Black Whole | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by VaTechHopHead on 07-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I didn't mean to sit on this one for so long but I found it buried in a cellar/cabinet. It's held up better than I expected. Taste like what it is - an *% stout with a dry finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From notes. 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.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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Black Whole from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 111 ratings