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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

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
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:
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 Mar02x
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of maxk
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ashleylake
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of matthewpaul
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of jale
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Rifugium
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.

Photo of corby112
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.

Photo of ScrimshawFan
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of dgilks
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of marvin213
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!

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of radicalruckus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of korguy123
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.

Photo of osusullins
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.

Photo of kojevergas
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.

Photo of vfgccp
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]

Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.