TracksideBeer (34) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small brown head that leaves minimal lacing. Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of cinnamon? Chocolate really comes through with a slight pepper burn on the finish that lingers for a while. Not much carbonation while the mouthfeel is a little light. Overall great beer. Extra points overall for surprising me with the cayenne pepper!
rodenbach99 (3515) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Description: Stout Aromatisé au chocolat, vanille et poivre de cayenne brassé par Paddock Wood pour le Sherbrooke liquor store.
Comment: Bouteille de 341ml partagée avec Patrick.
Visuel: Ce stout est brun très foncé, la mousse est beige.
Olfactif: Le nez est très odorant. Les effluves de vanille, de cerises, de fraises et de poivre s’entremêlent.
Gustatif: La bouche est intense, ronde, le chocolat est bien présent, il y a de la vanille et du café. La texture est huileuse. La finale est piquante.
Résumé: Un cocktail aztèque à partager.
Note: 7/10 pour la qualité pas pour la facilité à boire.
SlovakSniper (3826) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(From Vertical Bacon Strips) The general aspect : Black body with a ring of foam. Light lacing. The nose : Full of milk and bitter chocolate. Fresh vanilla pod and light peppery perfume. The taste : Flavors are sweet – fudge, vanilla, flavored coffee – but quickly hit by hot and spicy flavors of pepper. The mouthfeel: Very nice palate. Medium body. Very soft carbonation. Silky texture. The finale: Nice heat on the taste buds. The appreciation: Chocolate and pepper: a bold and brilliant marriage.
thb (747) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impenetrably black. Head is quite brown, quite plentiful. Aromas - principally roasty malts, but there’s also some dark chocolate. The cayenne shows up in the nose too. Flavour opens up with roasty malts, dark chocolate makes an appearance. Finish is bitter roast and significant pepperiness at the back of the mouth. Lightly carbonated. Quite an oily mouthfeel.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at beer bros. Solid black. Off white head. Aromas o milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Taste is a little bland actually. Dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. Aftertaste is quite spicy on the back of the throat.
canuck_j (80) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderfully different chocolate stout with a cayenne pepper finsh.
Might have been cloying without the heat, I think it’s a great addition to a marvellous chocolate stout. Cheers!
derfinzi (1) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours with a dark brown/black colour, on the nose light notes of bitter hot chocolate. This same flavour profile continues on the palate, but a light spicy aftertaste that lingers.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Torontoblue. Deep opaque liquid decants a creamy cappuccino head. Leaves sticky lace on the sides of the glass. The nose is pure dark chocolate and roast with a bit of minty hops. Sweet, chocolaty, and roasty bitter with a perfect chipotle sting at the back of the palate. Incredible balance of the elements in this one. Creamy, warming, and spicy finish, full bodied, excellent. Thanks Sid!
VertBaconStrips (2163) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Review from Nov 2010. Found this review on a crinkled up piece of paper in a drawer along with a bunch of other lost reviews. Word for word: black, medium dark brown ring and a small head. plenty (i think that’s what it says) of coffee, peppers, chocolate, a bit sweet, lots more chocolate - this will be good. Good coffee flavour eases you in and then the massive heat slams into me like a train. That happens and the rich aroma with some heat especially when warmer follows shortly behind. 15 mins later: very chocolately and much more heat that punches at the upper end of my throat. Nice heat!
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought this on a Tuesday, went back to Sherbrooke Wednesday and had a chat with the creator of the beer - then went home and drank the beer. Quite coincidental.
Heartstopper poured a dark and near-opaque black with chestnut brown edges when held to a light source. One finger of tan head developed with average retention and minimal - but present - lacing.
The aroma is initially spicy which yields to reveal a dark malt backbone and touch of sweetness - presumably from the vanilla.
The taste teases you for a real quick second with some dark and roasted malts before the spice from the cayenne does its thing on your tongue. There isn’t enough time before the spice to assess the quality of the underlying stout but it gives you a peak. Once the spice subsides and the sip mellows in the middle you can taste the dark malts and some smooth chocolate. After the swallow the finish and aftertaste bring back the spice bigger than before. If you give it a few minutes between sips you will see the vanilla make itself known late in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was smooth with an appropriate amount of carbonation for this beer. If it was over carbonated I think the spice and carbonation would not agree with each other.
Overall - this was a great beer and a very interesting concept to sample. Kudos to recipe author and tester and Paddock Wood for following through on it.