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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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.
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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 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 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 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 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 marvin213
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like its brethren, it's black as the pitch with a tan, foamy top. Thus one's head seems a little more explosive and eruptive, as acid-like bubbles (think white wine and champagne) violently force their way to the top. It settles after a minute or two.

The smell is peculiar, as I definitely get some vinegary sour grapeness. This is not like effecescent bubbly or sweet white reisling, but rather an apple cider-like vibe. More White House applesauce than Biltmore House Cabernet sauvignon.

It's weirdly true in the taste as well. Maybe it's the blend, but it's like cheap sweet house wine mixed with a big sweet stout. Coffee and roasted malts are there, but kind of separate as if in a suspension. The feel is unique but uncertain. There's a suggestive sour with the white wine vinegar feel. That's juxtaposed against honey-sweet coffee stout. I love the idea here, and the beer tastes okay, but our combo's a little off here.

Overall, it's worth a try. I so appreciate these BA varieties of Black Hole, and I know that cognac version is a real treat. Black Hole is one versatile stout. As I round out the last of this particular series, I'm grateful for Mikkeller putting this together. Cheers! (1,203 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 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 korguy123
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into tulip.

A- Bkack as night with light shining through. Two finger tan head slowly recedes to thin cap of right bubbles. Lacing is not bad.

S- Oak and alcohol with a touch of coffee and chocolate. I'm getting a acidic wine quality that reminds me more of grape juice than wine. The vanilla really smoothes everything out.

T- Definitely getting the wine barrels right up front with a slight acidity and tartness. Coffee and chocolate add a nice bitterness while the honey and vanilla sweeten the finish. Alcohol is almost invisible.

M- Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is lively and it sticks to your lips. Slight alcohol warmth.

O- I'm really digging this one. Whay a great idea for this beer. Can't wait to try the other barrels. (754 characters)

Photo of osusullins
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Mikkeller, but this beer is a little too sweet for my liking.

The label says imperial stout, but I think barley wine as I sit here drinking it. Just because of the sweetness.

The nose is very sweet. You can smell the alcohol on this beer and some estery fruit, subtle hints of vanilla.

The taste is very boozy. Alcohol is presant right away. You can taste the vanilla and some grape characteristics on the back end. The sweetness just overpowers my palate and I don't find that I enjoy this beer as much as I want too. (529 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 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 Urbancaver
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

7 barrel varieties with the base beer.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black.

Minimal head.

Smells sweet, and chocolate heavy.
Very cloying on the nose and tongue. Smells a bit buttery from the barrels but
Tastes sweet and cloying. Overall way way to sweet. And the white wine adds nothing
Mouthfeel is thin and boozy. Harsh... Weird Overall pretty mediocre (363 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jackie o's tasting baby!!

A-looks like all the other ones.

S-wine comes off. Can't really make out what color but white wins out in the end

T-definete wine characteristics, doesn't really make it that much better. Don't let it warm up too much

M- medium boey and smooth

O-not much differnetwtion between these brews (322 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 DaveHS
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (1,325 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 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 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 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 ATLbeerDog
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (851 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 nickthetick
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
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. (1,028 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)

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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.