jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 I’m 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 I’d have again
olr1984 (1116) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 750ml bottle pours a dark oily black with a tan head. bourbon chili cinnamon chocolate and roasted malt taste
ericdevin (874) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at de Garde, Tillamook. Pours a dark brown black, little bit of dark brown head. Aroma lovely, smoky chiles, cacao, roasted grain character. Body very arch and dry, some spice, but also a slight roasty bitterness and some warming. Complex and lovely, bringing together some of my true favorites.
gregwilsonstl (1123) - Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super dark black. Loads of nibs and subtle hints of coffee. Thick. Cherry? Really strong.
ajnepple (2418) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barrels & Bottles. Black appearance with a lingering brown head. Aroma and flavor of dark fruits, licorice, anise, molasses, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, light spices and a touch of peppers. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel. Pretty nice.
umich03jm (2118) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2014 Bottle, thanks John for sharing! Pitch black pour with a small creamy, tan head that collects to a nice ring. Aroma is fainter than expected but still very good. Cinnamon cookies, chocolate, roast, vanilla, and a hint of smokey peppers. Tastes good too. Strong vanilla and roast, moderate chocolate, light cinnamon and a very light pepper heat in the finish. Not a smooth as I was hoping. A very good imperial stout but I was hoping for better. This may be an old bottle so I hope to revisit with a fresh one some time.
solidfunk (4321) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful beer. Light touch of cinnamon gives this a unique twist, and chili adds spice. Thick texture, with lots of poignant roast amplified by spiciness. Pours black with mocha head and lacing. Nearly as good as the barrel-aged version I had a couple weeks ago but for once I must defer to the barrel as being slightly more perfect. Bottle pour at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary.
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black/brown pour with a watery head and lace. Aroma is large coffee, anise, and chocolate. Flavor is sweet chocolate anise, coffee, and a light smoke.. Medium bodied with good carbonation. nice beer
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that goes away. Big complex roasty sweet nose; dark malt sugars followed by gentle peppery counterpoint followed by dark chocolate. Sticky thick body with soft carb. Very cookie-ish mid palate with caramel and peppers and chocolate all rolling through. Never heavy or cloying or overbearing, but still dessert-y. Lovely complex beer.
Experiment_Ale (1042) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours black with a circle of brown bubbles. Aroma is big bold dark overpowering malt, sharp malt in the direction of rubber but not too bad. Taste is kind of rubber, dark sharp roasted malt, but still complex and interesting for a base stout. It is a good drinking beer on its own, but I see a lot of potential in barrel aging.
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a deep khaki head. Nose is sticky malts, vanilla, pepper, licorice, light alcohol and chewy. Great palate, chewy malts, chocolate, vanilla, pepper, hunt of alcohol.