mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/black, with a small light tan head. Smells of rich roasty malt, chocolate, coffee, and even some dark fruit in there as well. The flavor was pretty heavy on the chocolate, which I enjoyed. Some dark fruit really pushed through in the finish, and left a roasty malty presence on the palate. Really rich beer, with very nice body to it. I enjoyed this quite a bit actually.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, thin tan head. Slight chalky aroma, mild roast follows, no discernible chili smells. A bit light on the palate. Taste is nice – dried dates, licorice, roast, a slight cast of heat on the finish, but nothing significant. A nice brew.
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in Parma.
Lovely milk chocolate head, the beer is almost black.
Roasted grain, some smoke, alcohol warming - or maybe it’s the chili. More on the sweet than on the dry side, but a fine beer.
Nordcore (1146) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33CL. A black apperance with a nice frothy light brown head. Aroma; chocolate and sweet malt. Flavor; light bitter with some chocolate. Medium body, quite nice!
FatPhil (10724) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2015 330ml bottle (Systembolaget, Stockholm) (7:4:8:4:14=3.7)
Practically black, tiny tan head. Savoury chocolate-like aroma, and certainly stout. Very rich sweet stout body, fairly soft velvetty palate. Burntness is certainly dry, but short of astringent. Sweet and gingery in the mouth, some very bitter chocolate too. Finish is very burnt, but again not astringent, and has the chilli creep up on you slowly. Covers the alcohol very well. Good one.
Tap (TCBW15) (7+:4:6:4:13=3.4+)
Nice coffee aroma, but alas a pretty beany taste. Disappointing compared to the first sample.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very unique beer. A stout, but rather thin. A sweet aroma of wine. Very minimal light-brown head that disipates quickly. Taste is a slightly sweet stout and is very smooth. The beer is brewed with chilis, but the taste really isn’t there. However, after a bit, it sneaks up on you in the back of your throat. Sneaky little bastard.
Ingevara (848) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thin but dense, brownish head. Tar-like color with discrete fragrance of chocolate. Weak, restrained flavor, no bitterness, low carbonation. Lingering chili in the finish.
Oakes (13454) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty black. Nutty, ricey aroma with dark chocolate, light coffee and an almost almondy finish. Thick body is somewhat flat. Hints of cacao and nuts. Dry finish shows both sweet cream and light chile note.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz cool bottle. Pours a deep brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is not unlike mole sauce. Chocolate and alot of chili in the aroma. Very exotic. Flavor is lightly roasty with a thick heavy mouthfeel but a short duration. Lots of chocolate flavor, definite cinammon and anise and a long lasting slightly spicy chili finish. Very cool. I love that the Italians are always pushing the boundaries.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Funky Buddha tasting. Brown-black with small aerated tan head. Chicory aromas. Nice carbonation level. Has unique character because of the subtle chili in the throat, which I barely noticed. Great roast malt character and stops short of being burnt so is nice and smooth.