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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 23.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of wyatt13
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of WiscoBrewsco
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Smoothish, decent.

Good, but a bit extra tang than I was expecting.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, one finger light khaki head, good lacing.

S - Starts off with light blend of vanilla cake, white chocolate, toffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar; turns to white wine grapes with a touch of tobacco.

T - White wine grapes, oak, soft caramel, faint cocoa, honey, vanilla, light coffee bean, tobacco, tart finish.

M - Medium-full bodied, good medium-low carbonation, relatively smooth, long aftertaste of white wine/slightly acidic.

O - Very different from the other barrels, less malty/chocolately more white wine and honey. It showcases the vanilla and honey the best out of all the barrels.

4591105 $14.99 Honeygo Wine & Spirits

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Photo of crewfan16
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a central waters snifter

A-pitch black-no light at all getting through. 1/2" of light brown head falls quickly.

S- lots of cocoa and sweet honey, vanilla, roasted malt, some slight oakyness which i have to assume is from the wine barrels

t- follows the smell. cocoa and roasted coffee and honey. oaky barrel tinge with a bitt of fruity tang which must be from the white wine. interesting sour tartness on the end.

m- much lighter than I had anticipated, or maybe hoped for in this barrel aged stout. got better as it warmed, but lacked that viscocity i generally look for in the style. pretty boozy as well as it finishes with a strange fruity sour booze note. 13% certainly shows up.

overall, no where near a great stout in my opinon, and at $10 a bottle, seems quite a bit overpriced. The white wine barrels dont seem to lend anything positive to the beer. glad i tried it, but wont seek it out again.

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Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of wsantas
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with dense tan froth
S: Maple, Coffee
T: Coffee, Molasses, Oakey, winey finish
M: Heavy, Medium carbonation, acid ending
O: Love the beer. Unique. Not too sweet, but close.

My 3rd bottle, so I like the stuff. All around subtle and complex flavors.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours the same unapologetically cheerless, black body with the stray, thin beige head. Same as the standard Black Hole. Let's see where the white wine barrel takes it from here.

Smell: Modestly aromatic notes of hard roasted barley, low-grade dark chocolate, burnt fruit, and liquor fumes. The white wine is absent, assumably overshadowed by the harsh base beer scents.

Taste: Burnt, charred malts, some lightly sweet hints of bittersweet chocolate, caramel do little to take the edge off the overly roasted malts. Splash of cheap, tangy white wine to meld with the base beer flavors that have never been quite appealing or ingratiating. Acidic, oaky, and acrid smoke accents coming in. Closes out dry, slightly tannic, slightly harsh finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: I'm not too terribly keen on this, no.

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Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a quick fading head. Nice lacing and not transparent

Aromas of rich roasted malts and light woods. Sweet honey is present and the coffee has a nice bittering character

Starts off with roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate but quickly moves to a light wood and sweet dry wine and semi boozey honey flavor. Quickly transitions from rich roasted to sweet and rangy nicely

Medium body and aftertaste doesn't last long. Finishes semi sweet and leaves the palate sort of dry

Not a bad beer, lots of flavors going on but it sort of works. Not worth the price but glad I got to try it

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Photo of liamt07
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a fluffy 2-finger chocolatey head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good bit of dark roasted maltiness to it. There is some white wine presence and an acidic scent. Also, there are some aromas of chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit, and some booziness.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with some dark roasted malt and some white wine flavors. there are some other flavors of chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and some booze. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, wine, and booze behind on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness here and a good amount of roasted malt bitterness. There is also a little bit of sourness and a touch of wine acidicness on the back end. Some boozy warmth is present in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a sipper, but it has a really nice flavor. Overall, I thought this was a really well done beer, and i like what the barrels did to it. It makes for a nice addition to the black hole beer series. I recommend trying it out. i would buy it again.

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Photo of Auracom
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the Black Hole Cognac last fall but failed to procure a review for that one, so here's my chance to at least contribute something towards this crazy, chaotic series of stouts. For what's it worth, I thought the Cognac version was decent, so I do have some hope for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured on January 5th, 2012 poured into a Cantillon flute. Thanks Dan!

A - Heavily black coloring with a hue of dark brown and possibly (but maybe imaginary) ruby across the curves. Big head, about 3 fingers, and quite light in color. Definitely looks better than Cognac.

S - The white wine grapes definitely make an appearance in the nose, adding a peculiar acidic/fruity element. That, in addition to coffee, gives it a sort of strong char or roasted note. Very little sweetness to the smell. Slight dark fruit and oak barrel. I can't decide how much I like it, but I admittedly find it intriguing.

T - This is pretty unique. Immediately, right at the front, I get sweet, pungent white grapeskin and honey. It transitions into slight roast, coffee grounds, and espresso in the middle. Backend is a heavier, more robust roasted note with some fruit tartness. No alcohol in the taste, more warming at the back.

M - Fairly smooth, medium bodied, light-medium carbonation. Finishes a bit dry with an oak and wood aftertaste.

D - It's beyond tolerable, it's actually quite good. The nose might be a bit off but the taste is balanced and has some refinement. It's not overly sweet and absolutely doesn't overpower the stout qualities with the wine barrel integration. I would definitely like to try another bottle just to check variation between the two, because this one surprises me.

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Photo of silentnoiz
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank A/B with the Black.

A - dark with small head and lacing

S- nice roastyness with hints of grapes

T- very roasty, very tangy, almost sour

M - fairly carbonated compared to the Black

O - An ok beer, not a dumper, but too tangy for my taste, luckily it is a stout.

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Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.