Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some light spice. Jet black with a big brown head. Lots of dark roast which really overwhelms everything else. Nice, but not as awesome as expected.
jbruner (1881) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a thick black with tan brown head. Aroma is big coffee and a slight spice on the back end. Taste is like a chocolate milk shake with well hidden booze and a slight vanilla spice. Wow, thick and viscous, nice silky texture. Amazing, but Hunahpu is better.
barn0216 (345) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared bottle with bytemesis. Black color, little foam. Cool aroma, fresh peppers, coffee, chocolate sweetened by the vanilla. Interesting to see all if those ingredients show up so distinctively. Flavor tends more to the vanilla/chocolate combo up front, coffee in the mix, some pepper heat in the finish, roast bitter and ash left in the far finish. Awesome.
TylerGreenDC (190) - - FEB 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft. Oh sweet jesus. Aroma of hot, melted chocolate. Flavors of chocolate, ristretto-pulled espresso, bananas, hops and chocolate. As it warms, a suggestion vegetable stock keeps it from being too sweet. Holy mother of Mary (that would be Ann). Unreal. 14% but who would know. One of the very best.
Bule (526) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color without much head. Full of flavor yet easy going. Mild chocolate flavor and slight hint of the chili.
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First beer of Ratebeer Winter Gathering 2014. Thanks to whomever shared this! This was an odd beer - it smelled like decadent vanilla and chocolate, with very little if any pepper evident in the aroma. The taste, however, was more bitter and almost savory than the aroma suggests. Nice mix of vanilla, coffee, and pepper.
italarican (1383) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared on the RBWG bus tour (LaZoom!). Dark brown pour. Nose is straight up Mexican food: red and green spicy peppers upfront with a little mole sauce for support. Flavor is great and surprisingly luscious upfront: rich dark chocolate with some vanilla notes. The peppers blend well: they’re definitely there a give a slight sting to the tongue, but it doesn’t overpower things like the nose had me suspecting would happen. Thicker than expected in a good way. Delicious stuff.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at Kurtkeller 005: Coffee-tastic 01 on 02/08/2014. Pitch black pour with a medium thick foamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and peppers. Full-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, roasted coffee and subtle chili peppers. The finish is roasty with a vanilla cocoa and spicy chili aftertaste. Well-balanced and and enjoyable beer all around.
rockchalkgenes (19) - - FEB 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours jet black with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, peppers and booze. Taste starts earthy which is followed by a medley of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and hints of pepper in the back of the throat. Goddamn tasty and super smooth considering the ABV.
Hopswagger (177) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
P: Pitch black abyss with a deep espresso cap that hugs the edge of the glass. Phantom lacing.
S: First sip, rich caramel coffee syrup, eucalyptus leaves, roast chipotles, play dough, and vanilla cola. Aromas of latex paint, black strap molasses and columbian roast coffee. Rich and decadent but graced with natural aromas that balance this ticking time bomb.
T/M: Upfront carbonated water taste, follows by loads of velvety rich cocoa nibs and a slow building heat brings up the rear and tingles the inner mouth. Lots of earthy flavors, vegetation, roast chilies and medium toast oak. Booze becomes more assertive once warm and delivers dry smoky leftovers.
O: An explosive grand tasting brew by anyone’s standards. I really appreciate the delicate balance that was achieved with so many variables that were in play. The heat from the chilies help the bourbon create a heating blanket inside your chest. Makes me proud to be a native Okie. Cheers!