Black Hole (White Wine Edition) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.23/5 rDev +9.6%
A: Black with dense tan froth
S: Maple, Coffee
T: Coffee, Molasses, Oakey, winey finish
M: Heavy, Medium carbonation, acid ending
O: Love the beer. Unique. Not too sweet, but close.
My 3rd bottle, so I like the stuff. All around subtle and complex flavors.
02-20-2012 21:53:54 | More by wsantas
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Jet black pour with nice tan three finger head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is dominated by dark, roasty malts with quite a boozy alcohol character. Hints of chocolate, oak, and vanilla up front, eventually yield to a subtle grapey, vinous note that really opens up as it warms. The taste follows suit, with the roasty chocolate and coffee the stars with hints of vanilla, toffee and booze. As it warms, the wine character almost appears out of nowhere and quickly dominates everything. I've had beers aged in wine barrels, but never had tannins show up like they do here. I'm not really sure if it works, but it's definitely interesting and unique. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with an acidic bite on the finish. Considering the alcohol is very present in both the nose and the taste, it doesn't hurt the drinkability, especially at 13% ABV. This beer perfectly illustrates just how cool this barrel-aged series is. Another winner from Mikkeller!
02-18-2012 17:21:24 | More by beerdrifter
3.15/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
02-15-2012 16:19:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.13/5 rDev +7%
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.
01-16-2012 18:12:40 | More by peensteen
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
12.7 oz green bottle, foiled and capped. at fridge temp poured into a snifter.
pours out pretty much completely opaque black. nice 1/2 a finger or so of creamy light mocha colored head. good retention and a bit of creamy lace from a swirl of the glass. just a little legs apparent on the glass as well.
at first, this is almost all white wine barrel, smells of an old bottle of wine thats been sitting out, somewhat footy and funky. as it warms some ashy roasted malt and vanilla come in to play. white wine like fruits as well. becomes more and more boozey as it warms up.
a very interesting blend of wine and stout, not sure if it really works all that well, but tastier than the aroma suggests. vinious, dry wine like fruits, just slightly acidic. ashy roasted malt, and vanilla with just a hint of coffee on the back. almost comes of a little spicy, more like cinnamon or nutmeg. a little boozey in the finish.
i think the dry white wine makes this feel a little thinner than it actually is. maybe a bit too much carbonation.
not bad, i began to like it more the more it warmed up and the more i drank it, but nothing close to the bourbon barrel black hole IMO. has that same base stout, ashy vanilla, slight spicy taste, but the bourbon works much better than the wine does. still im intrigued to try more of these. pretty unique impy stout.
01-15-2012 20:53:43 | More by dogfishandi
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a deep black with a quick fading head. Nice lacing and not transparent
Aromas of rich roasted malts and light woods. Sweet honey is present and the coffee has a nice bittering character
Starts off with roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate but quickly moves to a light wood and sweet dry wine and semi boozey honey flavor. Quickly transitions from rich roasted to sweet and rangy nicely
Medium body and aftertaste doesn't last long. Finishes semi sweet and leaves the palate sort of dry
Not a bad beer, lots of flavors going on but it sort of works. Not worth the price but glad I got to try it
01-14-2012 01:49:13 | More by VaTechHopHead
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
01-13-2012 20:42:09 | More by liamt07
3.9/5 rDev +1%
A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a fluffy 2-finger chocolatey head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lace behind on the glass.
S - The nose has a good bit of dark roasted maltiness to it. There is some white wine presence and an acidic scent. Also, there are some aromas of chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit, and some booziness.
T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with some dark roasted malt and some white wine flavors. there are some other flavors of chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and some booze. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, wine, and booze behind on the palate.
M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness here and a good amount of roasted malt bitterness. There is also a little bit of sourness and a touch of wine acidicness on the back end. Some boozy warmth is present in the finish.
O - This has good drinkability. It is a sipper, but it has a really nice flavor. Overall, I thought this was a really well done beer, and i like what the barrels did to it. It makes for a nice addition to the black hole beer series. I recommend trying it out. i would buy it again.
01-11-2012 13:26:58 | More by JizackFH
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
I tried the Black Hole Cognac last fall but failed to procure a review for that one, so here's my chance to at least contribute something towards this crazy, chaotic series of stouts. For what's it worth, I thought the Cognac version was decent, so I do have some hope for this one.
12 oz. bottle poured on January 5th, 2012 poured into a Cantillon flute. Thanks Dan!
A - Heavily black coloring with a hue of dark brown and possibly (but maybe imaginary) ruby across the curves. Big head, about 3 fingers, and quite light in color. Definitely looks better than Cognac.
S - The white wine grapes definitely make an appearance in the nose, adding a peculiar acidic/fruity element. That, in addition to coffee, gives it a sort of strong char or roasted note. Very little sweetness to the smell. Slight dark fruit and oak barrel. I can't decide how much I like it, but I admittedly find it intriguing.
T - This is pretty unique. Immediately, right at the front, I get sweet, pungent white grapeskin and honey. It transitions into slight roast, coffee grounds, and espresso in the middle. Backend is a heavier, more robust roasted note with some fruit tartness. No alcohol in the taste, more warming at the back.
M - Fairly smooth, medium bodied, light-medium carbonation. Finishes a bit dry with an oak and wood aftertaste.
D - It's beyond tolerable, it's actually quite good. The nose might be a bit off but the taste is balanced and has some refinement. It's not overly sweet and absolutely doesn't overpower the stout qualities with the wine barrel integration. I would definitely like to try another bottle just to check variation between the two, because this one surprises me.
01-05-2012 20:47:44 | More by Auracom
2.5/5 rDev -35.2%
Drank A/B with the Black.
A - dark with small head and lacing
S- nice roastyness with hints of grapes
T- very roasty, very tangy, almost sour
M - fairly carbonated compared to the Black
O - An ok beer, not a dumper, but too tangy for my taste, luckily it is a stout.
01-03-2012 03:39:30 | More by silentnoiz
4/5 rDev +3.6%
I blind tasted this one during a PINT tasting session in 'de Mug' (A Dutch pub in Middelburg).
A - A brown foam on top of a pitch black beer.
S - A nice boozyness mixed with coffee and chocolate.
T - Coffee, chocolate, peat and some booze. This bottle seems infected because the beer is light sour. It could also be from the white wine barrels, nevertheless the taste isn't really off and still very drinkable.
M - A medium carbonation, a bitter aftertaste and a good solid body.
O - The sourness is killing this beer in the end. I suppose it could be much better. I'll have to drink some more to test it :). Overall it still is a good beer.
12-21-2011 09:58:37 | More by Mar02x
3.08/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
12-18-2011 08:35:55 | More by cbutova
Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
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