wnoble (1214) - 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 (2033) - 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 (2588) - 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 (1484) - 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 (9856) - 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.
Sledutah (4117) - Utah, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Dallas, thanks
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and light lacing
Aroma and taste of Roasted malts, smokey and bourbon
Gription79 (2158) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, woody, raisin. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Solid beer, a little sweet.
JPDurden24 (1495) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black virtual head. Bourbonny wood and vanilla coffee aroma. Taste is roasty, sweet and some coffee. Pretty good.