Black Hole XXX Stout - Chelsea Brewing Company
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Black in color, that's ok with me...turns out I like a stout that looks like a stout.
S: Really no nose to it. Slight caramel, but not something that I care about that much after I tasted it.
T: Taste is sensational - lingers for a long time, with a distinct maltiness that I kinda dig. Lots of roasted coffee notes. The guys at Chelsea just make good, drinkable beer.
M: Little 'chewy', reminds me that I'm having a malty stout.
02-15-2012 21:32:28 | More by mrbeery
4/5 rDev -1.5%
picked up a small growler fill of this today for the giant game.
a - poured into a ccb snifter. thick black with a thin tannish offwhite head spotty lacing.
s - very roasty and a little burnt. has an irish cream undertone to it. quite nice.
t - HUGE roasted malts. again, irish cream undertone. finishes a bit burnt and bitter. maybe some andy's candy in there.
m - bold and lively. lots of carbonation giving it a kind of porter like char to the feel.
o - overall a very nice foreign export stout, reminds me a bit of short's uncle steve's irish stout, but better. very good take on the style from a local brewery. would be more than happy to have this again. worthy.
01-08-2012 20:13:42 | More by cosmicevan
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
From 09/26/11 notes. Had on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC.
a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and little head retention.
s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, light sweet vanilla, and very light coffee. Very roasty and I love the sweetness from the vanilla and chocolate....great nose.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, light cream and vanilla, and light dark chocolate. A little less sweet than the nose and more bitterness, as well as more coffee. Still very good, but I prefer the nose much more.
m - Thick body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Easy to drink.
o - Overall I was very pleasantly surprised with this one; I thought it was a great sweet stout. The nose is great and it is very easy to drink. I'd love to have this one again and look forward to trying mroe of their beers.
09-28-2011 19:38:59 | More by mdfb79
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
This beer was served on cask at Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a mug, and appeared to be of the darkest brown color. It sported a one finger tan head, and left no notable lacing as it dissipated. The brew was very dark, making it difficult to assess the presence of sediment and carbonation, but very little of either was noted. The aroma began with a bold steely coffee bean, mixed with bitter cocoa, and huge roasted malt character. Additionally, a cooling vanilla bean was present along with the faintest whiff of alcohol way in the back of the nose. As we sipped we were surprised to experience a hollow hop bitterness right off the front. This was particularly interesting because we hadn’t noticed any hop character in the aroma prior to tasting. As the hops died down, a sour lactic acidity was noticed along with a nice bold coffee bean. As we moved through to the middle of the taste, the vanilla bean from the nose becomes apparent, cooling the palate as it does. This is quickly muted by a charcoal darkness and smoky quality, which brought us to a conclusion. The aftertaste was full, boasting of dry roasted malts, and medicinal phenols, and ending with a unifying smokiness that helps to pull all of the various flavor components together neatly. The body was medium, and the carbonation was low. This beer did, however, feel a bit watery for something labeled a XXX stout. We were expecting something of a robust and full body, and instead were met with a thinner brew more reminiscent of an English porter than a bold stout. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank easily enough.
Overall, the best thing about this brew was the aroma. It was rich and bold, boasting of big roasted malts, and huge coffee elements. These elements, however, were blended perfectly with a cooling vanilla, leading to a complex and mouthwatering aroma that fit this style perfectly. Where the beer lost points however, was in the mouthfeel. We were expecting something rich, bold, and full bodied, but instead were met with a rather thin and watery brew.
08-18-2011 19:11:34 | More by TheBrewo
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
On cask at The Ginger Man in NYC
A – Black with a low, light tan head that settles into a halo around the glass.
S – Bitter cocoa. Hints of smoke. Lighter than expected, and the glass doesn’t feel over-chilled.
T – Rolling roast malt with a noticeable absence of burnt edges. Touches of cocoa. Fairly simple but delicious none the less.
M – Soft, and incredibly smooth Light body.
O – A delicious brew on cask, just a touch too light on the body.
05-31-2011 23:24:28 | More by vfgccp
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Into the tulip the blackness tumbles further down the rabbit hole. A black hole of despair and neglect. But this glass? I shall neglect not. I raise it to the light..Impenetrable! I smell, the roast, the coffee, a faintness of hop..of hope. Big creamy tan head, the bubbles fine. The flavor is nice, the creaminess of the stout is cut with the bitterness and roasted barley. A little coffee rounds out an excellent stout flavor. Full-bodied, very creamy despite the sharp notes of bitterness from hop and husk. An extremely solid brew from the local cats..
05-16-2011 04:24:17 | More by dragonWhale
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high beige head that took a long time to fade away.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light to moderately strong flavors of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth yet a bit thin on the palate. There is a hint of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink for the style because it isn’t very heavy on the palate.
04-26-2011 01:12:41 | More by metter98
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
On draft at the Pony Bar in NYC.
A: pitch black with a tan finger of head. Excellent retention, strong sticky lace all over the glass.
S: dark roasty malts, charcoal, chocolate, mild black coffee. What's here is good, just wish were more pungent.
T: very dark and roasty, almost burnt / charred. Tons of roasted malts everywhere fading nicely to a bittersweet chocolatey finish. A well-polished, delicious brew.
M: Full-bodied and ultra creamy. This is what all beers strive to be!
O: an excellent stout; very glad I stumbled upon this one. Pretty straightforward, but who says that's a bad thing?
04-16-2011 00:25:30 | More by brystmar
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Appears a midnight black with a dark tan head. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is roasted barley, chocolate, lactose, light butter, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the aromas with a roasty cocoa, and espresso flavor breaking through with mild hoppy resin.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, bitter, and chewy with some tobacco and roast.
04-08-2010 22:52:51 | More by weeare138
3.78/5 rDev -6.9%
On-tap poured into pint glass.
A - Poured black non-transparent color with small head that dissipated very quickly leaving almost no lacing.
S - Roasted malts and lots of pine nuts with some other earthy aromas.
T - Malts and nutty flavor upfront followed by coffee and chocolate bitterness.
M - Full bodied with medium carbonation.
D - Very good brew and very drinkable. Would definitely like to have one again.
12-16-2009 14:05:45 | More by taigor
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
A: Pitch-black body with perhaps the darkest mocha head I've ever seen. Head was 1+ finger, thick, and left great lacing.
S: A little disappointingly one-note, just smoke for the most part. It was subtly complemented by a deep, roasted character, perhaps coffee.
T: Again, primarily smoke. The present chocolate is about as bitter as I've found in stouts. Toast and coffee, as well.
M: Very full and rich. Quite pleasant.
D: Smoke is the main thing here, but unlike lesser versions of the style, it doesn't get overwhelming and disgusting. It perhaps could have benefited from a nicer complement of secondary flavors, but it was pleasant enough.
11-26-2009 19:00:41 | More by dudecandle
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Growler poured into a tulip pint.
A--Beefy three finger head, billowy dark brown sugar colored foam. Pitch black body. Impressive looking.
S--Smells like charred dark cocoa powder. Also some molasses pulled through, a rich syrupy not sweetness so much as roasted tang. Smells thick and smooth, somehow.
T--Light and full-flavored at the same time. Tons of dark chocolate and charcoal puckering bitterness. Tobacco huskiness parches toward the back. Roasty but mostly bitter chocolate notes, without as much coffee. In the middle there's a lovely almost plum thing going on. The kind of plum taste you get from some sauces in Asian cooking. The black malt flavors are well developed here.
M&D--Mouthfeel's excellent: silky and slick. Lightens the flavor wallop considerably without being watery. Drinkability's decent. Pretty hefty to session, but one or two are fully satisfying.
A massive stout. This one is not screwing around. Like Guinness Foreign Extra on roids. Could use a /bit/ of restraint, I think, but shows off American boisterousness well.
11-18-2009 18:19:58 | More by TheycallmeTim
Black Hole XXX Stout from Chelsea Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.