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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (711) - Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2014
John’s final offering. Thanks! A: Black with a thin mocha head. Nice legs. N: Big cocoa, cinnamon, pepper. Vanilla, molasses and quick bread. Black peppercorn. T: Spicy with some sweetness. M: Thick, sticky, with a light touch of carbonation to keep it off the tongue. O: A big tasty beer. The cinnamon does well in this one, though, like its brother, it is pretty spicy. I like Mexican Wedding cake in the pepper stout category, but bourbon barreling Abraxas makes it a cut above.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4130) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle at a recent RB tasting... Holy cow! Poured jet black with a thin forming, brown head. Aroma of whiskey barrels with cinnamon and chocolate. Very mole’-esq in both aroma and flavor. Thick mouthfeel, cinnamon shined with a hint of chili pepper heat and boozy alcohol to make things interesting. Toasted grains with some roast. Could grab the vanilla too, but was definitely hidden in the depths of this complex beer. Simple phenomenal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014
2014-06-28, bottle at CapFlu’s Blomster Bash, 9-4-9-4-18=44
Pitch black color, thick. Huge aroma of coconut, chocolate, marzipan, with hints of tobacco and leather. Full bodied; rich chocolate flavor with complement of tobacco, coconut; the ancho plays an interesting role; some alcohol warmth; moderately sweet.
Great beer.

2014-01-18, Danish tasting session, 8-4-8-4-18=42
Pitch black color with almost no head. Strong aroma of chocolate truffles. Good body; very rich chocolate flavor with medium sweetness and nice tobacco presence, and that background ancho chili character; strong alcohol feeling, some vanilla. Hot final.
This is truly like drinking a chocolate truffle, excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pentaz (1238) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2014
Bottle @ Yespr. Pours near black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is heavy coconut, cocoa-nibs, chocolate, heavy roasted malts, chili, cinnamon. Taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Body is medium, texture is thick and viscous, carbonation is soft. Finishes dry, roasted, boozy, with mild chili-burn. I really like this stuff, but the amount of coconut is almost of the charts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
750ml, copper waxed bottle, first edition. just couldn’t wait any longer to crack this one. pours a deep, dense, silky black capped by a smooth, rusty, beige head that leaves sticky sheets of lace. truly a beautiful beer in the glass. aroma is simply stunning with huge notes of cinnamon, cinnamon rolls, Mexican coffee, mole cocoa, and dark chocolate backed by subtle, smoky peppers, vanilla beans, dry oak, and hints of whiskey. flavor is just incredible as well with massive dark chocolate, malted vanilla, cinnamon candies, coffee beans, and baked cinnamon cake with rich oak, toasted coconut, whiskey, and mild pepper heat. palate is rich, full bodied, and perfectly carbonated with a beautiful finish of whiskey, cinnamon, and chocolate. overall, this truly is a remarkable effort and falls just a sliver short of perfection. well done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2162) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
A big round meniscus, black color and quickly dissipating tan foam. Very intense coconut and tropical aromas with Mexican mole behind it, slitghly nutty. Chilies apparent as piquancy once it hits the tongue. A substantial, thick body despite the size and age. Wisps of vanilla. This was tasted in a lineup of many top tier beers and was a clear standout. Thanks very much Ed Hops! Fantastic work, Corey King. Tremendous.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
brystmar (1237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Massive cinnamon aroma erupts from the glass. Transcendent, overwhelming pleasure from smelling this. Yeah.

Taste delivers a beautiful blend of chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, bourbon, vanilla. Average body, could def use more. Regardless, this is tremendously better than the base, which I actually don't like at all. Need my own bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13371) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Pitch black - no head. High coconut - bounty chocolate bar, burned malts, bourbon, vanilla, alcoholic, fruity, licorice, light sharp chili bites, high malty, chocolate, cocoa. Far too much coconut.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
BBT3 tasting. Poured a black color with an off white head. Did not know what to expect going into this one as chilies and cinnamon are kind of a turn off for me. Cinnamon was definitely there, but if cinnamon were to be done in a beer, this is the way to do it. Chilies there too, but not an overpowering chili. Whiskey, woody, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. This one was just done right all the way around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2014
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma. Coconut, sweetness, vanilla, roast, alcohol, cocoa. Flavour. Cocoa, vanilla, coconut, sweetness, spice, roast, light coffee, light alcohol. Full bodied. Ends roasted bitter and full of sweetness, a light chili bite.

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