orangesol (680) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on-tap at Bainbridge Street Barrel House during their 1st anniversary party. Reviewed from notes.
A - Pours black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of warm bourbon, strong chili heat, room temperature chocolate, vanilla beans, fresh ground cinnamon and a bit of light booze. Was really hard to finish my glass because it smelled so incredible.
T - Starts off with a quick hit of chocolate, caramel and vanilla sweetness quickly being joined by hints of cinnamon, chillies, drying oak and smooth bourbon burn. Finish is pretty sweet with some heat, lingering for quite awhile. Not as intoxicating as the nose but still really damn good.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Despite the big, roasty body it was still really smooth, only a bit of booze creeping in at the end of each sip.
O - This might be the best chili stout I have ever had. It packs all of the flavors I enjoyed in the base beer and the bourbon was strong but not over the top. I really loved the choice of rye barrels for this one, really brought it all together. I would love to have this again in the future.
Prufrockstar (833) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle -- big thanks to Dice for sharing this! Impressive what the barrel treatment does. The chili is still there, but more muted in the nose and back of the throat. The aroma picks up some oak and vanilla. Smooth, full body, slick, velvety texture. Really nice.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
First sample at fobab. Pour dark brown with tan head. Get the mocha Cinnamon pepper in the nose. Taste is the same and smooth, barrel a little light. Good but maybe a bit over hyped.
tderoeck (4448) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/XI/13 - 75cl bottle @ Bobochamp’s place - bottled: I/2013 (2013-1040) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: lots of chocolate, cocoa powder, bit somky, charcoal, lots of vanilla, more dark chocolate, cinnamon. MF: soft to no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, some alcohol, cocoa powder, mocha, bit spicy, vanilla, more spices. Aftertaste: quite some chillies starting to burn, hot, caramel, bit sweet, chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, more chocolate, bit of cinnamon. Well, the flavours seem to be matching the ingredients list. :-)
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2012 Backlogged rating: Deep slight muddy brown with a small fading head. The aroma has muted notes of fiery chilies, chocolate sauce, bourbon vanilla and oak notes, leather, and english pipe tobacco. The taste has a mild heat upfront and through the finish. Barrel overtones and solid base sweet malt notes with a dash of cinnamon and clove. The mouthfeel is lush and oily that is shockingly drinkable. The boozy snap is actually a good palate cleanser. I would love to have a bottle of this but alas I was not gonna deal with the clusterpuck that happen this year (2013). Oh well, maybe some other day luck will shine on my happy ass.
rxeight (1234) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at FOBAB. First beer I hit, glad I got in line early, the line was insane. Chocolate, spice, lots of cinnamon, pepper. Really sweet. There is a lot going on in this one. Reminds me of The brandy huna, although that was slightly better.
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap offering @ fobab. Best big strong brew offered @ fobab that was accepted. Lotta big potent dark chocolate offered. Pleasant bitter roast provides some chill balance. Cocoa offered. Barrel in check. Subtle rye whiskey nice complement. Not overbearing. Grate.
HonkeyBra (3280) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Easily, the best of show for me at FoBAB2013. Pours a Deep, inky black pour with a reddish tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, chillies. Flavor is big, rich, and spicy with lots of chocolate, cinnamon, and heat from the chillies.Full bodied, coating mouthfeel. This finishes with heat. Hunnapuh’s wishes it was this beer. Fantastic.
TheEpeeist (3297) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Bainbridge. Black brown with a trace of tan froth. Nose is fudge, whiskey, prune, wood and faint chili. Medium to full body with a lively tang. Taste is chocolate, whiskey, vanilla and toasted coconut. I can feel the heat of the chili before the taste with cinnamon just at the end. Richer flavor and more integrated than Hunahpu but lacking just a touch in body.
RobertDale (3345) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC during Stout Week. Comes almost black with a small reddish brown head. Great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, spice, and chilis. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, lots of cinamon, vanilla, chilis, and whiskey. Very complex, maybe too much so. Excellent.