hallinghansen (3124) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is ripe fruit, chocolate, coffee, wood. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, wood, alcohol. Good beer. I cant wait to taste the other black holes. DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours onyx with big 4-finger tan head and great lacing for a beer this huge. Nose is a complex medley of rich dark malt, dark choc, vinous fuot, hops, spice, and molasses. Tastes malty, chocolatey, with vinous fruit, hops, some dryness, fine tobacco, very dense, smooth, complex. Late heat, and the red winey fruit gives a vinous and berry undercurrent rather than an oaky or spirity undercurrent, but it works, and it all melds well together. The regular Black Hole was a bit of a hot, overpowering beer, but the red wine barrels normalize the heat and flavors, allowing this one to mellow a bit and be very delicious. Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small cappuccino colored head. Roasted aroma with notes of coffee, sweet chocolate, sour, wood and alcohol. Boozy flavor with notes of berries, roasted malt, sugar, chocolate and wood. Too much burning alcohol and too expensive.. JorisPPattyn (9927) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2010
Huge, very dark brown-greige head, stable, leaving lace over pitch-black beer. Coffee and sweet alcohol, gradually very dry hop(bales) taking over as would a black hole. Dry, ashy, coffeeflavour, slightly sourish, as a real fruit soft drink... cranberry juice? In the finish thereís a discreet but agreable sweetness, for a short time, untill the roasted barley and hops finally take over following the second law of thermodynamics. Very obvious alcoholwarming, slick to viscous, better carbonated than it looks. Lascivious, delicious, but severe at the same time. SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 5, 2010
bottle. black under a large, frothy, brown head. chocolate chip cookie aroma. that wine doesnít show itself in aroma. the wine barrel brings a warmth and a bit of tartness to the beers flavor. also a touch of grape bubblegum.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Bottle. =) <-- thatís a big smile. Wine barrels make me smile, well made coffee stouts make me smile. Pours a gorgeous dark brown near black, shiny, easy pouring, with a great foamy thicker tan sticky head. Aroma of dry coffee, nicely roasted, hint of grapes, vanilla cream, and if I try real hard I can pick up a touch of honey in the end. Flavor is much the same, all the characters are actually quite bright easily picked out, first taste is red winey, quickly covered up by dry roast, the vanilla and dry roast combine to give it an oatmeal taste (might be oatmeal for all I know), holding it in my mouth I can pick up a bit more of the red wine taste and the honey, all these elements seem to stand alone but in harmony instead of melding to form one taste, not boozy at all, bright piney hoppiness that works as an accent rather than a dominating taste. Medium/full bodied, smooth, lightly oily, light fluffy carbonation, almost watery-like for a big stout. Long ashy, very dry roast coffee aftertaste with a good amount of bitter hoppiness, doesnít stand out but works excellently with the other bold flavors. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 375mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours pitch black with a huge beige head that recedes to a thick cap and leaves great lacing along the sides.
The aroma is much like the other barrel version which is to say that the barrel character is not dominant. Itís mostly heavily roasted black malts, mocha and espresso. Light dry vinous grape aroma as well.
Taste is also dominated by the underlying heavily roasted black malts and mocha. There is a bit more wine barrel character in the taste with some dry oak character as well as dark grapes.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and more vinous and dry than the other versions Iíve tried.
Another great variation on Black Hole and one that leans heavily on the grapes, leaving a wine-like finish. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2010
12.7 oz. bottle from Greenís on Ponce De Leon. Nice fluffy light-brown head that sticks around for quite some time. Slightly viscous pour that provides a nice opaque black body. Aroma is sweet chocolate, light red wine, coffee, vanilla, and a subtle wood aroma. Very complex and nuanced aroma. Very sweet dessert aroma. A tad thin for an imperial stout. Alcohol is very warming. Wow, a lot going on in such a short time. At first I get a coffee and chocolate flavor, then it moves on to providing a warming alcohol flavor. The red wine notes are hard to taste, but there is a slight sour/sweet flavor that hits my taste buds, and I know the red wine barrels are providing that flavor. Finally, I get the barrel/wood flavor that leaves a nice lingering flavor on my tongue, and inside of my mouth (sexy, right?). As previously stated, a bit too thin for me, but this damn thing is quite boozy so beware. Nicely nuanced, but itís all over the place; it could use some age, and shit, Iím starting to feel it. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle from 5 points. Wine barrels really donít add much to this brew. Weird metallic finish. My least favorite of the ba versions. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle from ōlbutikken.
Vampire black with a gorgeous tan head. Just amazing. Chocolate, coffee, Black Holeness all round and just a perfect hit of red wine barrel. Fanfunkintastic malt, just the right level of sourness, and a biting bitterness in the finish. Really drinkable, really really chocolately, really really really good.