DruncanVeasey (8603) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2010
Having not especially enjoyed the bog standard Black Hole, I had an idea I wouldn’t be drinking this all tonight, but would have to re-cork and finish tomorrow. After one sip it’s apparent there is zero possibility of that happening. Pours pitch as the eponymous hole, with a generous, persisting tan foam and frills only The Belgians could conjure from a beer of such pungency. The aroma is a thing of intense beauty; liquorice, ink, smoked kippers, beef jerky and very, very high cocoa chocolate. Too often the barrel feels a gimmick, adding nothing and smoothing the nuances of the base beer into a mush of TCP and custard. That doesn’t happen here. The barrel imparts a depth of cocoa, smoked kipper, chipotle, cigar ash and face-warming beauty falling squarely outside my frame of reference, even at 3.6K. Maybe I should just give up drinking beer and drink peat whiskey. This stuff makes Schlenkerla taste like a Bacardi Breezer. Where to go from here? Who is going to deliver a smokier beer than this? I can’t even begin to say if it’s sweet, bitter, both, or what. It’s just very, very smoky. A disgraceful, filthy, satanically black piece of brewing. If I could I’d order a case in for Christmas. Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle at home. Intense black pour, tan head. Extreme islay aroma with iodine, peat, coffee, bourbon and more whiskey. Flavor is quite smooth, vanilla, coffee, bourbon and caramel. Very smooth palate. Slightly medicinal but amazing brew. jfb (7120) - GERMANY - JUN 16, 2012
(bottle) pours a pitch black colour with a creamy dark brown head. aroma of peat smoke, black olives, chocolate icing and toasted malts, vanilla and furnace ash. flavour is heavy ash and charcoal, brown sugar, toasted malts and dark chocolate, appropriately boozy, with only a light sweetness and a medium roasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation. awesome brew, surprisingly balanced. SirLimpsalot (4838) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2012
@ Gyllenbock: Enormt rökig whiskeyton. Stor rund smak av våt torv men med en trevlig balans mot stark kaffe. Så gott Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2013
Huge imperial stout, major coffee and dark chocolate notes with peaty whisky on the finish.. Smells of Laphroig and dark chocolate. 2 thumbs up!
KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
Near black with a large beige head. Aroma had plenty of peated malt, smoke, wood and iodine. Flavour had loads of burned malt, smoke, dark chocolate, espresso, whiskey and wood. Lovely. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010
375 Bottle. Pours a fizzy shiny very dark cola color with a fizzy frothy light tan colored head. Aroma is strong of Islay whiskey, peaty, grassy, bit of plastic, no sign of the abrasive alcohol though, lightly sweet cola roast, super faint touch of dark chocolate. Flavor is kind of toasty at first, big piney hops, light cola sweetness, the Islay, like the wine barrel version, doesn’t dominate the flavor but rather seems to be in balance with the other strong flavors, dark chocolate cookie, coffee in the aftertaste, slightly plasticy aftertaste that cleans up into a really nice even longer lasting peat and barrel taste. Medium/full bodied, great fizzy fluffy airy carbonation that has a nice sizzle to liven it up, a marshmallow feeling, really a nice mouth feel, almost a 5, well attenuated obviously, dry. It isn’t hot in the mouth at all, maybe just a tad in the finish though. The lasting spicy peat aftertaste is pretty cool. Really starting to open up in a delightful way. More and more.... plenty of smooth silky dark chocolate now, the bitterness is now just a complementary note now. one more point bump! p.s. room temp is probably best here. Loving the smoke now! Borresteijn (7656) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle at Borefts BF ’10. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, peat, liquorice root, earth. Flavour is hard roasted malts, bitter, peat, earthy liquorice root, smoke, booze, chocolate, bitter woody and smokey finish. Medium to fullbodied, smooth. Delicious. Pinball (12642) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011 bottle. (9,4,9,4,18)
pitch dark, noce smoth soft light brown head with bubbles on top.
Aroma is SERIOUSLY peat smoked, smells like a laphoraigh only more smoked and more charchoal. below the peat smoke , charcoal and whisky i sort of sense some roasted grains. This is one hell of an extreme aroma.
flavor is vanilla, wood, peat , hops, roasted grains, more wood, ends woody, smoked and dry. Pretty happy i have this bottle all to myself tonite.
a brutal peat smoked imp stout that leaves nothing behind. Even a brewdog would seem a little watery after this. A little rough around the edges, could perhaps use some more time, but delicious as it is now. Second black hole barrelled beer i find absoluteliy world class fantastic..
rerate. bottled 13-6-2009. sampled 27-7-2011 this time poured not entirely black, but still with an insanely good looking huge smooth brown head. Aroma had faint herbal notes I didn’t notice first time around. Flavor is stil extremely powerfull and seems to have mellowed a little bit since last time. The peat is not as agressively present as last time, neither aroma nor flavor, but it does a great job at giving a great imp stout a twist.(8,4,9,4,17). notching down my rate 0.1 to reflect the average. flemmingwillum (1246) - Nysted, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
Rating #460, bottle from Ølbutikken
Completely black beer with a nice head. I am just a sucker for the aroma: Very medieval with barrel, smoke, tar, rope, piss and shit - well not literally. Flavor copied the aroma, just added some flowers and even more smoke - too much alcohol and a bunch of bitterness too. Tastes like charcoal from along the railroads. Peat. Thick, creamy, perfect palate, but the standard Black Hole is more well-done.