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Black Hole XXX Stout - Chelsea Brewing Company

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Black Hole XXX Stout
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BA SCORE
89
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Chelsea Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-27-2002)
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Photo of bonbini26
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Gravity Cask @ the Blind Tiger 02-07-09

A- dark brown, almost black. No head at all from the cask

S- Big roasted malts. Nuts, chocolate, coffee, and a little smoke along with a small herbal hopiness.

T- Not much going on here, sweet malts, some chocolate, coffee notes

M- light-medium body, creamy texture, hardly any carbonation.

D- pretty easy drinking. I would like to try this on tap vs. cask. I feel like a lot of the flavor was lost from the gravity cask

bonbini26, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown one-finger head over a pitch liquid. Thick during the pour. Smells grassy hops with strong blackberry (my guess is from Northern Brewer hops) and some clean alcohol. Dark malts and some esters are present, but far below the hops. Malt is roast and chocolate and esters are anise.

Tastes strong hoppiness with supporting malt sweet. Malt sweet is cut a bit short due to an alcohol sting upon the swallow. Hop flavor is grassy with blackberry and anise. Malt is tame roast and dry cocoa. Cherry ester in the finish and ashy aftertaste. Much too hoppy for the style, but still a nice beer. Thick in the mouth, but doesn't cling on the tongue, due to the alcohol. Medium carbonation and decent drinkability.

mentor, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

dudecandle, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheBrewo, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of czfreeman
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from cask at The Blind Tiger Saloon, NY.
Initial black apperance with a thin lace of tan brown around the top was the intital greeting from the beer, looks really tasty.
Lots of coffee,bitter chocolates, charcoals, smokiness from the malts, touch of vanilla sweetness, but nose leans havy on the bitter-malty side.
Flavor is very reminescent of the nose. Slightly dry, little bit of chocolate sweetness, but overall a dominatly bitter style stout.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, finish is on the cleaner-dry side.
Overall a nice sipper.

czfreeman, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

JRod1969, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

vfgccp, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

gshackles, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of jurbanik
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jurbanik, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of EPICAC
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brazen Head in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black/brown. It's topped by a thin, beige head that subsides to a film, leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Roasted malts: coffee and chocolate with some mild fruitiness.

Taste: There's a fruity soda like sweetness upfront. The finish is some nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth.

Drinkability: A little sweet, but nice.

EPICAC, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of taigor
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

taigor, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew Pub.

Waiter told me this was the Porter Authority but all the boards at the bar has it listed as the Blackhole Stout.

Poured a dar black with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes had a lactose quality to it with stronger chocolate. Medium sweet with a light bitterness.

Notes from: 9/17/05

hopdog, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Dense jet black color, with a nice creamy tan head that held well

S - Light roasted malt aromas, and really the smokey/roasted aromas are all that's going on to my nose

T - Dryish roastiness, with some fainter burlapy/grainy flavors

M - Medium to thicker MF, and not that creamy. Carbonation was what I would expect for the style (light, but still some snappy bubbles)

D - Just OK drinkability for me as the flavor range was not overly complex (even for the style) and really didn't quaff as well as some other examples that I've tried.

Overall, this was more than a solid brew. However, not my favorite offering from Chelsea and they've proven they can do better (damn my expectations). Definitely worth checking out if readily available.

Nickls, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brazen Head in Brooklyn.

Looks jet black with a nice tan head and some lacing as I drink. The aroma was of a simple stout, just some dark roasted grains, but the flavor opened up to a lot more with sweet chocolate, a bitter, roasted grains element that stayed with you (in a good way). As it warmed some citrus hops came in ala Shakespeare Stout. All in all, this was a very drinkable and tasty stout. Definitely worth trying in NYC.

tempest, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of kennethkearns
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kennethkearns, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.2%

nmann08, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cosmicevan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of derekdenim
4/5  rDev -1.2%

derekdenim, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of ejh06752
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ejh06752, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of WorldOfBeerCraft
4/5  rDev -1.2%

WorldOfBeerCraft, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Rhode17
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Rhode17, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -1.2%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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Black Hole XXX Stout from Chelsea Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.