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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
85
very good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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Kshock

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 23:40:57 | More by Kshock
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:12:40 | More by pokesbeerdude
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 14:06:12 | More by ne0m00re
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 22:55:48 | More by CampusCrew
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:41:44 | More by Knapp85
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dgilks

Australia

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 10:43:26 | More by dgilks
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-20-2013 04:45:10 | More by megamass
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EfilsGod


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-16-2012 08:19:10 | More by EfilsGod
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DerrickW

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-14-2014 21:59:01 | More by DerrickW
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CGMLS3

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-02-2013 03:05:54 | More by CGMLS3
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davey101

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-03-2013 03:43:18 | More by davey101
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-17-2013 21:36:54 | More by KAP1356
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tbart428

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 21:54:03 | More by tbart428
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TK5150

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 14:04:06 | More by TK5150
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N8DAGR8

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-09-2012 14:23:58 | More by N8DAGR8
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-04-2012 06:15:18 | More by MarkyMOD
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WankelEngine

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 05:00:35 | More by WankelEngine
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-10-2013 05:05:58 | More by derkfromwi
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:34:08 | More by brew3crew
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:22:39 | More by Mora2000
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 18:52:24 | More by womencantsail
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 17:09:05 | More by Retail1LO
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Elendinn

Oregon

3.88/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 05:19:24 | More by Elendinn
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this beer with me on his birthday - poured from the 375ml into a snifter

A - A deep opaque walnut brown with rock med tan cap that settles to a small ring of tight bead. The lace is not really lace, but legs like a spirit leaves on a glass when swirled

S - Smell is instensely filled with roasted coffee and currants w/ lots of cocoa and bitter fruit with moderate alcohol and dark sugar notes

M - The feel is tannic, roasted and full of body with moderate effervescent and somewhat fusel with alcohol drying into the finish

T -The taste is very good with a sort of currant and coffee blend of flavor with a strong dark chocolate element and the tannic notes of the wine barrel come through more as it warms with a subtle acidic note that plays off of the brown sugar and chocolate elements. The flavor of alcohol is the only thing that I find off putting slightly

D - A good barrel aged beer, but I feel this requires cellaring as I mentioned before the alcohol presence is a bit high for me to consider this great drinkability-wise. It is 13%, but it is not hidden in the least

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 14:22:49 | More by Slatetank
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jamescain

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 15:08:14 | More by jamescain
Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.