Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
Like its brethren, it's black as the pitch with a tan, foamy top. Thus one's head seems a little more explosive and eruptive, as acid-like bubbles (think white wine and champagne) violently force their way to the top. It settles after a minute or two.
The smell is peculiar, as I definitely get some vinegary sour grapeness. This is not like effecescent bubbly or sweet white reisling, but rather an apple cider-like vibe. More White House applesauce than Biltmore House Cabernet sauvignon.
It's weirdly true in the taste as well. Maybe it's the blend, but it's like cheap sweet house wine mixed with a big sweet stout. Coffee and roasted malts are there, but kind of separate as if in a suspension. The feel is unique but uncertain. There's a suggestive sour with the white wine vinegar feel. That's juxtaposed against honey-sweet coffee stout. I love the idea here, and the beer tastes okay, but our combo's a little off here.
Overall, it's worth a try. I so appreciate these BA varieties of Black Hole, and I know that cognac version is a real treat. Black Hole is one versatile stout. As I round out the last of this particular series, I'm grateful for Mikkeller putting this together. Cheers!
11-20-2011 15:45:33 | More by marvin213
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the scotch whisky, red wine, tequila, cognac and bourbon versions.
The beer pours a black color with a tan head. I don't get too much white wine in the aroma. What really comes through is a ton of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.
Somewhat surprisingly, the white wine really comes through in the flavor. I get some grape and oak notes, as well as some roasted malt and chocolate. The white wine character is tough to explain, but it is definitely noticeable and works well with the other flavors.
Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.
11-11-2011 04:09:11 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
12.7 oz green bottle, foiled and capped. at fridge temp poured into a snifter.
pours out pretty much completely opaque black. nice 1/2 a finger or so of creamy light mocha colored head. good retention and a bit of creamy lace from a swirl of the glass. just a little legs apparent on the glass as well.
at first, this is almost all white wine barrel, smells of an old bottle of wine thats been sitting out, somewhat footy and funky. as it warms some ashy roasted malt and vanilla come in to play. white wine like fruits as well. becomes more and more boozey as it warms up.
a very interesting blend of wine and stout, not sure if it really works all that well, but tastier than the aroma suggests. vinious, dry wine like fruits, just slightly acidic. ashy roasted malt, and vanilla with just a hint of coffee on the back. almost comes of a little spicy, more like cinnamon or nutmeg. a little boozey in the finish.
i think the dry white wine makes this feel a little thinner than it actually is. maybe a bit too much carbonation.
not bad, i began to like it more the more it warmed up and the more i drank it, but nothing close to the bourbon barrel black hole IMO. has that same base stout, ashy vanilla, slight spicy taste, but the bourbon works much better than the wine does. still im intrigued to try more of these. pretty unique impy stout.
01-15-2012 20:53:43 | More by dogfishandi
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
Pitch black, light tan and brown head to it, thin ring, yet decent lacing from it. Aroma was a complex meld of deep roast, ash, vanilla, bitter coffee (something Mikkeller does as good as anyone) and a zesty accompaniment that seems it could only come from the white wine barrel.
The taste is much the same as the aroma, with the spritzy feel of the white wine barrel aftereffects giving the body and mouthfeel of the beer a much lighter feel than the 13%+ abv would seem to indicate. Throw in a little bit of leather with the ash and you've got yourself a cowboy stout going on here.
Very dry and light mouthfeel for something of this ilk. Almost seemed like there was two yeast strains for it, one of which was a standard brett one given the dryness and liveliness of the beer, or maybe it was the hoppinesss in a very complex beverege. Just the right amount of warmth from the alcohol. Big time acidic feel, bring your antacids for this one, biggest acid feel beyond anything not called lsd or sour. Can't wait to drink more of these come wintertime.
These black holes ratings wise suffer from two major issues: no homers, and the shit is quite expensive in the bottle. Loved having it on tap at beer revolution, those guys just keep getting better at everything. If this stuff was not all over the world, it would probably hyped and traded at an inflated value, so here's to the lovely world of wide distribution and production!
09-13-2011 16:38:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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 boozyness mixed with coffee and chocolate.
T - Coffee, chocolate, peat and some booze. This bottle seems infected because the beer is light sour. It could also be from the white wine barrels, nevertheless the taste isn't really off and still very drinkable.
M - A medium carbonation, a bitter aftertaste and a good solid body.
O - The sourness is killing this beer in the end. I suppose it could be much better. I'll have to drink some more to test it :). Overall it still is a good beer.
12-21-2011 09:58:37 | More by Mar02x
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
Oily black body, and I poured myself a nice thick tan head. Fine lacing.
A trace boozy, a hint of dry honey and dry malt.
Kinda tart, a trace of cherry or even citrus. Surprisingly indicative of the white wine barrel.
Good, but a bit extra tang than I was expecting.
08-18-2012 02:04:17 | More by zaphodchak
3.53/5 rDev -8.5%
I love Mikkeller, but this beer is a little too sweet for my liking.
The label says imperial stout, but I think barley wine as I sit here drinking it. Just because of the sweetness.
The nose is very sweet. You can smell the alcohol on this beer and some estery fruit, subtle hints of vanilla.
The taste is very boozy. Alcohol is presant right away. You can taste the vanilla and some grape characteristics on the back end. The sweetness just overpowers my palate and I don't find that I enjoy this beer as much as I want too.
10-30-2011 05:19:06 | More by osusullins
4.8/5 rDev +24.4%
A: pours an opaque black into a tulip with a half finger of light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass for the first third of the beer then nothing.
S: chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet toffee, french roast coffee, bourbon, leathery, a hint of vanilla and caramel.
T: wow! There's a lot going on here. In fact as much as the nose and a grape koolaid/ blue curacao flavor that is the most interesting part of this beer. Wonderfully sweet, with chocolate, toffee, caramel and vanilla notes. There are so many things going on with this beer that you don't even notice the hooch-y-ness. A nice fig and date flavor is left on the tongue.
MF: not as heavy as I would have expected it, but still heavy, very astringent, warm/ almost hot, and dry.
O: if I had the chance I would buy a couple bottles of this. Its a great beer that is great fresh, but I also imagine I would be great with a few years on it. I really hope I come across this again, and if not I might have to start trading.
08-10-2011 23:35:07 | More by nickthetick
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass (proper!). Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, sweet alcohol, spices, and a hint of white wine. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, spices, wood, white wine, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really went into this one a little worried if I am completely honest. This was due to the fact that I had no idea how well a Russian Imperial Stout would carry over if it were aged in a white wine barrel. However, I am a fan of both white wine and RISs so I figured I would give it a fair shot. I really liked what I found though as the white wine barrel imparted a nice sweetness that one would expect from a good white wine while still having the robustness and booziness one would expect from a RIS. A really well done brew. I can’t wait to crack open the rest of the series (the Tequila one might be my downfall though).
10-02-2012 11:49:02 | More by thagr81us
3.96/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-10-2013 21:03:16 | More by bluejacket74
4.23/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours an intimidating black silk with two fingers of thick brown froth. Perfect lacing. The honey plays an unexpectedly dominant role on the nose. No discernible booze either. Toasty vanilla, almost like cinnamon. Really a bright smelling beer for how pitch black it pours. On the tongue, again I don’t get any booze but there are all sorts of notes that you don’t usually experience in this kind of beer - the white wine barrels bring that sort of funky sweet/sour pear, the honey plays along with that nicely. I’m a little confused by this beer, to be honest. Going by taste alone, I don’t think I would have any idea what style this is. I mean, the mouthfeel is heavy enough to give some clues, but that’s about it. Aside from the mouthfeel and the appearance, this beer is going in all sorts of directions. I love to be challenged like this by a beer, not surprised that Mikkeller would be the guy to do it. Well played, sir.
03-29-2012 00:47:16 | More by yamar68
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of white wine in the nose.
T: The taste is a bit acidic and has flavors of white wine along with notes of chocolate and roasted malts in the background.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The white wine barrel gaining is rather unique but isn’t nearly as good as some of the other beers in this series. Nonetheless, it’s a testament to Mikkeller’s brewing ability to achieve a good-tasting beer.
08-28-2011 23:59:37 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Jet black pour with nice tan three finger head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is dominated by dark, roasty malts with quite a boozy alcohol character. Hints of chocolate, oak, and vanilla up front, eventually yield to a subtle grapey, vinous note that really opens up as it warms. The taste follows suit, with the roasty chocolate and coffee the stars with hints of vanilla, toffee and booze. As it warms, the wine character almost appears out of nowhere and quickly dominates everything. I've had beers aged in wine barrels, but never had tannins show up like they do here. I'm not really sure if it works, but it's definitely interesting and unique. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with an acidic bite on the finish. Considering the alcohol is very present in both the nose and the taste, it doesn't hurt the drinkability, especially at 13% ABV. This beer perfectly illustrates just how cool this barrel-aged series is. Another winner from Mikkeller!
02-18-2012 17:21:24 | More by beerdrifter
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
Bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY, part of our Black Hole blind tasting. 375ml into a snifter.
Poured black yet again, almost no light penetration in the body. Bubbles compose the head, some OK legs with good lacing. Nose has some light fruitiness, and general dryness as well. Alcohol is prominent. Similar qualities to the other in terms of char, and sweet characteristics. Taste has some dry fruitiness, white wine vinous character, light char and lengthy honey sweetness in the finish. Medium full feel, maybe a tad thinner than the others. Alcohol and substantial sweetness are predominant. My least favourite of the crowd next to the peat whiskey, not too much in terms of balance or desirable flavour.
01-13-2012 20:42:09 | More by liamt07
4.39/5 rDev +13.7%
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
04-12-2013 17:16:10 | More by WiscoBrewsco
Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.