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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (3895) - SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2012
Pours dark brown with a big creamy head leaving lace. Aroma is sour sweet malty roasted fruity. Flavor is sweet toasted acidy sourish roasted coffee fruity bitter and sweet. Finishes roasted bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Itzjerm (998) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2012
This borders on being a sour. Maybe it is just the bottle I have... but sour is the main flavor I get. Looks nice...smells okay... taste similar to a sour I had recently... think its a bad batch.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle from bleeng.
Pours a deep black with a nose of cardboard malt chocolate. Flavor is just average porter/stout. Average mouthfeel. There’s a reason why some bands are "indie": they suck. This beer is a fitting tribute.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
12oz bottle. picked up a bottle of this at ccb during our visit....pours to the extent of a stout blackness. holding it up to the light yields more dark reddish brown shades while being topped with a rather thick creamy light beige head that reduces down to a thinner level... aroma is somewhat oddball with multiple layers it seems. roast and cocoa upfront, tangy dark fruit accents lay underneath, a little anise with a touch of yeastiness as well... flavors exhibit more of the same with mostly chocolate and roast initially finishes on more of sweet dark fruity tinge with a dry bitterness finishing things up on the backend. nice smooth semi-creamy mouthfeel with a light prickly level of carbonation to round things off.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2012
12 oz bottle from Dchmela. Big fat beer here! A facefull of flavor. Zesty spice, clove. Very good balance of everything.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2077) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Interesting beer. Aroma is earthy, leather, chocolate, soy, and clove. Taste is mostly roastyness with an interesting earthy efforvescence. Taste also has some leathery burnt aspects that are strange but still good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2012
12oz bottle. Aroma had notes of smoke, chocolate, hops, mild roasted malts, licorice. Taste followed the nose well, but it got a little sweet at the end. Thick, almost stickey body. Good balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Thanks to beerlando! Cola aroma, big roasty flavor, def cola aromas, candy flavors. Almost Belgian yeast finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (5646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours near black with a fluffy beige head. The aroma has lightly roasted malts, some spicy piney hops, chocolate, and light sweet fruity notes. The aroma has chocolate, light smokey notes, light roasted malts, clove-like spices, dark fruits, and a little bit of hops on the back end. Everything is really well integrated and well put together. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Appearance: smoky blacks and browns under a tan head – bubbly along the sides and bready in the middle. Swirls creamy.
Nose: smoky and meaty. Peat, brownies, and chocolate – bakers and truffle powder. Dried figs and prunes. Char and burnt graham crackers.
Palate: soft and cakey. Dark stone fruits, peat, tannic sour nips, and bitterness in the back – grape and plum skins. Chocolate cake underneath soaks it all up from first quaff to last. Tannic tang lingers atop the back part of my tongue. Dryness and moistness are one. Smoke in the breath mingles with more dried dark stone fruits – prunes and figs mostly.
Final Thoughts: another winner from the fine gents at Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa (not Ybor), Florida. A self-described multi-dimensional ale, whatever it is I call it Delicious!


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