Hoprider (84) - - JUL 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful black pour with the most crema-like head you could emagine. Smells initially ’green’ or vegetal with clay aromas? and aromatic chili. The licorice is more profound than the chocolate I think. Develops nicely very early and becomes softer and more balanced. The mouthfeel is thick and coating and the fizz is really gentle - which I like. Taste is very complex with a lot going on and yet it is well balanced. Lots of malts and even a slight candied quality. Vanilla makes its entrance on the nose too.. Thick, creamy, elegant and a beast at the same time. Great use of the peppers. Just enough to know its there. Really impressive. (2012 edition)
berntholer (673) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
beige head that disappears without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. taste is like aroma with a spiciness that builds up but is never overwhelming. every sip is a new sensation, very complex and well balanced. abv very well hidden. really awesome and for a change a beer that lives up to its hype ... hurray!
Palme (3013) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The 2012 and 2013 versions from two 0.75l bottles neck to neck @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Hehe, that’s kinda nice.. I immediately notice that the 2012 has a stronger and wider aroma than the 2013. It’s/they’re undoubted what I will describe as black in the glass(es) and it/they has/have a/some nice little sidesticking dark brown chocolate head(s). I get chocolate, wood, some bourbon and delicious sweet vanilla on both of them, but in addition the oldest one has a nice coffee acidity to it. Not hard to tell the difference here, but both of them smell(s) amazing. Creamy as the smoothest cream with a lovely comfortable and spot on almost tingling carbonation level. Tons of espresso coffee and cocoa in the taste. And the chocolate is almost a bit to much for me (well, not really). Noticing that the 2013 is a pitch sweeter and the the vanilla is more present it the youngest. It/they end(s) with a clear stingy chili bite on the tongue(s?) as it’s/they’re gently gliding down the throat. I have to say that there is a substantial difference in the two vintages going on here, but I’m not in the arguing mood, so I’ll just agree with me and myself that this (these) is/are an/some amazing brew(s). Cause he/she/it/they it/ really are. 03.05.2013
rood (25) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you would like to smell & taste cinnamon, soja, salt, cacao, banana, licorice - go ahead this is your beer. This is a very balanced beer, with many layers. Great mouthfeel. With every sip, you discover something new in flavour. Finally an American beer that lives up the hype.
Homer321 (999) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle share thanks to drewface. Not sure it was worth lifting the couch and helping him move but whatever. Nose is spicey with some cinnamon. Pours a pitch black with a dark tan head. Taste is a cinnamon dominant slightly spicey taste. Pretty freaking awesome.
NeoHippie2 (799) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yeah I gave it a 5 and realistically I can’t think of a reason NOT to give this beer a 5. Jet black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is incredible, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, subtle chile pepper, molasses, and caramel. Flavor is like a cinnamon roll with notes of chiles and cocoa. It’s so complex! The abv is completely hidden too. This beer really and truly deserves the reputation it has surrounding it, it was even better than I was hoping for! Now to just try and get another bottle...
Daniel719 (81) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 Bottle thanks to bartender matt at the tasting room. Pours dark black with a tan head. Smells of pepper and a lot of cinnamon. Taste is a cinnamon bomb. The spice is in the back end. So smooth though. 2011 and 2014 are the two best years. But you better love cinnamon.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
tmongoose (1091) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared poured a dark brown color with no head. the initial aroma was cinnamon, roasted dark malts, notes of vanilla and other spices. the flavor I almost fell out of my chair. it was incredible. the roasted malts and the spices blend so well...alcohol well hidden in this one. incredible beer. no wonder its so hard to get.
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the first bottling of this beer and it was fucking delightful. Full aroma of burnt caramel and chocolate with head colored the same. Tastes of fudge, more burnt sugar, coffee, balancing booze. What a winner.
Bule (579) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste at Beercraft. Pours a thick black color without much head. Lots of cocoa flavor with a hint of sweetness. Warming sensation.
Jimsal27 (164) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle from weezel in a trade. bottle to glass. Pours a rich dark black with a creamy brown head. Leaves a small lace ring around the glass. Aroma of chocolate, and spice (cinnamon?). Some chili also. Taste is sweeter than I expected. Chocolate, sweet malt, and that cinnamon spice. I fell a bit of heat. Extremely creamy mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated.