Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2011 vintage .. Jet black pour , thin beige head with wispy lace . Dark roasted malt aroma with fruit and cocoa notes . Big chocolate and roasted malt flavor , notes of cinnamon , pepper and dark fruit . Alcohol burns the lips a bit . Very complex and layered . Inky , oily slick and deliciously smooth . Medium to full bodied , well balanced .Finish is dry with a bakers chocolate bitterness . Fantastic .
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Release - 25.4 oz bottle - poured into 10 oz snifter
AROMA: Dates, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla.
APPEARANCE: Poured pitch black and thick. Slightly more than minimal head that was dark brown in color.
TASTE: Intense flavor. There is a lot going on here. Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, some bitterness, finishes slightly spicy with a lingering chocolate taste.
PALATE: Medium to full bodied, creamy, and a bit of carbonation. Finishes spicy with some chocolate.
OVERALL: I feel very lucky to have acquired this via trade (thanks clintonpuckett - BA). This is the fist time that I have tried a stout with chiles in it and now this is one of my favorites. Excellent job Cigar City!
joeneugs (5630) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle tasted on 5/8/11. The pour is ridiculously thick and black with a large dark brown head. CC gets the darkest brown foam from their stouts! The aroma is lots of dark chocolate with hints of vanilla and subdued chiles. There’s also some nice dark fruit notes of dates, raisins, and cherries. The flavor is big on dark fruity plums, raisins, cherry and lots of semi sweet dark chocolate. The vanilla and spice has faded a bit since I remember having this fresh and getting way more chile spice. I actually pick up more of a green chile flavor than spicy heat. The cinnamon still shines through very nicely. It has just a touch of soy and ashy roasted malt in the finish. This was a real treat just for the wonderfully rich chocolate character. If you like it more intense, drink it young.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the CL Rosso Batch 3 Release. Quite happy to finally try this one (2011 release). Pours thick black with a dark brown head. Nose is full of chocolate and booze with a noticeable pepper aroma along with some vanilla. Very interesting taste with roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of pepper heat. Light alcohol warmth on the finish. Such a complex and interesting beer, I absolutely must try this again.
gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma is sticky sweet and salty with chocolate espresso dominating with hints of cinammon and vanilla with other spices. pours a tar color with a dark brown head. taste is very chocolatey with vanilla tones and coffee. Roasted malt combines nicely with the cinnamon which in turn goes very well with the spicy chile flavors which linger. Palate is thick, sticky and heavy. A great beer!
Dedollewaitor (15471) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl Bottle. Thanks to Hallinghansen. Pours black with a creamy brown head on top. Roast, charcoal, black pepper, soy and dark fruit. Chewy, creamy and smooth. Truly nice!
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Pours a nice rich black with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet malts with notes of oatmeal, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and roasted malts. Palate is smooth and lightly carbonated. Flavor really brings out an oatmeal. As it warmed, I picked up on peppers as well? Pretty damn good.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Amazing beer, complex and very well done. Wonderful nose of dark chocolate, spices, and vanilla. Flavor is the same, little bit of burnt/smoky/roastedness in there that really sets the tongue off. Full bodied and creamy, probably partially due to the mild carbonation, with a spicy/peppery finish.
JRock72 (605) - - MAY 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Dark Lord Day. Thanks for the share. Poured dark black with small head that retained. Some spicyness with cocoa, vanilla mixed in with roasty malts. Overall really good stout.
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Dalzale. Pours jet black with a nice mocha head. Aroma of burnt malts,coffee, a touch of hops and spice. Taste is the same with a nice smokiness and a little bit of heat from the peppers.