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RATINGS: 307   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Caramel and chocolate malts benefit from fruity angles before pepper balances out the second half and lingers thoroughly on the palate.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the dark brown-edged blackness.
-This is nicely drinkable despite the plump residual sugars.
-Carbonation is soft, helping drinkability.
-Malt structure is relatively simple but effective.
-This is an obvious pairing with steaks of all kinds.

Bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
Bottles from Caponeís and Blue Dog. Pours onyx with little to no light through and a half a finger of tan head. Nose is very Celebratory...like liquid Wheaties and not much else, perhaps a bit of blackstrap molasses. Tastes like Wheaties, with a medium palate heft and complexity. Initially, I didnít really get any tobacco or peppers or even hops in this. As it warms, the peppery flavor (black) emerges, as do some hops, but it becomes a little too late for a rating pop. This one ultimately is a minor let down.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, 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 isnít 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8107) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Gent, Belgium 26th May 2012 had this sat outside Frank (camper) at Knaus camping, Nuremburg, Germany Monday 4th June 2012 Fade to Black, Volume 3 Pepper Porter. Wonderful warmth from the off but it is never too much. Pours black canít see through it with a tan head I think, supping this whilst snaffling some Bavarian black bread that is wonderfully sour. Smooth and even a little creamy with that background warmth and a light toasty roastiness. Lovely. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Pour out of bottle is dark blackish brown with tan head, aroma has notes of pepper, anise, toffee, chocolate and coffee, with slight hints of dark raisin. Taste is nice balance of anise, lots of smoke and pepper notes, going into dark fruit, toffee, and some molasses, nice coffee and roast notes finishing bitter. Nicely done.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
12oz bottle. Pitch-black opaque color, except for the very edges. Minimal light tan head. A single, reaching finger or lacing. The name "pepper porter" is accurate, here, and I respect that. If you drink any faster than sipping pace, your palate is blasted by straight black pepper. A similar taste to what youíd get if you buried a bit of whatever it was that youíre eating in a little mountain of fine black pepper, a definite imbalance. If a brew is going for a unique flavor, however, I always want to applaud it if it manages to not hold back. If a featured ingredient is too subtle, then thatís worthless, you know? The amount of pepper flavor is definitely impressive, but it almost hurts, itís so big. Certainly reduces the drinkability, and washes out the nice, initial sweet taste. Some chocolate taste under there, somewhere. A for effort, and for achieving what I assume was the intended result -- canít say that this isnít unique... Just pretty difficult to drink, is all. This would probably be much better enjoyed with a massive meal, like a huge steak, or a bowl of mashed potatoes (just hold the pepper). Have to admit, though, it does grow on me as I go...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7933) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7512) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
On tap @ Radio Maria. Near black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is so nice-- sweet tobacco, light cocoa, subtle smoke. The palate is surprisingly low on sweetness despite the nose, with hard roast playing front and centre, with traits of bitter chocolate, hints of liquorice, and a mild peppery heat that sneaks up on you in the finish. The pepperiness builds over time too, so by the end I was much more aware of it than in the beginning. Quite elegant and nicely structured.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7450) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Tap. Very dark pour with ruby highlights. Head is a clingy off-white. Nose is roasted malts and a hint of sweetness. Smooth palate with a bit of weight. Taste is very interesting - roasty malts at first, then some chocolate, and then here comes the pepper! Awesome!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium sized thin tan head. Roast and a touch of chocolate, hints of caramel, vanilla, and dark cocoa. Dark roast, chocolate, cocoa, roast. Not much pepper initially, but thereís a nice spicy black pepper note that kicks in slowly. Roast and chocolate and a bit more pepper spice on the finish. Nice.


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