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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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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-21-2012 03:50:10 | More by Crimsontider22
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craftbeerasian

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

10-01-2013 04:36:22 | More by craftbeerasian
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-29-2012 15:39:15 | More by ms11781
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-14-2011 03:05:25 | More by mgbickel
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

05-26-2012 02:37:44 | More by OldTime
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Lare453

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

04-03-2013 20:23:46 | More by Lare453
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Gtreid

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my bruery tulip

A: Opaque dark brown. The pour left a cap of light tan foam that retained rather well.

A: As per the usual with Ccb, I get notes of roasted malts, sweet caramel malt, and a unique hoppy bitterness. I also get notes of black licorice and candi sugar. Interesting.

T: more roasted grain followed by a caramel, candi sugar sweetness. Really interesting flavor profile, more notes of black licorice, coffee, toffee, and grassy hops. It finishes very bitter and sweet.

M: I'll go with medium body and pretty aggressive carbonation. Rather tingly on the palate.

O: Another extremely original offering from Ccb. I am not a huge fan of black licorice, infact I'll just say I hate it. But it seems to take a bit of a backseat to the roasty and coffee flavor on the beer. Not something I would go out of my way to get, but glad I got to try. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 13:00:37 | More by Gtreid
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RayUF07

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-24-2013 02:06:42 | More by RayUF07
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cheefdaddy1

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +11.7%

03-14-2012 08:27:35 | More by cheefdaddy1
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-18-2012 02:32:30 | More by justinm4bama
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BierJager89

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a brown head.

S: The nose is chocolatey and roasty with some dark fruit.

T: Flavors are chocolate, roasted malt, medium roast coffee, dark fruit, and some lighter fruits that make it a bit tart, but not uninviting.

M: Not velvety smooth, but not too over carbonated and close to full bodied.

O: Pretty good. Nothing too interesting, but it's worth a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:23:02 | More by BierJager89
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

09-10-2012 03:26:34 | More by t0rin0
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Jaldama

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-01-2012 18:11:07 | More by Jaldama
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Jennings

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-02-2012 01:16:20 | More by Jennings
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UAyeroc2425

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-05-2012 21:30:38 | More by UAyeroc2425
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Heatwave33

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 15:03:00 | More by Heatwave33
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into my Cigar City Snifter.

A: 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.

S: Getting some smoke, alcohol, maybe burnt coffee and malt.

T: 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.

M: Prickly carbonation and very mouth coating.

O: I like this beer for what it is, nothing too special but it is nice for sure. I think I'll give my other bottle to a buddy rather than try this again later.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:02:56 | More by Alpar
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taylocd

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City special release brew limited to 144 cases and only available at brewery tasting room, and select locations in Alabama. Poured from 12 ounce bottle into snifter.

A - black body with no light peering through; small mocha head dissipated somewhat quickly and left no lacing but only a small but dense ring of bubbles at the rim

S - only faint coffee and chocolate aroma.

T - starts with semi-sweet chocolate flavor, middle almost has toasted nut (almond maybe - I can't pinpoint this aspect) finishes with very nice burnt coffee bitterness

F- medium thickness to body, with surprising carbonation; almost light for a "summer porter" if there exists such a thing; as it warms, the alcohol (8 percent) burn becomes just perceptible

O - enjoyable and very drinkable; good to very good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 05:09:24 | More by taylocd
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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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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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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-07-2012 16:56:02 | More by elkinbrown
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thebigbambino

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-06-2013 20:35:52 | More by thebigbambino
Black Whole from Cigar City Brewing
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