Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

Not Rated.
Black Hole (White Wine Edition)Black Hole (White Wine Edition)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

50 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 50
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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.
View: Beers (292) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 50 | Hads: 114
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a 9oz. snifter, a dark oily black with a dense, mocha-colored head. Smell of dark malts, smoke and ash, with just a hint of fruity sweetness in the background. Smooth on the tongue, tasted of dark malts, roasty and mildly smokey, tones of chocolate and vanilla bean, and oak-soaked white wine as an afterthought, but still quite apparent, more so when the temperature came up a bit. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, smooth, and quite drinkable. Alcohol was felt more than tasted. (542 characters)

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. (944 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get coffee and milk chocolate, but yes, there's something of a white wine aroma to this beer as well (chardonnay maybe?). The wine flavor is even more pronounced on the palate, making me wonder if the brewer didn't just dump a bunch of white wine into the boil, as opposed to aging this in some white burgundy or white rhone barrels. Otherwise, the flavor profile generally replicates the nose, with the coffee and chocolate dominating the white wine flavor. There's also a hint of hoppy bitterness and/or coffee grounds in the finish, and I'm impressed (again) by how well the alcohol is integrated into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, fairly sweet coffee and chocolate finish (this RIS is definitely on the sweet side, even for an RIS).

Interesting beer.... not my favorite of the black hole barrel aged edition beers, but still pretty good. (985 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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] (436 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, light tan and brown head to it, thin ring, yet decent lacing from it. Aroma was a complex meld of deep roast, ash, vanilla, bitter coffee (something Mikkeller does as good as anyone) and a zesty accompaniment that seems it could only come from the white wine barrel.

The taste is much the same as the aroma, with the spritzy feel of the white wine barrel aftereffects giving the body and mouthfeel of the beer a much lighter feel than the 13%+ abv would seem to indicate. Throw in a little bit of leather with the ash and you've got yourself a cowboy stout going on here.

Very dry and light mouthfeel for something of this ilk. Almost seemed like there was two yeast strains for it, one of which was a standard brett one given the dryness and liveliness of the beer, or maybe it was the hoppinesss in a very complex beverege. Just the right amount of warmth from the alcohol. Big time acidic feel, bring your antacids for this one, biggest acid feel beyond anything not called lsd or sour. Can't wait to drink more of these come wintertime.

These black holes ratings wise suffer from two major issues: no homers, and the shit is quite expensive in the bottle. Loved having it on tap at beer revolution, those guys just keep getting better at everything. If this stuff was not all over the world, it would probably hyped and traded at an inflated value, so here's to the lovely world of wide distribution and production! (1,437 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,088 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
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! (564 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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). (1,162 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (940 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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! (908 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.