Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong coffee, oak and rum aroma. Dark brown, almost black. No head to speak of. Sour rum mixed with bitter oaky touches. Very good and warming.
toffeeslot (119) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You can smell this is the rum edition. Lots of heavy aroma. Sugary rum taste, with hops and roasted malt. High alcohol taste. A sipper. Great stuff!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: A lifeless mess of booze and sweetness. Not good
How: Bottle 375ml, foiled & carged & corged. Consumed when probably over 1 year of age
The look: Black body topped by a tiny tan ring of foam
In long: nose has a lot of booze (light nail polish sensation) with cacao and burnt brown sugar. Taste is a sweet slimy black liquorice, a shot of dark Sambuca, lots of awkward oak & tannins, cocoa powder, soy sauce, tar, a lot of booze. I know this is a very strong beer but I found the alcohol particularly aggressive in this one, much more so than in the Red Wine version that has the same alcohol content. Minimal carbonation, lifeless body. The oak barrels are very upfront but I don’t think I could have guessed Rum barrels in a blind tasting. Not sure what to say here, I love the base beer and I liked the Red Wine barrel aged version, but this Rum edition really didn’t do it to me. Weird. I’m pretty fucking pissed off I paid $15 for a 375ml of this crap … ok … let’s calm down … so the beer was expensive and not good at all, but I think that using the using the “f” word in a rating may be overreacting… that and my broken living-room window and my TV set smashed in my driveway.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: Black Hole, Rum
Date: July 01, 2012
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: big roasted aroma, sweet chocolate, light fruityness
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, sweet fruity rum, touch of oak, bitter dark chocolate, rum sweetness brings out a rich sweet chocolate in the finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is of rum, molasses, lots of dark fruits, some booze, vanilla, dark sugary notes, coffee, roasted malt and oak. The flavor follows the nose but is rather thin due to the lack of carbonation, I get some rum, lots of molasses and dark fruits, booze, vanilla, dark sugary, oak, roasted malt and coffee. The body is on the lighter side of medium, with a silky, yet almost watery mouth feel because of the lack of carbonation. Overall a pretty good Imperial Stout, but would have been better with a little carbonation.
burg326 (5384) - Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle corked and caged, poured a dark black color with little carbonation, aromas of rum, chocolate, lighht coffee and a touchh of dark fruit. Flavors are the same with some ash thorwn in.
Cuso (7813) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from beerplanet.eu. Almost dark color with no head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, rum, raisins, molasses, wood. Taste, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, honey, rum, wood. Coffee bitter finish. Awesome imperial stout.
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle. This is the final beer in the Black Hole series that I needed to try.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with hints of rum and oak mixed in. The flavor is heavier on the rum, with the barrel aged notes of oak and maple thrown in. I also get a nice amount of roasted malt and molasses. The beer is fairly sweet overall and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle
I am so glad that this was not a full bottle or there is no way I would have been able to finish it. So thick and rich that even half is as filling as several slices of cheesecake it is a better barrel treatment than the white wine.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep oily black fluid seeps down the glass. It almost oozes rather than pouring. Flat with almost no head (no surprise there) it traps the chocolate, plum, anise, and vanilla effectively. The rum lingers in the background with more modesty than some other barrel aged imperial stouts.
Flavor / Palate - The oily texture coats the tongue and begins to dull the senses immediately. Before they wear out completely a complex line of chocolate, plums, rum cake, and vanilla build layers of flavor. The warmth actually restrains itself for a while; even so I would not want to follow it up with another big bold imperial stout.
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - APR 16, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. What a freaking mess this was. Black pour with soapy bubbles and not a lick of head. Flat as shit. Nose of coffee, soy sauce, vanilla, and more coffee. Taste follows the nose. I mixed a little with a BB winter warmer I was drinking at the time as well. Just to add some carbonation. It made it a little better.