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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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Reviews: 100
Hads: 182
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 23.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 05-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

drinkability: average

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of thetomG
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Kshock
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Jet black, thick, tan head resides to a ring soon after pour. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

S- Earthy tones; wood, booze, vanilla, spice. Dont get a lot of wine presence.

T- Starts out with coffee; goes to the red wine sweetness, roasty bitterness, booze with a bone dry finish.

M- Heavy

O- Not bad, but is a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz Black Hole- Wine Barrel edition. Into chouffe tulip.

A- Deep brown, almost black, and some ruby highlights. I wonder if there was a good amount of wine in the barrels? Hmm. Head is very impressive, 3-fingers, dense, coffee ice cream in color.

S- Smoky, roasty. Some hodgepodge of spices that I can't pick out and of course the wine influence. I don't know anything about wine but it's a nice red, I'd guess.

T- The base black hole is a great beer... pretty tasty. Bitter chocolate, coffee and a hint of clove. Nice fruity sweetness and a mild tartness from the wine- Kinda mishmashed.

M- Very good. the flavors blend easily and the heavy RIS flavors pair well with the fruity tartness that the wine barrels provide. Great mouthfeel and good carbonation.

D- Moderate. A slow sipper, I liked this one a lot more than the rum barrel black hole. Still not the all-star I was hoping for, but good stuff. Again I think some time might do this one some favors to round it out. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

M: good

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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.61/5  rDev -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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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a khaki colored head that quickly dissolves. Large bubbles cling around the edge of the glass with some spotty patterns of lacing. The cap displays poor retention after a reviving swirl. When held to the light, some ruby clarity is seen through the body.

The smell of this brew is oaky with some notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a very mild vinous aspect expected of the red wine barrel aging. This brew smells lightly oxidized. Some semi-sweet chocolate sits above a light tingle of fruity alcohol. Once warm, some mild vanilla tones come out.

The taste of this brew is tannic with a little bit of cardboard quality. Day old, spoiled to stale coffee is present in the flavor. Herbal and earthy with semi-sweet chocolate malt and dates. There is a little bit of vinous flavor evident in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is fusel and tingly in the feel from the alcohol. Quite solvent and numbing on the tongue. It is worth a try but certainly not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out like the other Black Hole brews in this series. Big thick and black. The head was pretty good looking also, Wasn't sure if it would have a reddish tone to it or not from the barrels it was aging in but it didn't. The smell of the beer has a good amount of roasted malts and deep tart chocolaty aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer has a big roasted character to it lots of nice roasted malts and such in there. The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and creamy. It finishes with a dry feeling in the end. Overall the wine aging didn't alter this one as much as i thought it would. I expected this to be much more tart or sour but it was still pretty sweet and roasted.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown nearly black, no head rentetion at all and poured very rough

smell: coffee, loaded chocolate, honey, filled the room as I opened it.

taste: tons of dark raw chocolate, honey and vanilla there, wine barrels not so much

mouthfeel: full bodied with very low carbonation

drinkability: Mixed review for me. The beer smells amazing, but the lack of carbonation. This beer could be aged passed it's prime but no date on the bottle.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.
D: OK.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown color, almost black. There is a tan head of about one finger which dissipates fairly quickly.

S: The smell is deeply malty and sweet. There are notes of raisins, cherries and oak.

T: The red wine flavor comes through more prominently here than in the smell, but it is still mild. There is a coffee flavor contributing some bitterness to the brew. Raisins are still notable but other fruit flavors come through more. The oak adds a nice smokiness to the finish.

M: Mildly carbonated and pretty thick.

O: A decent beer but not as outstanding as I had hoped. For such an expensive and interesting sounding beer, it could have had a more complex flavor.

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Photo of dgilks
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a big, fluffy, brown head. Good head retention and very good lacing.

Richly aromatic. Solid sweetness and chocolate. Lots of oak and an integrated red wine fruitiness.

Sweet and creamy. Light roast. mild burnt character. Solid alcohol notes. Moderate fruitiness. Good oak. A balanced oak aged stout.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid beer. Sure, it is intense but it isn't unpleasant like many people seem to think. Nice.

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Photo of tbart428
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of TK5150
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the scotch whisky, tequila, cognac, white wine and bourbon versions.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is about what I expected, with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. Other than a little bit of oak, I don't get any red wine notes in the aroma.

The flavor has a little red wine in it. I get some nice, dark fruit notes with some grapes, cherries and plums. The fruit is hidden behind some big, bold chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also quite a bit of oak in the flavor, which goes with the dark fruit very well. The red wine aging is subtle, but is definitely there and is well done.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie o's tasting baby!!

A-black body with q tan head. Just like everything else

S-just a little barrel characteristics to it. Not really much different than the others

T-I could just copy and paste most of these.little bit of wine but not much

M- medium boey and smooth

O-at least its not as bad as the Scotch!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 2011 bottle purchased ($22 off the Vintage list) and shared at the bar at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

I thought that a 4-year old bottle would be smoother, but age has not yet toned down the sovlenty/hot nature this beer had when first bottle. Leave this one in the cellar for at least two more years. 3.75

A - Upon pour still a nice half finger reddish brown head - 4

S - Good vinous qualities. 4

T - Still too boozy but the red wine shines through with some stringent vinous notes - 3.75

MF - Heavy body with a warming finish - 3.75

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Photo of Elendinn
3.85/5  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!

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Capone's. Poured into a 9 oz snifter. Pours jet black with a half finger tan head. The nose is straight up red wine with hints of caramel and toffee. The taste features the red wine pretty heavily. The mouthfeel is smooth while slightly acidid. Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. Glad I could try it.

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Photo of jamescain
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Arnold’s tasting glass

Appearance: Black and viscous with barley a trace of any head. The instant it is poured the brown head fades into a ring around the glass.

Aroma: This is where things get interesting; it’s surprisingly complex, coffee, oak, vanilla, chocolate, vinous and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Coffee and oak dominate the flavor with a slight acidity, probably from the red wine, and a slightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Virtually no carbonation and a thick mouth feel with a touch of lingering booziness.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the aroma and taste. I think it was a little under carbonated, but that is not too much of an issue. I would like to try the other versions if I could find them.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle ($12.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Delerium Tremens snulip.

A: Pours jet-black with rust highlights. Nice mocha head settles fairly quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Not as ugly as others have said.

S: Honey and vanilla are strong up front, with slight roasted malts evident as well. Smells cloyingly sweet...

T: Sweet, boozy and slightly floral at first. Honey persists, and moves into a chocolate/espresso-laden center. Red wine is difficul to pick up on, although it comes through towards the end. Lots of oak in the finish. Sweet, for sure, but quite nice.

M: Somewhat low in carbonation, although there's enough to get the point across. Thick and coating as it goes down. Hot, warming sensation in the back of the throat; very pleasant and almost numbing.

O: This is my first experience with the barrel-aged black hole beers. Sure, it's somewhat of a hot, sweet mess. At the same token, though, it's quite complex in the same way that Brooklyn's Black Ops is when fresh, and the numbing sensation from the alcohol is actually pretty enjoyable. I'd like to try one or two of the others, but at $12.99/bottle, it's not easy to take the plunge.

An enjoyable experience, for sure.

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