radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 From a 750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a pretty small dark tan head. Aroma is a roasted malt one, with touches of pepper and cocoa. Flavor is rich, full of subtle roasted pepper, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt flavor. A sincerely fantastic brew.
Update: March 2, 2012 I had this again. Much fresher than the previous bottle and wow, this was better. Score has been re-averaged between the original and updated scores.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle thanks ericandersnavy. What a BADASS ratebeerian!!!! Poured a burnt chocolate/molasses-colored body with a bubbly, creamy mocha head leaving nice lacing and lotsa legs. Aromas of milk chocolate, fresh coffee, malty sweetness, dust and some spicyness. Flavors are baker’s cocoa, espresso, vanilla, earth and some alcohol. A tingly, moderate bitter, coffee/bittersweet chocolate, dry and warming finish. Great stuff----Thanks Buddy!!!!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dak with the hookup! shared 5/31/10.
tasted right after kaggen and it held its own!
the pour alone is worth a 5... thick viscous black with a creamy orange tinted head. lots of foam clings to the glass.
there’s definitely chilis in the nose.... along with black pepper, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roast, a little rubbery smoke and a touch of sourness.
the flavor is all of that but much more intense... ash, chocolate, cinnamon and peppery spice are amped while it finishes a bit tart. the aftertaste is a nice blend of dark cocoa and vanilla tobacco followed by mellow sweet smoke.
the body is on the fuller side with slick mouth feel. dryness really keeps it toned down and terribly quaffable. 8/5/9/5/18/4.5
ContemplateBeer (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big nose of cocoa, liquor and tabasco. Appearance is black and oily with nearly no head. Flavor matched the nose, with real astringent liquored body. Palate was heavy and oily. A big, interesting beer.
bleeng (1534) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 shared by maltomeal at the July Houston RB tasting. Thanks Bill. Poured jet black. Nose is very smoky, ashy. Taste is the same with added spices, smokiness and sweetness. Body is thick and chewy. Tough to rate this one after having a FW Parabola. This stood up pretty well and is unique in it’s own way because of the sharpness and spiciness not normally found in an impy stout. Good drinking beer.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d possibly get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off.
I just dont think it deserves the hype, a very fine RIS, great overall flavor profile, a little hot for my taste, i think this is what most people look for in an RIS, just not my taste.
callmemickey (2884) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Deep black with only the slightest hints of light poking through the edges. Not too impressive of a head... tiny khaki cap, with modest retention. Dissolves to a tight ring around the edges. An occasional wisp of lacing left on the glass.
S: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Nothing unusual and certainly not a fair indication of the flavor just around the bend.
T: Bam... this was one of the most unexpected flavor profiles based on the nose... large blasts of bitter dark chocolate, cacao, roasted malts, and vanilla... supplemented with an earthy smoked-woodyness... a little bit of cola... and of course the spicy chilies! Reminded me of Black Tuesday in the sheer monstrosity and complexity of the flavor layering.
M: Heavy... dense... with some lively carbonation to balance out... nice prolonged finish
O: I really was blown away by the flavors here... I haven’t had much success with CCB beers in the past and was sure that this beer was benefiting from some hype... well, I was pleasantly treated to a delicious beverage... my hats off to CCB for the stones to brew this beast.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from MaltOMeal.
Pours a deep, thick, rich black with nice olive green highlights. Aroma is cocoa, cinammon, french toast, sugar, and smoke. Flavor is a nice blend of chocolate cocoa powder, slight pepper, sugar, toasted chocolate bread, and a touch of dark fruit. Slippery mouthfeel. Good beer, but not CC’s best. Looks like chocolate pudding in the glass. If pepper wasn’t listed as an ingredient, it easily could be overlooked.
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Kevin for the 750mL bottle! Rating #4500. Poured highly-viscous black with an awesome cap of mahogany head.. set up perfectly in the glass. The aroma picked up a blend of sweet and semi-sweet chocolates with an ashy roast to ’em.. from afar, vanilla and molasses swirled around the nose.. digging deeper brought out smoky anchos and guajillos.. some lightly soured malts right on the back.. alcohol was nowhere to be found. The flavor used more well-roasted (and slightly burnt) coffee as a driving force, pushing cocoa and vanilla to the sweeter and mighty tasty edges.. burnt and a little ashy off the back-end, picking up a tasty complement of smoked, dried peppers.. again there was a touch of sour malt at the end. Heavier-bodied with an ideal moderate level of carbonation.. dry and a tad sour.. well-balanced and belly-warming.. excellent stuff!
bhensonb (11263) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from ericandersnavy. Pours very dark black/brown with a small fine bubbly dark tan/brown head. Aroma is very chili/veg over smooth burnt malt. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor shifts between burnt malt, chocolate and mild chile heat. B\ody seems to thicken with time. Vanilla comes out. My scalp sweats from capsaiscin. Pretty good stuff.