talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2010
The pour is opaque black with a brown, pillowy, frothy, moderately full head which settles to a thin froth and leaves some nice lace. The nose is very nice and similar to the bourbon; the malt richness stands out the most with molasses, burnt caramel, and some fudge, black currant, light wisps of alcohol, faint port notes, sweet oak, a bit of sweet espresso, and some honeyed cereal notes. The flavor is nice and seems to carry more of the fruit from the wine, albeit faint; it starts with molasses, dark honey, some fudge, some underlying blackberry and black currant but sweet oak, espresso, and leather notes ultimately takeover. The palate is medium to full, round, soft to lively, and slightly syrupy. The finish is short with leather, sweet oak, espresso, and just a bit of fudge and fruit left on the tongue. Again, the vanilla is non-existent and the honey ultimately dries out the finish to quickly. The wine barrels add nice, sweet oak notes and a faint fruit presence to add to the dark and rich malt notes. Ultimately just another unique wrinkle to a very nice beer, not better, not worse. deyholla (12252) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle shared with others. Poured black with a medium tan head that dissipated slowly. Aroma had a nice wine note that balanced nicely with the dark notes of bitter chocolate and coffee with underlying vanilla. Flavor was again nicely balanced by the dry wine note as it kept the bitter chocolate and coffee under control while slightly enhancing the vanilla. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2010
The aroma is chocolate, coffee, red wine, sweet. The appearance is typical, deep black, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, dry red wine. The finish is wine, giving way to roastyness, pine hop bittering. Nice medium/thick to thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. Very good overall. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Another gem provided by the Tampa crew! Black pour with a nice tan head. Aroma has the coffee, vanilla, chocolate but with the wine barrel you get a great hint of red wine and tannins. Flavor is rich and full with the red wine flavors adding such a great nuance to this beer. My favorite of the 4 BA Black holes by far! stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black beer with a lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted and cold coffee. The flavor is likewise roasted and cold coffee with some additional acidity. The palate is dry with some sweetness. Overall a good beer but without much trace of the redwine.
sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2010
Pours blacn with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, cold coffee, light chocolate and elderberries. Flavour is roasted barley, light acidic, cold coffee and light fruity grape notes. hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Dark body with tan head and can actually pick up reddish tinges in beer. Aroma is all over the place. Woody charred character with licorice and the coffee and vanilla notes all topped off with distinct vinous nature. Sweet roasted taste with prominent feature of whatever red wine barrel they used. And definitely finishes in a dry wine type manner. Overall, really good, and I like what the wine barrel aging has managed to do for it. MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Smells spicy, almost peppery. Pours dark, dark brown with thick brown head. Tastes peppery and spicy too. Malty with alcoholic flavors. Dark malt flavors also come through. Hint of coffee-like flavor. Not sure I’m digging this. I get it, but I’m not loving it like some other Mikkeller beers. I hope the other Barrel-Aged Black Holes are better. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle shared by Mes. Complex aroma that is often at odds with itself, showing peanut butter, roast, charcoal, chalk, and slate. Full and cherry filled at the fore, with alcoholic vapors that heat the nose. Big, brutish flavor, a kick of intense oak leads into more chalk and aggressive hopping. Marshmallow and vanilla round out the finish. Only a hint of red wine made it through in this, perhaps Cabernet, if I had to guess. jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Pours black with tan head. Little lacing. Nose is roasted malts, vino, honey, vanilla bean and coffee. Taste is same, but vinous notes really overpower. Sweet imperial stout. Lots of red wine undertones throughout a very long finish.