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

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.

Photo of EfilsGod
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Travisnin
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice half finger brown head, dark brown body. Retains pretty well.

Smells very similar to regular Black Hole, but some leathery funk.

Tangy, grapeish, but still with the malt soul of the beer.

Nice mouthfeel, no complaints, not outstanding.

Interesting to see how well it takes on the barrel character in the taste, if not in the nose.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tbeq00
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  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.

Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jason's bottle, part of the blind Black Hole tasting.

Near jet black, one finger of tan head, some lace left on the glass. Smell is quite fruity, some oak and roast malt, wine like notes, some wild/funky notes as well almost certainly the influence of the barrel, some bittersweet notes as well. Taste is fairly roasty, oak, vanilla and chocolate as well as some coffee, some lactic sourness that is quite complimentary, more roasted notes in the finish. Medium carbonation, full body and quite a nice feel. This was pretty solid, easy drinking but still a slow sipper, quite enjoyable.

Photo of N8DAGR8
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of silentnoiz
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank A/B with the Black (sampled all but the Rum same night).

A - dark pour with small amount of head and slight lacing

S - very roasty and a small amount of grapes

T - roasty with a slight tangy flavor, not a lot of red wine but sense more of a port

M - carbonated

O - interesting to try, and not a bad beer for being aged in red wine barrels

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into an Epic snifter. Purchased too long ago to remember where, but it was around $13. C&C bottle.

A: Pitch black with a few loose brown bubbles that almost form a head. Brown bubbles mingle at the edge of the glass and leave a few small, fine splotches of lacing. Completely opaque.

S: I get a lot of the base beer, big time black hole notes of charred malt, brown sugar, molasses, coffee and a ton of caramel, but not much in the way of wine. Maybe a bit of oak barrel, but no wine.

T: Again, a lot of the base beer, tons of malty sweetness, coffee, caramel, burnt malts and some molasses as well. The red wine really shows itself as the beer continues to warm and breath a bit. Oak and dry red wine hit the tongue first and melt into an imperial stout. The red wine helps break up the massive sweetness of the base beer. Very interesting.

M: Carbonation is practically non existent, comes across a bit thin, and takes on the mouthfeel of a merlot or cab. Finish is relatively dry, with the wine and oak barrel really helping that. A bit of warmth in the swallow. I'd like a bit more body and a bit more carbonation.

O: An interesting beer, I get a lot more of a red wine feel more than a straight up flavor. A very robust, flavorful beer with a lot of depth, but it is still a beer and carbonation would really help round it out.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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