womencantsail (7100) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The beer pours black in color with an off-white head.
S: Sort of unoffensive, which is a huge surprise. Lots of roasted malt with a mild to moderate acidity. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Black Hole if it didn’t feature some tar and ash. A bit of oak and a mild sweetness.
T: Like the aroma, a very intense roasted malt flavor. Plenty of oak and even a good amount of wine. Definitely still a pronounced acidity, and lots of ash and char. Perhaps some mild fruit notes.
M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.
O: Actually one of the least offensive barrel aged Black Holes. That doesn’t mean it’s good, though.
allfreej (523) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Holy Grale, Louisville, KY.
Black pour with a sticky looking tan head. Lots of lace on the glass.
Full, sticky mouthfeel. Some astringency from the wine barrel.
Roasty malt nose with a vinous undercurrent from the wine.
Roasty malt, alcohol, raisins. An astringent finish almost like that found in grape skins.
Very rich, very satisfying. Definitely a strain on the palate. Tasting side by side by side with the peat whisky and tequila expressions.
zacgillbanks (1022) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BrewDog website. This is an inky black beer with a creamy tan head. It has sweet red fruit and liquorice flavours, vanilla, whisky and white wine? notes, a creamy mouthfeel with a warming fruity finish.
spacecube (369) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle, pours black with a light brown head. The aroma is pretty complex, with chocolate, caramel, apples, white wine grapes all coming together and just about balancing, the balance between the malts and the bittering hops is great and this makes the white wine’s job a bit easier. Palate is fairly thick but very drinkable and the finish is dry and well balanced.
jesperhammer (2281) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
13-APR-2013, bottle @home, from Mikkeller & Friends Bottleshop.
Black with a high brown head.
Aroma is sweet roast wood, a little tart, coffee.
Taste the same. With alcohol, sweet roast, wood, and more and more white wine as it warms. Also more roast. Very full body and medium carbonation. Fine stout. The white wine barrels do add something but not in your face like some of the others.
TickerTerryDJ (635) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle at BrewDog,Birmingham.26th march.Good looking black pour with a smallish sized stable tan head.Heady aromas of roast malt,coffee,booze,chocolate and a little wood.Dark roast fruit and malt flavour with chocolate and coffee too.Alcohol also in evidence with some vanilla and wood.White wine was only really hinted at both in flavour and aroma.Very tasty enjoyable stout.
Theydon_Bois (3382) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with IGT at BD Camden, 19/03/13.
Dark black with a frothy tan head that eventually dissipates to edgeing and a swirl. On initial pour this looks the bollocks!
Nose carries dark roasted malts, wood, booze, chocolate, whiff of coconut, molasses, sugars.
Taste comprises dark fruits, raisens, dark malt, grapes, chocolate, booze, wood, ash, tar.
Full bodied with fine carbonation lending towards a dry boozey finish.
This ticks most boxes although falls short of being a great for me!
SudsMcDuff (4925) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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Habanero (1698) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottld. Pours with a pitch black body and a large, tan head. Nose of dark fruit, roasted malt , coffee, chocolate, roasted, malt , wood and liqourice notes. Sweet flavor withva slightly bitter finish and alcohol notes. Oily texture, full bodied and soft CO2. An excellent impy.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.
S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, vanilla, white wine, some dark fruit, and some booze.
T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, oak, white wine, vanilla, and some dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. White wine adds some nice depth and complexity.
Ibrew2or3 (5823) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
That great looking wide mouth green glass 37.5cl bottle pours with a nice and pitch black body that supports a two inch tall mocha colored head of foam. I’ve forgotten just how tremendous this beer looks. The aroma offers up lots of inviting toffee and then coconut and white wine before a faint spicy oak like tartness is noticed. The taste is rich creamy and complex and similar to the nose. I get toffee and chocolate and dark roasted malts and some light caramel notes mixing with semi tart wine notes that lean more and more toward a white wine like tartness into the finish. Great balance, complexity and the white wine and oak play well against the roastiness.