badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Black with a creamy light brown head. Strong chocolate, vanilla, red wine and mild oak aroma. Smooth creamy palate. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, citrus, mild vanilla, subtle red wine and oak to the finish with some honey notes. Very Good. nickd717 (4682) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
375ml bottle thanks to chswimmer on BA. Pours black in color with a small tan head leaving swirls on the beer. Aroma is really nice: roast, sharp coffee/espresso, dark fruits, earth, and vinous notes. Flavor has a lot of alcohol, but a decent imperial stout behind it. Sharp bitter roasty espresso, red wine, sweet chocolate, and a tart earthy finish. Full and boozy on the palate with some serious heft to it and low carbonation. Not a great barrel aged imperial stout, but could be a lot worse - stay tuned for my reviews of the other Mikkeller -bal aged Black Holes. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a black body and a huge tan head. Monster lacing. Aroma of bordeaux, wood, chocolate, coffee. Some vanilla, red fruit, raspberry and biscuit. Oreo, jam. Nice red fruit, wine, coffee, vanilla, honey flavors. Really well balanced and a subdued burn compared to the other BA Black Holes. Nice long duration. A lot of wine, dark fruits, tannins. Very nice. A lot of burnt roast. Medium bubbles, somewhat thinner than the others. thewolf (12594) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
Bottle, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2010
Completely black, lovely, staying, light-brown creamy head. Aroma has lots of complexity. Chocolate abound, quite a lot of coffee, roasted malts and a lot of tannins, plums, oak. Some sweet-sour feel to it. Low to medium carbonation, dry but also fairly light mouthfeel. Flavour is vinious, dry, lots of hard roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. There are plenty of tannins and a slight tartness to the oak. Still, the overall feel leaves me with some boozy notes which detract - especially considering how well SEVEN was barrel aged.
thanks blazer06 for the share and opening the 4 in the serie.
dark brown, mocha head
aroma and flavors mostly coffee, light wood barrel with a thin wine presence. Lots of toasted malts coffee goodness. Grainy and boozy, palate keeps a nice wine barrel, coffee finish.
This is spot on, delicious.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2010
12.7oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Gorgeous looking impy. Aroma is moderate-heavily malted with lots of dark caramels, toffee, and chocolate. A good amount of dry wood, coffee, licorice, tobacco, earthy hops, and burnt malts mix nicely. The burnt malts are distinct, but never get overbearing because of everything else going on. Very nice. The red wine gives off a bit of a vinous quality as well as a somewhat tart, dark fruitiness. Solid, well-rounded, bold aroma. Flavor is just as nice. Wine tannins and dry wood overlay everything throughout. Coffee, licorice, plenty of earthy hops, dark caramels and toffees, dark chocolates, smooth vanilla, and a good amount of burnt malts. Finishes a bit acidic with some dark fruits, plenty of wood, chocolate, dry roasts, and lots of earthy hops that dry this out completely and leave a moderate bitterness. A hint of alcohol before a very lengthy aftertaste. Medium, creamy, silky smooth body and very light carbonation. Overall, a very impressive impy. I really dug this one. Its fairly sweet, but the massive amounts of roasts and hops balance this wonderfully. The addition of red wine barrels is used to perfection as well. Loved this one and can’t wait to try the other three in this series. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
375ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, wood, coffee, vanilla, marzipan, slight tobacco, and hints of alcohol and red wine. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, slight red wine, chocolate, slight tar, slight tannins, and wood. Medium to full body. Slick, creamy, then slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, wood, and slight tannin finish is slightly dry. 13.1%ABV is almost completely hidden (just a bit noticeable in the aroma). faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 13, 2010
Fløska. Pitch black colour with a big creamish dark brown head. Aroma has deep roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, it’s vinious and with red wine woody notes. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is strong on roasted malt along with chocolate and coffee, wood, alcohol and red wine (tannins)indeed, which gives a mild tart touch towards the very roasty malty chocolate coffee alcohol well lasting finish. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2010
The pour is opaque black with a brown, pillowy, frothy, moderately full head which settles to a thin froth and leaves some nice lace. The nose is very nice and similar to the bourbon; the malt richness stands out the most with molasses, burnt caramel, and some fudge, black currant, light wisps of alcohol, faint port notes, sweet oak, a bit of sweet espresso, and some honeyed cereal notes. The flavor is nice and seems to carry more of the fruit from the wine, albeit faint; it starts with molasses, dark honey, some fudge, some underlying blackberry and black currant but sweet oak, espresso, and leather notes ultimately takeover. The palate is medium to full, round, soft to lively, and slightly syrupy. The finish is short with leather, sweet oak, espresso, and just a bit of fudge and fruit left on the tongue. Again, the vanilla is non-existent and the honey ultimately dries out the finish to quickly. The wine barrels add nice, sweet oak notes and a faint fruit presence to add to the dark and rich malt notes. Ultimately just another unique wrinkle to a very nice beer, not better, not worse. deyholla (11600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle shared with others. Poured black with a medium tan head that dissipated slowly. Aroma had a nice wine note that balanced nicely with the dark notes of bitter chocolate and coffee with underlying vanilla. Flavor was again nicely balanced by the dry wine note as it kept the bitter chocolate and coffee under control while slightly enhancing the vanilla.