Black Hole XXX Stout | Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

very good
59 Ratings

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

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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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of vhiggins
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ The Barcade, Bklyn

Started a tasting with a half pint..and I didn't even bother with another beer all night!

It poured black with a thin dark-toffey head as I expected it too. The beer was slightly chilled and slowly made it's way to room temperature and IMO it was served perfectly

The smell hit me right away. It had a wonderful deep-rich smell that consisted of roasted malts, chocolate and christmas tree like sap / syrup.

The taste was even better!. A smooth Bittersweet bite that was not overpowered by sweetness. It have a few different tastes as i reached the bottom. Coffee, dark chocolate a little bit nutty @ times. Finished very smooth and balanced.

Medium body with hardly any carbonation. Very smooth

Very, very drinkable beer. Excellent Stout. One of my favorites this winter.
Cheers to a local brewery for a great beer!

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Photo of k3ve
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of paigertx
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly balanced alcohol and drinkability for a strong stout. Pours the dark chocolate color with a light head and continues the tastes of what a stout should be. Delicious and deserving of another or two.

Would like to do the whole formal description but this deserves the ultimate resepect, simple appreciation without over analysis. Top 3 best stouts I have ever, yes EVER had.

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Photo of m1ked
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great growler fills at New Beer Distributors- in variety and price. Love it there.

A- Pours like it is actually a void of light. Very dark with a healthy 1 1/2" cappacino like head that fades down into a thin skimming with a thicker ring trying to climb up the edges. Hold it up to the light and you get the edges turning garnet-ish.

S- Dark roasted coffee, a sour vinegar note almost as it had some barrelling, bakers chocolate, a touch of black licorice, some ripe blueberry.

T-Bitter chocoalte with that sour note, fading into almost a smokey roasted coffee, and that blueberry that finishes with a long bitter woody tannin- almost makes me pucker with some salivary glands squirting.

M- For a stout given the triple X nomenclature, this is actually very thin bodied, and finishes very dry. Carbonation is fine that works with the sour notes in there.

D- This has been my favorite offering from CBC. I wouldn't normally pick a stout for a hot humid NYC summers day/night, but my wife was in the mood...I'm glad she was. this is a unique stout that stands out to me with the sour-ish/barrel-ish notes to it.

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Photo of osant37
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

this beer pours a very black color hard to even get highlights when backlit, the dark tan head fades to a nice sheet of lace. the aroma is nicely toasted with the 8.0 abv not really making much of a showing. the taste has a good malty backbone with a dry finish. the full body and, well, all the malt makes this my favorite chelsea beer.

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

Growler from Davo (much appreciated amigo) - 12/6/02

An appropriate name for this brew, it pours the darkest shade of indigo with a toffey head and noticeable lacing throughout the sipping experience. Roasted malty aroma with a fruity plum taste. An unmistakable and pleasurable sweetness. Not overpowering sweetness, but truly enjoyable as the brew warms and releases it true taste. I plan to finish the growler this evening with a turkey hoagie and a nice cigar.

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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 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 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 DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mrbeery
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.


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Photo of Douglas14
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a matte black color with a nice tan head that is very thick...easily one of the best heads I have ever seen. It smells heavily of coffee, caramel, and burnt/ roasted malt. The taste is of very dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee beans, and caramel again. It has a nice hoppiness to it that greatly distinguishes it from the other export stouts. It is super silky in the mouth. Delicious beer.

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

Beautiful, rich, dark beer. Malty head. Looks so thick, you just want to smear it on some bread and hike some glaciers, using only this as nourishment.

Smells like chocolate and oats... toasted

Taste is fantastic. Leaves your tongue swimming. Very drinkable for a stout.

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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 kasper
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark brown/black with a luscious multi-finger chocolate head that settles to a thick blanket, leaving all kinds of crazy lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of roasty, but pretty simple. There's nothing amazing in the smell, maybe some bittersweet chocolate, but that really comes through on the taste.

T: Loads of malty bittersweet chocolate up front with a subtle bitter espresso finish. very tastey, extremely well balanced. alchocal burn at points

M: Smooth and thick like a like a milkshake. I consider it a full body beer. A nicely carbonated imperial stout.

D: I find this beer to be pretty drinkable if you're a fan of smooth and tasty double/imperialk stouts. I've all but finished a growler purchased a couple days ago at bierkraft, and will definitelty have a pint any time I see it around in NYC.

Also had this gem at the recent Manhattan Cask Fest (thanks Alex), and it was even smoother and tastier.

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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 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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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of gwong
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a thin tan/brown head. Excellent lacing left on the glass.

S: Roasted malts and nuts in the nose.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor.

M: Medium body with low carbonation and smooth on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable but the alcohol will eventually get to you.

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Black Hole XXX Stout from Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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