AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a minimal tan head that eases away into nothingness. Aromas are powerful cinnamon, clove, chocolate, coffee, toffee, nutmeg, roast, and light alcohol. Flavors are massively spiced with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg being the most forward, lots of cocoa and toffee mingle with the spice, there is a soft pepper heat that is more felt than tasted although it does come through in flavor on the aftertaste and very minimal alcohol notes that are quite pleasant. Palate is perfect in every way, thick and creamy with tongue coating supremacy. Overall this is an amazing experience though one to be savored for sure; the beer is big and complex and can easily overwhelm the senses but it is a truly exceptional drinking experience.
Heather_B (133) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like a great vanilla/cinnamon dessert. Some initial thick caramel head. Oily thick in texture. Flavor is slightly bitter and very cinnamon forward. Ends with a nice burn that’s not overwhelming. This is a fantastic base beer.
BarbasA (46) - PORTUGAL - NOV 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color, no head, spicy, smoke, dried fruits and chocolate both in mouth and aroma, full bodied.
cards04 (2472) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Dchmela!!! Just.... Thanks. Pours inky black with minimal to no head. Big charred pepper and smoky meat aromas. BBQ sauce. Chocolate covered almonds. Flavours of mole, smoke, semi sweet chocolate, dark fruit, umami. This is so dang unique. Really delicious... A huge want finally crossed off my list.
simont1 (491) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big aroma of cinnamon, raisins, almond, earthy cacao with light blackcurrant and chili notes. Taste is upfront a cinnamon bomb, a mellow spice goes through your pallet while the beers is overloaded on chocolate. Quite sweet, and heavily roasted, also blackcurrant and raisin notes with a earthiness which seems to be from the cacao and the chilis, has an amazing dark dark brown head with a nice creamy thick mouthfeel.
Anatole (127) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alcool peu présent en bouche compare aux autre du style.
Chocolat, et café. Très bon mais il y a mieux.
teddybeer (2932) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many thanks Al. Black color with a minimal and quickly diminishing beige head. Aroma has notes of cinnamon, black chocolate, vanilla, barrel notes and dark fruits with roasty notes. Flavor is slightly sweet, notes of coffee beans, where’s the alcohol?, OMG, awesome beer..., vanilla, roasty malts, light chili notes. The final is slightly sweet with roasty notes, notes of chili and ripe fruit. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel on palate. No doubt, one of my best beers I’ve ever tasted.
vyvvy (5014) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a dark tan head. The aroma has chocolate, bitter roast, bitter roast, light pepper meat and a hint of spice. IT has a medium / full body with light semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth roast, cinnamon, light pepper, alcohol, peppery spice and chocolate. The finish has some earthy hops added. Pretty solid. Thanks to gregwilsonstl for sharing this one.
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes. 750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. 2014 vintage. The pour is a thick dirty motor oil black with a finger of dark mocha head that fades foam ring, leaving no lace behind. The aroma is beautiful. There is a ton of cinnamon in front of a light cocoa and a lot of vanilla. The chilies don't really dominate, but offer a good peppery spiciness that is incredibly well balanced. The cinnamon comes back and is delightful. I love the smell on this. The flavor is great. Copious amounts of cinnamon up front and they ease through a nice pepper transition into a soft cocoa and vanilla, before reentering the cinnamon realm. The fact that the chilies are reserved makes this so much better. The mouth feel is thick and viscous. Great carbonation help it just cling to the mouth in a never ending film. The aftertaste is all cinnamon and subtly it moves through a good chocolate and vanilla lingering finish. Damn good.
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gregwilsonstl (1567) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2015 Smells like chocolate. Lives up to the hype. Cinnamon. Tasted at my Whales and Whimps bottle share. Tasted side by sie with BA Abraxas.....and six out of six of us agreed, Abraxas was way better, but this was really amazing. Thx for the trade Alpha.
BuckeyeBoy (4068) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle many times over the years. Pours out black topped with a brown head. Nose is roast malts chocolate chili peppers and cinnamon. Taste is more of the spice pepper heavy roast malts chocolate and a rich end.