Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

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.

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Photo of shoky01
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of claspada
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 a b*tch just to get the cork out of the bottle.)

Aromas begin with dark roasted malts, molasses, chocolate syrup, wood, dark pit fruits, and dark vinious grapes.

The tastes are immediately dominated by dark bitter charred roasted malts. Dark chocolate and dark fruits emerge as it warms, but the acrid dark roasted malts are quite overwhelming for my palate. Most Imp Stouts from Mikkeller fall into this category for me.
As it continues to warm I get some wine-soaked oak, followed up by more larger amounts of char.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

Overall, this did not work for me at all. I was hoping for a stout with nice vinous notes but instead I got a crazy overly roasted charred oaky, thin something. I could not finish my glass and I do not plan to sample any more beers in this series anytime soon.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of wcintula
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a flight at the Ginger Man, NYC.

Big chocolate brown head on this one, RIS notes blended with the red wine barrel gives it a vinous oak quality. Additional tastes the black hole base noted are the oak and vanilla tannins, they complement the big malty beer but at no point do they overwhelm what the beer is supposed to be. A beer, with some barrel flavors, not a barrel with some beer flavors. Awesome beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with one finger of foamy light brown head.

S -Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some cherry and oak in the background.

T - Bitter dark roasted chocolate up front giving way to oak, vanilla and dark fruit. I don't specifically get the red wine but there are some subtle dark fruit notes present that add a nice complexity to this palate.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. A nice chew. A touch viscous at times. A nice mouth feel.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown, black with no head.

S - Roasted malt, oak, red wine, vanilla, coffee. Becomes vinous and almost burnt malt/coffee as it warms.

T - Black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, ashy and roasty, almost burnt malt. Red wine in the finish with some red wine acidity. Some vanilla lingers in the aftertaste.

M - On the thin side of medium body with little carbonation. Lingering red wine acidity.

D - A little bit of a mess of flavors. The burnt taste doesn't play well with the red wine acidity but I like the red wine stout combo.

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Photo of kojevergas
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 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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Photo of Kshock
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip, looks great. nice lacing. bought as dark as you can get. vanilla, soft honey, faint coffee, bit of oak. pretty good.

to me this beer really leaves something to be desired. it really lacks that big roasted character from an imperial stout that i come to expect. the flavor is fairly one dimensional. slightly roasted, mostly sweet, touch of vanilla with a slightly tannic finish. flavor comes out a little bit more when i suck some air into my mouth after taking a sip.

mouthfeel is pretty good, thick and viscous without being disgustingly sweet. overall i thought this was a good beer. barrel character didn't come out too much. i dunno, worth a shot i suppose.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

7 barrel varieties with the base beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black.

Minimal head.

Smells sweet, and chocolate heavy. smells a touch oaky.
Very cloying on the nose and tongue. Lots of tannins as well. Wow harsh!
Tastes sweet and cloying. Overall way way to sweet and way too tannin heavy.
Mouthfeel is thick and boozy. Overall pretty bad

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Photo of DaveHS
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours deep black with almost 2 inches of foamy mocha head. Deflates over the course of a minute,leaving behind almost no head.

S-Loads of vanilla,flaked dried coconut and oak. If I didn't know better I'd swear this was the bourbon version. There's a hint of vinous sharpness.

T/M-Sharp tannic bitterness right up front. Whereas some of the other barrel aged versions take the edge off Black Hole's intensely bitter roastiness, but this iteration actually enhances it. The finish is marked by unpleasant, tannic bitterness and strong warming booze. Gets less bitter as it sits, but only to a point. There is an interesting note of musty old red wine playing into this, but I wouldn't call it pleasant, or a flavor that is well integrated.

O-Not a fan. The cognac version is still the best one I've tried to date.

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Photo of Nashvillain
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -2.9%
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 +20.5%
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 -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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +5.9%
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 +11.7%
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 +3.2%
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 +21.5%
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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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.76 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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