Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Revised rating, bottle
Thanks to Diego for this one! Extra black and inky. Very dark head. You aren’t going to see through this. The aroma is crazy - milk chocolate, ancho and alcohol. Big and brash. On the palate, this is a rich imperial stout, very thick, with a great ancho and chocolate accent. Fun stuff.
Original rating, draught at the brewery. Extra black body with a rich dark brown head. Complex aroma - chocolate, tobacco, light ancho and dark fruit. Tastes like beer candy - ancho, lots of dark fruit, rich coffee, intense dark sugars, creamy black malts, cherries. There are so many layers to this it’s scary. A full value champion. 8-5-9-5-18 = 4.5
rlgk (13368) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Pitch black beer with a nice dark brown head. Mint aroma, chocolate, roasted, milky, cocoa, tar, dark chocolate, vanilla, nutty notes, some hops, soot, figs, raisins, dades. Mint and chocolate flavor, roasted, cocoa, figs, raisins, tar notes, full bodied, with hops balancing. Finish is mint, chocolate, cocoa, figs and milk notes.
brokensail (13231) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (12716) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to Jason for securing this from the source.
Mid black with a big billowing dirty tan head - this looks the bollocks!
Nose is dark malt, chocolate, leather, demerara sugars, vanilla, pinch of spice.
Taste comprises chocolate, dark malt, vanilla, spice, hint of chilli pepper, sugars.
Full body, slightly viscous, smooth on the palate.
Great stuff, ticks all the impy boxes, alcohol kept in check and not overly sweet.
Koelschtrinker (12653) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Schokoladig malziger Antrunk mit an Weihnachten erinnernde Aromen. Leicht dunkel fruchtig, minimale Schärfe. Vollmundig, auch im Nachgeschmack weiterhin sehr malzig. 11/13/12/13/12/13
chrisv10 (12634) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ CBC. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, thick, little liquorice, hop, medium sweet and medium bitter.
bhensonb (12449) - 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.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chilies, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, earth, anise, cinnamon, caramel, and chilies.
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle. Medium brown head that mostly dissipates atop a motor oil black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, rich cocoa, some vanilla, cinnamon, chili pepper. Taste is sweet, cocoa, dark chocolate, some chili pepper, light vanilla. The chili burn is noticeable, and while it builds slightly in intensity, it never overpowers. Sticky full body.
Tmoney99 (11901) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from daknole shared by alexsdad06. Poured a reddish black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and spice aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark bittersweet and small pepper bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is another standout beer.