Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a two and a half finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is caramel and lightly roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt and coffee with hints of licorice. The malt lingers in the finish. Medium body. When the bottle opened with a big hiss, I was a little worried about possible infection. Not the case. A pretty nice beer. Thanks Jason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown. Thin head. The aroma is lightly chocolatey, fudgey and maybe a little bit metallic. There’s a light tartness - is that supposed to be there? I had it on three different occasions and it was there every time. Some chocolatey notes, leading to a sweetish, yeasty and slightly figgy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6136) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is what I expected and is full of chocolate and roasted malt. Fairly straight forward but that is not a bad thing in this case. The flavor is also fairly straight forward. I get a mix of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of ash character mixed in. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a mahogany body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, and anise. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, raisins, anise, clove, and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3456) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Dark brown pour with big tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, dark fruits, sugar and a hint of alcohol. Raisins and roasted malt flavors with some dark chocolate. A little chalky and ashy. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
sample at GABF on 10/1/11. black pour with a 1"+ tan head. licorice / roasted nose with a sweet medium size body. layers of chocolate, coffee and sweet malts. a bit too sweet through the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Poured 12oz bottle into my Cigar City Snifter, thanks for both Adam. Lots of carbonation, DAMN! Took a minute to settle and has a nice cinnamon looking swirl head. A very dark porter, looks almost like a lighter stout. Some good lacing on the glass as well. Getting some smoke, alcohol maybe burnt coffee and malt. Same as smell, smoke, burnt coffee/toffee? and malts. Has an alcohol bite. Char too, it has that classic cigar city smoke/char after taste similar to Zhukov and Hunahpus, love it. Definitely tasting it more as the beer warms. Prickly carbonation and very mouth coating. I like this beer for what it is, nothing too special but it is nice for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4041) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle thanks to johndoe8 on BA. Dark brown, nearly black, in color with a small tan head. Roasty and smoky aroma with dark fruits and anise. The flavor has the typical Cigar City ashiness along with sweet dark fruit notes, caramel, spice, and anise. Medium-plus body with average carbonation. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (19949) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Draft at CCB. Black, tan head. Delicate lacing. Aroma of burnt coffee grounds. Taste has milk chocolate anf vanilla. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9421) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Tap at Kickback’s in Jax, FL. The pour is a deep maroon looking black topped by an excellent, beige head. Creamy, nice lace. Nose is fairly odd- very candy and sugar forward like excessive burnt caramel, molasses, and cloying maple sweetness. Taste is bitter, very dry, small lemon tartness, overly attenuated for style. Chalky in palate. Syrupy caramel and sweet cherry clash with chalk and citric tartness. What the hell is going on here?

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