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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (10199) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle @ Johns. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, little pepper. Flavor malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and later on a nice pepper burn. Medium body, soft carbonation, nice warming peppers in the finish. 220113

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
pivnizub (10136) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle: Very, very deep ruby-amber coloured, presumably clear, auickly collapsing tanned head, roasty to smoky sweetish-fruity nose; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; slightly drier, slightly more bitter, but still sweet-caramelly finish with a t h r o a t - s c r a t c h i n g peppery aftertaste. The pepper spoils the beer…

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2011
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a dark brown almost black with a small beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a smoke and pepper malt. Medium mouthfeel with a raisin malt and licorice with a nice peppery finish. A good Brew from Left hand.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
Bottles from Capone’s 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 didn’t 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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 you’d get if you buried a bit of whatever it was that you’re 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 that’s worthless, you know? The amount of pepper flavor is definitely impressive, but it almost hurts, it’s 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 -- can’t say that this isn’t 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...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9579) - 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 can’t 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
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, 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 (9548) - 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 there’s a nice spicy black pepper note that kicks in slowly. Roast and chocolate and a bit more pepper spice on the finish. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9538) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9469) - 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 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.


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