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RATINGS: 527   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers. 2014 = 13% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christpuncher (1390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
This is a really easy to drink 13% beer. Hints of chocolate and vanilla in this one with a slight pepper burn. Smells like chocolate Pours black in color with a tan head. One of the best stouts I have had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kaser (3113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Fantastic beer. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, and even a little fruity. Spicy after taste. Very sweet like a desert, but not too sweet. Cherry chocolate. 12oz pour from a bottle from Blackwells, at home. One of the best stouts iíve had, the ratings arenít wrong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zekada (266) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Draught at Mikkeller, black sensation. Sweet smell with some subtle spices. Pours black with a small brown head. Taste is nice with some chocolate a little spicy but is a bit thin. Palate is disappointingly thin. Overall an okay beer but leaves more to wish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (126) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Pours opaque black with no head. Aroma is coffee, sweet sugar and some peat. Taste is complex, starting off with coffee then a chilli warmth can be felt with a cacao (can feel the cocoa powder) medium finish. The taste lingers around for a while and toys with your senses as it goes from hot to bitter. Very nice but body was not as rich as I would have desired.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Sample at the Brookhaven Beer Growler. Pours black, with a small, tan head. The aroma is espresso, smoke and peat, caramel, bitter chocolate, cloves, and black bread. Very sweet, but with a pretty assertive roasted bitterness. Just a little heat toward the finish as it warms. Heavy body, astringent and sharp. Overall, this is too abrasive to be a great stout. Very flavorful and complex, but lacking, in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (3049) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2014
05-NOV-2014, draft @Mikkeller Bar, @Black Sensation. Black with a nice, lasting, lacing, Brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, Vanilla, and more chocolate. Fantastic. Taste is Bourbon, Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa powder. Smooth, low carbonation, full body. Very sweet with a bitter finish. As good as I hoped:-)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sublirony (22) - SINGAPORE - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle. Whoa! The nose is immediately arresting: full, upfront, distinctive and distinguished vanilla, with some cacao, a touch of coffee. The best thing about this beer! Though the rest is fine, hard to hold a candle to that incredible nose. Pours jet black, almost no head or lacing. Very full of the palate, though ends a bit thin. Yet the follow-through is great: those hot chilis do their trick. Must have again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BLADT (653) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle from Covenhoven. Dark tootsie roll brown with a fair sized, tawny head. Lacing all the way down. Full aroma of nutty, almost rough espresso and cacao nibs. Hint of chicory (maybe the chiliís presenting on nose?). Full bodied, though never syrupy. Taste plays around the central motif of Nordaggios coffee. At the start of a sip the vanilla greets, while later, at times, the peppers cut in and tilt the flavor their way. Intermingled with the java youíll pick up notes of chocolate and a backing of roasted malts. Lingering finish. Great depth and variety of flavors. Not every note is round here, but the results still please. High gravity never distracts. Yes, this is a winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1117) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Tap shared by the Illuminati. Pours an opaque black with a beautiful layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of pepper. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, and chili peppers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Aroma is wonderful blend of coffee grinds, subtle vanilla, and dark chocolate. Appears as a dark cola with a frothy tan head that quickly subdues. Each sip begins with coffee and semi-sweet bitter chocolate followed the heat of peppers perfectly balanced by vanilla. Frothiness lingers in the mouth with flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla and just enough heat sticking in your throat. Symphony of aromas and flavors that is very enjoyable to experience.

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