Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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3/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
03-09-2013 04:23:34 | More by thagr81us
4.16/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
02-10-2013 05:15:31 | More by ngeunit1
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
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
01-26-2013 21:29:35 | More by russwbeck
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Best before 09/05/15
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.
12-27-2012 08:52:49 | More by MattSweatshirt
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
11-17-2012 03:05:19 | More by cvm4
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.
08-09-2012 18:52:24 | More by womencantsail
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
06-10-2012 23:00:26 | More by Jamesthebrit
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of very dense light brown head. Retention is great.
S: Heavily roasted malts, toffee, milk chocolate, and oak. I also get strong booze in the aroma. I get a hint of grape I assume from the wine barrel, but I'm honestly really looking for it.
T: Extremely burnt malts, really over the top and overwhelming, but fortunately the beer has some caramel and vanilla sweetness to help balance. I get a bit of fruitiness that I assume is from the wine barrel, but it's quite mild. This got significantly better after a few sips I assume as I got used to the burnt malts, but it's a bit much.
M: Medium to thick body for an Imperial Stout with creamy carbonation.
O: Way over the top burnt malts, but the other flavors in this beer are nice. The beer was far too strong to get much character from the wine barrel. I wish they'd make a similar series of beers with a base beer that is slightly less harsh.
05-22-2012 03:19:31 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.