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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottled On: 09/22/11.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, light tan, spumy head. No more than a few pencil-prick dots of lace on the way down.

Smell: Already, I get a little sniff of the peppers emanating up from the glass as I pour. Forward notes of chiles, with the roasty, chocolate-scented malts coming in second. Light trace of smokiness, too.

Taste: Sweet, malty beginnings of chocolate bar, caramel, sweetened coffee, and toast. Very slight smokey character preceding a smooth albeit spicy chile quality with, thankfully, no more heat that needed. The hops, at best, add a light spicy hint to aid the peppers, but, for the most part, stay out of the way of the ’guest’ flavoring agent. Faint dark fruitiness. Malty, drying, lightly chile-accented finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Well-rounded, it’s note just a bland, no-thought beer with a gimmicky addition of chiles thrown in, but a fairly smooth, flavorful porter integrated with the heat-inducing peppers. Nice job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
black pour with a slim tan head. big ash / smoke nose with layers of raisin, pepper and licorice. medium to full body - smooth > with hot peppers creeping up over the tongue followed by light smoke, roasted malts and sweet dark fruits in the background. perfect balance of smoke and peppers. hot finish from the peppers, but not too hot... mixed in with sweet malts and grapes / raisin notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle at Papago. Dark brown, tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses up front, followed by a nice spicy pepper note. Flavor is a nice mix of smoke, peat, pepper and toasty goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5499) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Pours mahogany tinged black into a Sam glass. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving scant sheets to skim surface. Sweet milk chocolate and espresso aromas. Thin with upfront smoked pit fruit turning to chocolate before the lasting peppery resin finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Aroma of cocoa, chocolate malt, and smokey hops. Pours black with a very small brown head. Tastes sweet with chocolate and malts up front. it finishes with smoke, pepper and a little alcohol. delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2850) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap @ Petrol Station. Pours nearly black with a thin tan head. Rich smoky aroma. Complex flavor of chocolate malt, roasted pepper and smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Dark near black pour with decent tan head. Awesome chili coffee roast nose. Flavor is surprisingly not chili peppers up front, but damn do they sneak up on you later. Flavor is a little cayane pepper, and awesome underlying imp stout base, chocolate, coffee, roast. Very good brew. But damn it causes some heartburn!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Black with decent, creamy, tan head / Good nose of tobacco, roast coffee, and cream / Full body, chewy, good balance and dry, spicy, finish / Mellow but full flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco, dark roast coffee, and hot black & cayenne pepper / Nicely done, but black pepper a little overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ExpendableHero (854) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2011
This was fantastic. Black beer, with a thin, brown head. Aromas of spicy peppers, and a little bit of smoke. Tastes of the usual dark coffee, dark chocolate, and dark licorice... all quite nice. The kicker is that the whole time those flavors are going on there is a spicy pepper taste singing your taste buds, this lingers for a while. Very good stuff, the pepper taste really opens up the beer, and make the other flavors much more enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
briangray77 (14) - Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2012
[12 oz bottle] Aroma on this beer is muted a bit, but there is some cocoa nibs and a touch of earthy smoke. Ebony pour with minimal, fizzy head - though forgivable because of the oils from the peppers. Taste is divine - sweet cocoa maltiness on the tip of the tongue with a long earthy chili taste in the back of the throat...nice complexity. A touch more body than most peppers - probably from the effect of the chilies. I normally would have a half pint of chili beer max...but this is downright drinkable. Best chili beer I’ve had to date, and AMAZING on cask at the Left Hand tasting room

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