craftbeerdesign (2228) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
bottle. for such a great base beer - Iím really disappointed with this one. Iím really not liking this aroma - the peat is way too intense for me - lots of dirty earth in here... some tobacco, dark coffee and an overall stank. solid black pour with a 1/4" tan head which falls to a thin lacing. medium to thick body with more peat and an overall wet forest feel. deep coffee finish with more swamp notes... this is truly undrinkable. drain pour for me.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probaly the most destinctive in the series. heavy scotch whiskey aroma,heavy smoke and wood aspects one of the sharpest alcohols I have ever smelled in a beer. Whiskey ,and wood come through big time in the taste,rye,smoke, over ripe tobacco, tastes like it might be 12-15% ABV extremely interesting
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle -
Aroma - wow, where to start with this one. Huge, fat aromas of tobacco, leather, iodine, saltwater, whiskey, black licorice, and wet asphalt. Nothing tiny about this.
Apperance - deep black body, initial creamy tan head but quickly diminished.
Taste - very different flavor that I had expected. Lots of bitter smoke, iodine, chocolate, vanilla, old coffee, wet earth (more asphalt), peat and leather.
Palate - medium bodied, pretty dry for an impy with a medium finish
Overall - very nice. I appreciate the attempt and the alcohol is very well hidden (13%...where?).
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml. Pitch black with small tan head. Aroma has lots of peat smokiness, light whiskey sweetness, chocolate malt, and that patented Black Hole musky leather character. Taste is smokey chocolate malt that goes roasted bitter in finish. Booze is prevalent all over but smooth all the way down.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml Bottle: Strong aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, whiskey, peat, oak, smoke, and iodine. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Not sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of tons of peat, roasted malt, slight whiskey, wood, smoke, and a hint of chocolate. Medium to full body. Slick, smooth texture. Soft carbonation. Peat, roasted malt, smoke, and wood finish lasts a long time.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate. Bottle from ōlbutikken.
Black brown with a thin tan head. Massive peat, oil, salt and seaweed aroma with some chunky chocolate malt underneath. Big rubber and tar too. All the ingredients are there but itís not the best smelling Mikkeller beer Iíve had. Incredibly sharp in the flavour. It seems a bit young, like it could have done with some more time. Maybe thatís my fault for opening it already. Maybe I should have sat on it a while. The whisky doesnít feel particularly integrated and there is a definite cardboard note too. The whisky has thinned the base beer out considerably, more than I would expect. The alcohol comes through a little too much and provides more bite than I would want ideally. More peat and barrel than Black Hole unfortunately. In fact, thatís almost all Iím getting. Islay whisky and chocolate malt. I want to like it, I really do, after all, itís a special from an amazing brewery. Itís just too much. Iím a big fan of peat whisky beers but Mikkel, youíve found my limit with this one.
Ratman197 (10830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Corked and caged 375 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of peat smoke, iodine, wood, roasted malt, earthiness and light bitter chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of peat smoke, iodine, wood, roasted malt, earthiness, bitter chocolate and stale coffee with a smooth dry warming lingering smokey iodine finish. Actually kind of a nasty beer.
scottw86 (1140) - Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with a foamy tan head. Aroma of scotch and caramel malts. Some coffee as well. Taste is very wooden with scotch, chocolate, and vanilla. Bitter wooden finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. They definitely overdid the scotch flavors, but itís an interesting beer. Very good.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark black color. Has a very small brown head. Smells of caramel, wood, coffee, and dryness. Tastes very dry with the wood taste very prevalent. Taste of coffee is fairly present as well.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a fizzy light brown head. Aroma and taste of scotch and smoke with the pungent smoke overpowering the more subtle flavors.