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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 10, ’12 12 oz bottle poured into my The Alchemist pint glass (the only clean mug available ATM). A: Lots of roast with accompanying dark chocolate and a little molasses. Smells sweet. A: Pours a creamy black color with a heavy two-finger head that seems to hold very strongly. T: Roasted grain followed by a caramel, candi sugar sweetness. Really interesting flavor profile, more notes of black licorice, coffee, toffee, and grassy hops. It finishes very bitter and sweet. P: Medium bodied, excessive carbonation O: I am not a huge fan of black licorice, in fact, I’ll just say I hate it. HOWEVER, it seems to take a backseat to the roasty and coffee flavor. This is yet another unique brew from CCB and worth the try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6971) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep ruby ebony clear with a large fizzy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, anise, and yes, clove. Flavor is the same, medium sweet and not a lot of bitterness, with some astringence. Medium body, annoyingly high carbonation detracts from the taste and mouthfeel. Pretty hot. Not really getting this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2013
bottle from brewery, darker pour, medium to fuller body. chocolate & roasted malt heavy in both aroma & flavor. wisp of smoke & licorice/anise. nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle: Poured a murky toilet bowl brown with little to no head. Aroma was veggie and malt. Taste is malty, smoke, and cigarette ashes/butts. Pretty sure this was way past its prime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (3146) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is malty and roasty. Taste is sweet and very roasty. Smoke and earth. Not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle over a year old from CCB. Pours unclear darker amber with a small cocoa beige head. The aroma is very light, a bit of malts and a bit of caramel. The flavor brings some dead malts and a bit of caramel that all fade quickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
Opens with an impressive percussive pop; carbonation for twenty points. As dark as advertised, but even a gentle pour yields mounds of head; I have to pause twice in the decanting phase of the operation. Uhhohoh. I love Cigar City, but ’infection’ leaps immediately to mind. Smell is lovely with fruit rumors that make continue my suspicions: great roasted malt with cold apples. Black licorice, too. Black Whole is bubblier than a Bieber fan waiting backstage: holy effervescence. Almost champagne-like. Then weird. Roast malts & melted licorice dabble in the New Year’s revelry. The malts are held down by an almost saison-esqueness to the beer, which seems wholly unintended. Advertised chocolate can only be detected with effort & imagination. The mouthfeel is really distracting. Ehhh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 15, 2013
Botella. hazy deep dark brown colour, beige small head. Sweet dark malty caramel sark fruity chocolate aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet dark malty close to roasty maltiness in the flavour along with dark fruit, chocolate and also some alcohol. Sweet and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Actually quite dig this one, plummy and fruity, low carb but easy drinking, oily, light floral hop notes, slight alcohol kick, I’m a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a dark ruby black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate hoppy aroma. roasted malty chocolate caramel spicy flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate spicy caramel finish.

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