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%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
33
For Trade:
1
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours sludgy and black as night. The slightest hint of red, with a creamy head.

S: Grapes, sweet, honey, kiss of alchohol. Coffee. flowers. Very concise. Not what you would expect from a stout.

T: Whoa what just happened... Sweet wine then alcohol then bitter then coffee. And not gross coffee like every other beer ever (ok that's an exaggeration but out of all the coffee beer's I've had so far only one of them has actually tasted like coffee). This is crazy, each aspect hits at a different time and the alchohol which is very powerful gets outshone with the coffee finish and the burn has nearly faded by the time the coffee goes away. And it's a sweet coffee. This is killer. Certainly a sipper though: very powerful.

M: Alcohol really comes through but is bearable. Doesn't sit the best but certainly you can let it linger. Sits heavy.

Overall this beer was crazy complex. The alchohol really seems to dominate but it is well balanced with the other aspects. As i mentioned, the coffee flavors is actually coffee not a bitter grossness. Gotta sip this one though as it is very powerful. The wine aspects are present but the tannins that are usually present in red wine don't really show up here as much as the sweetness. Worth checking out but certainly for a special occasion: gotta drink this one slow.

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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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 zaphodchak
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice half finger brown head, dark brown body. Retains pretty well.

Smells very similar to regular Black Hole, but some leathery funk.

Tangy, grapeish, but still with the malt soul of the beer.

Nice mouthfeel, no complaints, not outstanding.

Interesting to see how well it takes on the barrel character in the taste, if not in the nose.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle at Vine St. Pub and ordered it. Black pour, what else would I expect? Soapy off white, brown lacing. Thin lacing.

Aroma of vanilla, oak, red plum, leather and cocoa. Nothing spectacular, nothing bad.

Flavors are mingled well with nothing taking command. Red plum back bone. Vanilla and leather dance around. This beer has a nice mix of flavors, but nothing stands out. It's a bit thin or subdued for an RIS. The abv is well hidden and is not difficult to drink. The cocoa/coffee that we come to expect from this category just don't pass mustard.

Slight tannin on the end. While good, not a re-order for the price

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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

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

Jason's bottle, part of the blind Black Hole tasting.

Near jet black, one finger of tan head, some lace left on the glass. Smell is quite fruity, some oak and roast malt, wine like notes, some wild/funky notes as well almost certainly the influence of the barrel, some bittersweet notes as well. Taste is fairly roasty, oak, vanilla and chocolate as well as some coffee, some lactic sourness that is quite complimentary, more roasted notes in the finish. Medium carbonation, full body and quite a nice feel. This was pretty solid, easy drinking but still a slow sipper, quite enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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