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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

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 15:18:53 | More by Rifugium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 03:04:29 | More by corby112
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ScrimshawFan

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-29-2011 03:23:48 | More by ScrimshawFan
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dgilks

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 10:13:35 | More by dgilks
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 17:48:47 | More by Knapp85
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taigor

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-26-2011 12:52:38 | More by taigor
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-25-2011 20:30:54 | More by GRG1313
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-24-2011 03:05:09 | More by djrn2
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-21-2011 18:37:31 | More by JAHMUR
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 15:45:33 | More by marvin213
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 04:58:55 | More by HopStoopid120
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radicalruckus

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-14-2011 22:53:51 | More by radicalruckus
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:45:04 | More by TMoney2591
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:09:11 | More by Mora2000
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:58:28 | More by korguy123
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osusullins

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 05:19:06 | More by osusullins
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kojevergas

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 23:11:53 | More by kojevergas
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vfgccp

New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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]

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 13:44:09 | More by vfgccp
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Urbancaver

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:22:08 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:21:52 | More by brew3crew
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 22:19:47 | More by woosterbill
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DaveHS

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 03:30:24 | More by DaveHS
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:37:22 | More by Arenbeer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 16:38:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 15:55:30 | More by womencantsail
Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.