Black Hole Sun
Black Market Brewing Co.

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Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
4.12 | pDev: 14.81%
Jul 22, 2016
Oct 19, 2012
Black Hole SunBlack Hole Sun
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Reviewed by Uscjojo from California

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bought 10oz glass at Black Market Brewery. This RIS was formerly sold under the
name Black Hole Sun, but now is named Dimitri.
This pours black with 1 finger dark brown lace which quickly disappears.
The aroma is sweet chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, ans malts.
The taste is amazingly sweet chocolate, followed by vanilla, and ends with light bitterness
from the malts and hops. The bourbon is not to strong for a 15% RIS.
This is also a very thick chewy stout. The bourbon coats your palate nicely.
This is a very good Stout. I will be buying some bottles when they come out.
Jul 22, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by rawfish from California

Jun 06, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by cyrushire from Florida

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by bgold86 from New York

Sep 26, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Aug 07, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona

May 14, 2015
Rated: 4.52 by lupercmda from North Carolina

May 09, 2015
Rated: 4.28 by beerinmybelly from California

Apr 11, 2015
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Reviewed by kdahnke123 from Indiana

3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Looks deep and dark, both the pour and the head. The smell and taste both have an odd combination of leather, tobacco and soy sauce. It has a nice rich mouth coating feel. Overall a strange RIS which I won't be repeating
Apr 10, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 4.22 by Fordknox from Tennessee

Mar 15, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by BlackNote from Michigan

Feb 16, 2015
Rated: 4.62 by hophead86 from California

Feb 15, 2015
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Rated by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is just big, heavy, sweet, and delicious.
Feb 14, 2015
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Reviewed by DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Super boozy right off. Lots of bitter chocolate. Thick and chewy. Becomes very sweet as it warms, but not off-putting. Solid offering. I soloed this thing and was glad to not share :P
Feb 13, 2015
Rated: 4.61 by Carb-Overlord from Wisconsin

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by crob3888 from California

Feb 01, 2015
Rated: 4.59 by Braden from Tennessee

Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 4.73 by JMM0414 from California

Jan 30, 2015
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Rated by Totalpackage411 from California

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is an extremely heavy stout with an extremely high alcohol content. If you love stouts then this is about as good as a stout gets.
Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by Bonis from Ohio

Dec 26, 2014
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Reviewed by Rothobinide from California

4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
On tap at Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, CA on 12/16/14

Poured a deep, dark, inky black with minimal head and a bit of lacing.

Aromas were subdued compared to what I was expecting, plenty of spice and cocoa but not super-pungent.

Flavor is complex yet drinkable - too drinkable. This beer is 15% ? You would have no way of telling until it hit you later on. Some syrup sweetness but it's not too much, very little alcohol burn, mostly delicious cocoa and some pecan pie.

Goes down smooth. Too smooth. Dangerous. Fabulous. One glass was plenty for me.
Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by SocalKicks from California

Dec 20, 2014
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that leaves a thin ring around the glass and light lacing. Big aroma of dark toasted malts, molasses, cocoa and licorice. Flavor follows aroma, bit molasses, licorice, dark dried fruit, chocolate, finishing with very concentrated flavors, as if figs, dates and molasses were reduced to a thick liquid. Medium to heavy bodied with some creaminess. A big, fully flavored imperial stout. Although it is warming, but flavors are so dense that the monster ABV is well covered. It took a real effort to pace myself to not drink this too fast. A beer equivalent of a liqueur. The dark malts are somewhat buried by the other flavors, but an interesting flavor profile sets this apart from other RIS. Nicely done.
Dec 16, 2014
Rated: 4 by CaptainPancakes from California

Dec 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BG24 from California

Dec 04, 2014
Rated: 3.59 by taknight from Arizona

Dec 02, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by DaveRinn from Washington

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by 45nDown from Arizona

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Josh_951 from California

Nov 28, 2014
Rated: 4.56 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Gobzilla from California

Nov 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by Kimchi270 from Washington

Oct 31, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by PG2G from California

Oct 31, 2014
Rated: 5 by hickmancase from California

Oct 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by freshflesh from California

Oct 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by Raziel313 from California

Oct 24, 2014
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Reviewed by Brolo75 from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%
22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Pitch black, very thick oil like, sticks to the glass like oil, no lacing, head dissipated very quickly, no carbonation after the pour, head died within 1 minute. The head was brown while it lasted.

Smell: Big roasted malts, very big dark fruits, licorice, just a really big smell. Surprisingly for a 15% beer I am not getting a lot of alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Big roasted malts on the front, a slight bitterness in the middle, some chocolate, coffee roasted notes on the end, some alcohol burn in the aftertaste. For a 15% beer this is really smooth, a lot of the flavors just blend really well.

Mouthfeel: This is a very thick stout, oil, no carbonation after a few minutes, just a really thick stout, there is an oily coat on the palate.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer, it's simple with the roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, licorice flavors in the beer, very thick, I am not getting an overwhelming alcohol burn, it's there. This is a big stout, not for the weak, vey heavy. Worth a try but get ready for a big beer.
Oct 23, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by sammyg832 from Arizona

Oct 21, 2014
Rated: 4.12 by estevan1024 from Indiana

Oct 12, 2014
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 72 ratings