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Black Whole - Cigar City Brewing

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black Whole is a multi-dimensional 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.

Black Whole is a tribute to El Chupa Cobras, a mathy indie band from Montgomery, Alabama.

(Beer added by: VaTechHopHead on 07-24-2011)
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Spider889

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-06-2013 14:51:15 | More by Spider889
More User Reviews:
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

10-15-2011 22:12:05 | More by Mora2000
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mjtiernan

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-12-2012 19:16:16 | More by mjtiernan
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-02-2013 23:51:28 | More by TKEbeerman
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tugg407

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-06-2012 07:24:09 | More by tugg407
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lanamj

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a creamy black color with a heavy to finger soapy head that seems to hold very strongly.

S- Chocolate, coffee and some cream. I also get the roasted malts and soap. It has a faint saison presence but a porter back bone.

T- What a trip. It starts like a saison, but holds and finishes like a porter. Lots of roasted flavor with smoke finish. I get the coffee and cream at the end as a residual flavor and some how the soap is hidden in there.

M- Lots of carbonation. nice and creamy at the end and not to thin at all. It is quite a road trip for you mouth it takes you all over. I like it but at the same time not what i would always want from a porter.

O- I'm glad i tried this one very interesting indeed. I'm going to cellar my last two and see what happens. I think the carbonation is a little to aggressive for this style but the body and smell is fine. Not my favorite from CCB but still a interesting beer.

09-02-2011 19:50:29 | More by lanamj
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-26-2012 00:04:53 | More by acurtis
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MADPolo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-06-2013 19:27:28 | More by MADPolo
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Suck a bottle onto a cruise ship and it was a nice break from the standard shit the boat serves. I poured into a typical glass and this brew is pitch black. This brew can easily be explained as cold coffee. It is sweet, bitter and a little hoppy. The beer looks like the darkest coffee ever brewed and drinks like a coffee that has been in the fridge for an hour. A great brew but not necessarily for my taste. Allthough this is another great brew from CCB.

03-03-2012 13:53:03 | More by WoodBrew
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leschkie

California

2/5  rDev -44.1%

11-21-2011 16:57:42 | More by leschkie
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Heatwave33

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from tap at CCB into a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Black with a tan head.

Smell: Alcohol presence with nice malts and barley.

Taste: Tart taste with nice malts really pair well together.

Mouthfeel: slightly coarse and dry on the palate.

Overall: this cigar city brew is a very nice blend between malts and a nice tartness. Cheers!

09-28-2011 15:03:00 | More by Heatwave33
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Deshon2688

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-30-2012 17:12:27 | More by Deshon2688
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Robeerto89

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-07-2012 20:56:33 | More by Robeerto89
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a two finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, and tobacco. The flavor was of roasted malt, smoke, caramel, and tobacco. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this one was not very complex by any means, it still manages to be quite good as far as the flavors and aromas present. The tobacco flavor I picked up on was a little off-putting at first, but once you get used to through the session you start to understand why it was incorporated into the brew. A solid brew that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

11-07-2011 19:07:00 | More by thagr81us
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-14-2011 01:20:34 | More by xxcarpxx
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Forgot who sent this extra to me, but thanks and cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark black into a sniffer with massive amounts of cocoa colored head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, coffee, tartness reminding me of infection (though this of course gets thrown around too often sometimes). Roasted malts and dark fruit. Little licorice.

Taste – Weird. It really does start out like a fruity saison that mixes to the cocoa and dark chocolate. I do believe this is infected (from experiencing infected beers, this does have the telltale tart off cherry infection flavor). Reading other reviews, I do see another mention of infection and reading “regular” reviews makes my beer seem that much more off. Slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, excessive carbonation.

Overall – Absolutely infected. BUT, oddly it somewhat works. It is not a drainpour like Abyss ’09 was for me.

11-24-2011 01:04:10 | More by SpdKilz
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DIPADude01

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-26-2012 02:32:45 | More by DIPADude01
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naproxen

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

01-09-2012 00:55:15 | More by naproxen
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lionssoccer13

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-26-2013 15:56:53 | More by lionssoccer13
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Received a couple of these rarities from Reaper16... Barry is a damn cool trader. Shared them with my local homies and a BA from Florida..

Deep and dark in my Portsmouth goblet.... no light escapes... dark brown head.... nice retention... okay lacing...

The nose is very dry.... dark malt and cocoa.... minor hints of Belgian esters and phenols show as white peppercorns and sour cherries... the aroma is pretty much an American porter spiked mildly with dreams of Belgium.

I normally don't like bigger porters as they seem too one dimensional... but this bottle is decent as it brings in some minor Belgian character... lite clove.. lite cherry.... very dry across the board... some malt sweetness would have have helped carry the minor yeasty character...

The body is lite/medium... and that is giving them a coin... pretty lite... just okay carbonation... "MEH".... seems to be the quote of the tastings.

I had high hopes for this one, but was let down quite a bit.

4/3.5/3.5/3/3.5

09-14-2011 05:59:01 | More by JohnGalt1
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +39.7%

05-21-2012 19:46:15 | More by CEDAMA
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LiquidDegenerate

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-12-2012 01:08:44 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

Pours black with just a slight tinge of red. Small coffee colored head.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. Good classic porter aromas.

Taste follows the nose. A great blend of chocolate and coffee with some earthy hop notes.

Fairly creamy with medium carbonation levels.

Very good porter with some bold yet balanced flavors.

12-19-2011 00:27:07 | More by jmarsh123
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STKPICR0720

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Okay I am not a huge porter fan but I had to try this brew considering it is limited only to Alabama and the brewery. I poured into a tulip this brew is pitch black. This brew can easily be explained as cold coffee. It is sweet, bitter and a little hoppy. The beer looks like the darkest coffee ever brewed and drinks like a coffee that has been in the fridge for an hour. A great brew but not necessarily for my taste. Allthough this is another great brew from CCB.

08-02-2011 15:06:58 | More by STKPICR0720
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%

dark pour here with a rich dark brown color that no light could penetrate. This was a monster looking porter I have to say with a menacing two inches of foam on the top of it that cascaded down the sides. The aroma was of light vanilla, lots of oak and woody notes, and hints of molasses and caramel. As it warmed some nice roasted notes start coming off of it. The flavor was as rich as the aroma with lots of sweet malts, hints of roasted notes and a nice bit of caramel and molasses. Light vanilla, not as much as I would have hoped for peaking through. A nice full bodied porter, nothing here was really overwhelming. This was about as solid as a big porter you are going to come across.

09-14-2011 02:55:04 | More by mikesgroove
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Black Whole from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.