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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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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 177
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 Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +23.2%
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 +1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -13.5%
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 +5.5%
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 -18.2%
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 -11.9%
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 -5.5%
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 Jmamay22
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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%
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 +4.2%
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 +1.6%
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 -1.8%
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 +5%
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%
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 -7.1%
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 +1.1%
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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Photo of blakesell
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a belgian style goblet.

Appearance- Jet black with a nice head roughly two fingers thick. Head is creamy and tan and dissapates into a pillowy froth that doesn't let up quickly. Froth does not stick and looks oily on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Smells like a porter with some extra dark fruits, rasins, figs, a bit of a nutty smell in there. Also a bit of a grape essence. Very malty and very little hop. Caramel and molasses thick in the beer.

Taste- There is a certain sweet complexity to this one. Thick maltiness with that same chestnut that was in the smell. A thick chocolate malt flavor like someone put in malted milk balls into the boil. A smidgeon of hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. A bit of grape skin.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, very similar to a porter, chewy, although the appearance showed high carbonation, the mouthfeel has very low carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a nice big porterlike brew, but I'm not so sure that I will have a lot of repeat visits to this one. The oilyness isn't all that pleasant, and the fruitiness seems misplaced. Not my favourite Weyerbacher brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted at 45 degrees into my La fin du Monde glass.
A - A deep brown that is almost black w/ cola shaded hues. The head is 2.5 fingers of fluffy cappucino foamy head that clings to the glass well.

S - A rich roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma, like a stout. Dry, nutty scents w/ gentle cream odors.

M - Deep roasted, slightly charred w/ a full feel and ample carbonation.

T - A deep coffee roasted taste w/ toffee and molasses. A gentle hazelnut-like roastiness follows the dark tastes w/ a woody, pine-like hoppiness that keeps up w/ all the malt. A bittersweet chocolate flavor w/ a tinge of sour cherry rounds out the taste making my mouth slightly dry from the concentrated sugars. The brown sugary flavor lingers as I take the last sip.

D - A very good ale, but a tinge cloying. This is the kind of ale you want to drink slowly with a glass of water, it seems stronger in taste than it is. I would wouldn't hestitate to have two or three, though. It was far more drinkable than the 2 beers I reviewed prior to it.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased as part of the Jester's Choice variety case.

A: The ale is dark, far darker than any old ale I've ever encountered. The color is cola-like, a dark brown that borders on black at the widest points of the glass. The head neared 1/2 a finger and has left no remnants as the beer is consumed.

S: The aroma is one of roasted malts, caramel and a strong milk chocolate presence. The grains are somewhat thin, having a strong caramel presence that I'd call pedestrian.

T: The flavors all yell porter over old ale. The roasted malts have chocolate, caramel and some burnt blackstrap molasses flavors without pushing the malt quotient over the top. Some hop bitterness lightens up the taste a tad, but the dark roasted flavors refuse to be silenced. This is a decent take on a schwarzbier rather than an old ale.

M: The mouthfeel is dark and roasted without going to the extreme of a stout or porter. The body does allow some caramel malts to come through, which soften up the darker flavors significantly.

D: The ale has a moderate abv and a nice solid taste. For an ale lacking a style, it works on several levels.

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Photo of Risser09
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from 2007 poured into a low ball glass

Appearance: Dark black with a striking opacity. Dark tan head lifts to 1" and subsides within a minute. Very little lace is left behind.

Smell: Roasted malt, deep cherry and plum aromas. No hoppiness. Lactic smell.

Taste:Huge roasted mat flavor profile. Smokiness and charcoal are there as well. Sligh alcohol burn. The blackened malt explosion outweighs all other flavors, if any, leaving this beer fretfully unbalanced and one dimensional. I guess you could say there is chocolate and espresso flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smokey and burning with malt flavor. Medium body and not too high in the carbonation (I had been told that some of the Hops Infusion had been way overcarbonated in the bottle). Alcohol is present and not cloying.

Drinkability: As the craft beer world gets more and more competitive, so do my taste buds, and this beer is not my favorite Weyerbacher brew. It has it's niche but would not suffice over, say, an Old Heathen or Blithering Idiot. I can't see anyone pounding a bunch of these away, either. But, a solid beer that could use some tweaking, perhaps for a little bit of fruity flavor.

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

Pours like an Irish stout. Dark beige head with good lasting power and even better ring lace. Nearly black.

Strong dark malt aromas; almost like a cross between a porter and a dry stout. Some creaminess, too.

Good chocolate flavors; notable black patent malt presence. Light hop for balance. Very full bodied with a low level of carbonation.

As an old ale, this is a very dark and robust one. I'd categorize it far more closely to a stout. And it is a pretty good one at that.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. As a physics major, I appreciate the humorous label that refers to this beer as a “singular experience.”
A: Pours a dark brown color, with tones of black towards the top. There’s a half inch of brown head that leaves a small amount of lacing.
S: Chocolatey and malty, for sure. Pretty sweet. There are some faint hops detectable, but I don’t think they’re meant to be prevalent. Seems more like a porter with just some extra sugariness to it.
T: Almost exactly like it smells; very little difference between the two. The malts do wipe out the taste of alcohol, too.
M: Quite nice. Refreshing yet full-bodied. Overall, very satisfying. One of the few beers that makes me say, “That feels good” in addition to, “That tastes good.”
D: I bet this beer would be great with a nice steak or similar meaty dish. It could also probably be worked into any recipe that calls for a brown ale. As a drinking beer, it’s interesting and worth checking out, too, but I can somehow more uses for this beer as a counterpart to a meal than a strict drinking beer.

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