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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Imperial Stout aged 11 months in Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey barrels with cacao nibs, ancho cilies, vanilla beans, and cinnamon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeteyPie (5) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
750ml bottle shared with the Savages. Aroma: Wonderful dark chocolate with a little cinnamon and chili heat. Appearance: So dark. So very dark. Very little head/retention. Taste: Wow. This is like drinking dark chocolate, with a light cinnamon burn and chili pepper heat at the finish. A little whiskey on the back end as well, not nearly as assertive as I expected. Palate: Very light carbonation, big, heavy body, but easy to drink for the size and minimal alcohol noticeable. Overall: I normally am not a fan of barrel-aged beers, but this was absolutely incredible. So delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (494) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a thin creamy light brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, slight mint. Flavor is delicious cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, roasted goodness. Medium to heavy body with a creamy full mouthfeel. Absolutely wonderful beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2014
2014 Vintage
Tasted on 8/2/14 with the Savages from a 750mL bottle, huge thanks to peteypie for sharing this one! Pours completely black with a thin brown head that slowly recedes, leaving a thin collar. The nose is really quite amazing with tons of cinnamon, coconut, dark chocolate, coffee, sweeter milk chocolate, and just a touch of chili pepper burn on the nostrils. The flavor is more focused on the bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon, with all of the coconut and vanilla oak notes underlying, and some chili pepper heat starting to peak through on the back of the palate. The body is full with just a bit more carbonation than I like on a beer this big, and a long bitter dark chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, and chili pepper heat finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (626) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
22 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, coconut aroma, spicy finish, some hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (240) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
On tap at FOBAB 2013 and again at Great Taste of the Midwest 2014. The pour was a dark brown, near black...fairly opaque and had a small mocha-brown head. Nice aromas of cocoa, pepper spice, vanilla with a mild oak and alcohol. Taste is nicely balanced as you would expect from the nose. Nothing is jumping out and dominating the palate, but each ingredient makes it;s presence known. Nice cocoa and vanilla sweetness that cuts the pepper heat and barrel character nicely. Just wishing it was a bit more "bold" in terms of body and character. Typical gluttonous expectations. Finishes a bit "hot", but fairly balanced. I get more of the sweetness in the back end where I was hoping for some dry cocoa to harmonize with the alcohol. All in all, a great beer that I look forward to trying again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2200) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Aroma: Cinnamon, Chocolate, Sweet Bread Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Cinnamon, Chocolate, Mild Cake Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Batch 1 bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a dark brown with tan head that diminshes to nothing. The aroma is marshmellow, roast, peppers, cinnamon. Medium mouthfeel with cinammon and pepper and chocolate fudge, nice boozy finish, wow really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour. Black pour with brown head. Coffee, roasted, coffee, roasted sweet malt, cinnamon, chocolate flavors. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ataraxia (385) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Sweet aroma of cinnamon, chocolate, syrup, toffee, and chili peppers. Mix of sweetness and peppery finish. Full bodied, smooth, and fairly creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dfonorow (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle share in Orland Park. Pour is very dark brown with no head. Aroma of chocolate syrup, cinnamon, oak chips, vanilla, and roaste grain. Flavor is similar with added notes from the barrel aging - whiskey, vanilla extract, oak, molasses, and liquorice. Great.

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