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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Dark garnet pour with a tan head. Good retention. Recedes to a thin layer of bubbles at the surface. Aroma is smoke, getting some red (hot) chili pepper with a touch of Flea and Anthony Kiedis, hint of coffee. Sweet up front which slowly leads to bitter and finishes balanced with a mild burning in the back of the throat. Not a bad burn, either. Medium-full body, medium low carbonation, hard to tell if there is any alcohol warmth as it could be masked by the peppers. Good beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brinehart (212) - Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Cask presentation at the brewery. I was excited to try this beauty on cask, but was a little disappointed. Nose was very subtle and the beer a bit flabby. Pours black with a tan head with beautiful ruby and mahogany hues. Very balanced all the way through with roasty and chocolaty flavors, with chili pepper in the background. The chili flavor is long though - which is nice. I also tried the regular tap version and liked it better. Much better and more vibrant nose and chili flavors. Would give it 7, 4, 8, 3, 16.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Pours a nearly opaque black with ruby around the edges and a thin brown head. I detect mostly coffee in the aroma. There’s a good roasted malt sweetness in the flavor, becoming dry and mildly hoppy in the aftertaste. The excellent mouthfeel is appropriately smooth and thick. I don’t know if the smoky pepper and licorice are actually "embossed" like the brewer’s descriptions says, nor do I notice an "herbal smoke ring flourish" (which just sounds like stoner talk to me). Good beer though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Aroma - Smells like a nice java stout Appearance - Deep dark brown, light head Taste - slight smoky flavor Palate - Creamy finish Overall - I’m not a huge porter fan, but this is a pretty tasty bear for a variation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
makromaniak (129) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2013
Okay...i have to use the amount of characters that Ratebeer says soooo...nice porter but a bit unbalanced...nice try though

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Looks and pours like a stout / porter. Smells like a porter (maybe it’s too cold right now?) Tastes interesting and fantastic! Cola and coffee with some pepper sharpness though the most interesting thing is how the pepper hits ya in the back of the throat in the finish! Very cool, unexpected and tasty. Mrs. Brooha thinks it would go great with cheese of some sort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerm719 (119) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Mild nose. Mild sweet chocolate, roasted chipotle peppers. Light lactose, bit of earthy hops. Nice body, long finish. Almost like a chocolate covered (very mild) jalapeño. Niced balanced well made chili porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - APR 16, 2012
Left hand continues to produce good beers. FtB is a strong porter, with pepper-chocolate aroma, average long nose-feeling. Taste is quite well balanced in every part. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2011
aroma - malt on the nose, toffee, nuts appearance - very dark, handsome light tan head taste - dark chocolate, cedar, the pepper is there but light. palate - light cream, soft bubbles. very nice

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