the other "aged" series.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:30:31 | More by crusian
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Manoftyr

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter

Appearance-Pours a very dark, nearly black, brown with an almost-motor oil slick consistency; a little thin looking for an RIS, maybe the wine barrel aging? In any event some head rises, dark mocha brown, some chunky lacing. Doesn't have that RIS viciousness I like to see, but aside from that it's not bad.

Aroma-Sweet and gently tart vinous red grape upfront mingling with mocha and coffee, the wine barrel aging is really coming through on this; quite the aroma really.

Taste-Tart grape upfront, much like the aroma, the coffee comes through next with undercurrents of cocoa-like dark malts with a touch of oak and vanilla. Finishes semi-dry and tart with final touches of the wine barrel aging. It's definitely tasty but perhaps a tad less complex and more straight forward than I would have liked

Mouthfeel-Very low carbonation though a tad prickly with alcohol heat, rather thin body for an RIS, could definitely stand to be plusher and more viscous.

Drinkability-A slow sipper, but no more or less than I would expect given the barrel aging and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 02:43:12 | More by Manoftyr
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:26:54 | More by rhoadsrage
Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.