ChainGangGuy (4400) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8 ounce pour - $6.50 at Argosy in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a frothed up, dark beige-hued head.
Smell: Blackened brackish roasted maltiness, dark chocolate powder. Dark fruits. The vegetal tones from the chiles is noted, as is the solvent alcohol quality.
Taste: Sugar infused chocolate, with harsh, ashen coffee, black molasses, and a little soft touch of vanilla. Dark fruitiness. A ípopí of accumulating chile pepper heat. Hard roastiness on the chile-touched, hot finish with the spiciness (and alcohol) lingering into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Near full body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: The bomb isnít a dud, but, frankly, I was surprised at its overwhelming reception online. Really, I was thankful it was only eight ounces. Though, thatís just one beer monkeyís opinion, which is in the minority.
joet (2207) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown reddish hue headless, lightly resinous surface, not much exuded co2. Coffee deep caramel red chile meat juicy and fruity, lightly piquant, milk chocolate, comparison to abraxas. Two year old bottle very tight. Light tannic astringency here. So well done. Lightly sweet.
nimbleprop (5085) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via the Locals BIF Why the Hell Not. Big nose, molasses, coffee beans, lots of chile, raisin, dark chocolate, some fresh vanilla bean, bits of burnt bread. Flavor follows right along, lots of complexity, everything blends well, molasses, licorice, malt, chocolate, the chile is prevalent but not abrasive, raisin, a little dried cranberry even, some vanilla, black pepper corns. Full bodied, lightly spicy, lightly sweet finish. Very nicely done.
NachlamSie (2796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 oz at Asbury Provisions. This is a really dark, inky beer with a dense brown head and thick lacing. The aroma is very chocolatey with a spicy kick. Palate is big, but I canít believe the 14%. All alcohol is masked and the body is believable. Residual sugar isnít a problem. The flavor comes to life, more intense than the nose. Vanilla becomes apparent, not my favorite adjunct, but it is tastefully done here. Chocolate notes are up front with espresso buried. A pleasant surprise of heat persists, but never comes to the forefront. Iíd probably enjoy it even more without the addition of vanilla, but thatís purely preference. This is wonderful on this cold night.
gnomungus (79) - - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bittersweet chocolate is front and center, with some ash and a bit of pepper spiciness sneaking in after a massive alcohol attack. Frankly, the alcohol is really a bit much, as it tends to overwhelm the solid flavor profile and most of the aroma.
MartinVanBeer (113) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent beer. Dark pour, small dark head. Decent lacing. Coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar on the nose. Dark chocolate, cream, a hint of chili. Almost pefect
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Cybercat (3439) - Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comes out of tap rich sable with a thick chocolaty-tan head. Aroma has strong coffee, roast malt, and nutty notes with woody hop hints. Flavor has rich, delightful roast coffee and earthy tones - then the peppers kick in! Texture is firm and thick, fairly fizzy, leaving a smoky coffee finish. This coffee is da bomb!
snoworsummer (2325) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours almost black with a creamy, bubbly tan head. Tastes like burnt toast, burnt chocolate, chocolate syrup, lightly astringent alcohol, molasses, and spicy hops. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like burnt chocolate, burnt coffee, ash, syrup, booze, and roasted malt.
sonnycheeba (3680) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours opaque black with creamy tan head. Aroma is espresso, chocolate, pepper spice, roasted malts, and light earthiness. Flavor is roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate, light bitterness, and light spice. Full body and medium carbonation.
mansquito (3513) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alewife, Queens tap ($10): Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is freshly brewed coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla, and not really any booze. Taste is chocolate and coffee. Chili pepper taste is there, but it is not really spicy, rather just adding to the flavor. My girlfriend even liked this, which is high praise for an imperial stout (she generally doesnít like stouts). Very smooth. Chocolatey aftertaste. Quite a good stout. Glad to have been able to get this on draught.