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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87
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Denmark

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 corby112
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Photo of silentnoiz
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
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

Photo of wyatt13
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of brew3crew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Photo of osusullins
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of marvin213
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of gford217
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle.

Pours like the rest of the series- pitch black with a hefty tan head that recedes quickly and leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is definitely unique vs. Some of the whiskey editions as there is some fruity white wine and rape notes with heavily roasted malts, chocolate and bitter coffee.

Taste also a lot of wine character, especially up front with the fruit notes. The oak really hits grad in the finish, leaving the driest finish of any of the series. In between are the trademark Black Hole characteristics of heavily roasted black malts close-to-burnt caramelized sugar and bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is drier than the others and comes across a little lighter than the others due to the white wine barrel.

This is towards the bottom of the list of the series for me as I don't really care for the mixture of white wine and impy stout. Still, I enjoyed the experiment of the wide variety of barrels.

Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blinded review alongside the rest of the barrel aged Black Hole lineup.

A – Black with dark brown highlights. Creamy, dark mocha head with great retention and ok lace.

S – Vanilla, red apple fruitiness, and a hint of booze.

T – Sharp oak, warm booze, chili peppers, and light smoke. Very dry center and finish.

M – Medium body with bright booze and a lingering dry oakiness.

O – [my blinded guess was incorrectly Tequila]

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of crewfan16
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. Reviewed from extensive notes. Expectations were high as Mikkeller is me favourite brewery and I had had the red wine and peat moss versions prior to tasting this.

A: Pours a one finger nice tan head of brilliant cream and thickness. Colour is a solid black. The bad retention is excusable for the high ABV.

Sm: White wine, vinegar, cream, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and some indistinct sweetness. A mild strength aroma.

T: All of the notes on the nose are dominated by white wine, with a touch of vinegar on the climax that I don't fancy too much. Lots of cream and vanilla undertones. Complex and well balanced. Well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness. Complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: A good beer, very drinkable in spite of its high ABV and of good quality. It does pale in comparison to the other Black Hole variants I've had.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured on tap at the Capone's Black friday event. The brew was black as night much like all the other Black Hole releases. The head was tan in color and had a nice retention to it. The smell of the beer was typical, it had roasted aromas with some tart wine aromas as well. The taste of the beer was pretty nice there was some white wine acidic flavors in there with the rich roasted malts. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty thick, I can't say that it was as heavy as some RIS's out there but still not bad. Overall this brew was pretty damn good. I can't find much to complain about here.

Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip. Thanks, Tony, for sharing.

A: Black body with clear red highlights under a thin head of coarse brown foam. Pretty standard.

S: Strange. Coffee and dark chocolate are prominent and normal, but there's a definite undercurrent of oak, tannins, and fruit. Booze is here, too, of course, but that's to be expected at 13%+. I kind of like it.

T: Follows the nose: classic stout components up front, bizarre white wine barrel notes toward the end. Grapes, pears, and oak. Alcohol on the finish, but, again, an appropriate amount. Tasty.

M: Highly carbonated medium-to-full body. Lively, crazy, and fun.

O: I haven't enjoyed what barrel-aged Mikkellers I've had in the past, but this one was solid. I expected the clash of flavors between an RIS and a white wine barrel to be laughable and horrible, but in fact it was just weird and interesting. I'd drink it again, but probably won't pay the price for a bottle.

Cheers!

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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.