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RATINGS: 299   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (4285) - The Hague, 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 (7502) - 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.

   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 doesn’t 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 – as said above – then pepper at the end. It’s 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. It’s not balanced, the pepper phase dries up all the rest. I have tried smoke beers but this too inconsistent for me. I’ll never have it again if I can avoid. Good experiment but just for one time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutz (490) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2012
Flesje. Bijna zwarte kleur, de kraag is snel verdwenen. Ruikt kruidig, peper,stroop. Smaakt kruidig en peperig.Het bier heeft een hele branderige, pittige afdronk en nasmaak. Het is allemaal wel apart maar het bier heeft helaas weinig body en weinig koolzuur en hierdoor smaakt het ook wat dun en vlak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
freretoc (441) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 3, 2014
Une bière riche mais peut être un peu trop "herbée" bien mais pas top à goûter les autres volumes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, baby diapers, light coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, light pepper, and raisins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dagimp (685) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap at the Institute Philly. Pours a deep black with some brownish head. Mild aroma of coffee. Mouthfeel is dry and moderately thick. Definitely more of a stout than a porter. Taste is very peppery. I didn’t taste much chilli, only black pepper. For a pepper beer it was pretty decent. I doubt I’d get it again though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (5934) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
12-oz. Pours black and nearly still. Essentially headless. Mild roasty nose with a bit of dark chile pepper lurking around the edges. Roasty mid-palate with a little bit of kick at the end. This is essentially an unfinished beer, and it’s hard to tell whether the lack of flavor complexity is because the bubbles aren’t there to wake things up, or because they made a mediocre porter and threw peppers in in an attempt to liven up the proceedings. Disappointing after the promise of the last FTB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
capali1234 (271) - HUNGARY - JUN 11, 2012
Pours a dark oily black. Very little head. Aromas of smoke, cocoa, caramel, milk chocolate, metallic, sour and a little dark fruits.Not so good...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Dark, dark brown colored pour. Small ring of off-white bubbles. No lacing. Caramel and vanilla aroma. Taste is a bitter chocolate with hints of vanilla. Not really that spicy, but you can tell there are peppers in there after awhile in the throat. Decent, but not a wow beer. A little on the thin bodied side of things.

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