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Black Hole XXX Stout | Chelsea Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good
38 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
56
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.36%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Chelsea Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-27-2002

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 56
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stellar rings of lace stick to the glass, two shades away from pitch black.

Big roasted twang, suggestive of coffee and unsweetened bakers chocolate. Punch of dark fruitiness lines up with the sweetness of the malt giving off ripe plum and dark raisin flavours. Finishes slightly sweet with a leftover charcoal twang.

Very yummy, sip this one and let it warm up a bit.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with an awesome brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice dry, roasted scent that boasts of chocolate and patent malts. There is also a bit of sweetness to the aroma. The taste is great! It has quite a black/roasted malt flavor that goes down incredibly smooth and finishes with an earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed stout with loads of roasted character.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a nice 2" tan colored head. Thick lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and some dark chocolates are detectable.

Taste: big roasted malt profile with dark chocolates, hints of coffee, soft alcohol tones, and a nice hearty bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish, and a bit dry at the end. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth forever.

Drinkability: this was a nice hearty stout after spending a cold day in NYC. This one is worth having when it is on tap.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger creamy light tan head. There was very good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured a robust burnt grain with hints of cafe au lait and a light smokiness.

The taste was upfront milky coffee with a balancing burnt grain acridness.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a delicious and perfectly crafted stout. Not as rigid as most exports.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this 22oz bottle filled by New Beer from Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

It pours( a nice fizz when I opened it) a pitch black with a +1 finger head of tan foam.

The smell is of roasted malt with a big bitter hop presence and light coffee and a touch of smoke.

The taste is big roasted malt goodness followed by nice mild coffee tones, some chocolate, and a cool flavour of hop bitterness that makes it exactly what the style calls for. Very nice. There's no abv listed here or on their website but I'd guess this is ~6.5%.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation and it finishes nicely bitter demanding that I take another sip.

Drinkability? It sure goes down easy and is tasty as hell. What a wonderful Foreign/Export Stout! You guys in NYC have it made!! Oh and head retention is good and there's some nice lacing. Thanks again go out to Nutbrown!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Cask at Copperfields. A dark, nearly opaque black colour with a small off-white head that did not last long. the aromas were of roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee, some vanilla, a bit of oak and more. The taste was very roasty up front but very sweet and chocolate-like in the finish. Although this was not a very hoppy stout, the small hop flavors that were there complemented the other flavors in this beer quite well. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style but the drinkability was very, very good. I want some more beers from Chelsea. Now please.

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Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Chelsea on 1/17/09. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A - Pure black body with a finger of creamy tan head that receded to a thin ring but left ornate lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Aroma is reminiscent of brown chocolate licorice candy with roasted malt, a hint of coffee and gritty, leafy earthen hops.

T - Chocolate malt and a more subtle coffee character with moderate hop bitterness and a bit of a nutty aspect. Licorice and roasted malt really comes out in the finish and is joined by an earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth, oily, slick texture, yet maintains a pretty good level of carbonation resulting in some prickle on the tongue. Mildly astringent on the palate with a good bit of earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

D - Nice job on this solid stout that is pretty complex and tasty. Congrats to Chelsea on the Bronze medal at the 2008 GABF!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of bonbini26
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
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

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Photo of mentor
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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?

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap a few days before the Republican Convention in NYC.


Nice appearance... opaque black, there is definitely no light passing through this stout. A black hole for light, indeed.

Smells awesome. I smell an abudance of roasted grains... must have put copious amounts of chocolate, roast, black, and dark crystal malts. My suspicions are confirmed by the brewers, Chris and Mark, whom are sitting next to me.

Tastes nice. There is a creaminess that comes from flaked barley, which instantly reminds me of a classic Irish dry stout. In addition, the flaked barley lends a distinct dry sharpness, which, in my opinion, adds a unique element to the beer.

I give this beer a 3.5 for mouthfeel simply because I would like it to be a bit more full-bodied.

Overally, I think this beer is very drinkable. Like all of Chelsea's beers, this beer is super-clean, very attenuated, and has lots of flavor hops. A slice of California in NYC.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of ski271
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: So dark brown it looks almost black. Head is medium tan, small, and velvety with good retention. Excellent rings of lacing all the way down.

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

Taste: The malts dominate this relatively sweet brew. Bittersweet chocolate, earth, coffee, plum, and a little brown sugar. It turns a little bitter and fruitier for a few seconds on its way to the rich, sweet, dark chocolate, long-lasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, creamy texture, hardly any carbonation.

Drinkability: It’s a well-rounded big stout. Excellent with a desert or just as a nice evening wintertime snack. Although it’s not the greatest stout, there’s something unique about that I enjoyed. Maybe someday it will come to me and I’ll be able to point to what made it different. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Nickls
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of taigor
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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..

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Black Hole XXX Stout from Chelsea Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.