Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of roasted malt, lots of oak, and mild chilies. Flavor was similar to regular dragons milk, lots of oak and roast with a lasting chile burn. Solid.
MaroonOrange (81) - - JUL 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla.Smooth with a spicy finish. The chilies provide a nice kick, but are balanced nicely and don’t affect the flavor. Taste is dark chocolate, berries, and oak. Body is moderate for an imperial stout. Nice use of the chilies.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep opaque brown body, thin ring of beige carbonation. Lots of oak in the nose with muddy coffee, vanilla bean, and chocolate notes mixing in. Warming, very oaky body, muddy with bourbon, coffee bean, sweet toasted marshmallow, and spicy peppers that very nicely complement the oak barrel and dark malts. Still relatively hollow-bodied, although I never considered this beer a classic Imperial Stout.
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at crunchy's. Opaque deep brown with virtually no head. Heavy chocolate and vanilla aromas with a bit of chili at the end. Chilies really make the vanilla and bourbon pop in a great way. Slight heat in the finish.
RespertFTW (344) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. A lot going on here but in a good way. Aroma bourbon/carmel/malt/chocolate. Almost no head. Taste is sweet bourbon/chocolate/malt and you really don’t even taste or smell any chilies until the spicy finish. Nice beer. Not as full bodied as a lot of other bbl stouts though.
BrothaBace (1) - Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I truly believe this beer could challenge KBS’s heavyweight title of MI b-b-aged beers...... AMAZING!
valpoaj (594) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FOBAB ’12 - completely missed this one early, then a friend told me to try it - something about a Dragon’s Milk barrel, but I didn’t hear what else...guess I wasn’t cognizant enough to make any connection to what I was about to experience - anyway, pour = black, thin head recedes quickly. Aroma is roasted, sweet malt and some spicy notes, pepper, and a bit of coffee. Flavor is sweet chocolate, roasted malt up front, then, woah! Chiles kick in solidly and really heat things up - boozy as well down the stretch. Palate is actually very, very smooth, but with considerable heat from both the bourbon as well as the chile extract. That being said - very good beer - I’d notch it below the GI Ghost Pepper from the previous year (will I ever go back and enter those ratings?) but still a very nice melding of spice and sweet.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deep blackish body, glowing copper edges and bottom. Small loose tannish head dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are gentle spice, oak, and roast. Kiss of vanilla, spirit, pepper, toast. Initial is roasty and cocoa, gentle spice, cocoa, and more toasty elements. Vanilla, barrel, and toffee, biscuits. Sweeter toffee, black malts, and cocoa. Middle shows some peppery spice, oak. Backend is gentle spice, cocoa, vanillam lingering bit of peppery heat. Touches of oak, vanilla, and a gentle kiss of dark fruit. Pretty solid, a touch thin, pleasant pepper and gentle barrel.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a light brown with a brown that dissipates almost immediately to the edges. Aroma has coffee and sweet dark grains up front with a hint of chillies and bourbon. Flavor has dark sweet grains and roasted malts up front with some coffee and then chillies and boozy bourbon in the finish.
crossovert (5640) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my fav chilies, a well-made stout, bourbon. It doesn’t get much better than this one.