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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21676) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Aroma of subtle black pepper. The taste is subtle enough in the taste that this is a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a very small tan head. The aroma is classic porter with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes. I also get a hint of smoke in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. There is a ton of chocolate in the flavor, as well as some roasted and nearly burnt malt. There is a little bit of heat from the peppers as the beer is swallowed and some earthy pepper notes in the flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
The color is perfect and the fragrance promises lots of smoked chiles. There is a lot more depth to the flavor than just chiles, though. Thereís bittersweet chocolate, anise, and the smoky chiles. There is some subtle heat, and at just a touch under 2000 Scoville units, that puts it at about the same as a poblano. Itís just enough that you know itís got chiles in it. Smooth, complex, drinkable, and just enough heat to have you know this is something unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 9, 2011
bottle. a nearly black beer with no head. lightly smoky nose with milk chocolate and lots of burnt toast. love the big burnt toast flavors in this one. pepper has only a small part here with a light peppery finish. fudgy with toast mostly. palate is medium with low carbonation. proudly continues the tradition of awesome FTB series dark beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle - almost complete black pour, with a little light creeping in around the edges - moderate tan lace - nose is toffee, chocolate, dark fruit/berries, light smoke and mild chili character and earthiness - moderate carbonation, slick mouthfeel - flavor is fairly sweet up front, with notes of toffee, berry/fruitiness and charred sugars - tail end brings a slight bitterness and notes of coffee - pepper character does not manifest until the finish, a moment or two after you swallow - just a little heat, but it builds up the more sips you take - a mild smokiness in the finish compliments this well - a little light bodied for the abv - not as good as last years smoked beer, but another winner in the Fade to Black series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Pours inky black with thin chocolate head, aroma of chocolate and some coffee. Flavor is chocolate, anise, smoke and some bitter coffee, chile pepper flavor isnít there, but if you wait a minute after you sip, you feel the heat creep in the back of your throat and on the tongue, pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7496) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
On tap during the Milk Stout Nitro release party during 2011 GABF. Heavy black with a dissipating head. Big rich aroma of roasted black malt, licorice, and some dark roasted pepper tone going on, leaving an herbal spicy finish on the nose. Texture is perfectly smooth and velvety. Flavor has some roasted black malts with subtle chocolate, a lot of kilned dark cereal grains, smoke, and beef jerkey. The pepper tone is kinda faint, and really plays of the smoked malt to create that beef jerkey vibe. Not really my thing but still well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4337) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Nearly black with red-brown highlights at the edges and a tan head,. Decent retention and fairly good lacing. The smoky aroma features dark roasted malts with a subtle hint of chile pepper. Surprisingly sweet and floral/fruity. Quite complex. ABV rather apparent. Mildly bitter taste with plenty of roasted malts and a moderate dose of chile pepper: enough to produce a clear flavor contribution and some heat (just short of a burn). Some coffee and smoke in the lasting, but not especially enjoyable, finish. Feels a bit thin and has heat from the chilies. Good carbonation excepting it makes the body feel lighter than it would with less carbonation.

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