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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4842) - 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 (1062) - 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 (11942) - 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 (2920) - 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 hadnít 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 doesnít 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2635) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin, short duration, light beige head, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is coffee, light licorice, touch of black pepper.....taste is coffee, light licorice, with a sweet molasses, medium peppery undertone, which lingers....mouth feel light, sticky, carbonation adds spritz. This is a light take on Porter. The mouth feel is very light for the style. The malt back bone does not really have much depth or complexity, except for sweetness, and the flavor adjuncts donít make up the difference. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (901) - USA - OCT 17, 2011
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty, some licorice in the nose. Flavor is also fairly sweet licorice malt. However, the pepper kicks in underneath the sweetness to provide a pleasant afterburn. Great beer, much better than others Iíve had with pepper as a component. Great companion for food with a sweet and spicy component.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle. Poured a black color with an aqverage frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted peppers and smoke aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted peppers sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a shaker. Aroma is mildly spicy with a Mexican chocolate presence. Taste is chocolate and a touch of cayenne powder. A light burn lingers on the back of the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
12oz bottle. Near black pour with some tan head that didnít last very long. Aromas of black pepper, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Flavor is very roasted with more chocolate and some pepper heat. The pepper actually sneaks up on you the more you drink but never overpowers. Another great entry in the Fade to Black series.

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