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Black Hole - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 03-19-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 175
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black with a dark tan head of foam that lasts. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, and mild hops. Blah, blah blah. This is typical weyerbacher all the way, this smells like a bland dark lager/porter combo that has been left out in the sun. The taste is of dark roasted malts, coffee and a bit of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is OK. This is an OK beer, but i'm bored of OK beer, especially OK beers from this only OK brewery.

Photo of beergeek279
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is basically black, with a good foamy beige head. The smell is a nice roastiness with a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is nicely roasty malty taste with just a bit of sweetness in the background, and a good hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

This is the last of a case that I've genuinely enjoyed. I've put down Weyerbacher in the past (and rightfully so, I feel), but this is a solid beer from them, hopefully the start of a new trend. Almost porter-like, this is a good drinkable beer, and one I'd be glad to have again.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep crimson highlights around the sides. Light brown head that dissolves to some stickage to the side. Roasty, dark berry aromas, maybe some cocoa or light coffee in there, too. Black patent roasty malt tastes. Finishes thin and malty sweet. Good black ale. Not too strong which makes it pretty darn drinkable. Thanks to beergeek279 for the treat.

Photo of shapudding
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch freakin' black with no real head, just some khakiness that landed in a little ring on the sides. Looks almost like I have a pint glass of black coffee sitting in front of me. A bit of swirling brings some teensy bubbles up to the tops and sides. Maybe it is the name making me think this way, but it looks as though I am staring down at a black moon with khaki cratering...

This doesn't smell anything like an ale! WOW! Scents hit you of all sorts... molassess, caramel, cherry, coffee, bit of chocolate, just amazing! Smells more like a stout or porter.

First sip I get an almost tingling in my mouth, don't know why since the carb is low/med. This is very smooth and flavorful, slightly dry. I could easily enjoy a few more of these in a sitting!
Such an interesting offering for an ale! When my beerbud tossed this one to me, I decided to put it aside for a special occasion, 4th of July I figured would be a nice time to crack this pup~! Good choice!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher's new winter seasonal ale, "Black Hole" is certainly named right. It's black as pitch beneath a full head of dark tan foam that holds well and leaves nice lace about the pint. It's similar to an English-style "old ale", or strong dark ale; and notes of molasses, cocoa, and dark chocolate reside in the nose with just a touch of yeasty fruitiness. The body is medium-full and it's fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation leaves it lightly creamy and silky smooth across the tongue. The flavor is rich without being bold (if it were a chair it would be a well-worn antique leather reading chair that you seem to sink into rather that sit upon), and delivers an impeccably balanced combination of dark chocolate & caramel-accented malt drizzled with molasses and punched up with a subtle note of spicy alcohol. It finishes almost without notice as the molasses lingers on the palate with its combination of deeply caramelized and almost burnt sugar slowly receeding. What bitterness is present is well entwined in its lush, dark malt; leaving it almost seamless from beginning to end. With the exception of its somewhat elevated alcohol content, this is a brilliant session ale that never quite astounds you but always satisfies. Rich without being bold. Spectacular. Most certainly worth seeking out for fans of English-style ales.

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours deep brown with a quarter inch tan head that is gone before you can take a sip.

Aroma: Strong chocolate tones with some coffee in the background. Slight herbal hop character, but it's really the roasted malts that dominate the nose.

Taste: Sweet chocolate/caramel taste initially...almost like a rolo. Any hop character that seemed to be there in the smell, is pretty much dominated by the roasted maltiness in the taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery for a stout. The bitter/sweet balance leans toward the sweet side...

Drinkability: Decent brew...alcohol really isn't felt after one, but I don't feel it's a repeat performer stout.

Photo of yeagerbm
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good stout as far as I'm concerned. It pours nearly black with a brown head. The dominant taste here is the roasted malt. Roasted smell along with a roasted malt and chocolate taste. Very tasty. It is a little thin in the mouthfeel but smooth and drinkable.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this pour, is akin to the guiness. fizzy fuzzy, creamy head, sinking bubbles, nice look, but, somehow, not impressive. nice, but still not impressive. Smells like burnt chocolate.

Umm, it has a mix of tastes. There is the thick choco-powered mixed w/ toasted coffee, and hoppy undertones and a nutty finish. It comes together nicely enough, but nothing to write home about

All in all, it is an ok beer. I am not overly impressed like some, but I am not dissapointed by any means. Not Old heathen, but not bad at all

Photo of UnionMade
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an opaque black, topped by a thick froth of beige, slowly settling into a patchy, broken film. The head sits atop stubbornly, holding on throughout the glass. Sparse, patchy lace clings to the glass.
The aroma is richly roasty, with a robust, chocolatey burnt scent. Slight yeasty nuttiness, with mild, slightly woody herbal hops. Softer notes of prune and fig. The malt is really wonderful, with a soft, sweetish caramel coming through with warmth.
The flavor starts with a strong, burly burnt maltiness. A heavy charred taste, softened a bit by chocolate and mild caramel. A wonderful walnutty flavor enters in the middle, adding an earthy, organic tone to the overall feel. Light notes of prune and fig, meandering slowly into a bittersweet, malty finish. Soft herbal hop flavor, with a bit of earthy, woody flavor, adding to the natural, organic feel. The malt provides much of the bitterness, intensifying with a burnt, chocolatey taste. A sweetish, softening touch of alcohol right in the end. A lingering coffee flavor in the aftertaste along with a pervasive nuttiness. A fullish medium body, supported by a moderate, tingly carbonation. The yeast adds to a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel.
One of this brewery's best. The malt flavors are excellent, and when coupled with the nutty yeast, it creates a smooth, yet robust flavor that totally jives with me. I'd love to have this again, and I hope it remains in Weyerbacher's line-up.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby brown almost black big frothy tan head on top, leaves even rings of lacing. Aroma: Nice herbal hop profile with a chocolate and mild coffee derived from dark malts. Taste: Incredible creamy mix of coffee and milk chocolate light on hops in the finish great beer possibly my favorite from Weyerbacher, whether it's a porter, schwarzbier, or old ale hybrid...I like it. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy textured great brew. Drinkability: Is this beers strength they weren't going for the biggest beer but it's damn flavorful and hella drinkable comparable to Yuengling Porter which is actually lagered but what they hey I like this beer.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the wacky looking bottle. Reminds me of A Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy. Pours a opaque black with a moderate tan colored head. Decent retention and lacing. Served at cellar temp.

Smells very coffee like with a bit of molasses coming through.

Tastes like a decent stout. Lots of dark malted flavors. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of charcoal. Lots of very subtle sweet notes here. A little cream/milk stout like in it's body. finishes slightly dry.

Nice moderately full stout body. Not sure what's up with the old ale designation?

I like this beer. I think if you drink it cold you will miss out on a lot of the very subtle flavors. It's not a show stopper, but it's pretty darn good.

Thanks to blitheringidiot for the trade.

Photo of Foxman
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very surprising color, considering the name. Yep, black as black can be. Anyway, a thin layer of off-white froth remained of the head by the time it got to me, and smidgeons of lacing clung to the glass as it drained.

The aroma brought a nutty character to the fore, in partnership with a veritable backbone of dark roasted malt. There was also a vague, unidentifiable spicy note lurking well in the back.

Dark roasted grain dominated the first wave of flavor, and was soon accompanied by the toasted nut note it buddied with in the aroma. A bitter black coffee strain worked its way in, backed in the middle by a lesser glimpse of burnt sugar, a bit more acrid than caramel. The finish was populated by the lingering bitterness of the various elements.

Medium bodied, it was actually less full than the appearance would lead me to expect. It held onto the palate for a short time, certainly less than anticipated.

This beer seems stuck in the midst of an identity crisis. Stout, or old ale? It struck me more as a rather lackluster stout than anything. The components were not inspiring, and while far from vile, they did nothing to spur me to order another. With some tweaking, perhaps a more complex malt profile, it would be considerably more pleasing, but as is, it's mundane enough to get lost in the shuffle. At least, in my shuffle, that is.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This stuff is kind of odd. Jet black appearance, and the head keeps rather well. Very light toasty malt aroma. Flavor has strong burnt malt qualities, subtle coffee...but mostly a flavor I have never come across that I just can't place. What is this stuff? Old ale, wacko stout...or could it be from another planet? I conjure up images of space trucks traveling through time and space from distant galaxies to bring to the Earthlings that which they have never experienced before: Weyerbacher Black Hole.

Photo of dmarch
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little confused about the style of this one. Supposedly an old ale, but tastes like a lot of roasted grains. This one is pretty stoutish. Dark ruby in appearance, almost completely black. Aroma is a lot of coffee and a bit nutty. Lots of roasted barley in the taste. Don't quite understand why it's only limited release. Is it a good beer? Yes, but it doesn't taste like anything special besides a well made stout.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very intriguing find, thanks to one of my favorite local haunts, JP O'Malley's. This Ale poured out jet black...in fact, it was so black, I might be better off saying it was purple. A decent head at the get-go, this brew eventually offered me very little in the way of a head after about a quarter of the way into the pint. A rather heavy Ale, this one was distinct in both aroma and flavor. This, I believe, is my first of this style. But definately not my last. Intriguing, although I would have to really be in the mood for it.

Zum wohl!

Photo of Edwin
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kclinger's Publik House.

Appearance - Here's a shocker...black. Nice off-white/tan head that dissipates fast. Looking more like Porter than a strong ale.

Smell - I got some nuttiness, with a dash of fruit, possibly a small tinge of anisse. Some burnt notes throughout.

Taste - A good bit of nuts abound with a coffee-like raosted flavor. Has a tad of sweetness in there as well. Luckily, the anisse smell did not convert into the flavor at all...could have been disaster.

Mouthfeel - A little more on the liquidy-side than a lot of stronger beers. Nothing really bad to say about it, though, as it is pretty much what I expected.

Drinkability - I could have had a couple, but it didn't bowl me over. If the flavors suit your needs, it can be an enjoyable brew.

Overall - I would say good, but certainly not great. A good offering from what many call an "average" brewery. Good to see something new around these parts, though.

Photo of nomad
2.37/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Could you guess its a black beer? Not an ounce of light coming out, it had a mocha-colored thin sheen of a head, quite bubbly in a cheap sudsy way. Some thin lace. A bit listless looking.

Smell is highly nutty and strongly of toasty dark malt, yet plaintively. One-dimensional and a bit boring once you settle into it. To me, it smells like a run-of-the mill stout.

Taste is full of dark roast flavor, a big nutty core, and plenty of black malt flavor and burnt toast bitterness. Quite dry in the finish. A lot of dark and burnt flavors with little return for the palate; merely drying and ragged with an average bill of roasted grains. Thin-to-moderate mouthfeel.

I was expecting a bit more dynamism, complexity, uniqueness because its a stout-ish, schwarzbier-ish experiment of a strong ale, but like many a Weyerbacher its a flat character. Searched for angles and details but could not find any, so the last bits of it found my kitchen sink.

Photo of Maestro
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is quite par for the Weyerbacher course. It is okay but nothing to write home about. The beer is very dark brown with a thin, tan head that dissapates rather quickly. The nose is a bit sour and metallic. The taste is also metallic and reminiscent of a black and tan. The hops seem to be very subdued. Mouthfeel is dry and a bit sour. Not impressive all-around.

Photo of pezoids
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might just be the first campy space-themed beer in history.

From the tap at the Grey Lodge, this one poured out as black as night and was topped off with a wonderfully rich and creamy tan head. Looks very dark and rich. The aroma is uniquely pleasant, with traces of burnt caramel, campfire smokiness and even a touch of peanut butter! The taste has bits of light caramel, toffee, roasted coffee with a hint of some sour dark malts in the finish. Seems to be very fresh. This is a smooth dark beer, short of bitterness and has a solid malt body.

I guess I can just see the positive aspects of this beer. Very drinkable. I enjoyed this.

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Black Hole from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.