jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with Pat. Pours a dark brown, black body with head that fizzes away. Aroma is strong bourbon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is stingy and a bit watery. Notes of bourbon, alcohol, molasses.
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla, some normal Black hole as well as mild wooden notes. More whiskylike sting. Flavour is rather sweet as well as vanillaish and wooden.
Madsnp (923) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small cappuccino colored head which disappears almost instantly. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, sugar, coffee, chocolate and somewhat floral.. Flavors of hops, roasted malts, chocolate, warming alcohol, sweet malt and wood. A really tasty brew yet the alcohol is too present..
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good dark-beige head over pitch-black beer. Extremely inviting flowery nose, springblossoms, unripe green fruit and faraway coffee - amazing! After warming up, hops. The flowery aroma returns in the taste as a strange flavour - flowery too, but also like sweet frying oil, aromatic and benzene-like, before returning to roasted, mild-bitter coffee. Very well-bodied, slick to viscous, serious alcoholwarming, burning MF. Very special, good I.S.. But - this Black Hole B.A.Ed. is one of the most exciting experiments in beer Iíve ever witnessed. I would never have thought the barrelsí sort would result in such extreme differences. More power to Mikkel!
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Revelation Cat warehouse. Thanks Alex. Pours pitch black a small creamy brown head. Oak, wood, coffee roast and chocolate. Oily and slick. Vague warmth. Full bodied. Very tasty!
cgarvieuk (12201) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 Bottle filched from the 4:20 Warehouse during RBESG10... ok Alex said to a drunk crowd yeah you can open a few bottles ... deep black ... big tan head ... big roast soft bourbon nose ... toffee malts ... nice toffee ... again a bit to much bourbon again.
tap at brewdog ... deep blacl ... thin tan ... soft dark chocolate roast ... light bourbon nose ...hard roast malt... big bourbon ... heavy ... dark roast stick 3.6
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black under a medium sized, creamy, brown head. mild bourbon and chocolate chip cookie aroma. light bourbon flavor with chocolate and vanilla. full body. creamy. this completes the barrel aged series. i really loved the boldness of the peat whiskey, the rum was interesting, and this was superb as well. only a great base beer like black hole deserves this much attention....it was fun.
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich brown color with medium sized, mocha colored head. Aroma is of vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and alcohol. Taste is piney hops, vanilla, honey, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol and coffee. This definitely would benefit from some age on it as the hops just interfered with it just a bit too much for my liking. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. A solid beer that would probably be excellent with some age.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle.Pours a jet black with a big lasting brown head.Nose is coffee,chocolate,hops and bourbon.Taste is very complex with heavy bourbon notes,bitter hops,sweet chocolate malts and dark roasted coffee.This is a killer.These guys at Mikkeller are 4 real.Wow!!!Instant classic!!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 375mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours pitch black with a massive three finger tan head that clings to the sides stubbornly leaving sheets of lacing on the way down.
The aroma is really sweet but really roasted if that makes sense. There is some light vanilla and bourbon hints with a heavily roasted black malt backbone. There is sweet chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Big aroma, especially as it warms.
Well, the taste really brings the coffee, much more than the aroma. It takes like a bourbon-spiked iced mocha - coffee, cream, milk chocolate and bourbon. The finish lets you know the ABV is not kidding around with a boozy burn.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and like an oil slick. Moderate carbonation and super roasty and super sweet.
I liked this one more than the original for two major reasons - the coffee is more pronounced and the bourbon is more subtle and complimentary than I was expecting. I think I need to revisit the original now actually...