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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Black Whole is a tribute to El Chupa Cobras, a math indie band from Montgomery, Alabama. This effort came about from our realization that craft beer and indie music have something in common… they both share about the same amount of their respectful markets and challenge the consumer. Wayne Wambles, our head brewer, and Kenny Johnson, the front man from El Chupa Cobras, played in indie bands together many years ago and this tribute is for all indie music fans and craft beer lovers. Black Whole is a multidimensional ale that takes many twists and turns similar to our daily lives. It has a big chocolate expression with moderate caramel notes, complex toasted to biscuit notes and hints of clove and black licorice. Don your chocolate mask and discover the meaning of life as you sip this complex, dark beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7868) - Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2011
8/24/11. 12oz bottle. Strange roasted aroma with coffee, caramel, dark fruits, and more, including a bit of vinegar and tartness. Biscuits in the flavor with burnt crackers and burnt popcorn with a touch of vinegar and caramel. This is one odd brew, but the 8% is hidden extremely well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2011
12 oz bottle. Just noticed this is my 51st rating for CCB! So Johnnie was 50, cool. Dark brown with creamy tan frosting. Nose is chocolate, raisin, sassafras and molasses. Medium body with a lightening fizz. Taste is licorice, fig, coffee, red wine and bitter chocolate. Seems like the caramel note i expect from CCB has dropped out coming off more vinous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (1073) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - AUG 21, 2011
A very unique brew here. Dark roasted malts and a sense of hoppiness. Mix of some light prunes and raisin, but not overpowering. Hard to single in on a style here, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2011
On tap at the Nook. Pours dark black with red notes. Very little head and no lacing. The aroma is toffee, licorice, smoke and tobacco, and oranges. The flavor is sweet and smoky up front, with a little sourness in the finish. The body is medium to heavy. The mouthfeel is a little astringent, flat and clean. Overall, this is a very interesting beer, but the flavors don’t work very well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
A gift from OmegaX. Appearance was a very deep red, almost completely black though. The scent was strong of dark chocolate, burnt caramel and alcohol. The taste brought it up a notch; pretty roasty with robust bitter chocolate notes, and finished quite earthy like a porter. The balance was fantastic, very bitter and malty, providing a great coffee-like finish that was bitter. Unique for a strong ale, but great nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixmasterob (1044) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Dark brown pour with a big thick beige head. Stuck around nicely. Lots of aromas coming off of this one. Dark roasted malt comes out first, some dark fruit, plum, light trappist yeast quality, then some roasty coffee. Flavors were dubble like, lightly sweet, full of dark fruits and and a big roasty back end. Quite different but I don’t think everything worked here. It seemed a bit rough and unbalanced. Lively carbonation, tingly mouthfeel. Glad to have tried it nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3315) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 Bottle, thanks Hopscotch. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Caramel and black malt aromas. Big black malt, brewer’s liqourice, chocolate, plums, and roasted coffee flavors...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On tap at CC, part of the full tap tasting. Pours a nice dark body decent darker head. Right off the top good caramel and toffee notes on the nose. Body is full and smooth and plenty of roasty chocolate notes. I really enjoyed this one but was also tasted with some other palate cloying offerings so hopefully I got the most from this one. Nice offering, but not the best of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7329) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle split with Andrew and streets. Pours a dark brown body with nice off white lacing. Aroma is crazy - caramel and chocolate malts, smoke, and wood. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of smoked caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, wood and roasty flavors. Tastes like a fantastic imperial Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1654) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown with an aggressive light tan head. Nose of maltiness, some odd spiciness, maybe a hint of chocolate and/or caramel. Taste is very malty, with some Belgian style spiciness. Very roasty but not much on the chocolate or caramel end. Body is medium and fluffy. Lasting, lingering flavors all the way down. Either very complex or very messy-I decided on complex. Interesting and fun to drink.

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