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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
bottle thanks to markwise. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was chocolate, spice, raisin, fudge, and some coffee. flavor was raisin, cinnamon, chocolate, and licorice. body was light and fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14586) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to Garry. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of clove, biscuit, coriander, black licorice and cocoa. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
On tap at Jimmie 43. Grapes, candi sugar, and plum. Has some weird saison characteristics to it as well. Some clove notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3086) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
The aroma is woo, chocolate, licorice. The appearance is black, tan head. The flavor is wood, dark chocolate, dry. The finish is quite dry, wood, pine. Medium in body. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Black Whole Bottle at El Rey.  Pours dark brown with thick frothy tan head.  Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt.  Taste has big licorice flavor and light notes of chocolate.  Medium mouthfeel.  Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Review from notes at Cigar City’s taproom on 9/9/11 for Firkin Friday. Draft poured into a Cigar City snifter. Appearance: Poured a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy tan head. Excellent lacing. Smell: Belgian yeast, sour fruit and a touch of roasted malt. Taste: Belgian yeast and roasted malt up front followed by sour fruit in the middle before ending with coffee and burnt toast at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter. Very complex flavor. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Good drinkability. Very smooth. Overall: Excellent beer overall. I really like the combination of Belgian characteristics with the porter/stout. This was a home run for me. Definitely recommend this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Dark brown color/ tan head. Chocolate milk, dry chocolate, earthy dirt, dark roast coffee aromas. Frothy expansive mouthfeel. Very nice earth, dirt, dark chocolate, black roast malt flavors with some caramel sweetness, bitter hoppage--very good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2011
An interesting beer. Pours a thin black with a fizzy tan head that fades quickly leaving no lacing. Nose and taste are a bit all over. Cloves, malts, bread, a bit of a tart finish with a smokey aftertaste. This sipper might benefit from a bit of age. Not greatly balanced, but worth a try. I’d like to see where this beer goes in a year could be amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle from the brewery. This one was pretty interesting. Pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head with the lasting foam pretty much settling around the edges of the glass. The aroma shows raisins, light chocolate, mocha roast, Belgian yeast. The flavors are fairly smokey; raisins, chocolate, clove, and licorice, that lead to a roasty finish with some lingering bittersweet chocolate and smokey notes. The carbonation is good, maybe a shade on the high side. It’s a little thin in the body but there’s some pretty nice flavors here that surprisingly work well together. Fun to try, like a Dubbel and Porter hybrid, or something along those lines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle, pours pitch black with large light brown head, fresh, anise, sour, fruits....the flavor is anise, caramel, dark malt, strong licorice...light body, bitter and strong licorice finish....

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