Black Hole | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: 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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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken 5-6 months ago.

The almost black beer pours out into a nonic pint glass with a nice thick tan head that persists quite a while and leaves lots of lacing.

The aromas include some roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, some molasses but without much in the way of hops showing.

The flavors follow the nose with the nice balance of chocolate and molasses. The gentle sweetness is balanced by just a hint of dry hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the moderate, persistent finely bubbled carbonation.

I definitely enjoyed this beer and would be happy to have it again. A well brewed ale for the winter months.

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Photo of jburchett
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of hoplover82
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, very dark almost black , like a blackcherry color with a two finger tan, creamy head that has great retention and lacing.
S-The aroma is filled with sweet dark fruit and burned caramel and a quite warm alcohol presence. Some tart cherries come to mind as well. No hops detected in the nose.
T-The flavor is much like the aroma with tuns of sweet dark fruit like raisins and some tart cherries and molassas. The bitterness from the hops let the malts shine but also keeps it from being too sweet. The alcohol is not too hot but very present. Just right for the style.
M-This beer has a big, sweet, creamy, viscous body, with a soft alcohol sting in the long finish.
O-Overall, personally I like this beer ok, I would've liked more of a hop flavor or aroma for complexity, but judging according to style, this beer truly is right on. Very glad I tried it.

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Photo of bamadog
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this one just over a year ago from Crazy Nelson, due to some unfortunate circumstances. So I'll drink this one to him. Review is from notes taken on 7/24/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown/near coffee black and it starts with a healthy one finger, creamy, dark tan head that fades relatively quickly to a thin, incomplete and uneven skim with a thicker, foamier ring around the surface; body is dark and opaque; a few loose strands and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Nose is very solid, and doesn't strike me as an Old Ale -- more like an RIS with bitter sweet chocolate, perhaps some cocoa nibs; bit of smokiness and some dark, sweet cherries; just a touch of some caramel.

Taste: Ah, sad to say it, but I think this one has passed it's prime as the taste isn't as good as the nose made me think it would be -- first and foremost there is a sweet, buttery diacetyl flavor to it and then the cherries, but they come across as a little sour and tart; in the end there is a bittersweet chocolate, with some earthy roastiness and touch of smoke. All in all, if it didn't start so sweet, it would be better. Can't blame a guy for trying, though. This one should have been cracked upon getting as the 7% ABV may not have been enough to keep this one alive and kicking.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is a bit thin and watery, and I would say it's of medium/light in terms of weight; carbonation has held up quite well, and it comes across as soft and mildly prickly; a thin, moist coating is left all over the mouth that becomes cottony dry.

Overall: I wish I would have tried it closer to its bottling date, but what's a guy to do? It was already retired when I got it so it may have been too old at that point, and it's still not a bad offering. The smell is easily the best part.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle traded to me about 10 months back from user shaggy9356. thanks again. drank from my stone IRS snifter.

A- the pour yields an opaque black colored body that light cannot escape. on top sits a beige colored head. the head sticks around for a while before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- roasted malts jump out immediately. after that i get some milk and chocolate followed by trace amounts of vanilla. a little bit of coffee moves in towards the end. the alcohol seems pretty well hidden.

T- the taste starts out with more of the lightly roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get some unfortunate signs of oxidation--tartness and wet cardboard. a little bit of chocolate (mostly milk) moves in after that. a little bit of coffee and earthy hops at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is just a little under average. mild warmth from the alcohol. slightly sour.

O- i was surprised to have a bottle of this beer, since im not sure it has been brewed since i joined BA. i also wish that i would have gotten a chance to see it before it started to go downhill. if this gets brewed again, ill be all over it.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Hole is an aptly named beverage, if only for its appearance. It pours, well... black and is completely opaque except for some mahogany highlights around the edge when held up to an obscenely bright desk lamp. The head is a frothy tan foam that fades all too quickly, and leaves mediocre lace on the snifter.

The aroma is big, ballsy and very stout like. It has some amazing bitter chocolate notes that just about make my mouth water. There is also a bit of coffee, but this does not seem quite as roasty as a stout would be. Sweet dark malts also linger in the background.

The flavor is not quite as good as the aroma, but still very nice. The cocoa seems to be a little bit less in the forefront, but is still a key component. I would say that the major flavor is that of dark molasses and roasted barley. There is a definite roasty coffee like character, and a bit of astringency to this brew. Perhaps some sour cherry notes are buried in there as well.

The mouthfeel is probably the most disappointing aspect of this beer. It is medium, but feels watery and dead. The finish is a decent mix of sweetness and roasted bitterness, but it cannot salvage the tepid body.

The watery mouthfeel makes this go down fairly easily, but I wish it was fuller and drank slower. Supposedly Weyerbacher has stopped making this beer. I wish they would have just put a bit more effort into the recipe, as it could have been something really special.

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Black Hole from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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