berntholer (949) - Antwerp, - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
beighe head with orange haze (!) that disappears quickly with lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of coffeee, mocha, chocolate and smoked malt. taste of liquorice, smoked malts, vanilla and coffee. after a while the habanero chili really comes through, but never dominates too much. quite dense mouthfeel, i imagine in part due to the pumpkin. the high abv is well hidden. bottle 33 cl
jtclockwork (8627) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Bottle. Pours very dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of pumpkin, roast chocolate, chili pepper and coffee. Medium body.
Tmoney99 (10841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample. Poured clear black color with an small tan head that lasted and produced fair lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt, hot spice and herb aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth dry texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted spice sweet & hot flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a complex dark beer.
DrSilverworm (6601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dutchís. Dang, this stuff is pretty impressive, beginning with the appearance. Pours a pitch black color, with a nice thin brown head, leaving good, thicker lace. Head soon fades to a thinner amount, though, leaving minimal lace. Bigger body. Good chewy thicker texture to it, more slick finish. Lighter carbonation. Great big roast malt, some coffee, little dark fruit, hints of dark chocolate. Nice amount of habanero on the back end, that seems to linger for the perfect length of the time. Good for sipping, does not impede drinkability. 11.6% alcohol is very well-hidden beneath the big flavor and big body. Iím only taking small sips at a time of this (maybe because of the habanero), but in those small sips there is no heat, burn or bite. Just a nice kick from the habanero. Bigger bitterness it seems, more bitter than sweet. Moderate sweet taste still, though, and the spicy kick at the end. Overall, pumpkin is very subtle, here, maybe even not noticeable at all. It seems to lend a bit of creaminess, but itís none of the classic pumpkin flavor youíd expect, not anywhere near as obvious as other pumpkin stouts/porters Iíve tried. Very cool big roasty habanero imperial stout, though. Damn, this is sneaking up on me... Great one to sip on slowly!
daje (2602) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Haand Festival 2014. Black body with a low beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. Taste of peppers, light spicy without overdoing it, salt licorice, prunes, roasted malt. Medium bitterness with a sweet and spicy finish. A very interesting take in my opinion.
Brigadier (3030) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Louisville (KY)
A big boozy mess of stout flavors and spices, this beer was ordered in a four ounce pour because I could not resist the description. Thankfully it at least counts a new country tick because otherwise this beer is a total disaster. There arenít any signs of infection but all problems stem from the addition of habanero. I am not a huge fan of extremely spicy beers in general much less a style that does not work well with the heat.
Aroma / Appearance - The rich black inky base and beige head are typical of an imperial stout. Smoky chocolate, coffee, and fruits are present. Unfortunately they soon get overpowered by a strong spicy aspect that is like pure habanero extract poured into the secondary tank.
Flavor / Palate - Spices slam the palate immediately. The burning sensation makes it hard to enjoy the coffee, chocolate, and malty tones that would otherwise make this a pleasing and well made imperial stout. Take away the peppers and it would be another face in the crowd. Instead it is like that guy in Times Square wearing a tacky bright orange plaid shirt - hard to forget but you wish you could.
Zoret (99) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromes de fruita caramelitzada, pastis de poma, alcohol i cafť, color negre amb tocs vermellosos, escuma densa i fosca. Sabor persistent de cafť i alcohol, cacao, regalessia... No trobo el chile per enlloc.. :(
alexsdad06 (5608) - Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Mikkeller Bar San Fransisco. Pours dark brown to black with reddish highlights and a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark berry like fruit character, coffee, mild spices, some peppery heat, some alcohol, warming, the body was a bit thin, interesting and Iím glad to have had a shot at this, could really benefit from a bigger body and thicker mouthfeel.
yngwie (13844) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Haand Festival -14. Itís an almost clear one, dark brown in color and with a small, tan head on top. The aroma has cocoa, chili hints, roasted malts and some coffee hints. Thereís lots of chili warmth in the mouth, with cocoa, coffee and chili fruit. Warming, chili warming, full-bodied and with a soft carbonation. Lasting chili and roasted malts finish. A bit roasted in the finish this one, else itís a really fine chili beer. 140523
mansquito (3458) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn tap: Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma is roast, minerals, dirt, some dark chocolate. Taste is very bitter and mineral-full. I canít say that I really identified pumpkins or habaneros in this, so much as I identified plenty of bitterness. Perhaps the pumpkin gave the beer some of the bitterness? In any case, I didnít really like this all that much. Interesting idea though.
Cunningham (4678) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Black color with a fine beige head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, dark malt and CHILLI.
Palate: Full body. Tad sweet and a moderate bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate, licorice, mild fruity and CHILLI.
Overall impression: My goodness the chilli was strong in this one.
Personal stats: On tap @ Haand 14 in Drammen, Norway. Part of a trade including a t-shirt and 100 norwegian kroner.