brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla and choclate very evident in aroma,whiskey alcohol evident,but I wouldnt ididentify it as bourbon,flavor is very roasty ,vanilla ,bourbon more evident,and as always everything is smooth as silk
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours out in an opaque black colour th a small bubbly tan coloured foam. Big aroma of roasted malts, black chocolate, pine, coconut, vanilla, black pepper and wood. Full-bodied with strong concentrated notes of wood, bourbon, vanilla, burnt malts coconut, pine and black chocolate. Long woody finish of bourbon, vanilla, coconuts, roasted almonds and black chocolate. Well-hidden alcohol. Iím not a huge fan of Bourbon but I really dig this monster.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to Blazer06 at the Tally tasting, pours thick black, medium tan head. Strong bourbon nose with roasted malts and burnt sugar. Flavor is ultra roast, bitter black stuff. Cocoa and coffee with a mild barrel influence in the finish.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Brown tan/red head lasting with black black body. Aroma is burnt bourbon and wood and huge chocolate, but that black hole leather musky smell, but still with a lot booze. Flavor follows suit. Great coco powders and bourbon booze mixed but easy easy swallowed.
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FlÝska. Pitch black colour with a dark nie brown creamish head. Lovely vinious aroma with deep roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, dark fruit, some bourbon and some smoke. Good bit sticky mouthfeel. Very pleasant flavour of well roasted malt indeed with chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, some smoke and wood, bit bourbon, soya sauce, and a soft but well present bitterness. Long lasting finish with roasted malt and chocolate along with some bourbon. Quite drinkable indeed I must admit. A great brew to celebrate 7 years of marriage to the loveliest woman :-)
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, slight Bourbon, slight vanilla, and a hint of wood. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, light chocolate, bitter coffee, slight Bourbon, slight vanilla, light wood, light oak, light resin, and a hint of tar. Medium to full body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, bitter coffee, slight vanilla, slight tar, and slight Bourbon finish is dry. 13.1%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
nickd717 (3460) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml bottle thanks to chswimmer on BA. Pours black in color with a small tan head that fades to swirls of tan foam on the beer. Aroma has chocolate, espresso, bourbon, and some higher alcohol presence. Flavor is maybe a little better than the wine version. Tastes like a typical good Mikkeller impy stout with a big bourbon presence and a little -bal. Some bittersweet chocolate notes in there too. Smooth on the palate with low carbonation and medium-full body. Decent overall, better than all the other versions except Wine. Disappointing for a -bal aged imperial stout from Mikkeller though.
brokensail (10607) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A: The cork comes out with out a pop and the beer is black, somewhat thick, and flat.
S: Jeesh, I donít think there is enough alcohol in this. Black Hole is already boozy as it is and the bourbon barrel seems to have just added to it unnecessarily. Bourbon, booze, vanilla, chocolate, booze, and raisins.
T: The amount of alcohol flavor in this beer is staggering. My tongue was immediately hot as I took a sip of this one. The bourbon and alcohol from the base beer just attack you, and the other flavors are not very good either: soy sauce, chemical solvent, and only a hint of chocolate.
M: The body is medium with no carbonation and searing heat.
D: Avoid this one. Itís rather sad to say, this was actually better than the Scotch version.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured Very black, coffee, Alcohol, wood, Roasted malts, molasses, little vanlla, little dark fruits.
coldbrewky (1418) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Baby magnum: fine lacing Pours black with a burnt umber head. Just a touch of sour at the start of what proves to be a luscious stout. Initial lacing sticks to glass...all remaining drips back into beer. Too small of a bottle by a long shot. This beer pushed me around my own porch. Large and nearly Godzilla like the deep dark perfection of black hole lightly mingles with Bourbon..... need I say anything else?