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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Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Auracom
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of silentnoiz
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CGBurton
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of maxk
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of cbutova
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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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Photo of corby112
2.42/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of ScrimshawFan
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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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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Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of marvin213
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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!

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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