poech73 (231) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superbe double Stout fort épicé et alcoolisé mais dont les adjuvants prédominent sur le maltage. Son nez est très parfumé: ultra liquoreux, rond et épicé et fort torréfié. Ce bouquet épicé vanille + piments me fait penser au Cuberdon, et masque beaucoup trop son maltage complexe qui arrive longtemps après en arrière-goûte. De fait, en bouche, j’ai plus la sensation de boire une friandise qu’une bière : la gorgée, dense, coule dans le gosier comme un sirop au café épicé et boisé sur des notes liquoreuses. Arrivée dans l’estomac, elle fait boum! tellement c’est fort. En arrière goût, à condition d’avoir laissé le breuvage bien s’ouvrir, je peux, enfin goûter les malts très torréfiés, légèrement brûlés et accompagnés de saveurs pimentées qui piquent un peu les papilles. En toute toute fin, je ressens un petite amertume légèrement aigre accompagné d’un grain cacaoté sur la langue. Encore une qui se la pète à trop vouloir en rajouter.
Patrickctenchi (4252) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, with a dark tan ring.
Chocolate, wood smoke, chile aroma.
Chocolate, vanilla, bitter coffee flavor.
Ashy and roasty.
Sweet, with a nice, mild, bittering and a subtle chile heat......
Very smooth, very good.
mixmasterob (889) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Yep, this one is impressive. Poured jet black with a frothy mocha colored head. Left some good lace. Aroma is huge notes of rich dark cocoa and fresh ground coffee. May be a touch of green pepper in there. Flavors were in line with tons of coffee and chocolate. Roasty malts and a hint of vanilla round it out. Bittersweet espresso like finish lingers. Nice viscous mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth. Easily one of the best beers I had last year. Just now getting around to rating it.
UrbanCaveman (89) - Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Beer Kitchen No. 1 in Kansas City, served in a snifter.
A: Arrived as a dark black brew capped with a relatively thin dark brown head. Left decent lacing on the glass.
S: Unfortunately, I was at a restaurant, which messes with my sense of smell. What I was able to detect was a serious dose of coffee, with spicy hot pepper notes.
T: Oddly, exactly as the aroma I was able to detect, more or less. Coffee strikes right up front and does not relent, a type that tastes like pure black, undiluted, super dark roast - like a shade darker than French roasts. Hot pepper spiciness rides alongside the coffee, eventually taking over near the finish to transform the flavor experience from coffee bitter to spicy heat. There are some vague hints of dark chocolate that manifest here and there, and the base malt taste is that of a charred-black roasted bill, which simply adds to the coffee bitter.
M: Heavy and thick, this is definitely an imperial stout.
O: Wildly unbalanced, at least to my tastes, as almost all I got was the double-hit of dark coffee and chiles. I can see where the infatuation with beers that feature one or two huge flavors to blow your face off gets this beer its high marks, but it’s probably not a repeater for me.
malkyore (226) - - JAN 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stupendous! Nice chocolate and coffee flavor, and it’s literally the only time I’ve ever seen a spicy beer where the spice compliments the whole concoction in a satisfying way! The slice blends with the rest of the flavors to add a little twang to the end. It really puts it into perspective what people mean when they say "spicy" hops... It’s a lot like this.
Frank (3097) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2015 This is one for the chocolate lovers. Not getting much heat from the peppers but this is big and smooth and loaded with cocoa. Not too thick and sweet but still rich and creamy. A bit of pit fruit comes out as it warns as well as a slightly unfortunate vegetable note from the ppers. Kind of one note but really nice beer.
rollinsr (411) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Motor oil with brown head. Aroma is rich and nutty with heavy espresso notes as well as dark chocolate fruits. Flavor is heavily smoked Java with slight bittern tartness. Rich and heavy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
pintbypint (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml brown bottle. Black pour, small light brown head. Huge amount of rich dark coffee in the nose, roast and dark chocolate. Taste has big dark roasted corfee notes, rich. Late alcohol, coffee and dark bitter chocolate aftertaste. Rich, but smooth for such a big beer, pretty awesome.
Krej (130) - USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good beer. Nice chocolaty and coffee taste. Even though it’s got chilly peppers its not spicy. Its not boozy at all and its pretty good.
reebtogi (4441) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle pours black in color with a small light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains, coffee and chocolate with some vanilla notes. Taste is a roasted grain and coffee bitterness with a chocolate malt sweetness finishing with some vanilla and pepper. Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation for the style. Well crafted, this is a balanced and flavorful brew. Recommended.