JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from second batch bottle courtesy TheCheeseMan, at Throwdown 3. Poured jet black with wisps of light tan head. Fresh minty hop and dark bitter roast aroma provide a nice contrast. Light alcohol presence also. Lightly carboanted and surprisingly light body for a strong beer. A ton of roast, coffee, spicy hops, and heat on the taste. It all comes together nicely.
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split with Garrett. This is one that I have wanted to get my hands on for a while. Sean the ass raper has a bottle which he charged 25 dollars for (must be his service charge), but locally this beer was only 10 dollars. Thanks for the real deal on that one Smitty boy, next time I see you Ill be sure and give you a hot lunch. Pours out a dark black color with a tan head on it. Smell is sweet, full of coffee, and almost a banana like sweetness to it. Some chocolate and roasted smells as well. Taste is thin, much thinner than I was expecting, but it turns out this wasnt a bad thing at all. Full of coffee and chocolate in the taste, its like drinking an amped up version of Beer Geek, or Breakfast Stout. It has a nice hoppy flavor from being a freshly made beer, but in a couple of years this beer will be fantastic. More so than it already is. Awesome stuff, and the best beer of the night hands down.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a creamy brown head that lasted til the last drop. Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Started off with roasted coffee flavors with some chocolate hints. Finish was rather hoppy. Very surprised. Also a rather harsh alcohol burn.
HenrikSoegaard (10556) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Chocolate and vanilla notes. Heavy bitter flavor. Fantastic powerfull bitter loooong finish. Chocolat and vanilla is dominating flavors, not coffee. Fantastic creamy palate. Wonderfull beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Date on cap 08-1?. Pours black with a brown, moderately full, pillowy head; it is mostly diminishing and leaves some nice lace. Nose is potent and quite complex but not overly coffee-ish; notes of expresso, molasses, black currant, light anise, strong earthen notes, a sense of alcohol, and lighter notes of burnt maple. Flavor is much of the same notes and still quite potent; expresso notes are heavily roasted but not dominant. After the expresso notes there is black currant, molasses, milk chocolate, burnt caramel, burnt maple wood, and light anise. Palate is medium to full, lively, oily, and warm. Finishes with plenty of burnt maple notes, expresso notes leaving, chocolate and currant notes lingering, and a warm finish. Complex and interesting among Imps but certainly could benefit from some aging. A little brash but the unique complexities make up for that. Not my favorite Imp but quite unique and a nice one-of-a-kind.
rayg1 (556) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 Split this one with Ross, thanks man. Poured out very dark, almost like the absence of matter that I would suspect in a black hole. Anyway if you hold this up to your nose you get alot of coffee and toasted nuts. Taste is rich of espresso and dark chocolate, add in a touch of sweetness and a clean mouthfeel and there you have Black Hole. I will say the mouthfeel was thinner on this one than I expected but actually turned out just as well. I feel the thinner mouthfeel added to this beers drinkability and therefore added to the overall experience. Heavy on flavor, not heavy on feel. Great job, I guess the Danes do know how to make some good beer!!!!
Re-rate: This beer is terrible compared to what it used to be, perhaps this beer doesn’t age well but my God has this fallen off the map. Little to no aroma not even a hint of coffee as before. Taste was of cardboard and burnt coffee grounds and overall pretty terrible, alcohol comes off too hot with no flavor to balance it and watery mouthfeel doesn’t sit well on the palate. Awful re-vist of this beer. I dropped my score a full .9
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark inky black, light mud, light head, a bit of lacing. Nose of bright roast, sharp astringency and same light deet and spent coffee grounds, starch and rhubarb. The flavor is strong, lots of alcohol warmth and brash roasty notes. Woody coffee and a light fruity musty undertone.
jake65 (2636) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma is heavy roast and coffee. Warming sensation from the anticipation of a high ABV. Flavor is lots of coffee up front, roastiness, and some bitters in the tail. Thanks Chad.
IndianaRed (2491) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Harlequin.
Black with a small dark tan head. Big dark roasted aroma with anice and leather. Big sharp roasted flavor with an odd dirt like note. Lots of fumey alcohol but it really carried the flavors. A littlle espresso and lingering smokey trailer. Nice
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Spicy hoppy aroma. Black color with a brown head. Sweet spicy body with light honey and nutty notes. Balanced hoppy and spicy palate.