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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3410) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin, short duration, light beige head, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is coffee, light licorice, touch of black pepper.....taste is coffee, light licorice, with a sweet molasses, medium peppery undertone, which lingers....mouth feel light, sticky, carbonation adds spritz. This is a light take on Porter. The mouth feel is very light for the style. The malt back bone does not really have much depth or complexity, except for sweetness, and the flavor adjuncts donít make up the difference. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle from world Market. This beer pours a dark brown color with slight ruby highlights. Light tan head.†

Aroma is certainly roasted and very smoky. Definitely some peat in this.†

Flavor is dark roasted notes, smoke, and beef. Light chocolate and dark bitter malts.†

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
11/16/11. 12oz bottle. Black pour, dark brown with ruby under the light, with a big creamy tan head that sticks and laces plenty. Somewhat light aroma of chocolate and roasted malts with barely a touch of salty peppery-ness that blends into an already underwhelming aroma. Sweet milky flavor that shows a bit of roasted coffee and a touch of smoke, which I can only imagine is the peppers. I must say, there is a small lingering touch of tingling that must be the peppers, but they otherwise arenít very perceptive. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Pours stout-like. Head stays for a bit. Big bold smell. Coffee. Spicy and bitter taste. Kind of rough to swallow. A lot spicier than I expected, not helpful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Somewhat interesting. Dark brown, but some transparency when held to a light. Smoke dominates the nose and palate at the expense of anything else. Decent effervescence, good finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2011
12 oz. bottle, bottled on 09/29/2011. Pours a dark but translucent cola-mahogany shade with a small, quickly fading head of smooth, dark khaki foam. After a few minutes, the head is all but gone, and only the tiniest possible spots of lace dot the glass. The nose is primarily sweet, touching on notes of crispy-baked chocolate chip cookie, mocha, toasted caramel. Subtle chili nuances are present in the background, but remain far from prominent. Flavors follow suit, again very sweet and sugary, loaded with cookie-like elements. Chili is barely detectable, showing as a blip on the radar, and not until the finish at that. I think all the sugars tend to cover it up. A drier, roastier beer would certainly lend itself to the chili heat more effectively. The palate is medium bodied, sticky, and lacking in carbonation. It truly feels like Iím mainly drinking sugar. Oh well....itís a nice concept, and itís semi-drinkable, but it falls well short of other dark chili ales that have appeared recently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Dark brown. The aroma is mainly malty porter - chocolate and perhaps a little spice. Mellow, a tiny bit peppery and a chocolate fudge accent. The pepper mainly comes through in the aftertaste for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11045) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2012
Bottle tasted at Doerak, Delft. Dark brown pour with hardly any head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Same in flavour with noticeable pepper lasting to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (9999) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lelisboa (62) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2012
I got impressed with the average rate of this beer. I mean it seems a bit overrated to me. Then I started to wonder that I was expecting something but this. So the problem is mine. Starting from the color: it is dark brown with ruby highlights. Lacing doesnít exit after 2 minutes and neither head. Aroma is complex but recognizable for smoked beers: chocolate, cocoa, smoke, liquorice, roasted malts, blablabla and pepper (my god). Well, taste comes in different levels Ė as said above Ė then pepper at the end. Itís too strong the peppery flavor that keep in your mouth and this disliked me. It seem quite unbalanced for me. And this is the problem of the beer for me. Itís not balanced, the pepper phase dries up all the rest. I have tried smoke beers but this too inconsistent for me. Iíll never have it again if I can avoid. Good experiment but just for one time.

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