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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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

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

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

08-04-2011 15:08:14 | More by jamescain
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

02-25-2012 00:34:42 | More by jlindros
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sk8man121

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

08-14-2011 00:36:00 | More by sk8man121
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4%

A - No real head from the pour, just an uneven splotchy veil of lacing that is light to medium tan in color with a very thin collar... The beer itself is a very dark brown with a faint reddish hue... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - An intoxicating aroma... Roasted malts... Chocolate... Vanilla... Cherries... Honey... Very subtle notes of tannins from the wine barrel aging... A slight alcoholic heat character... Wonderful balance... Wonderful complexity...

T - Burnt roasted malts... Some alcoholic heat... The notes of vanilla and honey are minuscule at best... The finish is that of red wine and it lingers for quite a while...

M - Medium to full bodied... A bit of a thin feel... Not much carbonation, possible even a bit "flat..." A distinctive dry burnt nature... Some alcoholic heat lingers... Takes on a lot of red wine character from the aging process...

D - A sipper for sure... Challenges the senses... A bit of a booze bomb... The red wine components are undeniable... May make some beer drinkers uncomfortable, but I can't understand many of the negative reviews... This is not something I would drink on a regular basis, bit is the type of brewing that pushes boundaries that I really enjoy...

02-20-2011 03:11:40 | More by philbe311
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +4%

Part of a Christmas package from best friend that included a botlle of CBS. Nothin to do with this beer, I just can't keep saying it.
Appearance: well...black as a hole. Almost no head at all.
Smell: that black hole charred roast and coffee and the red wine is right there. Well done.
Taste: better than expected. I do like the barrel aged black hole. Kind of thought the red would mostly gimmick, but this works.
Overall: nicely done.

12-23-2011 00:23:47 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4%

A: The beer poured jet black with a small tan-colored head. A thin layer of bubbles continually covered the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of roasted malts along with hints of coffee.
T: There is a lack of complexity in the overall taste, which is rather bitter and dominated by roasted coffee flavors. The barrel aging doesn't overpower these flavors and lends some notes of oak and vanilla in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly dry on the palate. The carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: The beer is surprisingly easy to drink considering the alcohol content, which is well masked.

06-14-2010 00:01:27 | More by metter98
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +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.

01-13-2012 20:21:05 | More by liamt07
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4%

First tried: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Imperial stout (13+%ABV) brewed with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, honey, and aged in red wine barrrels. Sounded really delicious. And it was, but unfortunately, I didn't find it as distinctive as I had hoped. That said, it definitely gained character as it warmed to room temp. It poured a very thick black-brown with a beautiful bubbly brown head. The nose was of chocolate-covered cherries. Chilled, the first thing that hit me was the coffee, and it seemed an average dry stout. As it warmed, I got more of the chocolate, but the wine flavor didn't hit until it was just about room temperature, and then, I tasted it only up front and in the aftertaste, which was nice. I didn't get any vanilla at all. Mildly bitter, and surprisingly very little taste of alcohol. Moderate mouthfeel and very drinkable.

05-22-2011 01:01:11 | More by Rifugium
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Red Wine BA Black Hole w/Red Foil

Pours similarly to others in the series – Pitch black super thick looking with a huge frothy tan head that reluctantly recedes leaving a ton of super sticky lacing. Smells very much like the white wine version with a ton of acidic notes defining the nose. Some roasted sweet malts, coffee and vanilla are also present. First sip is super complex tasting as the red wine seems to be a conflicting element as opposed to contributing to the overall positiveness of the brew. The red wine notes control the flavor with all others - coffee, sweet overly roasted malts and chocolate there but too much in the background… Or is the red wine notes too much in the foreground? Mouthfeel, like the others in this series, is phenomenal. As I consume more of this version the red wine becomes more accustom.

08-28-2011 18:48:13 | More by ATLbeerDog
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Served on-tap at Capone's for their Black Friday event. Poured into a 9 oz snifter glass.

A: Dark chocolate brown, essentially black in body with a light beige bubbly head. Nothing but a thin ring around the edge remained, but the lacing was splotchy and sticky.

S: Ripened dark red fruits (black cherry, red grapes), leather, chocolate roasted malts and hints of whiskey. There is certainly a distinct fruit element to the beer, not necessarily akin to a wine profile though the fruits themselves are. A touch of smoke and wood towards the back end.

T: A rich and robust dark malt, chocolate and cacao nib base is laid up-front. The wine qualities of this beer quickly come through and build on. Dry red fruits, more black cherry and raspberry, toffee and tobacco follow. Finishes like a dry red wine with some lingering fruity and smoke qualities.

M: Acceptable carbonation, not overdone but it still doesn't provide as full of a body as perhaps it should. Not thin or watery though, dry in the finish.

This was a nice surprise and a good way to end the morning at the restaurant. A lot of the red wine/wood qualities came through more than I expected. If you're not a wine person this may come off as confusing, but I think Mikkeller did a nice job at blending the two.

11-27-2011 01:36:01 | More by ShanePB
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cvm4

Mississippi

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
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Red foiled 12.7 oz. (375 mL) bottle

A: Pours a pitch black color with a 2 finger mocha/brown head that lasts for a while

S: Coffee, vanilla, oak, red wine, some sweetness overall but not too bad

T: Same as the smell, with the red wine notes coming off fairly strong. Definitely more present than the other BA Black Hole varieties in terms of flavor of the spirit in the barrels. Also in there is the bitter coffee, vanilla, and some oak. The wine does a nice bittering job along with the coffee

M: Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation

O: In terms of overall BA'ing jobs for the versions of Black Hole that I have had so far (this, Cognac, Tequila, and Bourbon), this has to be the best in terms of imparting flavor from the actual spirit (in this case, the red wine). Overall though, I'm not sure that red wine is the best with a RIS. Definitely interesting, but I think the other spirits add something that blends better with a RIS

08-21-2011 19:56:34 | More by BEERMILER12
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Jet black color with dark brown highlights. Quick tan head recedes to nothing before I even sip it.

Very roasted and vinuous aroma overall. Coffee, brunt to roasted grains, and dark chocolate come to mind. Much more tart smell compared to the other three Barrel-aged Black Holes I've tried.

Drak coffee, mocha roasted malt flavors upfront after each sip. The middle has a more chocolate and red wine flavor. Sweet from teh viney red wine barrels, and dark from teh super roasted malts and coffee. I like the combo of RIS flavors and red wine barrel flavors. The oak is just a little there. The red wine stands out the most.

The palate has a little pucker, liek from a slightly tart red wine, but that roasted almost charred flavor from the malts and coffee. The best beer out of the barrel-aged Black Hole series I've tried so far.

07-19-2011 05:16:23 | More by scruffwhor
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

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
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubbly dark tan head that pops away into a thin film. There are a few tiny bubbles gliding up the glass. It was quite a bit of arm wrestling just to get the cork out of the bottle.
S- The chocolate and black malt has some melanoidins and a faint red wine tannin quality in the finish. There is a vanilla hint that comes through as the beer opens up.
T- There is a tart flavor that soon leads to a dark roasted black malt flavor with a slight inky taste to it and lots of char. There is a faint vinous finish with an alcohol taste that lingers a bit. The dark chocolate flavor really increases as the beer warms and more of the dry red wine lingers after the finish. M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with an alcohol bite that finishes the beer.
D- Age might help this beer but right now it has lots of big sharp flavors that are tasty but seem to compete against each other. The tartness, chocolate, tannins and alcohol all fight against each other.

09-06-2010 03:26:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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kkrez

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 18:23:38 | More by kkrez
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shoky01

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

On tap at the Meddlesome Moth. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours deep black with a tiny light tan head. Good carbonation with good sticky lacing.

S: A little malt but the red wine aging comes out right away, almost smells bourbony.

T: wow, one of the best stouts I've had! The slight bitter fruitiness of the red wine followed by stouty goodness. Little bitter on the backside.

MF: tingly with alcohol. Smooth but a little sticky. Little burn on the way down.

OA: awesome, want more. Need more.

11-27-2011 20:25:00 | More by shoky01
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LadyOfMuchBeer

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-30-2011 15:22:27 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-21-2011 15:57:47 | More by Neffbeer
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rogerthegill

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-04-2012 03:09:19 | More by rogerthegill
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-14-2013 17:03:37 | More by jaydoc
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-15-2011 17:23:48 | More by richbrew
Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.