Thepickett (1) - - NOV 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First, I must disclose that I love Scotch. And, I really love beer. Love coffee, honey and vanilla, too. This Black Hole was much sweeter than I anticipated, but still surpassed expectations. Smokey, okey doke. The kick is smooth, but be ready. Not your mamma’s Belgium. The strong malt roasty flavor blends well with the coffee notes. Nice, earthy beer.
Gerbeer (3082) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml. 2011 vintage. Pours black with no head. Aromas of clean peat, iodine and licorice. Flavors of watery peat, iodine and alcohol wth chewy roasted malts. Interesting but overpiced. I don’t think srong peat beers age very well,..
phaleslu (9310) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle purchased from The Wine and Cheese Place in 2010 and 2011 - I had one of each year. Both opened blindly alongside all other variants. Both pour a deep, nearly opaque dark brown with minimal tan head that settles into a ring. Both have notes of peat, earth, charred wood, dark chocolate, molasses, rubber, burnt sugar, coffee grounds, and smoke. Both are medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a coating, woody, peaty, and smooth mouthfeel. But the 2010 version was a little more intensely barrel-forward, and the 2011 version was a little bit mellower and thinner. I had the years mixed up in my guesses. 2010 got a 4.0, 2011 got a 3.8 that was changed to a 3.9.
SlackerMads (2824) - DENMARK - MAR 4, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle 2010 edition thanks to pentaz. Black with no head. Massive peated smoke; ink, earth, wood. Booze, caramel. Rough and inky.
Inbreak (4425) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
18.02.2016, 0,375l bottle (2010 vintage) shared @ BBGTC tasting:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is dry mineraly, peat, weeds, leather, minerals, alcohol, bark, oak, dark malts, burnt sugar. Taste is dry peated, bark, peat, leather, minerals, weeds, oak, alcohol, paper, burnt sugar. Medium bitterness, dry mineraly mouthfeel. Not really my cup of tea.
NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mikkeller black hole BA fight.
Peat whiskey BA vs cognac BA
looks Black, sml dark tan head.
Smells.. Big smokey, wood, earthy.. Just a touch of the choc coming through
Tastes.. Heavy peat & smokey whiskey dominates, lingering burnt choc and heavy roasted malts.
Looks cola black, no head.
Smells..dark roasted malts and choc, cognac
Tastes.. Smooth dark choc, some coffee, big heavy roast, loads of cognac barrel.
tmrmwel (1720) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, enjoyed 3,5 years after bottling. Pours pitch black, with a creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, with cocoa, peated islay whisky and coffee, as well as oak, heather, tannins and tobacco. Full body with creamy texture, and soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts, with cocoa, oak barrels, liquorice and leather as well as coffee, earth, heather and peat whisky with a sting of alcohol. Lingering sweet malts and peat in the finish.
nimbleprop (7354) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2014
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
375ml bottle pours a murky black with some clumpy brown head. Nose... well, here we go, loads of rubber band, almost a bit of fresh tire too (not a compliment), heavy char, a little salty too - like a camp fire of driftwood. Flavor has some malt sweetness but it’s way too smokey, way to salty and too sweet. Finish is harsh. Drain pour.
Beerhunter111 (16468) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fast schwarzes Bier mit wenig Schaum. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, rauchig, torfig, alkoholisch. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, torfig rauchig, alkoholisch.
Koelschtrinker (16806) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stark malzig trockener Antrunk, erkennbar alkoholisch. Deutliche Rauchnoten, dennoch süffig und rund. 11/12/11/11/11/11
Stuu666 (10291) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is peaty, chocolate, taste is rich chocolate, smooth whisky, dry peat.