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%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
For Trade:
1
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Photo of QCABeerTour
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oily black body, and I poured myself a nice thick tan head. Fine lacing.

A trace boozy, a hint of dry honey and dry malt.

Kinda tart, a trace of cherry or even citrus. Surprisingly indicative of the white wine barrel.

Smoothish, decent.

Good, but a bit extra tang than I was expecting.

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Photo of GOMECK
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up quite some time ago. Somewhat got lost in my fridge so I crack today for a lengthy 4th of July drink session. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark oily black hue, just like a good stout does, with shockingly large amount of mocha head. Two finger mocha head for a 13% beer is intense...fades to leave a nice thick, creamy dense blanket.

S - Some light chocolate and coffee but then the nose gets hit with gentle vanilla and sweet honey. Some light vinous notes too from the barrel.

T - Taste starts with some roasted malts and then immediately gets hit with honey sweetness. There is some slight coffee bitterness and and tasty vanilla, albeit light. The finish has nice white wine tanins along with very nice wood notes. Solid finish.

M - The alcohol is hidden nicely with this, slightly sweet due to the honey and lower carbonated. The alcohol DOES sneak up on you though.

O - Overall this was a nice stout and the honey, vanilla, and white wine really comes through on the flavour and aroma. The appearance is outstanding for something this high.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, one finger light khaki head, good lacing.

S - Starts off with light blend of vanilla cake, white chocolate, toffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar; turns to white wine grapes with a touch of tobacco.

T - White wine grapes, oak, soft caramel, faint cocoa, honey, vanilla, light coffee bean, tobacco, tart finish.

M - Medium-full bodied, good medium-low carbonation, relatively smooth, long aftertaste of white wine/slightly acidic.

O - Very different from the other barrels, less malty/chocolately more white wine and honey. It showcases the vanilla and honey the best out of all the barrels.

4591105 $14.99 Honeygo Wine & Spirits

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of crewfan16
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a central waters snifter

A-pitch black-no light at all getting through. 1/2" of light brown head falls quickly.

S- lots of cocoa and sweet honey, vanilla, roasted malt, some slight oakyness which i have to assume is from the wine barrels

t- follows the smell. cocoa and roasted coffee and honey. oaky barrel tinge with a bitt of fruity tang which must be from the white wine. interesting sour tartness on the end.

m- much lighter than I had anticipated, or maybe hoped for in this barrel aged stout. got better as it warmed, but lacked that viscocity i generally look for in the style. pretty boozy as well as it finishes with a strange fruity sour booze note. 13% certainly shows up.

overall, no where near a great stout in my opinon, and at $10 a bottle, seems quite a bit overpriced. The white wine barrels dont seem to lend anything positive to the beer. glad i tried it, but wont seek it out again.

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Photo of jdp11284
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an intimidating black silk with two fingers of thick brown froth. Perfect lacing. The honey plays an unexpectedly dominant role on the nose. No discernible booze either. Toasty vanilla, almost like cinnamon. Really a bright smelling beer for how pitch black it pours. On the tongue, again I don’t get any booze but there are all sorts of notes that you don’t usually experience in this kind of beer - the white wine barrels bring that sort of funky sweet/sour pear, the honey plays along with that nicely. I’m a little confused by this beer, to be honest. Going by taste alone, I don’t think I would have any idea what style this is. I mean, the mouthfeel is heavy enough to give some clues, but that’s about it. Aside from the mouthfeel and the appearance, this beer is going in all sorts of directions. I love to be challenged like this by a beer, not surprised that Mikkeller would be the guy to do it. Well played, sir.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mtrog313
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of wsantas
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of peensteen
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

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Photo of Gborobeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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