Black Hole | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stirgy on 03-19-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 177
Reviews by freeagent:
Photo of freeagent
2.24/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours jet black with zero head.

Very weak aroma. I'm wondering if this bottle may have seen it's day.

Mouthfeel is as expected. Very light and almost no carbonation at all.

Flavor is bordering on a sour! I was hoping for something with a bit more depth and suspect that this particular bottle is past it's prime.

Overall, I was disappointed. I sat on this guy for too long! It already had five or six years on it when I purchased it a couple of years back and I should of drank it then.
I love Weyerbacher and will continue to enjoy their other fantastic offerings.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was looking over the list of retired weyerbacher brews when I spotted this one and remembered it quite fondly. It was one of my favorites 8 or so years ago & I wish they'd bring it back. :'(

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weyerbacher Black Hole pours from the 12oz bottle a deep, dark oily black with a nice two finger head that's a creamy, bubbly tan. No light is penetrating this's a black hole!! (Sorry...) Some nice lacing appears as well. Aromas of deep roasty fudge brownie with some blackened coffee goodness thrown in. A touch of vinous fruit and molasses. A hint of cinammon? Rich and decadant with a burnt bread undertone. I really enjoy the aroma here.

First sip brings a wall of dark, roasty burnt malts first thing with with a nice dose of fudge and burnt coffee undertones. Fairly dry with and a bit vinous with hints of dark fruits. Notes of caramel and baked bread in the background as it finishes with just a touch of hops. An interesting brew that's quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation explodes in the mouth and gives it a creamy feeling. I was expecting this to be a bit heavier but it works out nicely. I could see myself drinking this more often if it was readily available. A tasty brew for fans of porters and stouts alike. Thanks to Ev for his hook up yet again.

Beer is good. Happy beering :-)

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Photo of JasonA
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola with little to no head. Lacing down the side where poured and little head.

Smells yummy, maybe like a RIS. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Some ABV, but that yummy ABV kind.

Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Some flavor I cant place, not toffee, but something sweet. No real hops, but finishing taste ABV, excellent for the style.

Full bodied. Smooth. Nicely carbonated, sits well in the mouth.

Very yummy beer. Would love to have more. I bet this celler's well. Please pour me another.

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Photo of shapudding
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch freakin' black with no real head, just some khakiness that landed in a little ring on the sides. Looks almost like I have a pint glass of black coffee sitting in front of me. A bit of swirling brings some teensy bubbles up to the tops and sides. Maybe it is the name making me think this way, but it looks as though I am staring down at a black moon with khaki cratering...

This doesn't smell anything like an ale! WOW! Scents hit you of all sorts... molassess, caramel, cherry, coffee, bit of chocolate, just amazing! Smells more like a stout or porter.

First sip I get an almost tingling in my mouth, don't know why since the carb is low/med. This is very smooth and flavorful, slightly dry. I could easily enjoy a few more of these in a sitting!
Such an interesting offering for an ale! When my beerbud tossed this one to me, I decided to put it aside for a special occasion, 4th of July I figured would be a nice time to crack this pup~! Good choice!

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Photo of bigdipip
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness dating. Weyerbacher calls this one an English porter on their website (?), pours the expected black, tan head ,leaves fine, well developed lacing. Nose is molasas and raisins. This is a flavorful dark brew. heavy on the raisins, black coffee, cocoa, chocolate and dark malts. Chalky, drying hops for balance. Long lingering dry finish. So so porter, or a very dark old ale. Decent malty complexity, fair sipper, cant say, I'd love to knock back more then one of this brew.

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Photo of badbeer
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, almost black, with a light tan head that retained well and left some lacing. Smell had a small amount of roastiness, semi-sweet, a bit of hops as well. Taste had some roastiness, noticeable, but not plentiful. There was some sweetness, lactose, and some bitter, hoppy flavors as well. Mouthfeel was on the lighter side of medium and carbonation was on the higher end. Good drinkability, I could probably stand to have a few of these, even at 7 percent.

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Photo of jakester
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from a sampler case from Weyerbacher. Expiration date clearly marked on the case!! Yea!!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 finger tan head of foam. Drops to a coating and a ring in about 5 minutes. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong dark chocolate, currants, fruity. Roasted black coffee. Some alcohol present. Caramely chocolate malts, for sure. Herbal/spicy hops in the background.

Flavor is different. Kind of like a stout, but it's not. Coffee, yes, but prunes and currants, too. Noticeable hop bitterness for balance. Hop flavor is herbal/spicy. Has a long aftertaste that is roasted coffee, a little sweet, and warm.

Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious. Dark sweetness, some bitterness; has a full, round feel. Finishes dark and warm. Pleasant.

I've seen this reviewed as a sweet stout, but I don't think that is accurate. The profile for Old Ale is dark amber to black, less attenuated, alcohol present, flavors of raisins or currants. This is that. A very good beer.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle served in a nonic glass.

Brownish black,almost totally black,had some deep ruby red highlight in the light. 1" tan head,soda-like fizzled out the same,left a thin coat with no lacing.

Moderate aromas,very roasty,dark fruit,slightly spicy, vanallia?,wiffs of alcohol show through.

Strong malt tastes,very roasty with a smokey,chard wood taste. Very earthy,has some buttery notes with raisins and some tastes of alcohol.Good balance with a sharp bittersweet finish leading into a dark chocolate fade.

Has a light mouthfeel that's very creamy,with a velvety texture. Slighly grainy,goes down easily. Not sure i'd want to drink a lot of this one. Good beer,worth a try.

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Photo of jburchett
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dwvarner77
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep brown, almost black color, with a couple fingers of coffee-colored head that falls to a generous lacing.
Aroma is dark, chocolate malt and coffee are prevalent. Flavor briefly begins as kind of fruity, cherry maybe, but progresses darker and darker as an eclipse overtakes the moon. Distinct lingering coffee and roasted malt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is nice; substantial but not chewy or syrupy. Slight to moderate carbonation imparts a pleasant character. Highly drinkable, quite good overall.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the wacky looking bottle. Reminds me of A Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy. Pours a opaque black with a moderate tan colored head. Decent retention and lacing. Served at cellar temp.

Smells very coffee like with a bit of molasses coming through.

Tastes like a decent stout. Lots of dark malted flavors. Coffee, chocolate, and a bit of charcoal. Lots of very subtle sweet notes here. A little cream/milk stout like in it's body. finishes slightly dry.

Nice moderately full stout body. Not sure what's up with the old ale designation?

I like this beer. I think if you drink it cold you will miss out on a lot of the very subtle flavors. It's not a show stopper, but it's pretty darn good.

Thanks to blitheringidiot for the trade.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby brown almost black big frothy tan head on top, leaves even rings of lacing. Aroma: Nice herbal hop profile with a chocolate and mild coffee derived from dark malts. Taste: Incredible creamy mix of coffee and milk chocolate light on hops in the finish great beer possibly my favorite from Weyerbacher, whether it's a porter, schwarzbier, or old ale hybrid...I like it. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy textured great brew. Drinkability: Is this beers strength they weren't going for the biggest beer but it's damn flavorful and hella drinkable comparable to Yuengling Porter which is actually lagered but what they hey I like this beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black dense body with a thick caramely tan creamy head with a big mat of bubbles on the top.

S-The slightly salty smoke note blends into a dark roasted chocolate nib note that is followed by an aroma of black roasted malt in the background. As the beers warms there is a note soft tart raw grain to the black malt and a tootsie roll smell to the chocolate nibs.

T- The light smoky tartness leads to a taste of cream and black roasted malt with a soft bitterness to it. There is a light sweetness that lingers with the flavor of black malt.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer had some interesting flavor complexity but the chocolate tootsie roll flavor kept getting in the way.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aptly named, this pours midnight black with a sticky 2 finger tan head that lasts and lasts.
Aroma is sweet malt with a bit of sour lactose
Very English in Old Ale style. Taste is lacking the depth and dark fruits of an American Old Ale but is beautifully balanced none the less.
Moderately sweet malt gets followed very quickly with sour fruit and then drying english hops.
Aftertaste is drying and pleasant.
English Old Ale Style? Good call!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher- Black Hole

A- Deep reddish black with a thick creamy head. Solid lacing down the glass.
S- Powdered chocolate, cream, caramel, and vanilla.
T- Sweet vanilla laced cocoa with doses of whipped cream, caramel, and milk. Tastes like a Porter or Milk Stout?!
M- Smooth and creamy.Full flavored body with a pinchy alc. finish.

Overall- Nice and tasty. Warming to the throat. I think this is a little off for the style?!

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Photo of Varkias41
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, the beer looks exactly the same colour as the bottle, an earthy, dark amber. Once the glass is full, however, the beer is opaque and black. A small tan head dissipates leaving a permanent collar.
Leaning over the glass and breathing deep, I find the nose to be malty and sweet with some dark fruit essence.
The taste has a wonderful progression from the initial, slightly sweet flavours of caramel and toffee to more bitter flavours of dark chocolate with a hint of licorice. The finish lingers on and on with roasted coffee beans and burnt chocolate then surprises me with a late taste of sticky molasses at the back of my throat.
Overall, although not an outstanding brew, this is certainly above average. I did enjoy it, and found it quite drinkable. I do think, however, that Weyerbacher should release this as a 12 oz six pack instead of the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogony with no light showing thru this beer. The head is big,tan and leaves just abit of lacing. The beer itself pours out like motor oil. The smell is dark fruit and alcohol. Not overly strong,but not too bad. The taste is creamy with dark fruit, roasted malt,coffee, cola,and chocolate. This is more like a porter than old ale. The m/f is medium,but the aftertaste is abit watery. All in all ,this is a pretty good brew. Cheers.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hesitated buying this because it looks really cheesy. But you can't always judge a beer by the label, so I went for it. (Plus Weyerbacher usually delivers.)

Pours a thin head that becomes a foamy halo. The beer is the blackest I have ever seen. It's almost hard to look at. Impenetrable. How do you look at pitch-black darkness? You cannot look through it, only into it. Blinding in its blackness. Can't see any bubbles. Can't see anything.

Aromas are quite nice: coffee, anise, chocolate. Clean roasted smell without heavy smoke aromas.

First few sips reminded me of chocolate-covered coffee beans, with a toasty, bready quality. Mild hops appear, and there's a cool yeast funk really far back there. Overripe dark fruits coat the mouth and really start to dominate, but generally the flavors spread and dissipate way too quickly. Not helped by the too-thin mouthfeel. Feels like an almost-flat soda. A robust thickness would've matched the flavors much better.

It surely tastes better than the label would let on. But the flavors don't linger long enough, and the body is oddly thin. Still, it's a beer to ponder slowly, and that's just what I did on this lazy Sunday afternoon. Sipped and savored...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher's new winter seasonal ale, "Black Hole" is certainly named right. It's black as pitch beneath a full head of dark tan foam that holds well and leaves nice lace about the pint. It's similar to an English-style "old ale", or strong dark ale; and notes of molasses, cocoa, and dark chocolate reside in the nose with just a touch of yeasty fruitiness. The body is medium-full and it's fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation leaves it lightly creamy and silky smooth across the tongue. The flavor is rich without being bold (if it were a chair it would be a well-worn antique leather reading chair that you seem to sink into rather that sit upon), and delivers an impeccably balanced combination of dark chocolate & caramel-accented malt drizzled with molasses and punched up with a subtle note of spicy alcohol. It finishes almost without notice as the molasses lingers on the palate with its combination of deeply caramelized and almost burnt sugar slowly receeding. What bitterness is present is well entwined in its lush, dark malt; leaving it almost seamless from beginning to end. With the exception of its somewhat elevated alcohol content, this is a brilliant session ale that never quite astounds you but always satisfies. Rich without being bold. Spectacular. Most certainly worth seeking out for fans of English-style ales.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how to describe this as other than a blac-beer hybrid. Not in reference to schwarzbier, but to all very dark beers. It seemed to have a little impy stout in it at the same time as a black lager. Throw a little robust porter in there too, and that's Black Hole. Interesting and new, but not amazing.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark black with 1 finger white head, pretty much no lace.

Smell: Pretty much all malt, even a bit of oatmealish character to it.

Taste: Sweet, mostly due to the huge malt flavor, slight fruity background.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but the flavor definitely gets lost after a couple.

Notes: Definitely a good ale to have during hearty meals, won't overpower the meal, but you still get a ton of flavor out of it.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle this beer yielded a slight brownish head about a 1/4" thick which quickly dissipated. In the glass the beer is a deep brown coffee color, almost black. Smells of sweet roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes of roasted choclate malt and a little coffe, bitter and slightly hoppy. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Not much lacing on the glass. Easy to drink. Enjoyed this beer and would buy it again.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this really an Old Ale, or a stout? Super dark, beyond porter almost Dry Irish Stout in its color. Wonderfully frothy head that laces immediately on the tilt. Crisp clean nose, nice sprinkling of alcohol fennels. Dry, nutty body, super smooth, back to the DIS I mentioned earlier.

IMO Weyerbacher is a little inconsistent. Inconsistent when talking about craft beer isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some good beers, some bad. This one falls clearly in the first category.

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Black Hole from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 195 ratings