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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Concealer (827) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black with a foamy tan head. Laces on side and head around the edges stay for a long while. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and spicy chili peppers. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and chili. Sweet at first with a semi bitter end and spicy bite. Lingering coffee and chocolate. Full bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kchampagne (112) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Poured from a growler. The consistency is thick. Color is an opaque blackish-brown color. Aroma is sweet with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet like molasses, with tons of coffee, chocolate, and creaminess from the vanilla. On the back end you get slight heat from the chillies and alcohol. Full body with medium carbonation. Absolutely tastes beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (3289) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
Bouteille sans cire. Robe assez visqueuse avec une mousse beige des plus solides. Nez dense et cohésif, chocolaté, poivré et vanillé, fusionnel, avec du café et une pointe de tabac épicé et caramélisé. Bouche incroyablement balancée avec un cacao riche, du café, des malts rôtis, de la vanille et des sucres résiduels piqués par le chili. Aucune trace du 14%. Bouche ronde avec son pétillement tranquille et sa texture soyeuse. Arrière-goût légèrement poivré, long et délicatement vanillé. Une bombe très facile à boire. Je comprends l’engouement des gens envers cet impérial stout. Impressionnant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4405) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
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 ’pop’ 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 isn’t a dud, but, frankly, I was surprised at its overwhelming reception online. Really, I was thankful it was only eight ounces. Though, that’s just one beer monkey’s opinion, which is in the minority.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2210) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (5094) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2014
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 can’t believe the 14%. All alcohol is masked and the body is believable. Residual sugar isn’t 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. I’d probably enjoy it even more without the addition of vanilla, but that’s purely preference. This is wonderful on this cold night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnomungus (79) - - NOV 20, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinVanBeer (113) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3444) - Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2014
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2339) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2014
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.

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