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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3543) - 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 (1864) - Spring Hill, Florida, 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 (2452) - 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 (21) - - 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 (10293) - 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 (2429) - 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 (16286) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2012
12oz bottle-big foamy tan-black with red tint. A-pine, then roasty/chocolate-med malt. T-dk fruit-cherry/plum/grape, pine hops,chocolate-med malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (2948) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2012
12 oz. bottle in a trade with MikeLuke23. Thanks!! Tan head sticks to the side of the snifter, great retention. Dark brown / nearly black color. Cellar temperature gives me aromas of cherries, yeast and chocolate. The taste has a Belgian yeast flavor to go with the chocolate and roasted malts. Coffee notes with hints of licorice. Body is on the thin side. Texture is a light chalk or ash. Did they use a Belgian yeast with this brew? Because it reminds me of a Dubbel or stout. Overall the flavors are decent but what exactly is this trying to be? Not bad at all and the hidden ABV made this pretty easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle at home. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate and spices. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate and pepper with notes of alcohol. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish..

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