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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
86
very good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Lucho
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought I would open this beer on its three year anniversary. I have had it twice before 6 months ago and a year ago. Lets see whats new.

A: Pours almost a pitch black with an incredible mocha brown/tan head that has some staying power, awesome lacing! The head slowly fades in around 2-3 mins to a ring around the edges with some clouds in the middle.

S: Wow as always! some oak up front with a musty red wine scent. The coffee has come out a little more as I feel the honey/vanilla has subsided. There is a very nice sweet scent from the honey and vanilla, mostly honey. There is a slight booze scent but not overwhelming

T: F-ing perfect! upfront with honey oak sweetness with an almost tannin bitterness on the finish, from the coffee. It does not leave your mouth dry though. The coffee is not so strong on the palate as on the nose, which I like. The vanilla and honey really shine in your mouth. I cant get enough of this beer as it is very easy drinking for 13.1%. Age has done this one well. I have one more, do I dare wait another year?

M: thick to medium body which makes it easy to drink but coats your mouth well. The carbonation is spot on and not overwhelming.

O: I love this beer as much now as the two times before and it has held up so well especially with the carbonation and flavors. I wish I could have had it fresh to really tell how far it has come. overall, I have never been sure why people dont rave about this beer. An 86? like come on. It cant just be me?

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a New Jersey Devils shaker. Poured pitch black with a very minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, dark fruit, earth, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with no carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. With having this one directly after the Scotch version I can honestly say that this one is much more drinkable than it was. There was a decent amount of things going on in this one that weren't invasive to the palate. While it wasn't the most balanced brew that I've ever had (especially for the style) it wasn't the worst either. Glad I got to try it, but doubt I would do so again given the chance.

Photo of davey101
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bilboTbaggins
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, vanilla, red wine, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, oak, red wine, vanilla, and some dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. Red wine adds some nice depth and complexity.

Photo of JMBSH
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours out as black as I would expect from something called Black Hole. It builds up around three fingers of deep brown head. Around a finger remains after a few minutes, and the space that used to be occupied by the head is now graced by a ton of lacing. 4.5

S: The tannins of the red wine, coffee, and honey really come together nicely on the aroma. It's musty as well, but in a good way. The coffee seems to be at the forefront, with the sweetness from the honey adding character. 4

T: The red wine is significantly more a focus of the taste than it was on the aroma. The wine and the coffee seem to fight for primacy at the beginning, but it gives way to a nice, smooth chocolate. The honey adds a sweetness that bolsters the finish. Despite some of the flavors trying to be the strongest, they all work well together. I was quite impressed by this one. 4

MF: Thick, heavy body that is low in carbonation. I found the alcohol to be well hidden, making this beer deceptively drinkable. 4

O: I was impressed, but not overwhelmed by this beer. There aren't many stouts this big aged in red wine barrels to my knowledge, but if they all taste like this I'd be ok with more coming out. 4

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tsauce2
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of CGMLS3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 09/05/15
Drank 24/09/12-25/09/12
Bought at Kihoskh.
Pours fairly dark with a brown head, but I get some highlights at the bottom curve of the glass. The head retains well.
Mostly roastiness and some ash. Sweetness with some slight red grape fruitiness and wine barrel characteristics.
Not too much flavor on this guy. It's got a slight roast and ash set off by the sweetness I guess and red wine barrel. Not too exciting especially compared to the white wine version I had on tap. At the end is a little kick. Hops or alcohol or something. It's not prominent enough to really pick it out. Being aged in barrels I feel it is not the hop.
Oh wow this is smooth with gentle carbonation.
The couple black holes I've had are dangerously easy to drink. Good thing they cost a fair amount so one at a time is good enough. Not too exciting in the flavor and aroma which drag this beer down.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark like a stout, 2 finger brown head, great lacing & retention.

S - Huge roasted malts, honey, light milk chocolate and some booze.

T - A tart-ish stout! I like this! Charred malt, a little chocolate and coffee notes as well.

M - Spot on for a stout.

O - I believe I like this more than the cognac version. The tangy falvors makes it interesting.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jules11788
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of RES
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Goobastic
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

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

Photo of GOMECK
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bootdown21
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours sludgy and black as night. The slightest hint of red, with a creamy head.

S: Grapes, sweet, honey, kiss of alchohol. Coffee. flowers. Very concise. Not what you would expect from a stout.

T: Whoa what just happened... Sweet wine then alcohol then bitter then coffee. And not gross coffee like every other beer ever (ok that's an exaggeration but out of all the coffee beer's I've had so far only one of them has actually tasted like coffee). This is crazy, each aspect hits at a different time and the alchohol which is very powerful gets outshone with the coffee finish and the burn has nearly faded by the time the coffee goes away. And it's a sweet coffee. This is killer. Certainly a sipper though: very powerful.

M: Alcohol really comes through but is bearable. Doesn't sit the best but certainly you can let it linger. Sits heavy.

Overall this beer was crazy complex. The alchohol really seems to dominate but it is well balanced with the other aspects. As i mentioned, the coffee flavors is actually coffee not a bitter grossness. Gotta sip this one though as it is very powerful. The wine aspects are present but the tannins that are usually present in red wine don't really show up here as much as the sweetness. Worth checking out but certainly for a special occasion: gotta drink this one slow.

Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.