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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

111 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Photo of DaveHS
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7floz bottle into a goblet glass

$13.99 At Dicicco's in Brewster

A- Pours solid opaque black with a 1 finger khaki head that sticks around. Splotchy retention and some really nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass.

S- Smells like the normal Black Hole. Roasted burnt dark malts with hints of dark chocolate, fancy burnt coffee, and smoke. Also some subtle hints of vanilla, musty oak, with very slight vinous notes but very slight. Seems like you gotta know the base beer or the other variants to get the difference.

T- Really interesting on the palate. Tip of the tongue you get smoke, bitter dark chocolate and sweet creamy dark malts but as it hits the middle of the tongue and works its way down the super strong white wine flavors come out and slam the palate with white grapes, acidity, slight odd funkiness, strong alcohol, and musty wood. After you get hit with that and it goes down the throat the aftertaste brings out the bitter coffee and more smoke in the finish with subtle notes of leather, honey, vanilla and strong oak. Really crazy variant of this stout and unique to say the least.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter strong burning finish that warms you up.

Overall this is a really unique beer and a great addition to an already awesome series of beers.

SkÅL!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
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!

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 ATLbeerDog
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of nickthetick
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of gford217
3.6/5  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.

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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.