thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Fanø Slumber Party, 2012.
Pours deep black with a small, creamy, dark beige film head. Aroma has chocolate, is vinious, sweet, nutty and luscious vanilla. Medium carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is fairly sweet, nutty, chocolate, roasted, vinious, pleasantly elegant. At the same time in my face and subdued. Very good despite the sweetness. Warming in the finish.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle @Tampa Wkly Gathering–pours a slight off white ring and black color, which coats the glass as it moves-Exxon Valdez-esk. Aroma is sweet dark malt, dark fruit-cherry, vanilla, some spice, some smoky. Taste is sweet dark malt, dark fruit-cherry, vanilla, some spice/pepper, some smoky.
Christian (11028) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, green peppers and chili. A vegetable and pepper note dominates the flavour, along with cloying sweet malts.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012
Date: January 31, 2009
Source: Beerfest, ACAT
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: dark roasted malt aroma, lots of earthyness, lots of spicyness
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, lots of spices, touch of hot pepper, dark caramel sweetness keeps it balanced, nice chocolate brought out by the sweetness, lots of complexity
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
Date: February 27, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine brown head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet choclate aroma, light roast, dark caramel and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, just a hint of the peppery spicyness, dark caramel sweetness, cedar adds a nice complexity
Date: May 08, 2010
a bit more intense in the bottle, pepper character is coming on stronger, strong chocolate keeps it balanced,
Date: June 19, 2010
Score: 4.2 to 4.3
Appearance: pours as black and thick ink, dark brown head, thick and viscous with legs, globs of sudsy lace are too heavy to stick and slide back into the glass
Aroma: big sweet chocolate and roasted aroma, agressive pepper character blends wirh the spicy wood, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet dark chocolate flavor, vanilla sweetness, lots of roasted, light spicyness from the chilis and wood, chili builds up as it warms towards the bottom of the bottle
Date: December 25, 2010
Source: cellar stock
still one of the most complex imperial stouts with the dark chocolate balanced by the hop peppers,
Date: March 12, 2011
Source: cellar stock
picking up some sherry oxidation to balance the huge roast, mellow on the peppery character when side by side with the 2011
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: **** /4
Date: March 12, 2011
Appearance: solid black, fine brown head
Aroma: dark roasted aroma, nice pepper character, touch of sweetness balanced the roast and pepper
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of peppery character, bitter dark chocolate, good dose of hops
Date: April 17, 2011
Appearance: black, creamy brown head, drippy lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma with a light peppery character
Flavor: splitting only half the peppers leaves the flavor a lot sweeter in the bottle bringing out more of a rich chocolate character, peppery spicyness is in the background
Overall: I like the extra pepperyness of the draft which use all split peppery, but the bottle version is great as well
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Date: March 24, 2012
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, chili pepper coming strough strong, rich chocolate
Body: huge body
Flavor: big rich chocolate flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, balancing chili pepper, rich roasted, long pepper rinish
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 10/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
Score: **** /4
chrisv10 (10830) - 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 (10808) - 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.
Pinball (10736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black, smooth dark brown head.
chocolate,toffee,vanilla, wood. in the aroma.
flavor is roastedgrains, toffee, chocolate, wood, strong cocoa flavor, tastes like an imp stout with lots of pure cocoa powder added.
Rasmus40 (10695) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBC. Vintage 2012. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is is quite sweet and rather biter.Dry and rather bitter finish. Smooth. 030513
brokensail (10645) - 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.
Leighton (10542) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig, 2012, London. Thanks to Ed - and Paul (if I recall correctly)! Pours deep brown-black with a thick, brown cream head. Aroma holds some lightly tangy dark malts, booze, heavy roast, some spice. Big sweet flavor, lots of dark malts, stinging alcohol, some dark fruits, raisins, tar, burnt wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish with dark baking cocoa, acidic coffee, booze, charred wood. It has a dry, vinous quality to it. It’s quite hot. Not overly sweet, which is nice. Very, very good. (4.2)
Bottle at The Stouts Tasting, London - thanks to Jack. Pours black-brown with a creamy, brown head. Rich dark malt nose, spices, dark chocolate. Big sweet flavor with oily chocolate, cinnamon and chili, dark char. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish with more oily, dark chocolate, light chili spice coconut, cinnamon, earthy bitterness, dark malts. Great stuff. (4.3)