altonbrownd (4817) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/10/2010 8:40:24 AM On tap at Beer Temple. Dark black with thin brown head. Nose is sweet and very much reeks of alcohol. Fruity too. Taste of chocolate and lots of lots of alcohol. Way too strong for my kind.
bytemesis (5561) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, white wax, gift from Secret Santa. Pours opaque black, medium brown head, dissipates slowly, good residual and lacing. Aroma is cocoa, anise, molassesa and whiskey. Flavor is quite sweet, fully bitter, tons of cocoa and anise, strong whiskey with some smoke and peat. Rich and flavorful, a bit hot, but at 17%, its actually doing pretty good. Full body.
FlandersNed (385) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle from 4+ years ago. This is NOT the BA Black Hole (higher ABV & no coffee, different label, etc.). Big, rich, dark chocolate liqueur, prune, peated whiskey, oak & espresso flavors with a charred sugar and dried, dark, fruit finish. Heavy body and moderate carbonation.
PartyFowle (791) - - JUN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of peanuts, smoky dark chocolate, wet wood, prune, vanilla extract. Extremely sweet and boozy. Flavor is equally intense, beginning sugary and layered with molasses, brown sugar and reduced prunes and plums. Intense oak character and roast bitterness settle in on the sides of the tongue.
rouhlas (1964) - GREECE - APR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle of 2010 at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Black color with beige brown head. Alcoholic aroma, more like martini than whiskey, fruits, figs raisins plums, light roasted malty notes, chocolate, wood. Taste is sweet in the beginning, alcohol, chocolate and fruits, then it becomes bitter, with strong coffee notes. Full silky body with soft carbonation, bitter chocolate, light coffee and alcoholic finish.
hackobock (2767) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 14, 2014. On tap at All in Beer Fest. Black with a large dense brown head. Aroma is whiskey, chocolate, caramel, peat, vanilla. Taste is very sweet caramel, molasses, dark fruits and bitter dark chocolate, alcohol and whiskey notes in the finish. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation.
Nische (1508) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with large black head. Whiskey, vanilla, some coffee and chocolate in aroma. Quite smooth texture with taste of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee and whisky, ending in a fiery alcohol finish.
grubypawel (310) - - NOV 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@AIBF2014. Pours almost pitch black with a huge beige head. Lots of blended whiskey aromas with hints of good espresso. And a lot of other stuff. Very heavy and very rich. The alcohol in the aroma makes it hard to detect other stuff, but Iím certain there is a lot there.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted cocoa, vanilla and coffee somehow transform into whisky and alcohol warmth before leaving room for rising hop resins and their bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam tops the pitch black.
-This is beautifully coherent aromatically speaking.
-The nose is more endearing than the flavor profile to me.
-Itís rather amazing how the rich malts seem to give way nearly entirely to the whisky apport in the second half of each sip.
jookos (4233) - FINLAND - NOV 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@aibf14. Black, huge tan head (crappy co2 regulator..). Sweet malty, slight honey roasted oaky, soy sauce, salt licorice etcetc nose. The list could go on forever. As with the normal blacks. This has a sort of a honey whiskey oaky edge to it. Which is nice at first, but glad to have just a 5cl sample,a bottle would be all too much.real nice, complex, abundance of flavours. Should probably have ended the festival with this.