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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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jale, Dec 08, 2011
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4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is - oooh, so thick and rich, smoky with a strong mocha overtone and hints of molasses and honey. It just fills the nose and demands a taste. It pours a deep sable, just a shade from black, with a thick and fairly persistent tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky flavor has tones of quality coffee, vanilla, white wine, and - WOW, what a bite! There are also hints of honey and caramel. Thick, full-bodied texture is edgy and somewhat fizzy, and has a strong if not fierce alcohol nip. If you like stouts, let this one drag you past its event horizon!

Cyberkedi, Sep 05, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

nickthetick, Aug 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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Orancy, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

kjyost, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black colour with a small, creamy, dark tan head. Fair to good head retention. Some lacing.

Bright, fruity aroma with chocolate and caramel notes. Plenty of malt. The barrel characters are clear with some oak and vanilla playing with clear wine character. Very, very nice.

The flavour is similar to the aroma but the fruity, oaky, delicious barrel character is even more prominent. I occasionally get bits of toffee, caramel and sweet chocolate. Very good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Actually quite luscious.

A really nice expression of Black Hole. Many disparage this beer for being overly roasty or having too much barrel character but to me this is a unique and well balanced example that I find really nice.

dgilks, Nov 28, 2011
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4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
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

WiscoBrewsco, Apr 12, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7floz bottle into a goblet glass

$13.99 At Dicicco's in Brewster

A- Pours solid opaque black with a 1 finger khaki head that sticks around. Splotchy retention and some really nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass.

S- Smells like the normal Black Hole. Roasted burnt dark malts with hints of dark chocolate, fancy burnt coffee, and smoke. Also some subtle hints of vanilla, musty oak, with very slight vinous notes but very slight. Seems like you gotta know the base beer or the other variants to get the difference.

T- Really interesting on the palate. Tip of the tongue you get smoke, bitter dark chocolate and sweet creamy dark malts but as it hits the middle of the tongue and works its way down the super strong white wine flavors come out and slam the palate with white grapes, acidity, slight odd funkiness, strong alcohol, and musty wood. After you get hit with that and it goes down the throat the aftertaste brings out the bitter coffee and more smoke in the finish with subtle notes of leather, honey, vanilla and strong oak. Really crazy variant of this stout and unique to say the least.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter strong burning finish that warms you up.

Overall this is a really unique beer and a great addition to an already awesome series of beers.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Sep 17, 2011
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4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up quite some time ago. Somewhat got lost in my fridge so I crack today for a lengthy 4th of July drink session. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark oily black hue, just like a good stout does, with shockingly large amount of mocha head. Two finger mocha head for a 13% beer is intense...fades to leave a nice thick, creamy dense blanket.

S - Some light chocolate and coffee but then the nose gets hit with gentle vanilla and sweet honey. Some light vinous notes too from the barrel.

T - Taste starts with some roasted malts and then immediately gets hit with honey sweetness. There is some slight coffee bitterness and and tasty vanilla, albeit light. The finish has nice white wine tanins along with very nice wood notes. Solid finish.

M - The alcohol is hidden nicely with this, slightly sweet due to the honey and lower carbonated. The alcohol DOES sneak up on you though.

O - Overall this was a nice stout and the honey, vanilla, and white wine really comes through on the flavour and aroma. The appearance is outstanding for something this high.

rudzud, Jul 04, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

yamar68, Mar 29, 2012
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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.