Ktwse (4052) - Greater London, ENGLAND - 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 (17539) - 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 (7025) - 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 (2830) - 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 (1673) - 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.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, charred oak, vanilla, lots of coffee, roasted malt, sweeter sugary notes, dark chocolate, a burnt note and liquorice. The flavor follows the nose with lots of bourbon and oak, I get the charred oak notes too, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, sweet sugary notes, liquorice, burnt notes and dark chocolate. The body is full with an oily mouth feel. Overall a great version of Black Hole.
symmetric (71) - - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy malt & cherry & chocolate aroma. Edge of bourbon sweetness. On the pallate, sweet & malty. Bourbon spirit edge. Somewhat creamy mouth feel.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7o bottle. Pours near black with virtually no carbonation. Aroma od woos, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Taste is sweet with some roast and some alcohol warmth. Medium bodied and oily. More coffee coming through in the finish. Pretty good.
TBone (16163) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 375 ml (Beer Hunters, BB 03/2014, vintage 2010)
Pitch black color, tiny head. Strong aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark malts. Medium-bodied, thinner than ABV of this high normally. Warming alcohol, licorice, dark bread, hints of vanilla. Bourbon dominates the flavor. Not as complex as red wine version.