Black Hole Sun
Black Market Brewing Co.

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Black Market Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
4.12 | pDev: 14.81%
Jul 22, 2016
Oct 19, 2012
Black Hole SunBlack Hole Sun
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Ratings by PG2G:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
by PG2G from California

Oct 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Uscjojo from California

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
4.14 by rawfish from California on Jun 06, 2016
4.02 by cyrushire from Florida on Nov 26, 2015
4.25 by bgold86 from New York on Sep 26, 2015
4.18 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Aug 07, 2015
4.5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on May 14, 2015
4.52 by lupercmda from North Carolina on May 09, 2015
4.28 by beerinmybelly from California on Apr 11, 2015
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3.19/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by kdahnke123 from Indiana

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
4.06 by imperialking from Illinois on Mar 25, 2015
4.22 by Fordknox from Tennessee on Mar 15, 2015
4.5 by BlackNote from Michigan on Feb 16, 2015
4.62 by hophead86 from California on Feb 15, 2015
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5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

This beer is just big, heavy, sweet, and delicious.

Feb 14, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DVMin98 from North Carolina

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
4.61 by Carb-Overlord from Wisconsin on Feb 09, 2015
4.25 by crob3888 from California on Feb 01, 2015
4.59 by Braden from Tennessee on Jan 31, 2015
4.73 by JMM0414 from California on Jan 30, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Totalpackage411 from California

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
3.83 by Bonis from Ohio on Dec 26, 2014
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4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Rothobinide from California

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
4.25 by SocalKicks from California on Dec 20, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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
4 by CaptainPancakes from California on Dec 10, 2014
4.25 by BG24 from California on Dec 04, 2014
3.59 by taknight from Arizona on Dec 02, 2014
4.5 by DaveRinn from Washington on Dec 01, 2014
4.5 by 45nDown from Arizona on Nov 30, 2014
4.5 by Josh_951 from California on Nov 28, 2014
4.56 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Nov 15, 2014
3.75 by Gobzilla from California on Nov 03, 2014
4 by Kimchi270 from Washington on Oct 31, 2014
5 by hickmancase from California on Oct 27, 2014
4 by freshflesh from California on Oct 25, 2014
4 by Raziel313 from California on Oct 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
by Brolo75 from California

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
4.5 by sammyg832 from Arizona on Oct 21, 2014
4.12 by estevan1024 from Indiana on Oct 12, 2014
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