JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with complex notes of vanilla and cocoa. The thick mouthfeel breeds notes of vanilla, sweet caramel, and some bright heat from the peppers. A nice long finish with continued heat.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with thanks to fletchfighters. Pours jet black with great dark tan coloured head. Very oily in the glass leaving staining where ever it touches. Great looking beer. Very robust complex nose shows plenty of bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla, tobacco and some roasted grain. Great stuff. Flavours are just as expected. Not overly sweet. Bitterness starts to come through near the finish and does some heat from the lacohol. Velvet mouthfeel. Very full. Amazing beer.
HandofMidas (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Have had this fresh and aged.
Drink it fresh the peppers are a bit more noticable obviously, and add that extra something to make this one stand out. With age it turns into a more typical yet still outstanding stout that has alot of viscosity and some good chocolate and caramel flavors.
pushkinwow (2628) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle curtesy of Matt, shared with Steve to celebrate a new job starting tomorrow. Viscous, opaque black with a dark brown head. Anice, dark chocolate, huge roasted malts, some booze, hints of vanilla and chilli. Full bodied yet smooth and somewhat creamy, starts slightly bitter, well carbonated, becomes a little more bitter with some sweetness from the vanilla balancing things out. A very good beer.
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2015 Black beer, like oil. Good very dark brown head, holds decent but should be a bit bigger. Roasted, liqourish, good spiced, good hopped. Chocolate, coffee, the alcohol is there also for sure, but not overwhelming. Bitter, nice good holding chocolate aftertaste. This is good for sure, but ofcourse this style is my thing... Edit: Also after retasting, i can’t say this got to many points for sure. Love it.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour from a large bottle thanks to my good friend Kan. Dark black in color with a small thin tan head. Aromas o peppers and cocoa. Full silky rich body in your mouth. Delicious complex and balanced flavors of coffee, vanilla, molasses,and spicy pepper undertones add to the mix.Long finish that is fantastic. One of my new favorite beers for sure.
piscator34 (2364) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation and an odd coloured (beige with a hint of red) head. Aromas are of roasted malt, spicy pepper, raw chocolate, vanilla, and Mexican coffee. Sort of like a fancy spicy peppery hot chocolate in the mouth, along with more vanilla, red bean, and medium roast coffee. Heavy bodied, with the peppery heat providing some interesting balance on the palate. Amazing stuff.
McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Dstructo! Pours is super dark, thick with s small brown head. Roasted malts, raisin, chocolate and faint coffee on the nose. The taste is amazing. First I get the traditional imperial stout flavors (dark and crystal malts) followed by an amazing sweet chocolate flavor. Almost fudge like! Vanilla comes in lightly and finishes with the pepper heat. I didn’t really get the cinnamon. Awesome mouthfeel. So thick and creamy. Many beers today do not live up to the hype, however this one far exceeded my expectations. Excellent beer. I can’t wait for it to come out again so I can try it very fresh to get more heat from the peppers!
VertBaconStrips (2326) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - JUL 21, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
RBSG 2010 on the bus to Ypsilanti. Lame notes from notepad on my ipone. I saw the bottle! Black! Smells warm and wonderful. Mounds of this stuff: rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, ancho peppers (I was told this is what I smell), earthy, licorice, light vanilla - simply amazing. Taste: Heat!, chocolate, earth, candy, has some hot chocolate, light smoke, licorice, cinnamon. Smooth mouth feel with a wonderful light heat lingering. Excellent excellent beer.
joes (92) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear (?) black with a small dark brown head. Complex but well-balanced aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, "drop" and alcohol. In the taste again roasted malts (coffee, choclate), salted liqourice (umami), some spices and alcohol. Low carbo, great body. Superb! Thank you drowland.