benpickens (505) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Massive head black with dense tan head; strong earthy and wet dirt aromas; chocolaty imperial stout at first with and IPA type finish.
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12 ounce bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a dark brown color with a medium brown head. The aroma is sweet cherries and oak. A flavor of light coffee, roast, cocoa, licorice. Even some smoke. Very odd, hard to put down what it exactly is. Quite mellow despite a 8% bill. MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle from burg326, thanks Adam! Poured a deep brown almost black, with a huge head. Took me 5 min to pour the thing as every little bit caused massive foam. Chocolate, candy and bread all come through. Good not great, I would not seek out, but I would drink again in a heartbeat. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottled. Poured medium brown with a colossal, long-lasting beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter, toasted cocoa, nutty notes, and a hit of vanilla bean with airy detergent and funky accents.. looked and smelled like there was an infection going on. The flavor opened with bitter cocoa, tart oak, and warm black malts.. this skated through the middle of the palate, hitting some blended chocolates, cocoa, and licorice toward the back.. finished sour and a bit funky, with more of the aforementioned malts. Medium-bodied with out-of-control carbonation on the palate.. the flow made it hard to drink.. methinks this didn’t turn out as they intended. HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle to snifter. The glass filled so quickly with a thick cream colored head that I had to slow my pour. When done pouring, I had a snifter with as much foam as I did smooth, black liquid; about three fingers worth of each. The head reduced to a crema rather quickly and left absolutely no lace on the glass. The beer under the foam looks like polished obsidian with just a couple of fine streams of small bubbles when observed up close. Fragrance is roasted wood, ash, and black magic marker. Taste is roasted espresso bean with heavy ash flavor balanced out by aromatic hops. Cigar ash flavors linger in the back of the throat. Medium-light palate. My mouth feels like I smoked a cigar!
edgallow (4154) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2012
12 oz bottle pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt and fruit. Taste is alcohol and sweet chocolate.
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Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
The beer does not gush out of the glass, but a huge frothing head nearly overflows the glass, causing me to need to make three attempts before I can pour the whole glass. The head fades to a moderate 1 cm head after a few minutes. As for the beer itself, it close to a black color with walnut brown edges.
Roasted malt and dark, bitter chocolate are the main components of the aroma, but Black Whole has a relatively weak smell overall.
The flavor has a bit more to it, but it is still fairly flat and mild. Dark, unsweetened chocolate and deeply roasted malt are the first flavors on my tongue. Some smoke, vanilla, and molasses add a bit of depth. The middle and end of the sip simply consists of these flavors continuing, without anything new going on. The finish has a lightly dry bitterness.
There is a huge, bubbly carbonation that feels out of place with this style of beer. It has a slightly chalky dryness toward the end of the sip. The body is a little light for the ABV, but it still has a little bit of body to it.
This was just too light in flavor and seemed to have a few shortcomings that would prevent me from grabbing this again. ICEatALAMO (1349) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2012
bottle thanks to burg326. Aroma is mostly alcohol upfront with some maltiness. Taste seems a little over carbonated, but the flavor is solid throughout. Didn’t get as much chocolate as the description indicated, but you do get the caramel. It is a complex beer for sure. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
12oz. Bottle: Got in trade from biggsbowler; THANKS Randall. Complex aroma of malt yeast, chocolate, cherries, and slight roasting. I do not get "moderate caramel notes, complex toasted to biscuit notes and hints of clove and black licorice." Poured extremely dark brown/black in color with a large, creamy, loose, tan/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Complex flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, chocolate, yeast, slight caramel, slight licorice, and roasting. Medium body. Sticky, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, chocolate, yeast, finish is sticky and dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2012
Served from bottle into snifter. Slight malty, chocolate aroma. Black, cloudy appearance with a thicky, rocky head. Very sweet taste, chocolate taste. Medium body with a coffee like flavor with a long aftertaste. This beer is excellent. So many flavors come out that it is hard to describe. Definitely a favorite of mine from CCB. Supremely impressed!