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RATINGS: 300   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rangerred (864) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (10792) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3315) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zenkis (497) - 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 didnít cover other aspects of flavor so this one from spice beer category was good for me. Must re-rate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (5051) - 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 youíd get if you buried a bit of whatever it was that youíre 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 thatís worthless, you know? The amount of pepper flavor is definitely impressive, but it almost hurts, itís 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 -- canít say that this isnít 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...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Serving 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks. It pours pitch black with a fading slight tan head. The nose is earthy with slight metallic and ground black pepper. The flavor is mushroom, metallic, some caramel, soy, and aslight touch of heat from the black pepper. Medium body with a lingering off finish. Odd mix of flavors that doesnít work well together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of alcohol, pine needles, vanilla, chipotle pepper. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, burning, lightly to moderately alcoholic. A bit syrupy sweet and unclean. Not a fan of chile beers either (even though Iím a certified chilehead when it comes to food), so this one had itís work cut out from the start. Alas, not a fan even though itís not terrible.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Pours a small head of finely sized light brown quickly diminishing bubbles. The aroma is of mild dark peppery malt. The palate is tingly from start to finish with a mild peppery aftertaste. The flavor is thick with dark malty notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (5663) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
sixer, at the Coops- shared with DjMarky .. . Pours a deep cola black .. light bubbles .. low foam, almost no lacing .. . light tar, sweet roast,.. and almost no spice, basically just heat in the throat .. . a pretty damn weak beer, only when its room temp does some chilli come through, but very disappointing brew- its like they just added chilli flakes to a stout .. . . Heís spinning the ball on his finger! Just take it!

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