DesertDevil (618) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 bottle. Thank you, daknole, for opening this bucket list brew. Decadent yet muted aroma of dark chocolate, tobacco, tootsie roll, light leather, slight sweet brandy, candied almonds, and a hint of oak. Pours dark brown with maroon highlights. Holy smokes! The taste is a smorgasbord of smoky wood, cinnamon, old oak, sweet brandy, pecans, cocoa, vanilla, burnt marshmallow. Extremely dry, woody palate with a lingering chili spice aftertaste. An amazing beer.
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle, shared by daknole. Thick black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chili peppers, vanilla, and cinnamon. Taste I’d sweet, brandy, cinnamon and a faint chili pepper note. Awesome.
Vestergaard (687) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flippin’ black, flippin’ head in a matching brown color and shit! Aroma of brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa beans, coconut, cigar or tobacco, nuts and something dark fruity. Not as much chili as in the original, but more cinnamon and herbs. Lovely, well balanced brandy, that gives a nice fruityness along with the fruity notes from the rather light roasted coffee. Man! The glass gets all opaque when whirling. And the palate is sooo massive. A bomb of taste and stickyness!
*gets hotter from the chili later on.
RasmusOtt (1397) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shout out to Motherbrother for getting this Motherbrother! .Pours like a mofo imp stout. Pitch pitch black with a unusual dark brown head! Aaarrh this smells BOSS! Raw cocoa beans, brown sugar, alot of nutty notes, nice exclusive tobacco (cigar), dark dried fruits, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, weak herby notes, dark raw chocolate, very light roasted which gives it a more fruity expression in a way. The barrel compliments the beer with subtle sweet and round notes. What a balance! It’s hard to pick things out because it blends so well. Taste has dark rich chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malts, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, herby note, weak roasted fruity coffee, chili is much more subtle than in the original one. a little bit savory, vanilla, liquorice, sweet brandy notes, nuts, raw cocoa beans and with a very smooth palate. Very drinkable and very balanced. This is the shizz!
MotherBrother (777) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yep Yep Yep.
This pours motor oil/pitch/death/what - black, with a small mocha brown head. Goddamned beautiful you’ve got that right son!!!
Aroma is so fucking packed with all that is good. Cocoa powder, lightly roasted coffee beans, dark n’ bitter chocolate, plenty of cinnamon, slight parsley, slight tobacco, slight herbal notes, coconut? Hazelnut? The barrel compliments this pretty darn well, with just a little bit of sweetness to it, along with ever so slightly alcohol feel. The chili-thing shines through in the very back. AAAHH, this shit is smells gooood, and I could go on for ages… Ages Bro…!
This tastes pretty sweet, with slight bitter notes, and slightly heat from the chili in the far back. So tricking complex and well made!!
You know the mouthfeel and the body of a Huna… C’mon, don’t lie boy, you know this is full bodied with a semi-flat carbonation!!
This barrel really suits this beer, making it slightly more complex, (at least to me that is) Well Made CCB!!!
Thanks a big bunch to Mr. (D)oodles for sending this one out my way!!
Dbree22 (11) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best barrel aged stout I have ever had. Smooth and delicious. One of the most hard to get Cigar City bottles to get. Can’t wait to try it again
reggiedunlop (3403) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. aroma has sweet dark chocolate...like a hershey’s special dark...sweetness fades...a bit of chipotle creeps in. flavor has dark chocolate and mild cinnamon notes...light oak...espresso and bakers chocolate play well with oak and chipotle notes. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is like a churro that turns to oaky dark bakers chocolate. awesome.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Robust aroma of dark chocolate, alcohol, cinnamon. Big chewy mouthfeel with a bitter and dry cocoa powder taste and finish. Nice pepper heat that builds. Complex with hints of raisins, tobacco, and dark fruit.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft at CCB Christmas Day. Thick ink black pour with a small ruby brown head. Amazing aroma of sweet brandy wood, licorice, dark chocolate, subtle chili pepper heat, tobacco, light coffee and ash. Mouth coating viscous body with chewy chocolate malts, licorice, tobacco leaf, brandy wood, vanilla and wonderful balance of chili heat at the end. Silky body and mild booze. Goddamn beautiful.
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I got this bottle at the brewery from winning a raffle at Proof Brewing Co. I drove to and went with the guy who I’m sharing this bottle with.
Pours an oily, inky black. A healthy amount of thick, slightly creamy, dark chocolate colored head. Head lasted well, and faded into a 1/8 inch collar that has held really well.
I get a lot of vanilla in the aroma. Some sweet, earthy, woody brandy too. A nice backbone of roasted malt and dark chocolate.
Really creamy and thick boys, very low carbonation.
Taste is the sweet brandy up front, nice dark chocolate and vanilla in he aftertaste. The mid-palate is a touch of vegetal chile, and mostly the deep malt.