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Black Hole Sun | Black Market Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gregmoscetti on 10-19-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
72
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
32.1%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 72
Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from ScottO in a recent box. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Thick, sludgy black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, creamy, mocha colored head with very good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a nice full cap. A ring and dots remain but leave no real lacing down the glass. Great color and head, but no lacing, unfortunately.

SMELL: Big, roasted nose with lots of roasted malts, piles of pure, dark chocolate, some molasses, light coffee notes and cream. Very roasted with some charred and burnt grains.

TASTE: Quite a bit more charred and boozy than the nose had lead on. Burnt and roasted grain up front with some sweet molasses and tobacco up front. Quite flavorful. A big finish of roasted and charred grain, sweet molasses, boozy brown sugar, bitter dark chocolate and mild hints of tobacco lingers on the palate. Boozy and flavorful for sure. Lots of residual sugars probably.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine with a burn at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. Heat lingers. Boozy for sure, but full and creamy.

OVERALL: This is really good. It's definitely got a big alcohol punch, but that never gets in the way of the big flavor profile this one brings to the table. The charred malt flavor and tobacco give it a European twist, though it is never as offensive as some of the Danish examples can be. Very black, interesting and complex flavor profile, and a solid feel on this one. One worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again ScottO. Recommended.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is sweet, oaky and toasty. Reminiscent of Parabola. Taste follows suit but is DEFINITELY hot. The taste is sweet and chocolaty. Some light wood and vanilla. Tollhouse cookie dough. A year or 3 in the cellar would make this excellent. Mouthfeel is creamy and full.

Overall is a 4, but when you consider the price in comparison to -bal arms race, I cant help but love it a little more.
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1 year later, this beer is spectacular. Rich and complex, with the bourbon taking a back seat and the wood shining through. Heat is felt without being tasted. It's like the richest chocolate brownie in a glass. If I can stumble upon more of this somewhere, let me know. I'll buy a bunch.

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Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of alecvdpoel
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of penginpunk
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of cyrushire
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Josh_951
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. 15% ABV. Please inform my next of kin.

A: Pours black as advertised, though not quite as imposing as the DFH Miles Davis. Not much in the way of head or lacing, thin cap of brown foam.

S: Sweet malts, coffee predominate. Smells sweet.

T: Coffee, some chocolate, quite sweet. Balance isn't quite there, so alcohol comes through as well.

M: Full-bodied with prevalent alcohol heat on the finish; it's incredibly difficult to balance 15% and they didn't pull it off.

O: Quite an experience, a definite sippin' beer. Worth a try if you like full-bodied stouts. Somewhat reiminiscent of the old Sam Adams Triple Bock, but not there with the balance or taste.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of estevan1024
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of smartymcfly310
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kdahnke123
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
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

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fordknox
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uscjojo
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pure black pour. Big beer. Molasses amazing. Hides the 15 Abv well. Really great RIS.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1698th Review on BA
Bottle to Black Market Pint
22oz

Shared by Vince at Steve's house

App- Holy hell this is black as shit! I will say almost the darkest stout I've seen. Good dense center, black color with only a slight edge color reduction. A few bubbles but not a head really. A few dots of cling.

Smell- This is a good deep aromatic stout. Even in a pint glass the rich malts are there and balanced against a bakers/dark chocolate with a small booze. Very rich and decadent on the nose.

Taste- WTF!! How can 15% be this smooth. It's very creamy and dark chocolate forward. The rich malts are sitting there just being mellow and paired with a whip cream like flavor. Huge chocolate for days. Jesus this was good.

Mouth- A large and full body with a low and creamy carbonation. Residual, malts, chocolate and whip cream like flavors.

Drink- well 15% is really FN good! So well layered and balanced and not boozy at all! I have no idea what they did, but damn it was good.

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Black Hole Sun from Black Market Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.
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