Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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3/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
09-13-2011 15:55:30 | More by womencantsail
4.95/5 rDev +28.2%
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!
09-05-2011 19:39:16 | More by Cyberkedi
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
08-28-2011 23:59:37 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
White Wine Barrel Aged Black Hole – White Foil
Pours pitch black completely opaque. A super thick and frothy tan head tops the beer and just refuses to dissipate. When it does sticky lacing clings tightly to the side of the glass. Aroma is dominated by the white wine from the barrel as strong white grapes fill the nose to the point of being a tad acidic. First sip is surprisingly not as thick as it appeared with the wine not dominating the malt flavor but complimenting it rather well. Plenty of sweet roasted malts, with a splash of coffee and vanilla adding to the complexity. A wine presence is certainly in the forefront to the point of being slightly acidic…but not to a fault. ABV well hidden. Creamy mouthfeel but lighter than others in this series. I just love this Mikkeller BA Black Hole Series as each beer is unique and masterful.
08-27-2011 20:52:24 | More by ATLbeerDog
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
08-14-2011 18:57:03 | More by John_M
4.8/5 rDev +24.4%
A: pours an opaque black into a tulip with a half finger of light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass for the first third of the beer then nothing.
S: chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet toffee, french roast coffee, bourbon, leathery, a hint of vanilla and caramel.
T: wow! There's a lot going on here. In fact as much as the nose and a grape koolaid/ blue curacao flavor that is the most interesting part of this beer. Wonderfully sweet, with chocolate, toffee, caramel and vanilla notes. There are so many things going on with this beer that you don't even notice the hooch-y-ness. A nice fig and date flavor is left on the tongue.
MF: not as heavy as I would have expected it, but still heavy, very astringent, warm/ almost hot, and dry.
O: if I had the chance I would buy a couple bottles of this. Its a great beer that is great fresh, but I also imagine I would be great with a few years on it. I really hope I come across this again, and if not I might have to start trading.
08-10-2011 23:35:07 | More by nickthetick
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
07-12-2011 02:04:17 | More by gford217
Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.