Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice beer. I am not a big fan of the regular black hole but the rum barrel is a great device. Aroma is vanilla, honey, dark fruit, and choc. Appearance in black with a tan head. Taste is fruity, honey, a little rum, and coffee on the back end. Palate is nice and creamy.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 07/16/2011. Dark black body with a small frothy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate and light rum aroma. Sweet roast, chocolate, light creosote and faint rum notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Dogbrick (7054) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the "Far Out! Space-themed beer tasting" on 10/01/2013. Opaque brown-black pour with a medium foamy beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of rum, coffee and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet rum, espresso and charred malt. The finish is somewhat boozy with a rum-infused coffee aftertaste. Good overall.
angelkostvo (504) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black color with no head. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, rum pralines, coffee, booze, vanilla. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter and a bit sour. Medium body, creamy texture, flat carbonation. Really good and interesting Imperial Stout
Beerdedone (2454) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a short brown head. Aroma of chocolate, rum, coffee and vanilla. Flavor of roasted coffee, chocolate, rum, molasses, oaky vanilla a bit of honey and booze with a solid warming alcohol finish
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Graham cracker in the nose. Or is it cardboard? Must be the rum Barrel? Decent beer but if I traded for it I dont think I would be to happy. Roasted malts and alcohol I presuume? Not that impressed.
Habanero (2000) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours with a pitch black body and a tan head. Lacing is precnt. Nose of coffee, vanilla, dark fruit and roasted malt . Flavor of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and wood among with alcohol. Full bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. Dry, alcoholic and slightly bitter finish. I like the origional version better. ★★★★
Jade (397) - 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 (118) - 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 (5929) - 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 (10886) - 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