beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle. Its interesting, I took a look at my review for the regular Black Hole after I wrote down my notes for this beer. The reviews are remarkably different considering that its the same base beer, and oddly enough I arrived at the same total score. Pours a very deep brown, just about black, that allows no light to pass. There is a thin-moderate brown head that lasted until almost mid-glass and left a layer of foam with each sip. The aroma is filled with ample smokiness that reminds me of a steak on the grill. There are a few vapors of scotch whiskey present as well. There is no sign of the base beer anywhere in the aroma. The flavor is smokey along with some wood ash, and a bit of the coffee coming through from the base beer. Dry, ashy finish. Some moderate alcohol warmth present towards the end as well. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle from Binny’s South Loop, iirc. Pours pitch black with a deep tan head. I don’t get all the hate. Or, I do get it, but don’t think it’s necessarily warranted. Or maybe this is incredibly polarizing. Meh. First thing to hit you is phenolic Islay malt. peat, iodine and phenols galore. But the sweet beer notes come in. Sweet molasses, buckwheat honey and booze. Like Ardberg mixed with Black Hole. Interesting to say the least. Not as well put together as Black Tie. Holy shit on the taste. All I get at first is straight up Islay scotch. Laphroaig quarter barrel, which is too much for me. Fortunately, that fades pretty quick, but it’s kick in the teeth in terms of smoke and iodine. Strong coffee presence in the finish, but it is faded to a distinctly acidic note first. Roasted grains. Strong bitterness. This is an outrageous beer and really fucking interesting. Huh. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
I almost spit my Dragon’s Milk out while reading illidurit’s review. He happened to bring this lovely bottle to our tasting. This was a foul one. Black with a brown head. Ya, it looked the part, but it was all down hill from there... The aroma is like mixing up burning rubber and charred bbq chicken in an old, full ash tray. The flavor is sharp and ashy with lots of burnt flash and some dried barbecue sauce. Christ, this is bad. This first couple sips were fun because we were all like "is this as repulsive to you as it is to me?" and then we all poured it out, thank god. I question Mikkel’s judgement for putting this on the market. You have to know when to say NO. illidurit (2354) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods in Santa Cruz. Pours black with a nice tan head. So far so good. Aroma: GROTESQUE. An intriguingly revolting smell; equal parts burning tire yard, car battery terminal gunk, rubber cement, dry-erase board, and tar. What the HELL. I get nearly zero beer character out of this aroma. Smells like a car accident took a dump in a bottle. Smells like a horse getting turned into glue. Smells like an alien from the planet Sulfur Twat drowning in a bog. Oh yeah, it has a flavor too. Charred chicken skin, ash, chemicals, asphalt. The most undrinkable beer I’ve had since SA Triple Bock 1000 ratings ago. AVOID AVOID AVOID drpimento (3736) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Whoa, hahahaha Wow! Little over the top in the peat department. Jimminy Christmas! I feel like I just got nailed. So. Poured with a nice, light brown, foamy, frothy head that lasts a while and lots of lace. Color is a got damn near opaque brown black. Aroma is massive peat, along with some malt, and uh, geez, it’s hard to think of anything else. Malt I guess and there’s some sweetness in there. Flavor is like flavor but even more massive. Body is very good and so is carbonation, although the flavor is so intense that it’s hard to heed anything else. Finish is, guess... A freight train of peat up the wazoo. And really long. A session beer only if you pray to the peat gods. Holy cow.
jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose of chocolate, oak, vanilla, scotch, coffee and bean. Taste is similar, but the scotch really comes in strong on the back end. Lots of burn and peat. Vanilla, coffee and chocolate are overpowered. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Pours nearly black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roast malt, peaty smoke, and alcohol. Flavor is much of the same with the addition of some malty sweetness and a little chocolate. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown with lacy tan foam. Nose is dominated by funky burnt peat and scotch; hints of caramel and dark chocolate. Medium body with a tang. Taste is charred wood, molasses, scotch and sweetened coffee. Finishes with peat and ash tray. Marginally enjoyable. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle. Opque black of course with a small thick and lasting tan-coloured head. Big aroma of smoke, peat, salty licorice, sea-salt, iodine, wood and burnt malts. Full-bodied with strong notes of smoke, sea-salt, seaweed, licorice, black pepper, burnt malts, coffee and pine somewhere. LOng peppery, smokey and salty finish of seaweed, black coffee and mild alcohol. I love Islay whiskeys, then fore I love this beer. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Big thanks to Blazer06 for these. Pours pitch black with dark brown head. The aroma has full up blunt unapologetic band aid and peat to go along with smoother notes of scotch whiskey booze and chocolate in the background. The taste has rubbery blubbery band aid mixed with peat, chocolate and dark roasted malts.