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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Tasted from 12oz bottle into nucleated pint glass. It poured a mostly opaque black color with thin ring of tan bubbles. Aromas of dark toast, mildly fruity ale esters, subtle smoked/roasted pepper essence. Flavors of a mellow, balanced, well-rounded dark ale plus the smoked/roasted pepper again. Very little heat, but it built-up slightly with each drink in the roof of the mouth. I’ve had many beers with sweet or spicy peppers; this one was by far the best. Slight tartness and grainy dryness, clean, more like a Schwartzbier than a typical porter. Quite awhile after I finished it, I kept feeling the alcohol, and only then did I learn it was 7.2% Unusually complex and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (1941) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 17, 2012
12 fl oz bottle. Roasted malt, coffe aromas. Pours really dark, with nice tan head. Poor lacing. Medium to full body, soft carbonation and oily texture. Flavour is roasted, bitter cocoa, and very spicy, pepper. Aftertaste is warming, and spicy, very long. Quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
txspartan (966) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2012
Smokey citrus aroma. Gently, though. Thick and syrupy. More smokey flavour. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (3129) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2012
thnx to dennoman for the tip on this beer and where to get is ( www.smaaknavigatie.nl) dark brown ( not total black) beer with a ’good ’ taste( nothing great there ) . the thing i like about it is that you do get the peppery feeling in your troat when you drink it, but the pepper taste doesnt ruin it all. very niceley brewed, but a bottle is to much . you could drink one completeley, but you’ll probabley onley enjoy it till halfway...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7919) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2012
Very small beige-ochre head, fast gone over deep-brown beer. Chocolate, point of mocha, burnt and noisette or straciatella . caramelly peanut-filling for chocolate bars, and something artificial-aromatic, as fuel. Bitterish-sweet, with a very nice point of acidity. Finish is hot/alcoholic - roasted and fades away very slowly. Warming up, it gets hot finally revealing the pepper. Very heated (why isn’t the ABV on the label? How to expect the US finally adopting an adult attitude towards alcohol if the breweries themselves grovel and bow?). Slick, but rather undercarbonated. Long hot peppery aftertaste. Serious beverage, rather like it. For a pepper beer, very restrained.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drostj (105) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle. Dark black with a light head. Very rich smoky malted aroma. Rich full taste with a big dose of licorice and dark roasted malt; slightly sweet and a bit peppery. Full rich feel in the mouth. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2408) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 1, 2012
0,355 bottle, Csakajósör.
Dark brown with a steady tan head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malts, pepper. The peppers a bit in the finish it is very nicely integrated overall. Medium to heavy body with a light pepper, bittersweet chocolate, and mild chalky finish. A nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thanatosti (906) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2012
35,5 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Bert’s Bierhuis, Utrecht. Pours pitch black with virually no head. Aroma of roasted malts with some smokeyness. Taste is very porterlike, smoky roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate but very soon the pepper bite kicks in. It’s not scorching hot but certainly recognizable. the aftertaste is accentuated by the chilis and the roasted malts, and is long lasting. To be honest I bought this one for the label and the name reference to my old love Metallica but it stands on its own as a really good beer with character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6241) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2012
355 ml bottle.
Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a minimal white head. Aroma of roasted malts, rye bread and ash. Flavour of roasted malts, bread, raisins and some tingling spiciness. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery at first, but it then builds up to a bit heavier after the pepper kicks in. Finishes peppery with mellow caramel and some roastiness. At first this felt like a disappointment, but after a while this really got interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6828) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
355 ml bottle. Bottled 11/03/2011. From bierzwerg.de.
Aroma is roasted malt and cigarette ash. Flavour is roasted malt, sweetness, some warming peppers and sprinkle of hops. Aftertaste is a bit warming. The heat builds up. After all the pepperness is quite subtle.

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