Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good, but vanilla came across too strongly and made the beer almost too sweet!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Stuu666 (3538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Rich, smooth, coconut, sickly chocolate, cocoa, light liquorice.
rondphoto (2275) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Natifest / Cincinnati OH --- Opaque black, brown rim head, tiny dots of lace. Taste is chewy, thick caramel malt that expands through the palate to a touch of bitters in a long finish that turns much warmer as it proceeds. A solid brew, obviously strong, but still delicious. For me, a small glass would be plenty.
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
At GABF 2013. Pours black with nice creamy brown layer of head. Aroma is big thick roasty malt, chocolate, delicious, smooth, chocolate, pepper, vanilla, slightly nutty, very nice. Taste is silky smooth, chocolate, big roasted malt, small sear from the peppers, milk chocolate, absolutely delicious.
Salmoniform (992) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Opaque hue with fizzy brown head that held a ring. Aroma is chocolate, cinnamon, papaya, coffee, vanilla. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a spicy astringent following and a nice ethanol finish. Overall this is a wonderful brew!
ReeceG (52) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
trade via lazjuarez. WOW! what a fantastic beer, had a 2014 bottle and was blown away. it gives of a roasty nose where you can pick up a little bit of each ingredient. but the taste was amazing, each sip you took showcased a different portion of the beer weather it was the cocoa nibs, the cinnamon the vanilla or the chiles. each sip was different from the last and was a great beer to try. absolutely worth the hype!
sitzds (318) - - JUL 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared after the massive let-down at Huna’s Day 2014 when one of the share guys overpaid for a bottle, which we poured into the commemorative tasting glasses. 2014 vintage. Opaque black body with a tan head that settles but leaves good lacing for such a high ABV brew. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, pepper, cinnamon, and dark malt. Taste is off-the-charts good - sweet chocolate, vanilla, and malt; bitter spice and coffee; subtle chili pepper and booze warmth. Full body, thick, creamy texture, soft but appropriate carbonation, warming boozy finish.
furthur (211) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, black opaque body, sheen of espresso foam. Aroma is molasses, plum, vanilla. Taste is so complex! Plum, raisin, chili, vanilla, chocolate. Slight heat, sweet mid palate, but dry finish. Palate is rich and thick, carbonation subdued. Just superb!
Douberd (2589) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taster at Zeebra II.
The pour is thick and black as motor oil and creates a small but thick dark brown head on top of the beer. Quite good retention for its size, leaves a thin circle of foam around the glass.
Aroma has lots of chili peppers and even more cinammon that seems to fade at first, but rejoices after a bit of swirling the glass around. Cardamon as well. 4
First taste is of the spices, with cardamon coming first, followed by a bit of cinammon, molasses and just enough chillies to be notable but not to burn, at least not initially - there is a soft burnijg on the back of the throat. Really nice with the condiments offering something different.
Full body, silky texture on it, carbonation just right.
Overall this was great, worths the hype.
Naka (708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black like motor oil with a milk chocolate colored head. Aroma is cocoa, raisins, molasses, and dried cherries. Flavor is coffee and black roasted barley with vanilla. A strong warming alcohol. Some dried sweet dark fruit in there, too. Great rich mouth feel. Finishes warm and bitter.