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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

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
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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JaysusJr

Illinois

1/5  rDev -74.1%

11-14-2012 03:10:43 | More by JaysusJr
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chippo33

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

09-03-2013 19:02:55 | More by chippo33
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without a trace of lighter color when held to a light source and a one finger light beige head hat slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Deep roasted dark malt aroma that has a much weaker barrel presnce than the red wine version  Subtle earthy oak adds to the toasted burnt maltiness with hardly any complexity or white wine character. Not vinous just kind of one dimensional abd acrid with burnt toast, dark chocolate and charred oak.

Medoum bodied with a blast of dry burnt malt that dominated the flavor, lingering over the sweet notes and earthy oak into a harsh, bone dry finish. There is more of a wine barrel presence than the red but it's stil faint. Subtle vinous light fruit as well as some dry toasted oak but this beer is really harsh wih lots of burnt, arcid smoke and is just not very pleasant or easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 03:04:29 | More by corby112
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silentnoiz

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:39:30 | More by silentnoiz
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Urbancaver

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

7 barrel varieties with the base beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black.

Minimal head.

Smells sweet, and chocolate heavy.
Very cloying on the nose and tongue. Smells a bit buttery from the barrels but
Tastes sweet and cloying. Overall way way to sweet. And the white wine adds nothing
Mouthfeel is thin and boozy. Harsh... Weird Overall pretty mediocre

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:22:08 | More by Urbancaver
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wyatt13

Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
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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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-25-2011 20:30:54 | More by GRG1313
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womencantsail

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Was it Andrew or Will that shared this? Either way, thanks.

A: The beer pours black in color with an off-white head.

S: Sort of unoffensive, which is a huge surprise. Lots of roasted malt with a mild to moderate acidity. Of course, it wouldn't be a Black Hole if it didn't feature some tar and ash. A bit of oak and a mild sweetness.

T: Like the aroma, a very intense roasted malt flavor. Plenty of oak and even a good amount of wine. Definitely still a pronounced acidity, and lots of ash and char. Perhaps some mild fruit notes.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: Actually one of the least offensive barrel aged Black Holes. That doesn't mean it's good, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 15:55:30 | More by womencantsail
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GOMECK

Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-09-2012 16:22:41 | More by GOMECK
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ScrimshawFan

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-29-2011 03:23:48 | More by ScrimshawFan
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

10-29-2012 01:25:48 | More by t0rin0
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

After the slight misery that was the tequila version, I look to this one to pick me back up. It pours a murky ink topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, darkly-toasted oak, spicy white grapes, dark molasses, dark chocolate, and light hazelnut. Just like the tequila version, the barrel clashes heavily with the dark stout. The taste re-examines this tempestuous relationship, with the wine backing off ever-so-slightly, but still asserting itself against the dark backdrop of the stout. The spicy grape-covered oak is hard to get used to when immersed in the stout, but it's not completely awful. The body is a light heavy, with a moderate carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Overall, this worked out better than the tequila and the red wine versions, but the wine barrel just doesn't compliment the stout in any way. The clash is just too much for this beer to overcome by any appreciable degree.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:45:04 | More by TMoney2591
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Ptich black with a dark tan, frothy head. Decent size and retention. Some nice rings of lace.

S- Tart acidic wine over a stout backbone. White grape notes and fruit sugars. Also cocoa, roast malts and caramel malts. Kind of ends up a tart acidic oak vinous bomb.

T- Wine really breaks in with some time and warmth. White grape, vinous, dry fruit notes really dominate. Oak, cocoa, grains, caramel, alcohol back it all up.

MF- Slick, thick bodied feel with lower carbonation. Finishes tart.

I guess throw a stout and white wine together. You get acidic grape fruits and a big roasty stout. Not bad but certainly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 08:35:55 | More by cbutova
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 16:19:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 20:42:09 | More by liamt07
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DaveHS

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-When I popped the cap off, I noticed a ring of rust around the glass. Pours obsidian with 1/2 inch of fluffy coffee colored head. Leaves thick lacing.

S-Roasty, with lush oaky sweetness. Dark chocolate, caramel.

T/M-Mouthfeel is very full, round and soft. Tastes very much like a toned down version of the base beer, with light roasted coffee and a hint of vanilla. There's an unpleasant sharp, vinous flavor mid-palate that ultimately ruins this for me. Just as I start to get into it, the white wine acidity becomes a distraction.

O-Better than the red wine barrel version, but not one of the better barrel aged versions.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 03:30:24 | More by DaveHS
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jackie o's tasting baby!!

A-looks like all the other ones.

S-wine comes off. Can't really make out what color but white wins out in the end

T-definete wine characteristics, doesn't really make it that much better. Don't let it warm up too much

M- medium boey and smooth

O-not much differnetwtion between these brews

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:21:52 | More by brew3crew
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-21-2012 14:14:21 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-26-2012 17:06:39 | More by BrokenStones
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-13-2012 21:40:28 | More by eawolff99
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quilty

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-29-2012 02:31:18 | More by quilty
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-04-2012 12:57:36 | More by ohtheguilt
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maxk

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-20-2011 02:48:03 | More by maxk
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bostonbeans

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 05:19:06 | More by osusullins
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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.