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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Imagine Robert DeNiro sitting in your darkened parlour near the fire in his Louis Cyphre persona smoking a Tuscan cigar. This may be the beer with which to save (or lose) your soul. Dried fruit flavors entwined with smoky pepper and licorice embossed on roasty malt sweetness open on your tongue as the slow warmth of chilis creep up on your tongue and throat, finishing in an herbal smoke ring flourish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Draft from the Nook. Black in the glass with a thin tan head that settles to a ring. Aroma of light pepper and roasted malt. The flavor found pepper, smoke, and roast. Medium body with a lasting pepper aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3896) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
À la base c’est une très bonne porter, assez traditionnelle avec ses notes de chocolat, café, mélasse douce. La différence se ressent en fin de bouche et dans la gorge avec le poivre chaud. Très bon agencement, mériterait quelques retouches mais j’aime beaucoup l’idée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Pours very dark brown with a deep dense tan head. The aroma has toasty chocolate, cream, vanilla and light pepper. Medium body that is somewhat smooth with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with fairly dry toasty malt, hints of peppers, porter smoothness and cocoa. The finish is a bit chalky and shows a hint of abv. Nice porter with just enough of the pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2011
bottle. black with stable head. smells so nice and minerally, like healthy black soil or like black licorice. refreshing mouthfeel, goes down reeeellll well. Sexy and a real surprise. Tastes good cool. Lovely licorice flavors. This really grows on me. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
RyanK (265) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Poors quite dark, light doesn’t shine through. A foamy brownish head appears and stays for a while before dissapating. Smells sweet and Spicey. The "pepper porter" version has the same texture and similar aspects like the strong malt, mild hops and bbq smoke flavor. This one adds pepper which just makes me feel like I have heartburn after every sip. Leaves a dry taste in my mouth like an astray. Didn’t enjoy this one bit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7375) - Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
11/16/11. 12oz bottle. Black pour, dark brown with ruby under the light, with a big creamy tan head that sticks and laces plenty. Somewhat light aroma of chocolate and roasted malts with barely a touch of salty peppery-ness that blends into an already underwhelming aroma. Sweet milky flavor that shows a bit of roasted coffee and a touch of smoke, which I can only imagine is the peppers. I must say, there is a small lingering touch of tingling that must be the peppers, but they otherwise aren’t very perceptive. Eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Pours pitch black and nearly opaque with faint mahogany edges and a very thin beige head that immediately disappears without a trace of lacing. Roasted malt aroma with a touch of smoke along with a prominent pepper presence. Hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with licorice/anise but the chili peppers really come through especially as it warms. Medium bodied with a decent amount of roasted malt up front with coffee, toast and chocolate notes followed by some light fruit and licorice before the peppers come in on the finish. Tastes kind of sweet with peppery spice up front with subtle vinous notes as well along with the anise/licorice character. The chilies aren’t that noticeable until they come on strong in the finish. Plenty of lingering heat along with strong alcohol presence make this one a bit harsh. The pepper flavor isn’t that bad but the alcohol and weird licorice notes clash resulting in a bit of a mess. I’m glad I got to try this one but finishing 12oz is proving to be a chore.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (7196) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2011
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a dark brown almost black with a small beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a smoke and pepper malt. Medium mouthfeel with a raisin malt and licorice with a nice peppery finish. A good Brew from Left hand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Very dark, no head. Definite stout taste but with a bit of pepper to it. Not as smokey as I anticipated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1101) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with an off white foam head. Aroma of roast, toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Sweet vanilla taste with some caramel notes and some spice on the back end. A spicey milk stout is the best way to describe it. The pepper picks up as the flavor fades from the tongue. Tasty.

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