FatPhil (9152) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle (CWAF2013, Fri)
Black and glassy. Lovely vanilla-ey bourbon aroma, sugary dark roast too. Slick palate, very full. Shows its strength. Chock-full of bourbon in the taste too. Very sweet burnt roast too, but, hedonistically, the small sample I had pressed my buttons. Don’t know if I could put up with any quantity of it though.
DutchDrebus (3863) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pitch black beer with no head. Smells bourbon, whisky, wood, roasty, dark chocolate, tar. Tastes sweet, bourbon, wood, dark chocolate.. Amazing taste, but it has a little bit too much of the bourbon taste. Feels quite heavy alcoholic, full body, silky, soft carbo.
Garlic_of_Doom (415) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 Bottle via De Molen Beershop, 2011 vintage.
Pours pitch black with a 1 finger creamy, light brown head that does not retain.
Aroma hits hard with a lot of bourbon, raisins, chocolate, woody notes, smoke as of wet wood lit on fire and vanilla. There is an unpleasant rubber aroma lingering on top of all this before the beer warms up.
Taste has smoke, chocolate, bourbon, raisins, roasted malt, coffee and a to big portion of alcohol. Before the beer warms up, there is some acetone/solvent as well.
After taste has warming raisin alcohol and is bitter.
At first, I was disappointed due to the rubber in aroma and acetone/solvent taste but as soon as the beer warms up - they’re gone. Not a hit due to these aroma and taste elements and it has too much alcohol for my taste. I prefer the original version in which the alcohol is quite hard to detect.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black. nose is toasty, nutty, caramel malts, bourbon, light vanilla. Flavor is similar, toasty roasty and caramel malts. Thick and under carbonated. this was a note disappointment.
KingCecil (2041) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home.....It pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head..... The aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, light smoke, vanilla, oak, chocolate and caramel...... The flavor is bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, oak and caramel......
madvike (2666) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Captain_Cab...thanks Mike! - Pours black with a thin bubbly tan head. Nose is roasty with coffee, brown sugar, and a good amount of heat. Taste is huge and sweet, with brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Thin and a bit slick. Way too sweet and thick for my tastes.
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle brought back from Portland, ME and aged for 14 months. Beautiful coffee and bourbon, though a tad sweet for me, probably from the honey.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ktwse (1876) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours black with minimal tan head. Aroma is very rich with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Don’t pick up a lot of bourbon in it, but maybe it’s a touch more rounded than the normal Black Hole? Hard to tell. Taste is classic imperial stout. Very bold, with a nice balance between sweet and bitter, although leaning slightly towards the bitter side which I don’t mind at all. Body is full, somewhat creamy, somewhat oily. Low carbonation.
Rasmus40 (10581) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily. Flat. 190912
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - SEP 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft. I loved the original Black Hole; one of my favorite imperial stouts (and perhaps all-time beers). My expectations were thus quite high for the Bourbon barrel-aged version, and not just because I happen to like bourbon.
Deep black color, some brown foam, aroma has the sweeter vanilla I nowadays expect from a Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Smooth as butter on the palate with toffee/vanilla standing out, in comparison to the original version. The aftertaste is bittersweet, hoppy, phlegm-inducing. Greatness. Not much else to say, except that I enjoyed this one even more than the original.
If I could have one of these every day of my life, I believe I would be a better person and the world would benefit from it.
Tried again 17.11.12. Perhaps taking the score down a bit, but still very good stuff.