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Black Hole XXX Stout | Chelsea Craft Brewing Company

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38 Reviews

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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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 57
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 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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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 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 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 pnkermiz
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barcade. Foreign export stout (a style whose definition I can never fully grasp) was deep black in color with a nice frothy head. Coffee and dark chocolate is very evident in the aroma and in the first sip. Roasted malts and bitter chocolate and hops come through in the second wave of flavor. Goes down dangerously easy for the ABV in a pint. Tasty. I wish they brewed this one a bit more often.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Black Hole XXX Stout from Chelsea Craft Brewing Company
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