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Durham Hellfire

Brewed by Durham
Style: Imperial Stout
Durham, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Hellfire, a mariage made in hell. Temptation and chilli in an erotic embrace of sumptious sweet malt and throat burning fire. Te definitive winter warmer - brewed for Christmas 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bov (12018) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 28, 2016
from Bier-Bienne - black beer with a little beige foam left; aroma of pralines and chili, mineral and vegetables notes; full-bodied, some malt sweetness just before a strong sharpness; long burning chili notes with more chocolate - the components don’t fit together

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4362) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle. Just about black. Halo of dense, beige head. Lovely chocolate cake aroma. Bit of fruit to it. Black Forest Gateau, maybe. There’s a little vegetal thing going on, presumably the chilli. After a swirl, there’s treacle, and caramel. Smells good. Taste is caramel sweet, then any other flavours get blown away by the chilli heat. And that’s it really. Plenty of light burn. Not a subtle beer, but I did like it. Smells lovely. Fairly intense sipping beer. Definitely tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2014
330ml bottle from the brewery, shared with Ashton McCobb, who is a big girls blouse with chilli heat, by the way. Pours dark brown, red tinge, nice beige head and lacing. Aromas of chocolate, liquorice, smoke. Tate brings a light heat, lots of dark chocolate. Creamy texture. Burn doesn’t linger. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5401) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle from the brewery - interesting it was the 2012 version and there still was some. So, they’ve aged it for us. Appearance - opaque black with another red chink situation. Good head. Nose - dark chocolate, liquorice, charcoal and smoke generally. Taste - dark chocolate, then hot chilli note. It’s ok for allmyvinyl, but the chilli edge is slightly too much for me. Palate - medium bodied with a big creamy texture and a dry and fiery finish. Overall - this is an imperial porter style. Too viscous and lacking roast for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2606) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
330ml bottle originally from the Cheese & Wine shop, Darlington. Pours black with a light brown head and aroma of spicey malt with chocolate & coffee notes. Taste is chilli hot, dark roasted malts, toffee, dried fruits, chocolate, coffee notes and some lingering chilli & bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel swamped with warming chilli, medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish with lingering chilli heat. Quite drinkable on a cold bonfire night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (4557) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Aged for 2 1/2 years. An inky black beer that pours with an almost instantly disappearing tan head. It has very strong liquorice and chocolate flavours, an oily mouthfeel followed by sweet currants and a burning hot spicy chilli finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sebilinz (1836) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle. Black body with tan not very long lasting head. Aroma is roasted malts caramel dried fruits. Taste is..... Don’t like it. I like stouts. I like chillies but I don’t like them together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3284) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a tan head that quickly dissipates. The good chocolate and coffee flavours of Temptation are in there, but they are kind of overpowered by the chilli which brings quite a kick to the finish. An interesting novelty, but I’ll stick to the normal version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (4027) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of jmgreenuk. Pours a dark brown, clear beer with almost no head on top. Aroma is peppery, malty and caramel. Flavor is rahter bland, but the pepper kick is overwhelming, making this beer a tad better, but still not impressive. Overall quite a boring beer, except for the pepper burn of course. Mmmkay..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (7070) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle @ Chriso’s pre-GBBF Shindig. Brown with small head. Sort of disappointingly meek nose. Not much chili heat. Just a bit of chocolate. Roasted malts. Much more prominent chili flavors. Growing heat in the finish. Dark chocolate body. Somewhat thin considering the ABV. Oily. Overall, a bit weird. I look forward to the chili stout fad ending.

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