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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Ale brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, and cinnamon sticks.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
bottle... really great looking beer, super dark black body with an equally dark tan head, good carbonation, just great coloring... on the aroma I get a big initial burst of the cinnamon, a bit of peper and a little chocolate, good but Im not a big cinnamon fan so its not great for me... the best thing about the tasting experience is the mouthfeel, full and coating, thankfully the cinnamon fades on the taste, as do the peppers, get more nibs and chocolate flavors than anything... solid beer Id have again


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8480) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2016
Tap. Pitch black with a nice, brown head. Spicy nose, big cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate. Very spicy flavor, tons of cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa, with a touch of chili. A bit too much cinnamon maybe, but rich and luscious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (5568) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle pour at Kevins. Big sticky chocolate roast with creamy mouthfeel. Some chili. So nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, chili pepper, cinnamon, light alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, cacao, cinnamon, vanilla bean, chili, spicy, alcohol finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (619) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Dark black brown, no head. Molasses, light chili spice, some vanilla. Quite bitter, light spice, quite sweet. Heavy body, long finish. Oily. Great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emusche (127) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2016
On tap at Crafty Cow, pours black with thin tan head; nice lacing. Aromas of vanilla bean, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and faint notes of pepper. Taste is very similar, cinnamon is most prominent, but the vanilla/cocoa/pepper blend is prevalent in the palate as well. Very good. Glad I had the chance to try this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (1038) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Bomber. Clear dark reddish brown with thick brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, roasted malt, chili peppers, dark chocolate, light vanilla and caramel. Flavor is cinnamon, roasted malt, dark chocolate, chili peppers, vanilla, and light caramel. Medium plus bodied, smooth with spice filled finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (415) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2016
750ml bottle enjoyed @ home, thanks to Tom! Pours pitch black with a small but semi-long lasting brown head. Aroma is delicious! Roasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, raisins and some peppery chili. Flavour is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Full bodied, thick and oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is cinnamon, chocolate and christmas cake-like. Very pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Tap at mikkeller bar sf. Attractive jet black coloured pour with a creamy dark tam head. Aroma is Jamaica cake, spicy, raisin and coffee roasted grains. Flavour is composed of spicy chili and choc, cocoa, veg pepper, vanilla, and a little toasted coconut. Rich dark choc. Palate is full and creamy, smooth on the tongue. Moderate carbonation. Very creamy. I like it. Good chilli choc combo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Brown/ black with the aroma of cinnamon. Sweet, and mildly spicy like a molè, but fairly drinkable. I think this could use some wood, so will have to look for those versions. Massively overpriced, though at $24/750. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrettTaylor (696) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2016
This was bottled in Nov 2013 - cellared until now. Pours a very very dark brown, but not black. Head is thick and the color of dark chocolate milk with subtle undertones of pink. Aroma - cocoa nibs, spicy sweetness presumably from the peppers, and some coffee underneath. Taste - (wow) this awesome. Full of cocoa, slightly spicy notes from the anchos, dark roasted malts (not as strong as black malt) - its kind of like a slightly spice mocha. Mouthfeel is full and thick, really coats the tongue and the spiciness and cocoa linger for a good long time. Man this is awesome!


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