SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2011 Thanks Kevin for sharing this!
A- Body is thick and solid motor oil black. Pours with a 1 finger foamy dark brown head that has good retention and some lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Awesome, exceptional, and unexpected for an imperial stout. The highlight is a huge spiciness-hot pepper and a hint of cinnamon. This is really in balance with rich bittersweet dark chocolate, anise and licorice.
T- Upfront is an accent of spiciness over prominent roasted malt and rich dark chocolate. Some anise is in the background. The finish is quite smooth and adds a hint of vanilla sweetness. A slight alcohol heat lingers.
P- Medium carbonation with a smooth, syrupy, and exceptionally smooth and creamy body.
O- I am very impressed with this brew. Has to be one of my top stouts. I love the addition of cinnamon and hot pepper and think it compliments the stout qualities very well. Would love to have this one again!
Serving type: bottle
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Quite an ominous pour from the bottle. Viscous and black, creating a sturdy mocha head in the glass.
S: I was worried that the chili peppers would overwhelm the beer, but they provide only a subtle spice to the beer which works nicely with the sweet components. Chocolate and vanilla, along with caramel and roasted malts complete the nose.
T: A much more balanced flavor than the BA version offers. An inviting sweetness up-front of chocolate and vanilla, followed by a touch of bitterness and spice (chili and cinnamon) on the back end.
M: A very thick and chewy feel on the tongue. The carbonation is minimal, as it should be and just helps to enhance the creaminess.
D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found, but this one does pack quite the punch. A fantastic stout and one of the first CCB beers Iíve been really impressed by.
arminjewell (5993) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Pours deep black with spare tan head, aroma is big chocolate, wine, vanilla, and pepper. Taste is a bit thin and soft but has a nice chocolate start that goes into the vanilla and finishes dry and peppery. Nicely done beer, easily my favorite out of their line up.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498 - I actually got to try this a couple weeks when Dak brought a bottle down to my BBQ. I wasnít worried about rating it since I had a bottle in the back fridge. It was really good that day. Now, Iím cracking open the 750 to drink all by myself. It pours a solid black color with a small brown head. After a good swirl, light spotty lacing is left behind along with a fine tan film left after the swirl. Aroma is roasted malt, light chocolate and coffee, dark esters, and a touch of vegetables. Flavor is sweet chocolate, roasted malt, esters, and light spice. Canít detect the vanilla. Finish is roasted chocolate that leaves the lips smackiní. Medium to full body. A pretty damn nice beer. Thanks Dak and Jason.
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Maltzilla!
Black, head darker than cardboard. Green nose of pepper, too harsh for the sweet chocolate and light vanilla background and the contradiction is at once vegetal and ashy. Taste is a bit better, more balance than the nose with the pepper taking a backseat. Still, itís rather straightforward sweetness in chocolate and vanilla, not much nuance or integration. A collection of flavors in balance, some working some not, and overall not very well integrated.
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of cocoa, milk chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon. It pours a dark brown with a moderate brown head...really impressive looking. The flavor with dark chocolate. Light-moderate dark fruits in the middle. In the finish the chocolate turns more to cocoa and milk chocolate with some light-moderate roasted. Full bodied with mild carbonation and slightly oily mouthfeel.
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 A-pours a viscous jet black color with a dark mohagony colored dense head. huge thick velvety lace
S-the nose brings something different every time I swirl it. the chilies and pepper notes will show through on one. the cocoa nibs on another, a good bit of roasted malts throughout with a touch of vanilla. anise and molasses in the back with a touch of dark fruits. hints of fusel alcohol in the back but still solid.
T-the pepper spice is right up front, roasted malts, dark chocolate and vanilla behind. the cinnamon comes in towards the back with a fair bit of dark fruity sweetness to close the deal. lots going on here and it works fairly well together.
M-this is very smooth on the palate, full bodied and slightly dry in the back. so soft in my mouth. just enough carb to allow this to fall softly down the throat.
D-this has some interesting stuff going on, the sweetness is very nice in the back to balance the peppery spice up front. it is a well done contrast with a nice balance to it. not something I can drink a ton of but still a tasty brew!
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 bottle at chris -o ... deep black ... no head ... spicy peppery roast malt nose ... big soft roast ... coffee and toffee ... some vanilla ... little coconut ... good solid roast ... only a little chilli ... best so far today ... br br ... deep black ... thin tan head ... big heavy roast malt ... little capsicum nose ...
Bottle at chrisO 2012 ... deepblack ... thin tan head ...deep meaty chocolate malt ... big chocolate ... soft toffee ... dark roast ... choclstr ... nice chilli spice 4.2
Bottle at home ... thanks to Ben ... Deep black ... thin tan lacing ... deep rich malts ... soft mellow but huge coconut ... light chilli ...light lime nose... sweet dark roast malts ... chewy malts ... light cocount... light chilli ... 4.3 again ... lovely
sm89walt (1741) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, huge thanks to Andy (puzzl) for this one! Poured black. Letís face it, even with a VLT youíre seeing nothing other than black in this, other than the sparse layer of mid brown bubbles. Huge and roasty, chocolatey, some smokey notes and hints of sweet vanilla on the aroma. Quite a beast on the tongue, packed with big smokey, roasted flavours and loads of bittersweet chocolate, sprinkled with vanilla. So bloody smooth on the tongue, really something else indeed! Smooth, thick and coating with a fantastic depth and lingering dry malt bitterness. A touch of spicey heat in the back gives more animation on the palate.
planky84 (1907) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with a thick tan head. smoky, dark chocolate aromas. Extremely smooth flavours of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slightly peppery. Wonderful roasty, toasty long lingering mouthfeel. Smoky, dry as a bone finish with plenty of warming alcohol. Lovely stuff! Big cheers to Andy for this one!