Mora2000 (5666) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate and pepper. The flavor is strong oak, chocolate and pepper, with the pepper being a little overpowering and giving a light burning sensation in the mouth. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Draft, well i wondered a lot why put this beer in a bourbon barrel with the base beer with such dramatic complexity i figured it would ruin a lot of the good but strangely this seemed to work. Pours a black body with a yellow white head. Peppers, bourbon, cinnamon, and vanilla notes. Just mouth watering. Chocolate peppers, with a mild malty sweetness some light roasted body hints of vanilla sweetness quickly dried up the mild heat of the peppers. Its astounding what can i say. 4.6 per the notes
Im going to have to knock this down significantly based on my second time having it, there was a serious apple (acetyladehyde) tone to this beer that just destroyed it for me. 3.5
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brewery: Pitch black with a brown head. The nose is sharp with roast, ample licorice and astringency. The flavor is chewy and more balanced; huge body with dary chocolate and light vanilla/bourbon notes. Like a cafe cubano, the sweetness tries to comprehentd the strong coffee. The bourbon notes balance with their sublety, just the referee to the game, keep things in line. Great imperial stout, more roasty than I like, but damn tasty.
BoBoChamp (5419) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl, Bottled on 08/2011 (green wax), no mention of ABV, exclusive American brew, with cinnamon and chili peppers, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly spicy/sour/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!
alexsdad06 (5368) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared by the local ba group. Pours pitch black with a thick sticky reddish brown head. The nose is peppery, moderate cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and spices. Everything works very well together with this. The flavor is thick malty goodness with moderate sweetness and some roast. The chocolate is a blend of creamy and dark versions. The bourbon adds a complexity not found in the original. Vanilla, pepper and spices round things out. Medium-full bodied and quite smooth. The barrel notes are well integrated with the base beer. As a side not, we had the 4 roses bourbon along side the beer to check aromas and flavor.
b3shine (5344) - Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to oversized snifter (thanks hubsluvsbeer). Looks good; pitch black with thin lacing. Smells great; malty and boozy. Tastes great too; much like it smells. Nice on the palate too. Excellent stuff!
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 On tap at the CCB Hunahpu’s release.
A: Poured a dark, deep black with a deep tan head and some decent lacing for a beer of this magnitude.
S: Bourbon comes through in the initial nose, and serves wonderfully to complement the spicier notes in the original from the cinnamon and chili peppers. Beautiful all around.
T: Very, very enjoyable. Not a perfect 5.0, as while the bourbon does go quite well with all of the flavors in the original version, I though it masked some of the finer touches in the original version. Maybe it was just the bourbon, or maybe the additional heat from the barrel-aging, but I didn’t find it quite as outstanding as the original.
M: Very full bodied and creamy with only a little bit of heat, which went well with what this was going after.
D: Again, superb. Slightly different from the brandy and the regular, but they all packed something a bit different, and each one was in the top echelon of stouts that I’ve had. Marvelous job by Joey, Wayne, and the rest of the CCB crew.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-14-2010
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, at brewery, RBWG 2010. Pours a thick pitch black body, rather inky looking, with a large very dark brown head. Huge vanilla and bourbon nose, a little alcohol but not especially boozy. Some light chilies and chocolate peeking thru the barrel treatment, but the nose is much more barrel-centric than anything. The flavor has a bit too much bourbon for me, it covers up a bit too much of the chili pepper, which is my favorite aspect of the beer. Rich vanilla and heavy roast with some sweet chocolate notes. Very rich and intense flavor. Mouthfeel is full and oily with moderate fizzy carbonation. A little sticky on the finish. The more it warmed up, the more the chili pepper did come out, but still a little too overly bourbon flavored for me. Brandy>Regular>Bourbon for me.
mar (4826) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pitch black with a thick espresso head. bourbon, vanilla, peppers, roasted malts, coffee, ash, and fudge on the nose. very thick on the palate, thick notes of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, pepper, and a thick bourbon finish.
nimbleprop (4817) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the DC Ratebeer Gathering. 750ml bottle pours an oily, opaque black with some red, fading head. Big spicy, chili aroma, raisins, ancho chili, cherries, dark mexican chocolate, black pepper, vanilla, coconut. Flavor of brown sugar, molasses, raisins, chili peppers, tons of chocolate, dried cherries, malts, light coffee, cracked peppercorns. Full bodied finish although extremely smooth. I was very skeptical of this but it lived up to the hype.