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RATINGS: 306   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2012
A black colored beer, with a beige head, disappears soon. The aroma of dark fruits with spices like pepper. The taste of dark fruits, bitter, a little burny of peppers. The aftertaste is bitter, burny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1622) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Nearly black pour with a tan head. Aroma is a mix of sweet and spicey peppers. Taste is very similar, a little bit of chcoolate roast as well. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21155) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2012
Bottled@Earl Of Essex, London. More or less pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is mild pepper, some roasted malts, liquorice and mild alcohol as well. Flavour is roasted malts, liquorice, some peppery notes along with mild ripe fruits and berries. Nice peppery aftertaste. Suits Earl Of Essex burgers well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1518) - 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 (2347) - 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 (969) - 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 (3732) - 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 (8095) - 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 (106) - 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 (2422) - 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.

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