Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Gorgeous looking impy. Aroma is moderate-heavily malted with lots of dark caramels, toffee, and chocolate. A good amount of dry wood, coffee, licorice, tobacco, earthy hops, and burnt malts mix nicely. The burnt malts are distinct, but never get overbearing because of everything else going on. Very nice. The red wine gives off a bit of a vinous quality as well as a somewhat tart, dark fruitiness. Solid, well-rounded, bold aroma. Flavor is just as nice. Wine tannins and dry wood overlay everything throughout. Coffee, licorice, plenty of earthy hops, dark caramels and toffees, dark chocolates, smooth vanilla, and a good amount of burnt malts. Finishes a bit acidic with some dark fruits, plenty of wood, chocolate, dry roasts, and lots of earthy hops that dry this out completely and leave a moderate bitterness. A hint of alcohol before a very lengthy aftertaste. Medium, creamy, silky smooth body and very light carbonation. Overall, a very impressive impy. I really dug this one. Its fairly sweet, but the massive amounts of roasts and hops balance this wonderfully. The addition of red wine barrels is used to perfection as well. Loved this one and can’t wait to try the other three in this series.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, wood, coffee, vanilla, marzipan, slight tobacco, and hints of alcohol and red wine. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, slight red wine, chocolate, slight tar, slight tannins, and wood. Medium to full body. Slick, creamy, then slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, wood, and slight tannin finish is slightly dry. 13.1%ABV is almost completely hidden (just a bit noticeable in the aroma).
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fløska. Pitch black colour with a big creamish dark brown head. Aroma has deep roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, it’s vinious and with red wine woody notes. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is strong on roasted malt along with chocolate and coffee, wood, alcohol and red wine (tannins)indeed, which gives a mild tart touch towards the very roasty malty chocolate coffee alcohol well lasting finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is opaque black with a brown, pillowy, frothy, moderately full head which settles to a thin froth and leaves some nice lace. The nose is very nice and similar to the bourbon; the malt richness stands out the most with molasses, burnt caramel, and some fudge, black currant, light wisps of alcohol, faint port notes, sweet oak, a bit of sweet espresso, and some honeyed cereal notes. The flavor is nice and seems to carry more of the fruit from the wine, albeit faint; it starts with molasses, dark honey, some fudge, some underlying blackberry and black currant but sweet oak, espresso, and leather notes ultimately takeover. The palate is medium to full, round, soft to lively, and slightly syrupy. The finish is short with leather, sweet oak, espresso, and just a bit of fudge and fruit left on the tongue. Again, the vanilla is non-existent and the honey ultimately dries out the finish to quickly. The wine barrels add nice, sweet oak notes and a faint fruit presence to add to the dark and rich malt notes. Ultimately just another unique wrinkle to a very nice beer, not better, not worse.
deyholla (9762) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with others. Poured black with a medium tan head that dissipated slowly. Aroma had a nice wine note that balanced nicely with the dark notes of bitter chocolate and coffee with underlying vanilla. Flavor was again nicely balanced by the dry wine note as it kept the bitter chocolate and coffee under control while slightly enhancing the vanilla.
tgncc (3080) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is chocolate, coffee, red wine, sweet. The appearance is typical, deep black, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, dry red wine. The finish is wine, giving way to roastyness, pine hop bittering. Nice medium/thick to thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. Very good overall.
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another gem provided by the Tampa crew! Black pour with a nice tan head. Aroma has the coffee, vanilla, chocolate but with the wine barrel you get a great hint of red wine and tannins. Flavor is rich and full with the red wine flavors adding such a great nuance to this beer. My favorite of the 4 BA Black holes by far!
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black beer with a lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted and cold coffee. The flavor is likewise roasted and cold coffee with some additional acidity. The palate is dry with some sweetness. Overall a good beer but without much trace of the redwine.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours blacn with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, cold coffee, light chocolate and elderberries. Flavour is roasted barley, light acidic, cold coffee and light fruity grape notes.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark body with tan head and can actually pick up reddish tinges in beer. Aroma is all over the place. Woody charred character with licorice and the coffee and vanilla notes all topped off with distinct vinous nature. Sweet roasted taste with prominent feature of whatever red wine barrel they used. And definitely finishes in a dry wine type manner. Overall, really good, and I like what the wine barrel aging has managed to do for it.