Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small cappuccino colored head. Aromas of coffee with sugar, hints of vanilla, chocolate cookies, alcohol, dried fruit and caramel. Flavors of roasted malt, syrup, caramel, warming alcohol and wood. Great beer.
JorisPPattyn (8234) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foxy brown-greige head over black beer. Coffee, spirit, some wood, sweetish-sourish aroma, rainwater. Again the sweet-sour stoutflavour, with a slight burnt bitterness, expecially retronasal. Remarkably little hops traceable in this version. Quite slick, if less viscous than the other versions tasted. Clear alcoholburn after swallowing, well-carbonated. The rum, on one had, lends some sweetness, and hence a good balance. OTOH, it lacks complexity compared to other versions as the peated whiskey.
Dedollewaitor (14339) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Revelation Cat warehouse. Thanks Alex. Pours black with a small creamy head and lacings. Roast, wood, balanced rum barrel, vinous, slick, coffee. Very tasty
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FlÝska. Pitch black, brown head. Sweet well roasted rum woody aroma. Good filling mouthfeel indeed. Sweet flavour, lots of roasted malt, wood, rum, alcohol.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
I love Mikkeller. Mikkel is an artist and a visionary and is responsible for some of the finest beers I have ever had. That said, I think this beer sucks. A very promising aroma of espresso, cocoa and light vanilla gives way to a flavor that I found largely unpleasant. Absolutely bone dry with the slightly burnt character I found in the original Black Hole amplified to charred coffee beans. A bit of woodiness on the finish does nothing to round out the flavor, leaving a harsh, lingering bitterness.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brown head, Dark and roasty, smokey. Sweet, dark malts and spice. finishes boozey/rum. Glad I got to try this. Yum!
SSSteve (3905) - - MAY 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. black with a large, creamy, brown head. aroma of chocolate chip cookies, caramel, roast, hints of sweet rum from a distance. flavor has a pleasantly sweet rummy finish. lots of chocolate, caramel, cookie and toasted bread. very warm in the finish. full body. the rum flavor adds a nice touch to this classic.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 5 points. Better than the wine version but not as good as the original or bb versions. Good, but not great.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Sim rate (bottle from Olbutikken): Aromaís a meaty imperial stout alcohol hit. Thereís some rich coconut, almond, macadamia & rich dark chocolate. The rum really shines through - no doubt bringing out those nutty aromas. Thereís also a real sweetness to it. Itís dark fruits and sugar plum. Appearance : well, I hardly need to mention this as itís exactly what youíd expect. Pitch black with a biege head and lace. Flavour is an absolutely epic mix of dark chocolate, sweet coconut and sheer alcohol. Tasty and overwhelming all at once. Itís got a mammoth alcoholic finish which I canít decide if I love or not. Itís one hell of a beer, thatís for sure. But I would recommend sharing it with friends!
beernbourbon (1366) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is very crisp black with a medium deep brown head that reduces down to a thin but dense layer of bubble-studded foam. Aroma is fairly reminiscent of the base beer with lots of roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, light ash, light molasses, and light alcohol. Maybe a touch of tartness as well. Flavor is also full of roasted malt, coffee, booze, and distant sweetness. The finish is a bit ashy with notes of espresso. This is a bit hotter than I expected it to be. Certainly a notable rum presence here. As i continue to sip, the alcohol burn mellows and more roasted malt and ash come through. The subtle tartness of the base beer is not very detectable. The flavor evolves a lot as the beer warms and breathes. You really need more than 1 or 2 sips to get the full flavor spectrum this beer has to offer. I liked it more with every sip.