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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
MartinT (7797) - 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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7364) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (7179) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee, etwas Pfeffer. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, dann kommt die Schärfe des Pfeffers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottled. Poured cola brown with a dense cap of medium tan head. The aroma picked up a fairly aggressive dose of smoked peppers over burnt black malts and baker’s chocolate.. smoky malts stuck on the back of the nose.. not overly complex, but I enjoyed it. The flavor found smoked cherry and black patent malts at the core, with a pinch of vanilla laced throughout.. smoked peppers were evident from the get-go, and provided a fine, building warmth through the finish.. never too hot, but you certainly feel it. Medium-bodied and fairly well carbonated on the palate.. well-balanced and tasty. Not the best brew, but I’m glad there are 5 more in the basement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6854) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
12oz bottle pours darkness with weak tan head. The modest aroma offers up molasses, malt sweetened coffee, earthy chocolate notes and some dark roasted malts. Not knowing what to expect I took a swig and got a pleasing amount of chocolate, a mild amount of dark roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Hmm. Pepper, eh? Well into the finish my palate warmed and warmed as the pepper kicked in with some spicy yet smooth pepper heat. Very cool how the flavor unfolded. With each sip this grows on me too. It has rich dark roasted to chocolate malts, some smoothness across the palate and then a fairly firm level of pepper like heat into the finish that doesn’t punish but sure as hell lets you know it is there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6699) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6670) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6646) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2012
33cl from Dranken Geers, Gent. Brune claire, col fin disparaissant vire allant sur le café au lait. Arôme est épicé avec un beau bouquet malt caramel sur ce profile crème brulée caramélisée. En bouche, caramel avec une base qui me rappelle la Milk Stout de LH. Le tout sur des notes de fumé léger ainsi que un délicieux café torréfié, le tout est agrémenté de piments fumés couvrant la bouche sans pour cela prendre le dessus. Ce profile épicé accompagne la dégustation et chaque gorgée.Palais est épais, malté presque râpeux. Houblon reste discret et ajoute juste une pointe d’amertume.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6559) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle, picked up in the zly Casy downstairs fridge. Black with a thin but persistent beige head; aroma of red grape and truckstop pepper; some warming grilled capsicum flavours, a good deal of heat, some olive brine saltiness and minimal sweetness. Warming and invigorating

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