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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
12oz bottle courtesy of markwise. It pours dark mahogany with tall almost rocky mocha like head of foam. The aroma offers up some dark fruity esters, tobacco-ee earthiness, black licorice, earthy molasses and some dark roasted coffee. The taste is prickly due to the elevated carbonation levels and delivers dark roasted coffee, molasses, earthy chocolate notes, black licorice and some burnt malts. It ends with lingering dark roasted malts, a bit of burnt malts and a coffee like sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle pours a dark red/brown with a thick tan head. Scent is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and yeast. Taste is caramel, spices and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8744) - Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Thanks to burg326 for this one. Bottle to pint. Looks decent; very dark with good head and retention. Smells pretty good; licorice and malt are both noticeable. Tastes good; enjoyable, but lighter in mouthfeel like a lager (although still enjoyable). Overall, a good beer that should be made seasonally (in the Fall).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2012
This poured a medium to darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of sweeter chocolate, light roast and some sour cherry notes. Flavor was actually a little bit tart, dark fruits, and sweeter mild chocolate and some roast. A bit muddled and confusing of what this is supposed to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4334) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Itzjerm (2762) - 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.

   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. Theres a reason why some bands are "indie": they suck. This beer is a fitting tribute.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (3426) - 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.

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