Black Hole (White Wine Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Black Hole (White Wine Edition)Black Hole (White Wine Edition)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
120
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
15.1%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 52
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

nice big stout here, mellow on alcohol content for such a strong beer, and the white wine has faded some im sure with the age of this, but perhaps it never impacted the beer too much, maybe it was too big to pull much from the wine barrel. either way, its dark chocolate nearly black, on par with many other big stouts from mikkeller. the nose on this is coffee forward, with the honey and vanilla also contributing, but in much more subtle fashion. the roast of the malt is heavy, and there is an oak element from the barrel for sure. this is a huge stout in taste. its layered with coffee and booze and dark chocolate and sweet honey. not a ton of vanilla to the taste, but there is a soft fruity flavor that could be from the white wine, but it doesnt have that acidic feel to it they usually do. this one seems a little less well put together than some others, maybe its the age, but it comes across oddly yeasty and bitter. even though its really interesting and tasty, its just a step below mikkellers best work. full body, smooth coating mouthfeel, long bitter finish laced with booze and oak, mildly bitter. fun beer overall, id like to have tried this when it came out to compare how much the white wine contributed, but it wasnt much in this older bottle.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  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.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fluffy head, pitch black.

Nose big dark choc, roast, nougat, little wine, caramel

Taste little roasty, nougat, bitter dark chocolate, bitter roast and bitter earthy hop, faint wine, touch barrel.

Mouth med bod, light carb, faint booze.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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]

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3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1.75/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of liamt07
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Black Hole (White Wine Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
3.84 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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