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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85
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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 stakem
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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 Kshock
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of EfilsGod
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DerrickW
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of CGMLS3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of davey101
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tbart428
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of TK5150
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of N8DAGR8
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.75/5  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.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brew3crew
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  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.

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