Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)
BA SCORE
67.9%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 184 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
184
Liked:
125
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
17.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Photo of Nashvillain
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bubbles, no head, just darkness. A few bubbles, but really just a lake of blackness, reminds me of Charlie Murphy.

Smell is a light tartness with some oaky scents, a dark red wine, and some roasty malts.

Taste is wine, all wine. I guess there's a little of stout, but this is the most wine-like beer I've ever had. I love the flavor, like a great Pinot Noir, the tannins and oak are huge! Only bad quality about this beer is everything but the taste, but I think it makes up for it in the taste.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma has an overtone of apple brandy and nutty and caramel hints. It pours a dark opaque sable with a fine-bubbled, almost velvety tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Wine and brandy dominate the smoky coffee taste, which has nutty, caramel and unsweet chocolate hints. Lively, full-bodied texture is quite fizzy and leaves behind a strong tingle and a dry red wine finish.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 ATLbeerDog
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into C&B tulip glass. I have had the Tequila version so far, this will be my second of the barrel aged black holes.

A - Black, carbonation bubbles aplenty, 1 finger khaki head, good lacing.

S - Sweet malt, suprisingly hoppy, light coffee, more subdued than the Tequila version.

T - Coffee bean, vanilla, caramel, red wine is subtle, alcohol is barely noticeable, light hop bitterness.

M - Very smooth, turns out to have low carbonation, much sweeter than the tequila version.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Tim460
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Mikasa stout glass.

Pretty much black in appearance. I've read of some problems with the regular black hole lacking any trace of carbonation so I used an aggressive pour that resulted in large head that lasted for a while.

The smell of this beer was amazing. Chocolate coffee mixed with the red wine scent made this beer smell like a real treat. The taste was similar to the smell. Massive chocolate up front followed by coffee, vanilla, and the tart red wine.

The fruitiness of the red wine in the back end really made this seem like a dessert beer for me. Definitely not sessionable due to the high alcohol content which creates a strong warming sensation.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's not your normal Imperial Stout but for me was a real treat. It's not cheap but I plan on picking up a few more to save for a while. I also have the Bourbon aged version which I can't wait to try.

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Photo of jamescain
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 CampusCrew
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Almost black beer that looked brown in the light and on the edges. Small tan head, not much else.

S - Coffee, Mikkeller char, vinous sweetness, wood, little chocolate, some booze.

T - Oak, wine, roasted malts, char, little sweet fruit, some vinous taste. It's not bad, but it's not great and not worth what I had to pay for the bottle.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Pretty average, flavors are strong and not so easy to get down. Something I'd pass on in the future due to the price.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of bylerteck
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Beer Planet in Brussels. Not cheap that's for sure. Split with a friend. From notes.

A - Completely black pour with carbonation coming up the sides. No head and a very small amount of lacing.

S - Vinous as hell. Chocolate and roast malt with lot's of coffee, licorice, and some vanilla.

T - More vinous. Chocolate and a little roasty malt. Woddy as well. Not as good as aroma and slightly harsh.

M - Good carbonation with a light body which is weird. Maybe it's just my palate though. Sweet finish. Seemed like a weak body.

O/D - Not a great beer. A chore to finish my half and I didn't really enjoy it. The price tag was about 14 Euros so I was not too happy with this.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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 billab914
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of marvin213
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Black like the crayon color, it's definitive blackness. Aptly named, no light's getting thru this beast. The thin layer of froth is dark brown, as you'd probably expect. It's just super black with a dark brown head. Like a black man with pantyhose on his face, it's a little scary.

I smelled a cabernet sauvignon from the bottle, but my pour offers more stouty options: malt, a touch of that vanilla perhaps, and a tad of smoky charred oak, I'm guessing from the barrel. Though cold, I don't sense any honeyish sweetness. The red wine element is still present, but it's more of a table wine now. With everything going on with this beer, its aroma is underwhelming.

I feel thinness before I really taste anything. I like the red wine influence, but the wine seems cheaper and cheaper the more I discover it. Whatever makes a stout "chewy" isn't in here. It's SO thin! The vino might be overbearing, as I detect very little vanilla and coffee's an afterthought. Better than an average beer certainly, but short of its apparent potential.

What's the correct, objective way to measure that thick chewiness--density? I wonder how the density here compares with other big stouts--regular Black Hole even. The thinness makes it easy-to-drink, particularly for a 13+%er, but a $15 handle seems more shipping than sensing.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz synthetic cork and caged bottle thanks to finewinemike!

Poured into a C Lawrence goblet at Fridge Temp

No date on bottle or Cork

A- Pours a solid black, you don't get darker than this. A small 1 finger light brown head on top that dissipated fairly quickly leaving spotting lacing and some serious alcohol feet on the side of the glass when you swirl it.

S- Really good. Dark roasted malts with a nice sweetness from the honey and vanilla. Has a really nice oak/wood note to it from the barrels. After giving it a nice swirl and let it warm a bit you definitely get some red wine notes in the background. Some sweet fruity notes from the grapes. A really great smelling beer to say the least.

T- Wow nothing like the aroma. Super strong roasted dark malts that bring out some nice coffee and bitter unsweetened chocolate. After it goes down your slammed with a strong smokiness and dryness from maybe the burnt barrels? Kind of like smoked meat in a way. Definitely some sweeter flavors hidden in there as well, most likely from the honey and vanilla. The wine kind of gets lost in the smoke but at the same times comes through and adds some fruit to the mix and complexity. Not at all what I was expecting

M- Medium bodied with lower carbonation and a nice dried out smokey finish.

Overall Black Hole is one of my favorite stouts so to try this definitely blows all my expectations out of the water. Definitely a completely different beast in every way. Once again Mikkeller has out done himself. Looking forward to the rest of these bad aces!

SkÅL!

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Photo of philbe311
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

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Photo of jwinship83
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a small 375ml (plastic) corked and caged bottle with no freshness information poured into my stone IRS snifter.

A- the plastic cork was difficult to pop out. when it did come out, it did without a sound. the beer pours out an opaque black body with a larger than expected coffee colored head on top. the head doesnt take too long to fall, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing that i pick up in the nose are dark roasted malts that are almost burnt smelling. after that im impressed with just how strong the red wine comes through. a lesser amount of vanilla from the barrel is noticed. some dark chocolate and molasses towards the end. coffee and alcohol as well.

T- the taste starts out with the roasted malts that i could smell and it tastes just as burnt. the red wine is still larger than expected and brings an interesting twist. vinous stout? odd. the vanilla from the oak doesnt really bring the flavors together either. some chocolate and coffee. lots of noticeable alcohol also.

M- the body is significantly lighter than i was expecting or would have liked. almost watery. strong warming from the alcohol. the carbonation is almost nonexistent.

D- im not sure what i was expecting when i dropped close to $14 for this. not really a great combination of flavors. im glad this comes in a small bottle. i really wouldnt like to try to get through a whole 750. dont think ill be buying this one ever again.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet, allowed to warm to 60ish degrees

A = Pours very dark brown with a half a finger of old dark brown head which quickly dissipates, some carbonation, mild lacing

S = chocolate and red wine initially, followed by malt

T = taste on the wine overpowers at first and then the chocolate, coffee set in at the end. As with the Rum Aged Black Hole, ralcohol is almost overpowering at first

M = Good amount of alcohol, little carbonation

D = Drinkability is good, however, I couldn't see myself making more than one of these is sitting. Overall, it is unique and quite good. I would definitely try this again, but not on a daily basis.

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Photo of Elendinn
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a glass mug.

It was kinda entertaining watching VDubb86 and TheStretch attempt to figure out which wine this beer's barrels were shared with. Regardless, it pours a nice obsidian topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, chocolate syrup, generic wood, figs, pecans, and black grapes. The taste, though, forsakes the stoutiness of the smell and opts instead for a woody red wine. Seriously, all I got from my 'buds was a blast of tart-ish wine-soaked oak, followed up by a small hint of char. Wow. Not my cup o' tea, honey. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this did not work for me at all. I was hoping for a wine-tinged stout, but instead got wood-tinged wine. I could not finish my glass, so I tried pawning it off on anyone else at the party. Boo.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stella glass

I'm rather fond of this series of beers. This one gets a nice little bump because I really liked deciphering what type of wine barrels were actually used. This beer pours the blackness that the name would suggest the smell is very chocolaty with hints of the red wine grapes on the nose, but it's too faint to pick out the type. The taste again is greatly chocolate filled with the wonderful currant taste and a tad bit on the spicy tannins that would lead me to believe that in some way shape or form that this barrel previously contained pinot noir grapes. The oak comes through as well. It's really a rather pleasant drink. It's a tad on the hot side, though I wonder with the cork and all how well it might actually age.

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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 67.9% out of 100 with 184 ratings
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