Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by ShogoKawada on 05-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
184
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
17.29%
 
 
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7
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i found this and the tequila barrel aged edition down at coaltrain in colorado springs. that place has some dusty gems sitting around, these are relics at this point, and although i feared some deterioration, at over 13% abv, it was worth the risk. this one smoked the tequila one i though, the red wine was quite intense, the tannins there really sort of countered the slight oxidation the beer suffered, and while the honey has faded plenty, the other elements were prominent, and the texture was right on, huge and creamy, bitter enough from coffee and roast, and somehow soft in feel, not the least bit harsh, the alcohol has mellowed tremendously. i remember the white wine edition being more subtle on the wine, the fruit here is really pretty bold, cherry being the most obvious, and it goes great with the coffee and the relative dryness of the whole thing. i would have been curious to taste a fresh one side by side with this, but i enjoyed it very well next to the tequila edition. i hope these beers come back around at some point, but i think they were all one offs for now. a shame, such a cool base beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle into a De Molen stemgoblet at Olbutikken in Copenhagen. Best before date is 09/05/2015 (i.e. May 9th 2015). Reviewed from extensive notes. Expectations were high because this is me favourite brewery.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beautiful tan colour, amazing cream, and brilliant thickness. Colour is a solid black. Nontransparent. Appealing.

Sm: Vinegar, cream, toffee, chocolate, and some indistinct sweetness. A mild strength aroma. Some middle-of-the-road raspberry fruit ester hops are present.

T: Amazing, with the notes from the nose accompanying red wine hints. Wonderful subtle grape overtones are complemented by the cream undertones. Nothing short of incredible. The hops are layered, not meshed together. Very complex. The mastery is in the exquisite balance of grape esters with the stout notes (cream, toffee, and so forth). Very well built. How did they achieve such balance?

Mf: Smooth and wet, with thickness replacing coarseness to coax out the flavours, a necessity at this high an ABV. Usually stouts rely on coarseness to slow the flavour for optimal enjoyment, but this one has so much flavour that it doesn't need to. Not syrupy, but strong. Very complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Amazingly drinkable for the style and ABV. No alcohol comes through, and she tastes amazing. I'd have another for sure. The price (94 DKK at Olbutikken) makes her best suited for a special occasion, but lads - she's a keeper.

A (4.50)

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Photo of largadeer
1.82/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared by chswimmer. Thanks!

Dark brown in the glass, not quite opaque. A thin cap forms and retains nicely, leaving some scattered lacing. The smell is rather wretched, like burnt berries, tar, ash, rubber and booze. The barrel seems to have overwhelmed the coffee and vanilla character that I get in the rum version, leaving nothing but a burnt fruity mess. The taste, surprisingly, is a step up. A small step. It's vinous and fruity, ashy and burnt, with a touch of coffee and vanilla. Very tannic and drying in the finish, burnt licorice flavors linger. This isn't quite as bad as the rum version, but it's far from good.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mothman
1.49/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into snifter.

Pours a light tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown that settles black.

Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate, black sharpie marker, ash, and burnt rubber.

Taste: Peat, ash, smoke, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, burnt malt, burnt rubber, sharpie, No wine flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and burnt. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends bitter and roasted and the flavors last forever.

Overall, this one was better than the other 2 ba black holes I have had, but not by much. Very similar to the others. Awful. I cannot believe how much money I wasted on this series.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of billab914
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a very thin tan lacing for a head.

The aroma has a good dose of sweetness to it, with honey and vanilla leading the way. I get some of the roasty, coffee flavors to it as well. The wine barrel character is light, but adds a bit of a red wine flavor to it.

The taste starts off with the sweeter flavors of the honey and vanilla. Midway I start to get more of the roasty coffee and dark roasted malts. The honey sweetness and coffee roastedness really seem to compete with each other. In the finish I get a good amount of tannins coming through in the wine barrel character.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability is decent, it had a lot of flavor to it but I don't think everything integrated all that well. The wine barrel flavors were interesting, and probably one of the better barrel treatments of black hole I've had. Not a bad beer overall, but not one of my favorite barrel aged beers.

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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blinded review alongside the rest of the barrel aged Black Hole lineup.

A – Black with dark brown highlights. Creamy, dark mocha head with great retention and lace.

S – Sharp alcohol with a dry fruitiness. Bitter cocoa, raisins, almond extract and white chocolate.

T – Sweet caramel, raisins and tanniny grape skins open the profile along side a bright, but sweet vanilla booze. The center drops off a cliff of dryness leaving arid ghosts of wood, alcohol and grapes through the finish.

M – Super creamy with a dry, woody backend. Full body. Low carbonation.

O – Complex and refined, the best of the barrel aged lot in my opinion. [blinded guess was red wine]

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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.76 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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