tia (927) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Dark brown with thin head. Smells roasty and chocolatey. Nice roasty, chocolatel flavor, with a bit of heat on the end. Dry.
djd07 (3643) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a dark cloudy brown with medium frothy beige head that leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is roast, chocolate, and peppers. Thin mouthfeel with chocolate malt, light pepper and spice. Good.
alexsdad06 (5479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared by phaleslu. Pourz dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had chocolate, some roast, vanilla, earth, peppery spice that was just enough to notice, a berry note like some peppers get with time. I went into this expecting more which added to the disappointment.
mar (4856) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with a cream head. Nose is light spice, chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malts. Great palate, light spice, roasted malts, spicy, and sticky chocolate smooth finish.
phaleslu (6554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from RABinVA- thanks, Brosmer! Pours a deep brown color with a small khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, leaves, earth, cola, sugar, and just a bit of peppery spice. The flavor also doesn’t have much heat, but more chocolate and vanilla and molasses sweetness. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, roasty, moderately spicy mouthfeel. Actually drinks like it’s a much older beer - like the spice and nuance have aged out - which is disappointing.
Tmoney99 (10717) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate and roasted peppers aroma. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid interesting beer.
DrSilverworm (6478) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, shared by phaleslu. Dark brown color. Appears black from a distance... Thin brown head, dots and ropes of lace. Some smoke in the nose, dark fruit, some red jolly rancher type thing going on. Just a very light heat in the finish, less than expected. Maybe an older bottle. Bigger body, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Bigger sweet taste, light bitter. OK imperial stout. Not great right now. A light bite and more sweetness than I like.
b3shine (5492) - Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by phaleslu). Looks good; chocolate with thin beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt, mild chocolate, and pepper spice. Tastes like it smells with a bit more chocolate. Nice on the palate, especially for a pepper beer. Decent beer.
GenDV138 (1370) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into Belgian snifter. 2013 release. Pours black with 1-1.5 finger tan head, decent lacing. Aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, light peppers. Tastes of milk chocolate, light peppers, dark fruit, light spices, caramel/toffee, maybe a little vanilla. Finishes sweet with light pepper heat. Peppers may have faded since whenever this was bottled.
Foxbush (1280) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle This was purchased from Total Wine awhile ago for tasting. The stout poured a deep opaque black with a HUGE frothy head. Lacing and a tan head stayed with the beer. The aroma was subtle roasted malt and pepper. The taste was of chili pepper, and chocolate. The light body stout had lively carbonation after popping the cork. The finish was acidic with coffee and chocolate at the finish. This stout is not one of my favorites from hardywood.
Drake (8613) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
C&C 750 mL bottle. I randomly picked two beers with chocolate this Christmas evening and decided to open this as my final beer of the night to continue the trend. Pours a dark brown color with a very large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, fruity pepper notes and a mild bit of roast. The taste is chocolate, roast, peppers, stone fruits. Mild warmth from the peppers. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, mild booze, moderate lingering heat.