kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Dark as can be with a slight very dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and some sort of spice. The first taste is very different than any other Imperial Stout I have ever had. The taste is the usual IS bittersweet chocolate and coffee but then proceed with a spice taste. Also has a nice hop profile to it.
Medium heavy mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.
Overall, this is an excellent beer that I could drink anytime!
Curious to see what some time on a bottle will do for it.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am amazed I had the pleasure of trying this beer. Thanks Kyle! Pours black and black can be. The head is very dark brown. The aroma has chocolate, smoke, and a hint of pepper. The flavor is amazingly complex, and equally amazingly balanced. Chocolate, smoke, vanilla, marshmallow, cherries, black berries, cinnamon, molasses, and peppers. The capsicum tingles the tongue at first, and then builds as you sip but never becomes overwhelming. Absolutely fantastic beer.
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Thanks! Right off the bat this beer gets a five for appearance. It pours a viscous oily black and creates thick beige, almost purple head that laces the glass throughout. Rich and full-bodied. Lots of chocolate tones, bold stuff. I suppose you do get a little pepper heat in the aftertaste, but you could also attribute that to the high ABV. Thick milkshake mouthfeel. Certainly in the top tier of Imperial Stouts. Maintains a cocoa-smoothness despite the big, rich, malty undercurrents. Great beer.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Massive props to fata2683 for scoring me this one! Rating 500! Where to begin... Pours black, deep, dark, brown, thick, persistent head. Lacing is pretty staggering. Aromas of spice (capsicum), vanilla, chocolate, roast, smells of bourbon, despite not being barrel-aged. Flavors are spicy and sweet, wonderfully balanced, spice builds slowly, and leaves your mouth tingling 90 seconds after you swallow. A potent and awesome brew. I loved it, my beergeek friends loved it, my beer-hating girlfriend even enjoyed it! Breathtaking!
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a viscous black ink that a dark chocolate head rises from, sheet stays, some webs.
S - Roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, smokey ancho, slight vanilla and alcohol warmth.
T - This is a pretty complex beer that definitely needs to reach the correct drinking temp. Starts with chocolate sweetness, mid palate slight cinnamon, which fades into the eventual super roasted finish that reminds me of a good cup of black coffee.
M/D - The mouthfeel is perfect, think and oily with the right amount of carbonation to help it over your tongue. Drinkability only suffers for me due to the amount of roasted malts. This beer would be great with a chocolate ancho cake, but might be overkill.
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 (13234) - 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 I’ve been really impressed by.
arminjewell (8620) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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 wasn’t worried about rating it since I had a bottle in the back fridge. It was really good that day. Now, I’m 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. Can’t detect the vanilla. Finish is roasted chocolate that leaves the lips smackin’. Medium to full body. A pretty damn nice beer. Thanks Dak and Jason.
MrChopin (3726) - 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, it’s 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.