Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
bottle of unknown bottling date:
Appearance: Pours black as expected with a ginormous 2 finger head that has great mountain rangey qualities as it recedes a bit. The lacing on the glass from this brew can be summed up as nothing but epic, really impressive.
Smell: Strong aromas of coffee, caramelized brown sugar, roasted malts and nuts.
Taste: Definitely a unique stout. The white wine barrel character really shows itself in the middle of the drink and lends itself to the particular flavor of this brew. In the beginning, a nasty combo of coffee and white whine barrel hit the palate and then fade into more malt/barrel punch that sees the malt recede and in turn makes you perceive the barrel character fading back in. Like nothing I've ever had.
Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. I'd venture to say that this has above average carbonation for a stout. The mouthfeel is nowhere as thick as say a BCBCS, but definitely not as thin as a DFH WWS. The nice balance agrees with me, and lends to the drinkability(please, stop awarding Bud Light this term!!!).
Overall: Extremely drinkable for the abv! Like nothing I've ever had and so enjoyable. Would gladly drink again and look forward to many more Miks!
01-06-2013 04:33:23 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
4.13/5 rDev +7%
A - Pours black, looks thick, 2 finger tan head and not much lacing.
S - Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts and sweet honey with a trace of the white wine (sour).
T - Definitely chocolate, then the wine and it's oh so good. Followed by vanilla, honey and roasted malts.
M - Medium bodied, medium to low carbonation. Not cloying or syrupy at all.
O - The white wine and this stout go well together. I really enjoyed this beer.
12-20-2012 01:07:24 | More by cvm4
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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).
10-02-2012 11:49:02 | More by thagr81us
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
Good, but a bit extra tang than I was expecting.
08-18-2012 02:04:17 | More by zaphodchak
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
07-04-2012 17:18:05 | More by rudzud
4.23/5 rDev +9.6%
A - Black, one finger light khaki head, good lacing.
S - Starts off with light blend of vanilla cake, white chocolate, toffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar; turns to white wine grapes with a touch of tobacco.
T - White wine grapes, oak, soft caramel, faint cocoa, honey, vanilla, light coffee bean, tobacco, tart finish.
M - Medium-full bodied, good medium-low carbonation, relatively smooth, long aftertaste of white wine/slightly acidic.
O - Very different from the other barrels, less malty/chocolately more white wine and honey. It showcases the vanilla and honey the best out of all the barrels.
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04-30-2012 00:22:56 | More by Rickythejeweler
3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
04-09-2012 21:31:06 | More by crewfan16
4.23/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours an intimidating black silk with two fingers of thick brown froth. Perfect lacing. The honey plays an unexpectedly dominant role on the nose. No discernible booze either. Toasty vanilla, almost like cinnamon. Really a bright smelling beer for how pitch black it pours. On the tongue, again I don’t get any booze but there are all sorts of notes that you don’t usually experience in this kind of beer - the white wine barrels bring that sort of funky sweet/sour pear, the honey plays along with that nicely. I’m a little confused by this beer, to be honest. Going by taste alone, I don’t think I would have any idea what style this is. I mean, the mouthfeel is heavy enough to give some clues, but that’s about it. Aside from the mouthfeel and the appearance, this beer is going in all sorts of directions. I love to be challenged like this by a beer, not surprised that Mikkeller would be the guy to do it. Well played, sir.
03-29-2012 00:47:16 | More by yamar68
Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.