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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2595) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Black, with a moderate sized, light brown, spotty lacing head. Aroma of wood smoke, chipotle, vanilla and roasted malt. The taste is lightly smoked roasted malt with hints of vanilla and pepper. Medium-thin bodied, creamy smooth, and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
bottle, thanks to dixonian, black brown pour with a roast vanilla aroma, flavor of cashew butter, white pepper, coffee, creamy burnt finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5650) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Meaty charcoal nose. clear mahogany, thin yellow head. Robust, roasted malt. Smoke on the finish. Hints of raisin. Decent, more smoke than pepper. Better than last year’s FTB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours very dark ruby brown with a small khaki head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, toffee, and smoke. Taste is more of the same with slight chili pepper notes on the finish and pleasant chili burn that hits the back of the throat. A bit thin and watery on the palate. A nice Porter with just enough chili flavor & heat to make it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2011
10/20/11 fade to black 3 @ paps. fairly black porter color with a small orange tinted light brown head. a ... cola?, lightly smoky, dark cocoa, earthy (peppers), a little wet/damp, dusty, dark raisins, black peppercorn, salame-like smoke. flavor has a weird fruity sweetness... earthy business from peppers but not spicy.... more like black peppercorns, dark choco, vinous fruit, spice tingles more as it sits but never becomes commanding. sweetness grows as well and kinda gets annoying by the end. smoky a.t. kinda light bodied considering the sweetness. 7/4/6/3/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Black pour, no real head. Light pepper, roasted malts, slight coffee. Smooth on the palate, flavor is lightly roasted malts, pepper shows in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Beer has a thick black color with tan lacing. The nose has both coffee and spicy Mexican chocolate notes. There is a slight sweetness on the palate with a spicy finish that continues on a long lingering path with just enough burn. Great beer for cooler weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, baby diapers, light coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, light pepper, and raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Bottle. Earthy peat, chocolate, and dark roasted malt aroma. Barely detectable pepper aroma, which I would not have been able to identify if I hadn’t already known it was in there. Black brown with a small tan head. Chocolate, smoky roasted malt, pepper. The pepper begins very subtly, and then grows to a slight smoked chili burn as you continue to sip. Smooth moderate body, with a rather dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Tasted 10/17/11. 12oz bottle. Pours rather opaque brown with a slight ruby highlight around the edges. Webbed ring of khaki head. Aromas of smoked malts, earthy and spicy. Cocoa dust and subtle dark berries. Nicely full bodied with the base malt comprising most of the flavor component. The pepper is trace, at least while still nicely chilled, and adds to the palate but doesn’t overwhelm. Sweet candy roasted malts last the duration of the sip. Subtle smokey notes creep in along with a graham cracker flavor. A smooth and tasty sipper with just enough extra flavor to set it apart. The pepper, spice and smoke notes all contribute to the end result and help round out the palate flow. Well done!

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