Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2011 375ml bottle @ The Wellington, Birmingham, split with mcberko. Pours black with a caramel coloured head. Aroma of oak, licorice and bourbon. Flavour is of burnt caramel, bourbon and oak. Full bodied - like drinking pure silk. Absolutely loved it.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured black as a ravens wing with a fading tan head. Aroma had loads happening with notes of sweet malts, chocolate aplenty, chili, coffee, vanilla, leather and barrel all mingling in harmony. Luxuriously smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Big complex and rich flavour that made me step back in pure wonder and admiration. Sweet but in no way cloying, the notable elements of the nose were present and shining. The chocolate and barrel notes stood out, but each passing sip revealed something different and tasty. The warming booze hit was in no way overpowering considering the ABV.I felt rather selfish downing the whole bottle by myself as this really deserves to be shared with good company. If the chance arose to try this again in any situation I’d leap at it. A stunner.
mcberko (12863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2011 375mL bottle, at The Wellington in Birmingham, pours jet black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of licorice, molasses, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Flavour is insanely rich and quite sweet, featuring oak, bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, burnt caramel and vanilla. Silky, rich, full-bodied palate, with the ABV extremely well-hidden. Outstanding.
sunevdj (3890) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Ølbutikken. Pours an opaque black with a tanned head. Smells a bit of chilli. Sweet and dry. Aromas of raisins and dried fruits. Some toasted malt aromas and residual sugars. Warming chilli sensation. And hints of tobacco. Full bodied... chewey. High carbonation. Bitter finish.
Scopey (11759) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2012 Bottle from Brewdog (as well as on tap a while back at the White Horse). It pours opaque black with a very large caramel-coloured head. The nose is rich-roast coffee, dark chocolate, some chilli, a little soy, wood and alcohol. The taste is strong dark and milk chocolate, rich coffee, liquorice, pepper, cherry, alcohol warmth, smoke and tobacco, leading to a dry finish with chilli spiciness. Great balance between the chocolate and chill! It’s complex and very drinkable for the percentage. One of the best Brewdog beers I have had the pleasure of drinking.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle shared by Rencelas- thanks, Jason! Bottled 1/11/10, bottle number 205/3300. Pours a super dark brown color with a tiny beige head. Aroma of peppers, cocoa, licorice, cheese, soy, rust, berries, and green olives. Flavor of soy, chocolate, peppers, grapes, and smoked wood. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a robust mouthfeel that coats the palate with soy. Finishes smoky. Alcohol is really well hidden. This is a crazy, interesting beer with a lot of complexity and unexpected notes. Glad I got to try it.
evergreen0199 (2838) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London last autumn. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Pleasing roasty, malty aroma. Tastes sweet, heavy, malty, coffee, chocolate, orange, incredibly complex, smooth, boozy, warming and rich. Lovely stuff indeed.
Blairgus (3992) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2011 4 Aug 2011, bottle. i gotta say, i don’t like this like i used to. there is a lot of meaty soy sauce in here. much more oakiness than i remeber though. i’m not finding any chocolate or chilli. such a shame. i loved this beer the first two times i found it.
(original rating = 8,5,7,4,16 = 4.0) really dark black. head disappears immediately
intense dark, bitter chocolate aroma w/ substantial hints of chili
full/med body and mildly fizzy
lots and lots of syrupy chocolate flavour w/ big espresso taste as well
this is really stout! this beer is huge! almost too big. it will be great to taste it in a year or two.
the finish on this beer is sooo long!
anders37 (22242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty dry bitter chocolate late aroma with hints of chili. Roasted malty chocolate, coffee and warming chili flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and chili finish.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to DarkGuardian for this beer; Sampled at Redlight Redlight January 2011
The beer sits in my glass with an inky brown / black color. It doesn’t have much carbonation to it, but does pour with a thin, brown colored head. There is a big not of chile in the nose, or rather it is definitely noticeable. Rich, umami laden dark malt savoriness is found in the nose too (a mix of dark malt and sweet malt character that is quite concentrated). Chile aromatics mix with a fruitiness to form an interesting mix and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in the aroma. The biggest aroma here though is an espresso / black-coffee like roasted character that I almost forgot to mention because it was so expected.
The beer tastes sweet as it first hits my tongue and it is quite viscous but still somehow light bodied. The finish has a lingering, huge black-coffee / espresso character to it. There is a hint of chile spiciness to the finish that grows in presence as you linger in contemplation after a sip. There is a lot of big, dark chocolate like flavors in this beer and it is quite surprising how “light” this beer is; for something of this alcohol level I was expecting a much heavier brew, though this is still most definitely a sipping brew.
I found this beer quite interesting in the end; I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy it that much, but I really like the good use of subtle chile notes. If I had to describe this beer I would say that it is first a coffee like beer, supported by chocolate notes that are supported by the chile notes.