alobar (2618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark deep black with a tan almost brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and spice. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Superb!
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Capone’s for the Cigar City tasting with James. Pours a hazy, chicory black with a slight amber head, which fades completely. Aroma of candied brown sugar, caramel, toffee, roast, oats, pepper, and tons of chocolate. Full bodied with a spicy, rich, complex palate. Finishes outrageously smoothly. Not a trace of alcohol except in the warm, belly-tingling finish. Fantastic Imperial stout.
Damico (2355) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 The appearance is awesome - rich, dark, and chocolatey with a beautiful bright cinnamon head. It is probably the best head I’ve ever seen (that’s what she said) on a beer. It is so silky and smooth on the palate with flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, and cacao all over when consumed as fresh as possible.There are slight chile notes that linger nicely on the palate. The aroma has notes of dark cherries and the subtle hint of the chiles.
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Dark as can be with a slight very dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and some sort of spice. The first taste is very different than any other Imperial Stout I have ever had. The taste is the usual IS bittersweet chocolate and coffee but then proceed with a spice taste. Also has a nice hop profile to it.
Medium heavy mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.
Overall, this is an excellent beer that I could drink anytime!
Curious to see what some time on a bottle will do for it.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am amazed I had the pleasure of trying this beer. Thanks Kyle! Pours black and black can be. The head is very dark brown. The aroma has chocolate, smoke, and a hint of pepper. The flavor is amazingly complex, and equally amazingly balanced. Chocolate, smoke, vanilla, marshmallow, cherries, black berries, cinnamon, molasses, and peppers. The capsicum tingles the tongue at first, and then builds as you sip but never becomes overwhelming. Absolutely fantastic beer.
nuplastikk (4127) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Thanks! Right off the bat this beer gets a five for appearance. It pours a viscous oily black and creates thick beige, almost purple head that laces the glass throughout. Rich and full-bodied. Lots of chocolate tones, bold stuff. I suppose you do get a little pepper heat in the aftertaste, but you could also attribute that to the high ABV. Thick milkshake mouthfeel. Certainly in the top tier of Imperial Stouts. Maintains a cocoa-smoothness despite the big, rich, malty undercurrents. Great beer.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Massive props to fata2683 for scoring me this one! Rating 500! Where to begin... Pours black, deep, dark, brown, thick, persistent head. Lacing is pretty staggering. Aromas of spice (capsicum), vanilla, chocolate, roast, smells of bourbon, despite not being barrel-aged. Flavors are spicy and sweet, wonderfully balanced, spice builds slowly, and leaves your mouth tingling 90 seconds after you swallow. A potent and awesome brew. I loved it, my beergeek friends loved it, my beer-hating girlfriend even enjoyed it! Breathtaking!
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a viscous black ink that a dark chocolate head rises from, sheet stays, some webs.
S - Roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, smokey ancho, slight vanilla and alcohol warmth.
T - This is a pretty complex beer that definitely needs to reach the correct drinking temp. Starts with chocolate sweetness, mid palate slight cinnamon, which fades into the eventual super roasted finish that reminds me of a good cup of black coffee.
M/D - The mouthfeel is perfect, think and oily with the right amount of carbonation to help it over your tongue. Drinkability only suffers for me due to the amount of roasted malts. This beer would be great with a chocolate ancho cake, but might be overkill.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2011 Thanks Kevin for sharing this!
A- Body is thick and solid motor oil black. Pours with a 1 finger foamy dark brown head that has good retention and some lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Awesome, exceptional, and unexpected for an imperial stout. The highlight is a huge spiciness-hot pepper and a hint of cinnamon. This is really in balance with rich bittersweet dark chocolate, anise and licorice.
T- Upfront is an accent of spiciness over prominent roasted malt and rich dark chocolate. Some anise is in the background. The finish is quite smooth and adds a hint of vanilla sweetness. A slight alcohol heat lingers.
P- Medium carbonation with a smooth, syrupy, and exceptionally smooth and creamy body.
O- I am very impressed with this brew. Has to be one of my top stouts. I love the addition of cinnamon and hot pepper and think it compliments the stout qualities very well. Would love to have this one again!
Serving type: bottle
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Quite an ominous pour from the bottle. Viscous and black, creating a sturdy mocha head in the glass.
S: I was worried that the chili peppers would overwhelm the beer, but they provide only a subtle spice to the beer which works nicely with the sweet components. Chocolate and vanilla, along with caramel and roasted malts complete the nose.
T: A much more balanced flavor than the BA version offers. An inviting sweetness up-front of chocolate and vanilla, followed by a touch of bitterness and spice (chili and cinnamon) on the back end.
M: A very thick and chewy feel on the tongue. The carbonation is minimal, as it should be and just helps to enhance the creaminess.
D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found, but this one does pack quite the punch. A fantastic stout and one of the first CCB beers I’ve been really impressed by.