Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a jet black with a nice rich brown head.
Aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee.
The aroma isnít as strong as Iíd thought it would be but it still smells okay.
Taste of chocolate, coffee, malt and acidic fruit hints. The acidic fruit hints really are off balance and take away from the other flavors in this beer.
I wanted to like this beer, but eboats is right, this isnít a 4.0 beer.
Instead itís a $10 disappointment.
Not a terrible brew by any means, but from what I understand batch 1 and the batch that made it over to the us in 375ml bottles are different beasts entirely.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured black with a dark brown head. Aroma was acidic coffee. Flavor was acidic coffee and pretty flat. Some chocolate flavors, but mostly just a flat overly acidic beer with too much coffee in a bad way. I love coffee in beer, but this one was just really off on the flavor.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mikkeller Black Hole pours, well, like the name implies. Not a trace of light comes through even when backlit. The mocha head grew to a hefty one plus finger finger billowy head. As the head slowly fell to a respectable cap it left patchy lacing on itís way. Each drink leaves drink lines piled on top of the last. This is an excellent looking stout!
The aroma is loaded with dark berries. This is supposedly brewed with coffee but the only coffee I can pick up is stale. The berries were inviting upfront when a little colder but as this stout warms thereís the unmistakable aroma of burnt rubber wafting through the air. The rubber combined with an overpowering alcohol presence leaves me wishing I cracked open something else for the evening...Coming back to the aroma. As it warms even more the rubber and alcohol are still there but fall to the back and cocoa powder comes forward which improves things but doesnít make up for the burnt rubber.
The flavor, while better than the aroma, still falls short of expectations. The berries play a big role in the throughout but I just canít get around the burnt rubber and overabundance of alcohol. Thereís really not much to say about the flavor except itís just not very good!
The mouthfeel falls far short as well! Itís watery and thin with huge amounts of alcohol fumes rising throught the mouth and nose. Now donít get me wrong. I believe a solid shot of alcohol often enhances big stouts such as this. Unfortunately the alcohol crosses the line in this case.
I wouldnít drink this again and thereís no way I would ever recommend it to anyone. Iím going to finish the bottle for the sake of keeping an open mind but this is a lost cause.
The initial pour was good and I was anxious for a drink, it was downhill after that. This is my second beer from Mikkeller. The first being Beer Geek Breakfast. I thought that was underwhelming and was hesitant to try another Mikkeller brew. Unfortunately, I bit the bullet and bought Black Hole. It not only left me wanting something different but put a dent in my wallet as well!
robinvboyer (3532) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle via MrManning, thanks!
jet black pour, very dark brown head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, roasted/burnt malt, some slight ripe fruit, with alcohol in the mix. Flavour is very very roasty, a good maltiness, some very biter hops, and loads of coffee in the aftertaste with a wicked bitter finish. THe 14% is VERY well hidden, and this is a very complex but very enjoyable beer.
harrisoni (15066) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Kulminator, thanks to Mes for buying it. Stunning US hop aroma. Body really falls away though. Too much soy sauce for me. Thin on the tongue. Too many hops for the malts too. Really lovely aroma, but the mouthfell falls away and hot hop on end is too much. Mustíve liked it though to give it 3.8/5
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve been hoping to get a chance to try this for a while, Iíve always like the original bottle picture. 12.7 oz bottle. Pour is black with a thin brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate covered raisins and a bit of bitter coffee. Big coffee taste up front, some smoke, chocolate and some sweet fruit. A little more smoke and sweet fruit in the finish. Nice and warming. Big body, noticeable alcohol. I like the complexity of this, it is a little more than just chocolate and coffee.
tennisjoel (1222) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.9 oz bottle rating. Pour is pure blackness, thereís no seeing through this beer. A nice creamy brown head settles above the tar. Very nice aroma of roast, vanilla, raisin, dark chocolate. Flavor is really coffee forward, with most of the other complexities noticed in the aroma taking a back seat. Alcohol is totally masked, with the exception of a nice warming feeling experienced in my stomach. For such a rich beer, this is very drinkable. The one downside is that the coffee is maybe a little overpowering. However, as I sip on this and the temp warms, I notice some other flavors become assertive. Very good beer. I can see some similarities between this and Speedway Stout (which is probably my favorite Impy Stout of all time).
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A mostly black pour with a little bit of brown on the edges. Light head. The aroma has some nice coffee and malt going on with caramel and charcoal as well. It actually smells creamy. Unfortunately I did not care for the flavor as much as I thought I would. Coffee was present and it was well mixed with the malts. There was also a good bit of bitter chocolate but it seemed to be mixed with a touch of saltiness that I found misplaced and distracting. Semi-dry full body. Not bad, but certainly not as good as it was hyped to be.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A small, but dense tan head with mild lacing occur upon pour. The nose is dark roasted coffee, chocolate,dried dark fruits, slightly vinous and other more subtle tone which I canít quite nail down. The flavor Is rich with combinations of sweetness and bitterness from roasted malts. It is quite well balanced and a definite winner. I hope to try this again soon.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh wow. This a great impy. Pour out a deep black color with nearly no head. aroma is huge roasted malts with a nice nutty note to it. Flavor is sweet roasted malts with coffee notes through out. A very enjoyable brew.