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Black Hole XXX Stout | Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

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4.05/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States
chelseacraftbrewing.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,255
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
59
pDev:
7.65%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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Photo of bwood06
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black beer that shows a slight mahogany tint around the edges with tall creamy tan head that dissipates very slowly. Moderate carbonation clinging to sides of glass. 4.25/5

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, and vanilla come out right off the bat and dominate. Rich dark maltiness, roasted in character with even a hint of umami. A bit leathery as well. 4/5

T - Dark bitter roasted malt that is reminiscent of pumpernickel bread. Herbal hops finish out the flavor profile. Toffee sweetness up front with a leather and tobacco middle. Very earthy. Booziness near the end when the hops come into play. 4/5

M - Full bodied with a dry finish. Decent carbonation burn along with a drying astringency at the end. Somewhat chewy and doughy throughout. Thick but light at the same time due to the amount of hops. 4.25/5

O - Nice balance between bitter & sweet. Very strong flavors. Comes across as a meal in a glass and sits in the stomach as such. 4/5

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucoli
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of osant37
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of k3ve
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WorldOfBeerCraft
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of derekdenim
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jurbanik
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ejh06752
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mrbeery
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

O: WINNER!!

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Photo of Rhode17
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TheBrewo
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Black Hole XXX Stout from Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 59 ratings
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