DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Bottle from Capone’s. Pours onyx w 3f brown head. Nose is huge peaty scotch, dark malt. Tastes rich, very malty, extremely peaty and earthy, with some dark fruit and a bit more smooth and complex than the bourbon offering. The scotch is in a bit of discord with the rest of the beer, but its presence is unmistakeably powerful.
patrickfannon (1236) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 12.7 oz. Pours a straight solid black with a thin, moderately lacy off-white to tan head. Aroma of paint thinner, cheap scotch, whiskey, insane sweet malts, peat wood, and earthy soil. Full bodied with an intensely boozy, bitter, scotchy palate. Almost sickeningly sweet. Quite an odd stout, especially considering the other barrel aged versions of Black Hole are quite tasty and well balanced. Too much scotch/whiskey flavor in this for my taste. Decent Imperial stout.
oh6gdx (20247) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 Bottled. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is peat, some alcohol, mild roast and black hole. Flavour is peated malts, alcohol and quite sticky. Not as beautiful as the Paradox.
vtafro (3032) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with some light tan head, no real pop when the bottle opened. Aroma is full of peat and oak from the whiskey barreling, and light lighter coffee and chocolate notes. Woody peat, smoke, and coffee flavors with a bit of warming at the back end.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 Bottle. Pours a fizzy shiny very dark cola color with a fizzy frothy light tan colored head. Aroma is strong of Islay whiskey, peaty, grassy, bit of plastic, no sign of the abrasive alcohol though, lightly sweet cola roast, super faint touch of dark chocolate. Flavor is kind of toasty at first, big piney hops, light cola sweetness, the Islay, like the wine barrel version, doesn’t dominate the flavor but rather seems to be in balance with the other strong flavors, dark chocolate cookie, coffee in the aftertaste, slightly plasticy aftertaste that cleans up into a really nice even longer lasting peat and barrel taste. Medium/full bodied, great fizzy fluffy airy carbonation that has a nice sizzle to liven it up, a marshmallow feeling, really a nice mouth feel, almost a 5, well attenuated obviously, dry. It isn’t hot in the mouth at all, maybe just a tad in the finish though. The lasting spicy peat aftertaste is pretty cool. Really starting to open up in a delightful way. More and more.... plenty of smooth silky dark chocolate now, the bitterness is now just a complementary note now. one more point bump! p.s. room temp is probably best here. Loving the smoke now!
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black colored with a small light brown head. Aromas of peat, whisky, roasted malt, chocolate, sugar and licorice. Roasted and smoked flavor with notes of caramel, tar, alcohol, wood and peat. Great beer.
cgarvieuk (14062) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 toffee roast ... load and loads of whiskey ,,, roast malt ... better than expected but still too much whiskey
JorisPPattyn (7815) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge greige head with some lace over pitch-black beer. Wow! Islay malt just jumping out of the glass; turf, peat, paint. Dry, whisky - malt - flavour, turf, smoked, dry-severe but just mindblowingly good. Very slick to viscous, huge alcoholwarming, prickly-carbonated MF, well-bodied. Oh dear. I’m just a s*cker for Islay malt or derivatives as this beer. Gorgeous.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Zack for the bottle! Poured very deep brown with an unexpectedly tall cap of rich mocha head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma was all about the peated whiskey, with huge doses of smoked malts, earth, and peppery alcohol.. vanilla, molasses, and coffee were buried deep down, but they provided adequate support.. I’d imagine that if you dislike smoky whiskey, you won’t care for this at all. The flavor found molasses, vanilla, and coffee at the core, with smoky whiskey all over the place.. well-roasted and sufficiently-charred.. finished with dry smoked whiskey, peppery alcohol, and coffee bitterness.. some good stuff in here (and I especially enjoyed the whiskey), but the barrel had too much influence. Heavier-bodied, dry, and, did I mention?, peaty on the palate.. warm overall, bordering on hot in the end.. maybe a bit too much time in the barrel, but it was a nice barrel.
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botella. Pitch black, lovely brown creamy head. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt, peat, smok and wood. Great filling mouthfeel. Fantastic flavour of deep roasted malt, peat, smoke, wood and alcohol, soft sweetness. Yum!