Alengrin (4467) - BELGIUM - FEB 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Highly acclaimed, flavoured imperial stout from Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales, tasted at Struise’s shop in Brugues. Creamy, medium thick, pale yellowish beige, more or less stable head over a black beer with slightly ruby-hued edges. Amazing and mouth watering bouquet of milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted paprika, cappuccino, marzipan, coconut, fine coffee, haemoglobin, Belgian chocolates, stewed beef, brown sugar and fairly strong paint- or varnish-like solvents, however drowned in this big maltiness and spiciness and therefore not in the least disturbing or off-putting. Rich, thick taste, intense but refined candied sweetness (dried banana, coconut, dates, marmelade) with soft mushroom-like umami aspects and basic sourishness, soft carbo, layer upon layer of sweet, thick, viscous and oily maltiness, caramelly, deliciously and intensely chocolatey and eventually mildly roasted with sugared coffee flavours, absolutely divine retronasal vanilla and bell pepper rather than sharp chili peppers, no real chili pepper burn but certainly spicy and tangy in the end, on top of ongoing chocolate sweetness and warming, bourbon-like alcohol drying the end phase without becoming tiring at any point. This is absolutely delicious; in terms of style, it clearly belongs to the sweeter, syrupy end of the imperial stout scale, with an overall result that seems in fact closer to imperial porter than imperial stout. Whatever the case, this is a masterpiece of American craft brewing, as far as I’m concerned.
patrick767 (3995) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle - Pours black with an aroma of dark roast malt, coffee, chocolate, peppers, and alcohol. The flavor is intense with all the elements I noted in the aroma blending together in a tasty, balanced way. The alcohol is noticeable but minimal for a 13% abv brew. It’s full bodied with some bitterness in the finish. Excellent beer.
DandyWolfFloyd (1020) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - roast, alcohol, olives, yams, and marshmallow.
Appearance - the body is black. The head is around 1/4" and beige and fades into a layer of film. Alcohol cloying that pulls some lacing.
Taste - has roast, rich chocolate, a bit of olive, and some marshmallow.
Palate - full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, astringent finish.
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 27, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great, bold beer. Syrupy taste, with chocolate, vanilla, and rum. Long-lasting flavour.
Jared_Clifton (116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with light brown head. Very dark chocolate, rich coffee, vanilla, slight heat from the peppers. Hides the alcohol very well great overall flavor.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. About half a finger of frothy light brown head formed and quickly fell. A short interrupted ring of lacing is left.
4.75 S: Wow, you can really smell the flavors in this without really trying. It’s a super potent spicy crème brulee type of aroma. Cocoa nibs, coffee, vanilla beans all stand out in the open with the chiles adding a spicy heat. The base offers a smooth, supple roastiness, layers of chocolate and caramel, and sweet neutral malts. Really nice nose.
4.75 T: Like the nose, the additives blend magnificently and run the show. The chiles are immediately noticeable with a perfectly complementary level of heat. Nibs, vanilla, and coffee are all running on all cylinders. Sweet overall with a soft roastiness, caramel, molasses, and neutral sweetness.
4.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth. Booze is minor and well hidden with a light warming finish.
4.75 D: Really loving this beer. One of the best non-BA beer out there.
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Goodgrief (1992) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Woo yeah! Chile peppers, bitches! On tap at Bangers Austin. Dark pour in a "cute" (read "small") glass. Lots of chocolate and licorice up front. Some dark fruit, maybe a hint of chocolate. And then...wait for it...a mild burn from the peppers. I am realizing that I love me a stout with some pepper burn. Yes!
ogonczyk (55) - Ruda Slaska, POLAND - FEB 22, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: dark malts, chocolate, coffee with a hint o vanilla,
Appearance: black with very small beige head
Taste: chocolate, coffee with a little pinch of chillies
Palate:full and creamy choco-sweetness well balanced with nice short bitterness, very soft carbonation, a little spicy finish
Very similar to the Praire BibleBelt. ex aequo these beers are the best I had this far!
Andrus86 (395) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOTTLE. Pours black with a slight red hue, zero head.. The nose is a mixture of the peppers, vanilla & cacao, great combo.. Coffee is dominant upfront, good black malt backbone, peppers come through at end of the mouthful, Label is spot on - all those flavours combine perfectly, yet each mouthful can be a different taste.. Sourced Cellarbrations @ Capel
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - FEB 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2016 35cl bottle. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is full of chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Moderately to very sweet with a lightly bitter finish. Lots of alcohol. The chili is rightly dosed, giving only a gentle heat in the finish. Nearly flat. I prefer more carbonation. But very dense and well executed.