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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)Black Hole (Red Wine Edition)
BA SCORE
3.8/5
Very Good
185 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:
185
pDev:
17.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
33
Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of silentnoiz
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank A/B with the Black (sampled all but the Rum same night).

A - dark pour with small amount of head and slight lacing

S - very roasty and a small amount of grapes

T - roasty with a slight tangy flavor, not a lot of red wine but sense more of a port

M - carbonated

O - interesting to try, and not a bad beer for being aged in red wine barrels

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into an Epic snifter. Purchased too long ago to remember where, but it was around $13. C&C bottle.

A: Pitch black with a few loose brown bubbles that almost form a head. Brown bubbles mingle at the edge of the glass and leave a few small, fine splotches of lacing. Completely opaque.

S: I get a lot of the base beer, big time black hole notes of charred malt, brown sugar, molasses, coffee and a ton of caramel, but not much in the way of wine. Maybe a bit of oak barrel, but no wine.

T: Again, a lot of the base beer, tons of malty sweetness, coffee, caramel, burnt malts and some molasses as well. The red wine really shows itself as the beer continues to warm and breath a bit. Oak and dry red wine hit the tongue first and melt into an imperial stout. The red wine helps break up the massive sweetness of the base beer. Very interesting.

M: Carbonation is practically non existent, comes across a bit thin, and takes on the mouthfeel of a merlot or cab. Finish is relatively dry, with the wine and oak barrel really helping that. A bit of warmth in the swallow. I'd like a bit more body and a bit more carbonation.

O: An interesting beer, I get a lot more of a red wine feel more than a straight up flavor. A very robust, flavorful beer with a lot of depth, but it is still a beer and carbonation would really help round it out.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mar02x
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I blind tasted this one during a PINT tasting session in 'de Mug' (A Dutch pub in Middelburg).

A - A brown foam on top of a pitch black beer.

S - A nice coffee and chocolate scent.

T - A delightful coffee, chocolate, oak and peat mixture. The beer is a little too sweet upfront.

M - A creamy and thick syrup with a nice bitter finish. The carbonation was low to medium.

O - Terrific! Worth buying, having, trading, etc. A solid beer.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. There is a 2-finger dark tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice bit of sticky lace on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of dark roasted malt, as well as quite a bit of coffee aromas. There are some red wine aromas here, but a little less than I expected. I am also getting some notes of dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, smoke, and a bit of booziness.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with a bunch of dark roasted malt and quite a bit of coffee. The red wine is present, but just like in the nose it is less present than I expected. There are other flavors of dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, oak, and some booziness. The finish leaves some lingering coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, and wine flavors behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body, but it isn't quite as heavy as I expected it to be. It has a fair amount of carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice rich smooth feel to it. There is a good amount of roasted malt bitterness, as well as some sweetness. There is a little bit of dryness on the back end, and it also has some alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - This has really good drinkability. Sure it's a sipper, but the flavor is really nice. I thought it was going to have more of a red wine presence, but I'm really not sure if that would make me enjoy this more or less since I'm not the biggest wine fan. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and I think it is real interesting. I definitely recommend trying this one out. It was worth the $13 i paid for it.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of corby112
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drat at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch balck and completely opaque with very faint mahogany edges ad a half finger light beige head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.

vinous, boozy aroma with a storng wine barrel presence as well as some roasted dark malt underneath. Hints of grape, currant  and other dark fruit as well as some earthy oak and burnt malts.

Medium bodied with a strong raosted malt presnce that overpowers the barrel character lingering into a boozy, hot finish. Lots of acrid, smokey malt with hints of burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate and fuel. The barrel character provides some dry toasted oak that exaggerates the smoked malt character without adding much balance. Some faint vinous sweetness with hints of grape and dark cherry but this beer is all toasted oak and overly roasted dark malts.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +4.7%
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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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Black Hole (Red Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 185 ratings
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