Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle. This is the final beer in the Black Hole series that I needed to try.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with hints of rum and oak mixed in. The flavor is heavier on the rum, with the barrel aged notes of oak and maple thrown in. I also get a nice amount of roasted malt and molasses. The beer is fairly sweet overall and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2012
375 ml bottle
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - APR 16, 2012
I am so glad that this was not a full bottle or there is no way I would have been able to finish it. So thick and rich that even half is as filling as several slices of cheesecake it is a better barrel treatment than the white wine.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep oily black fluid seeps down the glass. It almost oozes rather than pouring. Flat with almost no head (no surprise there) it traps the chocolate, plum, anise, and vanilla effectively. The rum lingers in the background with more modesty than some other barrel aged imperial stouts.
Flavor / Palate - The oily texture coats the tongue and begins to dull the senses immediately. Before they wear out completely a complex line of chocolate, plums, rum cake, and vanilla build layers of flavor. The warmth actually restrains itself for a while; even so I would not want to follow it up with another big bold imperial stout.
Bottle. What a freaking mess this was. Black pour with soapy bubbles and not a lick of head. Flat as shit. Nose of coffee, soy sauce, vanilla, and more coffee. Taste follows the nose. I mixed a little with a BB winter warmer I was drinking at the time as well. Just to add some carbonation. It made it a little better. alexsdad06 (10428) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. Oily black pour with a few soapy bubbles hanging around. The aroma had big roasted notes to the point where it is almost ashy, rum barrel, vanilla, honey and coffee. The flavor has a sweetness early from the honey and vanilla, molasses and rum barrel hit next followed by the coffee and a strong ash component. Although I know this is big, I’m a bit surprised that there is not more alcohol burn. BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Smell: coffee, booze, roasted coffee, roasted bread, chocolat, awesome !!
Taste: start is cold coffee, herbs, bit of booze, some oregano,rosemary, touch of anise, end is bone dry chocolat with earthy mouthstinging bitterness , cool !
Chocolate aroma with light rum notes. Black in color with tan head. Moderate chocolate; the rum is noticable but nice.
Notes: Borefts fest sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Pours black with a beige head. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of dark chocolates, toasted malts and vanilla. Dark fruits. Also aromas of prunes. Lots of wood as it ages in the glass. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours pitch blk w/ zero head. This is thin and lacks any carbonation. Very sweet, but if you don’t mind the rum imparts a pretty nice flavor. Unfortunately cherry coke has a nice flavor profile too, but I don’t want to drink it flat. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2012
After really enjoying the regular Black Hole, I thought that a rum barrel-aged version would be interesting. It was not. It was hardly even drinkable. Super hot and sweet on the nose and then cloying and digusting on the palate. This is a small bottle, but I didn’t even make it all the way through. Drain pour. PaulUnwin (87) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Wow, I love the aroma, the coffee, vanilla, honey rum is all there. Pous a very dark brown colour with a small bubbly head which quickly dies down, tastes great, I tasted it out of the fridge then left it nearly an hour, and the taste got better! Very powerful taste with a lot going on, overall a great beer indeed!