ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bytemesis (6971) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from brewery, darker pour, medium to fuller body. chocolate & roasted malt heavy in both aroma & flavor. wisp of smoke & licorice/anise. nice
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
jcartamdg (3146) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is malty and roasty. Taste is sweet and very roasty. Smoke and earth. Not great.
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Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
anders37 (23376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.