Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 375mL bottle poured into a tulip. Pours pitch black with a huge beige head that recedes to a thick cap and leaves great lacing along the sides. The aroma is much like the other barrel version which is to say that the barrel character is not dominant. It’s mostly heavily roasted black malts, mocha and espresso. Light dry vinous grape aroma as well. Taste is also dominated by the underlying heavily roasted black malts and mocha. There is a bit more wine barrel character in the taste with some dry oak character as well as dark grapes. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and more vinous and dry than the other versions I’ve tried. Another great variation on Black Hole and one that leans heavily on the grapes, leaving a wine-like finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1333) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
12.7 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Nice fluffy light-brown head that sticks around for quite some time. Slightly viscous pour that provides a nice opaque black body. Aroma is sweet chocolate, light red wine, coffee, vanilla, and a subtle wood aroma. Very complex and nuanced aroma. Very sweet dessert aroma. A tad thin for an imperial stout. Alcohol is very warming. Wow, a lot going on in such a short time. At first I get a coffee and chocolate flavor, then it moves on to providing a warming alcohol flavor. The red wine notes are hard to taste, but there is a slight sour/sweet flavor that hits my taste buds, and I know the red wine barrels are providing that flavor. Finally, I get the barrel/wood flavor that leaves a nice lingering flavor on my tongue, and inside of my mouth (sexy, right?). As previously stated, a bit too thin for me, but this damn thing is quite boozy so beware. Nicely nuanced, but it’s all over the place; it could use some age, and shit, I’m starting to feel it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle from 5 points. Wine barrels really don’t add much to this brew. Weird metallic finish. My least favorite of the ba versions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle from Ølbutikken.
Vampire black with a gorgeous tan head. Just amazing. Chocolate, coffee, Black Holeness all round and just a perfect hit of red wine barrel. Fanfunkintastic malt, just the right level of sourness, and a biting bitterness in the finish. Really drinkable, really really chocolately, really really really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2010
38cl, new exclusive Danish brew Anno 2010, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex Stout, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, but very expensive!, the best of the Black Hole BA-series!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (10510) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2010
375ml bottle from Ølbutikken, shared with KnutAlbert and Skinnyviking. Dense, tan coloured head slowly reduces to a few patches. Plain black body. Hoppy and peaty to the nose. Well blended taste of sweet hops with woody dryness plus the succulence from dark fruits and notes of grainy chocolate malts. Vinous, alright. To me this was the best one of the Black Hole series (hotel room, Sct Thomas, Copenhagen 09.05.2010).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle. Black with medium tan head that sticks. Aroma is strong tannic bitter boozy, notes of chocolate malt, notes of berry fruits, roasted and woddy character overall. Taste is roasted chocolate and coffee tannins that hint at acidity, medium alcohol burn down throat. Not as sweet as most imperial stouts, even at room temperature. Woody quality. Sticky on lips and tongue, but not overly so. Special and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8413) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle. High and lasting creamy light brown head. Pitch black body. Cooffee caramel vineous wood aroma and flavor with low carbonation and a mild long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25140) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle at home. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of liquorice and hops with notes of coffee and vanilla beans. Roasted flavour of coffee, liquorice, hops and tar with notes of oak and red wine. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6591) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2010
Dark beer, fine milk chocolate head. A little sourness from the barrel. Sweet and sour, the wine barrel plays very nicely along with the ale. Red wine finish. I’d like more of this.

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