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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2011
(12oz bottle from from Alpar). Pours dark brown/almost black and a riculously large tan head. Carbonation is active. Aroma is chocolate, dark ripe cherries, coffee and caramel. Taste is sweet malt with some nice roast. A little bit of anise at the end. Full bodied with an oily texture. Dry, roasty finish. Pretty good beer that is nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown bear color with small tan head. Smells strong. Lots of carob, acidic chocolate, dark fruit, and booze. Light carbonation but a bit fizzy. Licorice is on the palate, then dark roast, mild acidic coffee, dried cranberry, chocolate cookies that are slightly burnt around the edges. Would benefit from a creamier palate, as it ends up seeming a little tart and even thin, but pretty good overall of course.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
bottle. deep brown body with a tan / cocoa colored head. nose of raisin bread, rum, chocolate pastries, plum jam, caramel malt and nugat. high carbonation and effervescence, out of balance for the body, acid and sweetness. cookie raisin rum plum malt-forward taste with mild to medium roast / chocolate / coffee. turns phenolic when warmer and has an unpleasant but mild tartness and dirtiness from the yeast. could use less carbonation, less yeast and more cookie / dark fruit malt which works well with the roast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1961) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2011
i get a little fig and booze on the nose as it warms very tingly and bubbly. smooth finish very roasted mouth fell

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (12566) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, licorice, cola, cocoa and light coffee. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of roastiness, cola, light licorice, light cocoa and light carmel with a crisp lingering roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 Snifter at CCB tasting room. Opaque brown black, thin beige head. Sweet brown sugar/chocolate aroma. Damn, this is a nice beer. Really is the missing link between Porter and Dubbel. Has the drinkable subtlety of both, with the big flavor of both as well. Semi roasty, some dark candi sugar notes as well. Roasty, chalky, with some dark raisiny fruit tones as well. Really nails it. Great beer, highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Aroma: chocolate, plums and raisins, rich malts, caramel and slight sweetness, some spiciness. Pours black, thick tan head with great retention, leaves some lacing. Fairly roasty flavor, chocolate and caramel, dark fruits and spicy Belgian yeast notes, moderate bitterness, toasty malts. Medium body, high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (2043) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to jzzbassman! Pours dark brown/black with a huge tan head. Aroma of raisin, chocolate, licorice, clove, coffee, and molasses. Very thick texture, taste of bitter chocolate and coffee balanced nicely with sweet molasses an licorice. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1553) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Pours a dark brown almost black. with a big white head that settles to a ring of foam. Aroma of caramel and bitter chocolate. Flavor continues with sweet malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Thin oily body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Pour out of bottle is dark brownish black with off white head, aroma has notes of toffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, anise and dark fruit notes in there as well. Taste is a mix of some grassy hops, sweet caramel, toffee and dark fruit, some bitter chocolate and roast, hints of anise, finishing slightly bitter.

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