Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
10-24-2010 21:33:58 | More by Patrick999
2.93/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
10-21-2010 20:19:44 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
10-02-2010 20:30:31 | More by crusian
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
09-26-2010 02:43:12 | More by Manoftyr
2.83/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
09-07-2010 02:30:23 | More by JAXSON
4/5 rDev +5.8%
(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.
09-06-2010 03:26:54 | More by rhoadsrage
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
A: Synthetic cork and caged bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Deep black, but I swear I can pick up a red glow on this one. May be seeing things. The redness is more noticeable in the head, which is a dark tan with the red. Pretty unique looking.
S: Good alcohol heat still remains on this one, but a very big and roasty nose with definite red wine aromas. Roasty and dark, yet has a sharpness. Good wood aroma as well, close to an oak-like smell. Every sniff brings something different...first was huge coffee and dark chocolate, a quick swirl of the glass and now I am picking up some tart red wine grapes and some sweet notes. Interesting aromas.
T: The wine is far more noticeable on the palate. Almost cuts away the roast that you would expect from this style. Don't get me wrong, this is still a gigantically roasty beer, but the tannins cutting in at the end take a good slash at it. Quite a bit dry as well, I'm no wine expert so I won't be mentioning style comparisons here. The two colliding flavors pair very nicely together actually, you pick up dark chocolate and coffee and the fruitiness of a good red wine. Very impressive. Could definitely see this one maturing well with age.
M: Pretty high viscosity here, big and roasty upfront with a tannic and astringent finish. Kind of a best of both worlds situation here. Smoky, woody, tannic, roasty. Very interesting idea for barrel aging an RIS.
D: Enjoying this very much. Definitely delivers as far as style goes, with an interesting twist towards the end. A slow sipper though. High ABV makes this one a good night cap after an 8 day work week.
08-31-2010 04:50:06 | More by kiddynamite920
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
Shared with friends at an afternoon Saturday tasting! Sampled alongside the bourbon and rum versions. This was the best in terms of complexity and most likely in terms of overall score.
The appearance, however, was not the best of the bunch, probably the worst. Black opaque beer with some red highlights but absolutely no head retention. It's gone daddy gone.
Smell is the first indication we're in for a treat. There's a ton of red wine mixed in with the roasted malt and coffee and chocolate notes. There's a great amount of red grapes, currants, and even some tannins. This is really layered and deep.
That continues into the taste. There's a ton of wine, of course, with red grapes and spiciness. Also, the vanilla and honey make an appearance. Finally, the roast contributes some chocolate and coffee. This is complex and wonderful.
The mouthfeel is a touch thin, but it's amazing nonetheless. Good carbonation and, although the alcohol is noticeable, the flavors go a long way to covering it up. Overall, this rocked and was the one of the series I wish I had more of - I could drink tons more of this, one of the best wine barrel treatments I've ever had.
08-26-2010 18:49:48 | More by jampics2
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
In a bit of a hurry and this is fresh out of my cold fridge. Geez, it's really good, so I can't even hardly imagine how good it'd be at proper temp. Poured with a thick, foamy, fine, light brown head that lasts and some lace. Color is an absolutely opaque black brown. Aroma is roasty, wine, ripe fruit, cocoa. Flavor is like nose with some lingering bitterness and tang on the back of the tongue. Alcohol is apparent almost immediately. Sweetness comes and goes. Body is perfect, likewise carbonation. Finish is very long and like flavor. Be a great digestive, perhaps with a cigar.
08-25-2010 22:13:05 | More by drpimento
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
375ml bottle thanks to chswimmer. Sorry you had to buy this whole mediocre series, Ted. I feel for you.
Pours black in color with a small tan head leaving swirls on the beer.
Aroma is really nice: roast, sharp coffee/espresso, dark fruits, earth, and vinous notes.
Flavor has a lot of alcohol, but a decent imperial stout behind it. Sharp bitter roasty espresso, red wine, sweet chocolate, and a tart earthy finish.
Full and boozy on the palate with some serious heft to it and low carbonation.
Not a great barrel aged imperial stout, but could be a lot worse - stay tuned for my reviews of the other Mikkeller -bal aged Black Holes.
08-18-2010 22:09:08 | More by nickd717
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
06/01/10- Had this one out of a 550mL bottle.
A: Dark black with a caramel, one-finger head.
S: Chocolate, brandy alcohol, almonds, vanilla, caramel sweetness that is not overpowering, raspberry.
T: Sharp red wine barrel, smokey, refreshingly tart, but creamy stout and espresso backbone. Fresh wood finish.
M: Thinner, frothy creamy with a dry finish.
08-16-2010 14:06:12 | More by ne0m00re
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.
08-07-2010 04:05:04 | More by mdfb79
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
12.7 ounce bottle in snifter
A: black, small head
S: roasty a bit of sourness
T: I was looking for a bit of wineyness but it was hard to find I was waiting to drink this one as a birthday beer wow what a let down.
D: at 13 dollars a bottle, this is the first and last time i will buy this one I still have the bourbon black hole and I hope it is better but the bar is now set lower.
08-03-2010 03:59:24 | More by fastsrt
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.
07-23-2010 02:15:20 | More by largadeer
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured from a (synthetic) corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.
A: Pours a fantastic black with dark coffee brown highlights. Sitting on top is a dark mocha colored layer of creamy foam that slowly melts down to an unbreakable collar. Lace curtains all the way!
S: Aromas of fresh ground espresso, dark chocolate, and tangy fruit. As it warmed I picked up on the vanilla and/or honey, rich milk chocolate, and a surprising green hop nose.
T: Espresso and bitter dark chocolate are the big players here. A mildly tart fruit flavor is the obvious end result of the wine barrel aging. Fudge and bakers chocolate abound with fresh green hops and a bit of alcohol flavor. Loads of french press coffee in the long finish.
M: A flash of sweetness at the very beginning. This quickly becomes quite prickly and dry, without ever turning thin. A vinous tang acts as an undercurrent to the awesome hop/coffee/alcohol bitterness prevalent throughout this whole beer.
D: Considering its' heft, this was exceedingly drinkable. However, by the last 1/4 of the glass this left my cheeks feeling scorched and my eyelids a little heavy.
06-29-2010 23:30:02 | More by GbVDave
4.13/5 rDev +9.3%
Split a bottle my friend picked up from Beer Revolution in Oakland (also picked up the rum and whiskey version). Pours a very deep black with a thin mousse-colored head; very little lacing. The alcohol is pretty pungent on the nose, but tons of other profiles are lurking beneath. Big roasted character and some pepper come through on the nose as well along with vanilla and earth characters. Some bold fruit playing in the background. The taste profiles are relatively similar, but the booze is much more in the background. Lots of the fruit comes out immediately but quickly fades to clover and pepper, very sweet residual honey flavors linger on the palate along with some very nice roasted malt notes on the back of the palate. The vanilla plays out very faintly and gets overshadowed by the very distinct honey qualities. The body was a little sticky but by no means big and round; wish the carbonation was toned down a bit for a bit mellower finish. Really enjoyed this fella but couldn't possibly have more than half a bottle--a bit too sweet on the finish for my taste--but a half glass is perfect.
06-19-2010 18:35:09 | More by WOTO97
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
12.7oz. bottler served into a snifter
Pours a super-dark brown; pretty much black inside of the edges. The head poured out an amount of head larger than I ever expected - a quarter-finger's worth. Decent lacing, actually.
This is the second Black Hole Barrel-Aged Series beer I've had tonight, and this is remarkably different than the Whiskey-barrel rendition that I had earlier. All that smoke is gone and in its place comes the coffee that I found lacking in the Whiskey-barrel Black Hole. Nice roasted coffee aromas play nicely with the bitter chocolate. There is less vanilla than anticipated, thought the oak is still strong. Wine-barrel, eh? Yes, there is a sweet, vinous red grape undercurrent. Grape and black currants, but not strongly of them. Finally, the alcohol seems a tad bit subdued compared to the Whiskey-barrel version.
This is on the sweet end of the style. Chocolate and nice coffee and oaky vanilla and a spritz of red fruits on the back end. This isn't too complex, but it does have balance between roast and fruit and juice and dry. This is pretty darn tasty.
The mouthfeel is noticeably different than the Whiskey-barrel version. The carbonation is somehow pricklier. The beer is less silky but also less hot with fusel alcohol. That lesser heat and less abrasive aftertaste make for a more drinkable beer.
I am very impressed by the stark differences between the two versions of Mikkeller Black Hole Barrel-Aged Series. Judging by this beer, I want to see more beers aged in red wine barrels. The results are tasty.
06-14-2010 03:48:38 | More by Reaper16
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.
06-14-2010 00:01:27 | More by metter98
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
consumed post US-England, 1st in line with the others in the series (rum, scotch, whiskey)
12.7oz bottle purchased at Star
appearance: corked (synthetic), caged and foiled. all 4 barreled versions have a strong appearance - served in snifters - very dark mahogany, creamy chocolate crests with strong retention
smell: extremely strong - heavy roasted malts, potent alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate
taste: this one didn't work out as well as i had hoped, and really the whole series was kind of dissapointing. The wine barrels provide interesting tannic notes, some slight tartness, and a touch of wood. This is a coffee driven stout and it didn't necessarily pair perfectly with the wine barrel. The alcohol is extremely strong which detracts from the enjoyment
mouthfeel: heavy bodied, forcefull alcohol presence
06-13-2010 15:16:29 | More by dirtylou
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a very nice deep dark brown with just a slight amount of foamy head.
Aroma is malty with some strong notes of alcohol coming through with just a hint of red wine.
Taste is primarily STRONG booze with some bitterness from the hops but the alcohol burn is a bit overpowering with just a shadow of the other elements you smell. it's good, but the booze is a bit overpowering.
Its good and I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again... just not my ideal flavors.
06-13-2010 01:19:39 | More by thetomG
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
06-08-2010 14:22:49 | More by Slatetank
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
Pours like the original Black Hole, nice but nothing spectacular. Coffee colored head, less than 1 cm after about 15 seconds, with above average retention after that. Sludgy but lasting lace. Smells like unidentifiable semi-sweet red wine, though a wine I would like to drink. Light ashy smoke and charred malt are the biggest aromas for me. I had a mini flashback to the first time I had a Mikkeller Black, only 10 times less pungent. If there's a real coffee presence, I have to use my imagination to say it's really there... the wine and raw alcohol overpower it. But overall, very inviting.
The taste is seriously lacking complexity. There's just not a lot going on besides oak, old coffee, booze, and an intense and slightly overbearing vinous twang. It wants to be fruity, but something overpowers that quality. Drys out my tongue exactly the same way red wine does, which is not totally unpleasant, but overall the combination of tannins from the coffee/wine/wood are a little too much. Hops may be adding to that, but I have a hard time distinguishing hop bitterness from tannic acid in this beer.
Describing the mouthfeel as medium would be generous. It's just barely substantial enough to carry the massive presence this beer brings. OTOH, carbonation is very pleasing.
Drinkability really doesn't mean shit for a 13% beer, does it? I was easily able to drink it in an above average period of time for an above average abv imperial stout.
This is not a bad beer, however... maybe it's just this guy's palate, but why the hell would you want to marry wine and coffee? Not exactly a winning combination. The fact that Mikkeller kind of pulled it off really makes me curious about the whiskey versions.
06-04-2010 05:49:21 | More by 7ways
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Type: Expensive 12.7oz. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip
Poured a dark black in color w/ a bubbly one finger head that left heavy lacing on the glass. Appearance was awesome! Nose was of roasted malts, dark fruits, and wine in your face. Taste was of chocolate roasted notes, a touch of coffee and vanilla, with a finish of bitter hop bite and vinous cabernet/merlot wine. Mouthfeel was medium bodied w/ nice amounts of carbonation. Flavors really hung on the palate, especially the wine characteristic. I poished off a 12.7oz. bottle w/ ease. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and am looking forward to tasting the other Black Hole variations. Great job by Mikkeller!
06-03-2010 00:26:09 | More by mikeyv35
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
375mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours pitch black with a huge beige head that recedes to a thick cap and leaves great lacing along the sides.
The aroma is much like the other barrel version which is to say that the barrel character is not dominant. It's mostly heavily roasted black malts, mocha and espresso. Light dry vinous grape aroma as well.
Taste is also dominated by the underlying heavily roasted black malts and mocha. There is a bit more wine barrel character in the taste with some dry oak character as well as dark grapes.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and more vinous and dry than the other versions I've tried.
Another great variation on Black Hole and one that leans heavily on the grapes, leaving a wine-like finish.
06-01-2010 04:03:21 | More by gford217
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, light amounts of dark molasses, and lighter still amounts of red grapes. Also present are good amounts of dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate kick things off. Midway through the sip earthy red grape and currant flavors with hints of oak enter into things. Near the end of the sip vanilla and coffee flavors make a brief appearance before a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with no problem.
Overall I was impressed with how much influence the barrels had but the strong flavors of the base beer kept it from being overly influential. Of the four treatments I thought the wine barrel allowed the second-most characteristics of the base beer to shine through, after only the rum. The wine barrel still exerted a nice influence. Worth a shot.
06-01-2010 01:24:34 | More by glid02
Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.