Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a vast assortment of friuts, toasted mats, slight tartness and spicy peppers. rich palate with a choclate overtone that warms the heart.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There really is a lot going on here, but it all works so phenomenally well together. Spiciness from the peppers follows up chocolate and coffee on the front. Now I want another bottle!
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan. Very black oily pour with thick, stagnant deep tan head. Great looking beer with an appearance thatís hard to beat. Nose is chocolate, cinnamon, pepper, roast. Flavor is big and sweet with the spiciness of the peppers working well with the chocolate and molasses. Itís big and sweet without being too cloying like many many other recent RIS. Pretty tasty and one of the better CCB beers Iíve tasted.
Cliff (399) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at miketdís. Thanks Mike! Poured a dense black with a thick dark tan/brownish head. Rich aromas or burnt malts, vanilla, chocolate and some earthiness. Taste is unfortunelty one dimensional. Straight forward chocolate/coffee and it is sickenly sweet. There is some vanilla present, but it is overwhelmed by the other flavors. I got no chili out of the beer. I had approximately 4 oz. and that was tough to finish just because it was so sweet. Glad I got to try it.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a inky black color with a brown, small head. The beer is oily and coats the sides of the glass. The aroma is roasted and burnt malt with dark fruit. The flavor is cinnamon, dark fruit, roasted/burnt malt, semi-sweet chocolate and pepper. The mouthfeel and thick and chewy and the carbonation is pretty low.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Jimbo. Smells fantastic: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, spices. Darkest pour I think I have ever seen. As someone said, "It looks like pudding." Flavor was heavy on chocolate and coffee. I was kind of hoping that the pepper flavor would shine through a bit more. This was a bit on the dry side for me, but overall I thought it was very good.
bvc (1138) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml capped straight from Tampa...with the best titty bars in the nation!...via ibrew; thanks man! Fuck me!...the nose is killer and this isnít a style that I really seek out and Iím not talking about impy stout, cause this should be a spiced/herb...but, at any rate. Big bitter 70%+ black cocoa with light yet perfect cinnamon and pepper spice. All of this goin on in the flavor and I love this. This is the best CCB beer ever!
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big hot peppery nose, black patent, dark bitter chocolate and roast. Lots of pepper on nose. Pours jet black with a dark brown head. Dark chocolate, peppery flavors, creamy milk chocolate, roast, char, and then more peppery notes - not. Hot but flavorful. Velvetty mouthfeel. Light heat.
after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, capped. thanks dave! pours black with a huge dense thick burnt tan head. rich, roasty, coffeeish, smoky peppery nose. absolutely delectable nose. thick creamy body with soft carb. roast, coffee, dark chocolate, mild smoky pepper, some heat from both peppers and alcohol. long chocolatey roasty finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by emacgee for his 2000th rating. Thanks for sharing, Ethan, and congrats on the milestone! Pours black as night and oily thick with generous tan head. Nose of ballpoint pen ink and cinnamon. Also some chocolate and a hint at the peppers. The peppers come out more in the taste, as does the chocolate and vanilla... itís all very well balanced, even a bit fruity. Good balance of sweet/roast/spice here, and the palate is amazing as well... almost fluffy despite how thick it looks. Believe the hype.