Black Hole | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Black HoleBlack Hole

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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Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 195
Photo of LunaChick
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery is fast becoming one of my favorites.
This beer pours almost black but there are some ruby hues present. Thick tan head fades quickly but leaves a decent ring and some lacing.
Aroma is warm with alcohol, dark chocolate and rum soaked fruits.
The flavor is slightly bitter chocolate backed by roasted malt with a big plum finish. The alcohol warmth in the aroma lingers as this beer definately will warm you up on a blustery cold day.
Mouthfeel is decent medium bodied, not thick like a stout, but definately along the lines of a porter. Carbonation is present throughout but doesn't interfere. Tingly.
I scored this one lower on drinkability because at 7% alcohol its not meant to be a session. I could drink 2 max. After that I would happily proclaim that "I can't feel my feet"

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Photo of mhewes
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a really dark amber/brown bordering on black. It has a not-quite tan head that slowly went down and left some good lacing.

S : Nice roasted malts, some coffee aroma along with hints of chocolate and dark fruit

T : More like a porter with the nice roasted malt and coffee flavors. Some chocolate sweetness hidden in there also.

M : Thick, smooth, good carbonation

D : Not sure it's an old ale, more like a porter or milk stout. However, it was extremely good and I'd love to have more.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/ almost black, with a tan head. In the aroma, roasty cocoa, and a small hop presence. In the taste, just as in smell, roasty cocoa, a small hop presence. Very stout-ish. A thick, rich and bitter mouthfeel, with a dry and hoppy aftertaste. Big hops and very stout like, very nice for an old ale.

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Photo of AltBock
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. undated bottle with another one Weyerbacher's crude 1980's computer generated labels. This one depicts a space station in the middle of some galaxy. There's nothing to the space station. It's just a whole bunch of circles and lines trying to form a space station looking object.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this beer actually poured a black hole colored beer. I thought it was going to turn out to be a darkish brown color, but it was instead a sloid black color. On top of this black beer was a creamy 3/4 of an inch tan head of foam. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a creamy tan film and a fair amount of tan streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma was was dark and rich with roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. That was it! There might have been a hint a dark fruits in there, but they were covered up by the coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste had the roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate like the aroma had, but it was in the taste where tasted like they were watered down. Behind these watered down flavors was a hint of roasted malts, a splash of sweet caramel, and a fig or two hiding in the backgound.

The moutfeel was on the medium bodied side ready to cross over to the full bodied side. The aftertaste to this beer was that of roasted coffee beans, a smidge of bitter dark chocolate, and a subtle touch of roasted hops. This time, it didn't taste like they watered down the flavors.

It's too bad they had to water down the coffee and chocolate in the taste. That was a bit disappointing. Either way, this is still one of Weyerbacher's better 12 oz. bottled beers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Black with an off white head and some decent lace.

S. Toasted malt and a hint of booze. Not bad.

T. Fully robust and theres a smokiness to it. Hop prescence is minimal. Some notes of coffee. Pretty good.

M. Full bodied and filling. Nothing intrusive.

D. The alcohol is hidden well, a nice dark ale.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark clear bright black hue with tones of brown showing thru. Poured with a nice one finger head which died to a nice solid ring. There was spotty lace noted as well.

S: Nice smokey aromas with hints of chocolate and green hops. Hints of rum pushed thru as did raisins and booze.

T: Bold and smokey brew with the chocolate, coffee, and hops dominating.

M: Medium to full in body somewhat flat with low carbonation.

D: Not bad for the style

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear deeply brown colored ale with red highlights when held up to the light. Very strong head forming beer, thick brown head doesn't want to die.

First thing I noticed about the smell is a strong coffee liqueur aroma and coconut, from a distance I might add. Strong coffee and chocolate aroma with a lesser coconut to it. Highly roasted malt with a slight charred edge to it.

The taste starts out Mild and heavily roasted with an earthy taste a little like a roasted mushroom. Taste is basically a porter nearing on milk stout, mostly chocolate and roasted drain.

Mouthfeel is good.

Interesting but I don't think it is an Old Ale, Milk Stout I would say. An OK beer but I would try a different Weyerbacher beer rather than try this one again.

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Photo of Lupe
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with light brown and mahogany hues when held to the light. Tight beige head leaves behind some lace.

Wonderful dark malt aroma with some roastiness, cocoa nib, coffee and nuts. A note of dark fruit rounds things out.

Flavor is just like the aroma - light roastiness, cocoa nib, mild coffee, and a touch of dark fruitiness. Molasses and nuttiness sets in after the roast. A touch of spice and vanilla finishes things up. Alcohol is just noticeable. Light lingering roasted sweetness.

Medium in body, not as full as I expected. Super smooth and nicely carbonated - just enough. Goes down real easy.

Very flavorful and easy drinking. Nice complexity but not too heavy. Not perfect but one of my favorites.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 22ox bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with lighter brown highlights. No head to be seen.

S- Malty nose with some coffee and nutty notes.

T- Nice malty flavor with definite coffee and nutty notes in this. There is a almost molasses flavor mixed in there too. Nice overall flavor.

M- Nice carbonation that is medium. Medium thick mouthfeel.

D- Not my favorite beer but a delicious one none the less. Very flavorful and tasty. The alcohol is masked well in this beer.

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Photo of Iceman77
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Black Hole pours like its name, jet black with a finger of light tan head that recedes fairly quickly. There are no real aromas that stand out, mostly malt and maybe a sweetish caramel. The taste is where this ale makes up for it, a mix of coffee, malt and molasses. The mouthfeel is thus fairly viscous, it leaves a noticeable coating inside the mouth with a warm aftertaste. Depending on your tastes one might be enough, I like it well enough but better as a change of pace. Weyerbacher has such a lineup of dank, big beers, this is more of a "starter" beer for their lineup. Decent, but there are better styles of theirs.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty black, with some brown hints. A finger's worth of tan head lingers for a while.

Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, raisin/black cherry hints. A little on the sweet smelling side.

Taste seems to be watered-down malts, a hint of chocolate, and sour fruits. Definite alcohol taste on the back end.

Medium mouthfeel, a little watery, with enough carbonation, but not too much.

Overall, it's an okay beer, at best. Not the best example of it's style, and not one I'm looking to hurry back and get again any time soon.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark brown/ black beer with some faint mahogony highlights. Has a big creamy dark beige head. The aroma is mostly whiskey barrel and oak with some vanilla in the background. Mostly sour notes in the taste. With an alcohol burning on the back of the throat and tongue.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, small tan head that hangs on a bit. Lacing noted

Smells chocolately, hints of almost metallic. Roasted and dark malts prevailant.

Taste is very full, roasty with a bitter finish.
Almost "stout" like in appearance and taste.
Very full mouthfeel.
Tasting chocolate, with an alchohol burn on the tongue.
Bitterness at the finish last a while.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with some deep, deep ruby edges if you look carefully. I got a big tan head that was not very tight and faded quickly to a ring. No lacing.

Aroma of black licorice, molasses and slight spiciness from hop maybe. Taste is heavy with licorice and spice, dark roasty malts and a pretty warm alcohol twang. This has got some uniqueness to it that can't be denied. Unfortunately I'm left with something resembling cough medicine on the palate when all is said and done. Probably from the alcohol and I hope it fades in a month or two.

This beer has noticeable viscosity and a big thick feel. Minimal carbonation.

I'm not done with this one yet. I'll update this review after I let these sit for a bit.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Jmamay22
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wild label that no longer mentions anything about being an old ale or porterish.

Pours out a cola colored near black. Thin head disappears to near nothing and leaves only a thin collar. No lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses and raisins. Certainly on the sweeter side with no hint of hops. Comes off smelling a bit like cinnamon and chocolate syrup. At this point given the looks and smell I'm a little concerned at what the first sip will bring. While the smell isn't displeasing it leads me to believe things will be overwhelmingly sweet. Anyways on to that sip!

Surprisingly it is not cloyingly sweet, but has some lactic sour characteristics to balance out the sweetness. This sweet and sour taste comes off as one dimensional and slightly uninspiring.

Fizzy mouthfeel that buzzes in my mouth like soda rather than creating any silky smooth or pleasing qualities. Rather thin given my expectations. Highly drinkable, but maybe too drinkable. I was hoping for something a little more viscous and complex. Not my favorite from Weyerbacher. Glad I only went with one of them in the mixed case I picked up.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber copped from Short Hills, NJ... In my whole area, there was only one store that actually carried this one... Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with minimal tan head... Aroma was somewhat mild with dark-espresso and cocoa notes... taste seemed slightly bland and a little watered-down, but it was still pleasing nonetheless... compared to many other Weyerbacher samples, this is certainly not as extreme or cloying... good mouthfeel and easy drinkability for a 7% ABV that you would have difficulty noticing... a very porter-like beer... Overall, a good sample, but nothing above-and-beyond... this one's worth a try, but don't go out searching all-around-for-this one, as there are certainly better depictions of the style...

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Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours a deep, dark brown color. It has a big, thick tan head that lingers for awhile. The nose is somewhat roasty with a bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The taste has a slightly lighter feel too it, while it still has a bit of a richness to it. Some coffee, chocolate, molasses to the taste. Also a hint of dryness to it. No sweetness to it at all. A decent porter.

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Photo of charlesw
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was scared on coming on this one... Another dry old ale (at least, from what I'd read)? Like Old Peculiar? Oh no! So maybe... That's why I like it so much - because it's not like that! There's body and flavor to it! It's dark and rich and a beer... I would probably put it as what I think a porter should be, you know? No overwhelming bitterness, chocolate or coffee - just rich and nicely balanced. Very nice. Very pleasantly surprised!

Really interesting nose to this one... It smells... Like raisins and maybe a little caramel. Odd that the raisin doesn't come out in the mouth. Perhaps that's an alcoholy smell. Anyway, not overpowering and, really, the best commercial old ale I've had so far.

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Photo of flexabull
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Riggsy, thanks again!

Beer pours a dark cloudy brown color with a bubbly head. Looks kind of cola like.

Aromas are nutty, spicy, and of chocolate. Pretty nice nose.

Flavors are similar to a porter to me. Creamy, crisp and nutty tasting. There is crisp hoppy bite on the finish. Nice simple and clean tasting dark beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Kind of prickling, but full in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. Nothing special, just a nice tasty dark brew. Worth a try...

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Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black in color with a thick tall tan head that shows a fluffy side and is highly retentive with thick lacing around.

Rich roasty malt aromas with milk chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, cherry, and a hint of anise. Very roasty, with traces of wood and alcohol.

Nice full and complex flavors. Roasty flavors at the forefront and the mid palate. THick with vanilla, blackberry, black cherry, mollasses, an almost rye type flavor with a slightly sweet chocolate flavor. Caramel flavors also are recognizable. Full of tea flavors on the drawn out finish. Mouth is nearly perfect. This is a very easy drinking, palatable porter.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 cabsandking
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blackness underneath blackness and a tan hat that starts full and creamy but reduces to a lace pool and ring. Dark rich roasted malts, molasses, raisons, and espresso aromas. Very dry and bitter, virtually no sweetness at all except some vinous and prune notes at the beginning. Charred malt, dusty to mossy dryness like the smell from the pages of a really old book. Bitter espresso, and slight smoke flavor. Medium smoothness and a carbonation that starts with a crisp fizz and turns creamy at the last moment. Chary, smokey dryness in the finish.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for this one.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, small tannish creamy head, lots of small islands and nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, some licorice, vanilla, oak, toffee/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, there's some licorice in there, vanilla, oak, good dose of toffee/caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice Old Ale, recommended.

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Black Hole from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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