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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

Black Hole (White Wine Edition)Black Hole (White Wine Edition)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.84%


Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2010)
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Reviews by peensteen:
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liam's bottle, part of the Black Hole blind tasting. This was my favourite of the night.

Pretty much jet black, solid ring of tan head with nice lacing left on the glass. Smell is roasted with some smokey notes, oak, ashy and burnt scents, vanilla, subtle spice as well, coffee and chocolate are there but quite mild. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, more smoke flavours than other Black Hole variations, nice oak finish, chocolate also in aftertaste with more roast. Mouthfeel is full, light to medium carbonation, good feel. I was surprised to learn this was the White Wine barrel, this was the cleanest and most balanced version of such a monster beer, quite drinkable and would certainly come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 18:12:40 | More by peensteen
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DerrickW

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-14-2014 21:59:36 | More by DerrickW
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Black Hole White Wine, bottle at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn. Glad to revisit this and re-review the "5" rating I gave this beer previously. Consumed on V-Day 2014.

Appearance: Still and thick, a tad mysterious. A thin line of pervasive head. Oily like soy sauce and a reduced balsamic. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: So unique! Barrel, wood, wine, sourness. Oak. Licorice, bitter chocolate. Acrid sweetness, like a bowl of fruit left out on the table for the whole summer. Coarsely ground coffee.

Taste: Tart and vinous, I don't get that sweetness others write about. Coffee, smoke roastiness, dirty chimney. Charred bacon. This ought to be the best sour-weird stout ever

Mouthfeel: Low in carbonation, as expected (this shit is old!). Full, creamy dark rich flavor and body. Well balanced, neither super rich nor too thin.

Overall: Super drinkable, feels more 9% than 13%. Unique, special. Love!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:35:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-21-2014 04:08:50 | More by afsdan
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-16-2014 02:20:00 | More by appetiteforparis
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

nice big stout here, mellow on alcohol content for such a strong beer, and the white wine has faded some im sure with the age of this, but perhaps it never impacted the beer too much, maybe it was too big to pull much from the wine barrel. either way, its dark chocolate nearly black, on par with many other big stouts from mikkeller. the nose on this is coffee forward, with the honey and vanilla also contributing, but in much more subtle fashion. the roast of the malt is heavy, and there is an oak element from the barrel for sure. this is a huge stout in taste. its layered with coffee and booze and dark chocolate and sweet honey. not a ton of vanilla to the taste, but there is a soft fruity flavor that could be from the white wine, but it doesnt have that acidic feel to it they usually do. this one seems a little less well put together than some others, maybe its the age, but it comes across oddly yeasty and bitter. even though its really interesting and tasty, its just a step below mikkellers best work. full body, smooth coating mouthfeel, long bitter finish laced with booze and oak, mildly bitter. fun beer overall, id like to have tried this when it came out to compare how much the white wine contributed, but it wasnt much in this older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 18:29:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-14-2013 17:03:06 | More by jaydoc
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GOGRANDE

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-15-2013 03:17:46 | More by GOGRANDE
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chippo33

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -54.5%

09-03-2013 19:02:55 | More by chippo33
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzed away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, honey, and a bit of white wine. Luckily the barrel character comes out stronger in the taste. It tastes like roasted malt, white wine, vanilla, honey, chocolate and some light coffee and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick but also seems a bit thin to me. Low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, but it's pricey at $12.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:03:16 | More by bluejacket74
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Hopbomber

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-04-2013 08:06:10 | More by Hopbomber
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

08-03-2013 01:27:48 | More by kjyost
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-18-2013 23:05:50 | More by WOLFGANG
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wyatt13

Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

My dad is always intrigued by strange brews like this one, so he gave me this beer a few months ago. Poured from a 375 ml. bottle into a snifter.

A – Pours a beautiful hazy black color. A surprisingly large mocha head erupts for something that is such a high ABV. Very good level of visible carbonation. Immense alcohol legs, yet a surprising amount of lacing.

S – The scent of the white wine barrels is very strong – an enormous oakiness like a young Chardonnay is quite strong. At the same time, there is the expected chocolate and coffee notes. In my opinion, these smells do not work well together at all, and I find it off-putting.

T – Massive oakiness hits the taste buds right away, before transitioning to a sharp white grape acidity. A sweet vanilla character follows up, with a lingering chocolate and a mild coffee roast. The oaky beginning and vanilla ending complement each other well, but the white wine acidity contrasts strangely with the stout characteristics.

M – Rather heavy mouthfeel, with a slight bit of granularity to it. I have had a lot of sediment with previous Mikkeller bottles as well. A high amount of carbonation for such a big stout.

O – This seems like something that only Mikkeller would try to make. Unfortunately, it’s another miss for me. I have tried a few of these strange Mikkeller brews, and I almost always end up dissatisfied. I appreciate the creativity, but that’s about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 02:24:36 | More by wyatt13
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bostonbeans

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-16-2013 23:33:26 | More by bostonbeans
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pixieskid

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-30-2013 07:14:15 | More by pixieskid
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csustar001

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

04-27-2013 22:23:15 | More by csustar001
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trodam

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-20-2013 19:42:59 | More by trodam
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance - Black as night but very thin, lots of very light carbonation with smell white bubbles almost like champagne

Smell - Very sweet for a stout, honey and vanilla sugar with a hint of wine

Taste - Very complex, small malt bill but very present, the sweet wine and vanilla mix take over though immediately and finishes with a honey after taste

Mouthfeel - Very thin for a taste, feels almost like water thanks to the wine barrel aging, but because of the flavors this mouthfeel seems more appropriate than a chewy stout mouthfeel would.

Overall - This is a very complex and very interesting beer. It may be trying to do too many things at once but that does not mean the flavor will disappoint. The sum of its parts may not be greater than they were alone but that doesn't mean this isn't still a good beer and worth trying if you can find it

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 17:16:10 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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Orancy


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-01-2013 03:39:34 | More by Orancy
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, vanilla, white wine, some dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, oak, white wine, vanilla, and some dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. White wine adds some nice depth and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:17:26 | More by ngeunit1
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-28-2013 03:49:44 | More by JMBSH
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle of unknown bottling date:

Appearance: Pours black as expected with a ginormous 2 finger head that has great mountain rangey qualities as it recedes a bit. The lacing on the glass from this brew can be summed up as nothing but epic, really impressive.

Smell: Strong aromas of coffee, caramelized brown sugar, roasted malts and nuts.

Taste: Definitely a unique stout. The white wine barrel character really shows itself in the middle of the drink and lends itself to the particular flavor of this brew. In the beginning, a nasty combo of coffee and white whine barrel hit the palate and then fade into more malt/barrel punch that sees the malt recede and in turn makes you perceive the barrel character fading back in. Like nothing I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. I'd venture to say that this has above average carbonation for a stout. The mouthfeel is nowhere as thick as say a BCBCS, but definitely not as thin as a DFH WWS. The nice balance agrees with me, and lends to the drinkability(please, stop awarding Bud Light this term!!!).

Overall: Extremely drinkable for the abv! Like nothing I've ever had and so enjoyable. Would gladly drink again and look forward to many more Miks!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:33:23 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-02-2013 03:07:00 | More by CGMLS3
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, looks thick, 2 finger tan head and not much lacing.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts and sweet honey with a trace of the white wine (sour).

T - Definitely chocolate, then the wine and it's oh so good. Followed by vanilla, honey and roasted malts.

M - Medium bodied, medium to low carbonation. Not cloying or syrupy at all.

O - The white wine and this stout go well together. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:07:24 | More by cvm4
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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.