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RATINGS: 304   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dagimp (733) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6239) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
capali1234 (272) - 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...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2322) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rangerred (949) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an opaque black with a tiny amount of carbonation that is quick to fade to nothing. Smells of cocoa and dark chocolate with a small hint of pepper evident. The heat from the peppers is immediately evident upon tasting. There is also cocoa along with some roasted malt. Hop bitterness is there as well on the finish. A nice lasting warming in the throat from the peppers. Overall this is a pretty unique beer. I thought it was just ok, though.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Bierzwerg.de.
Pours black with a small, thin, beige film head. Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, light tar, some roasted malts and a soft vegetable note. Medium carbonation, fairly light mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet, kinda sugary, mildly roasted. Finishes off with a medium, rather firm chili bite.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3366) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 7, 2012
The body is black, the head ok. It smells a bit roasty, coffee. The taste is creazy strong roasty, chili, plump a little bit creamy. 11/10/10/8/-/9

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zenkis (590) - Ogre, LATVIA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours black in color with almost no top, aroma of roasted malt with spicy-herb and smoky tones. Good bitter in taste and of course fire on the tongue from pepper. I would say that hotness from spices didn’t cover other aspects of flavor so this one from spice beer category was good for me. Must re-rate.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (6818) - 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...


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