Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.34/5 rDev +12.4%
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!
03-30-2014 00:35:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
12-22-2013 18:29:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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
2.99/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
05-20-2013 02:24:36 | More by wyatt13
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
4.16/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
02-10-2013 04:17:26 | More by ngeunit1
Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.