Garrold (3059) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
AshtonMcCobb (4201) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
danlo (1850) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
zacgillbanks (3584) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Sebilinz (1265) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
gegwilson (2389) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MrHangover (3605) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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..
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
worldbeertaste (1779) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown almost black with a thin, tan, disappearing, head. Smells of deep chocolate, spices, and vanilla. Lots of deep malt here. Medium frothy body. Taste is smooth at fist and then the chilli starts to burn the tongue. The finish burns the mouth and leaves ash and burn. He base is basically roasted malt and chocolate but then the burn comes.