50belair (2326) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 Update from CC. The 2011 version is even better. More chocolate and vanilla with less pronounced peppers. Still get the heat, but mostly on the backend. Superb..
The description on the bottle says it all. The aroma was spicy chilies. The taste was like nothing I have had before. A great stout with undercurrents of roasted malt, chocolate, and cocoa that are dominated by vanilla and peppers. Wowzers...
neepsntatties (1215) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Once again, thanks to "hannont" fro this one! Colour... black with a thick brown head. Nose... care far a bit o’ chili powder in yer coffee, sir? Palate... gad! This stuff is as thick! Mounds of dark chocolate, with loads of spice and coffee. Reminds me of what might happen if you made an imperial stout with about 200 Ibarra chocolate discs added to the mix. YUM!
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 Black black black. Super dark brown head. Up front aroma of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor is more vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, citrus, and some roasted oats. Big sweet finish, good carbonation. Wish this one had the chili presence I’ve read about, probably my fault for sitting on it for so long.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks dchmela!! - Pours thick and almost black with a small brown head...aroma is dk cocoa, dk char, sweet and smokey burnt malt...flavour is similar, cocoa and espresso, no chile heat that is noticable at all...finish is tannic and sticky...
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 (Bottle, thanks fata2683) Pours super duper black, maybe the blackest beer I ever seen. Dark brown head (almost black!). The aroma holds boatloads of dark roasted malt with notes of cocoa, soy, salt liquorice, asphalt, light espresso and wet tobacco. The spices are quite subtle, but vanilla and chilli are more notable then the cinnamon. Undertones of black berries, light milk/cheese, light citrus, resin and maybe a touch of dark fruits. Hints of green apples, otherwise a pleasant nose. The flavour is near medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic. Tones of cocoa, espresso, chilli pepper, vanilla and some hops alongside a sting of dark berries. The mouthfeel is oily and round with a light carbonation. Burned, almost tar-like and tart finish from the dark malts. Dry, dusty roast and burned tartness lingers. Near full-bodied.
oh6gdx (20602) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled (last beer at chriso before leaving for airplane). Quite much oily pitch black colour, very thick stuff. Head is reddish brown and mediumsized. Aroma is liquorice, some alcohol, mild dark dry fruits, some slight roasted notes as well as very strong chocolate and mild spicyness. Flavour is chocolate, alcohol, some slight roasted notes, mild burning spicyness as well as some nuttyness and liquorice. A very pleasantly balanced brew. Top class brew!
That1Guy (1941) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crushed with my Honkeybra. Holy shit. May be the most complex beer I’ve ever had. Nose of chocolate, spices, dark malt, coffee, and whatever else your heart desires. Flavor is just as complex and awesome. I’m not sure what else to say about this beer. Smokey, spicy, chocolaty, coffee-ee. Incredible.
JulienHuxley (3256) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to mikesgroove!(!!) Very,very black pour, so thick and syrupy it looks like it pours slowly. A thick dark brown head sits on top. I really pick up the cocoa on the aroma with the chilis mostly. I was actually expecting something more volatile as an aroma but this is good. Taste is quite complex, lots of vanilla, cocoa and cinnamon. Palate has a good carbonation, which makes the mouthfeel a bit short but not syrupy, quite drinkable. Creamy but not sticky. A very well done imperial stout considering it doesn’t benefit from barrel aging.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours blach as night with a head that is almost as dark. Aroma is amazing. it smells like fresh coco. Tastes amazing. chocolate, coffee, spices, its salty, and sweet. bitter in the finish. notes of vanilla and caramel. some notes of brandy and oak as well. then when you think it is over you get all of the flavours again in the finish. this stout is amazing and is blowing my mind! this is the most complex stout I have ever had it is fantastic. an intense flavour expirience.
swoopjones (5980) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BCTC 2010, ratebeer tent, courtesy of eyedrinkale, deep dark pour, khaki head. BIG roasted malt aroma with small hints of pepper. Agressively roasted, big mouthfeel, syrupy, medium to mild pepper burn. balanced & very good