handsomejn (72) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell of chocolate, sweet coffee flavor with a delightful burn of chili peppers. Alcohol well hidden, amazing in that it claims a 14% abv. Rich delicious beer.
Berard (487) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very thin creme colored head that lingers at the edges. Bourbon coffee vanilla aroma. Mocha vanilla flavor with bourbon heat and a tad bit of spice at the end.
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Macegan75 (757) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Tom Lillard’s house. Pours nice deep black with brown to almost Amber head. Nose is beautiful blend of espresso, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and black malt during the malting process. Taste is similar with nice balance of the chili’s. Finish is nice with coffee and cream.
williamstome (1445) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour. Great aroma of dark chocolate, chili peppers, slightly spicy. Flavor of big chocolate, mocha, vanilla. Quite sweet, slightly spicy finish.
20107589 (564) - randers, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is a bomb! pour pitch black with a fine brown head. chocolate and coffee aromas, taste medium bitter, light sweet, light chili hints. full bodied, average carbonation, light bitter aftertaste.
Eructoblaster (3434) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - 12oz. Opaque black body with a thin, beige foamy head. Complex malty/hoppy aroma with woody, peppery, and chocolate hints. Its perfectly balanced malty/hoppy taste carries chocolate, spicy, and woody notes. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Good, moderately warming, bittersweet finish. Wonderful!
tillmac62 (479) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOD 167/15. Pitch black pour. Normal head volume, poor retention and very poor lacing even though it’s 13% ABV.
World class rich nose of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel with hints of vanilla. As it warms, vanilla comes much more forward.
Medium body with a smooth texture that approaches creamy. Normal carbonation with a slight bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.
The flavor profile approaches world class. It is very intense, complex and not well balanced. The pepper aspect becomes overpowering on what otherwise would be a world class profile. It begins with a blend of coffee and chocolate that slowly allows a rich caramel base to emerge. The moderately bitter middle is comprised of coffee, roast and hops over a rising heat and vanilla. As the finish approaches a combined heat of pepper and alcohol dominates. The finish is dry. Alcohol and pepper heat lingers in the somewhat astringent finish.
beerbaaron (1780) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black. Dissipating fizzy light brown head. Fantastic dark chocolate sauce. Great clean espresso. The chili peppers just peaking out of the deep shadows. Vanilla also stays in a complimentary role. Excellent balance, with sweetness held in check. All very cohesive. Full, sumptuous body. Pleasant warmth, no booze. Abv amazingly well hidden. Mild roasty bitternes. Great drinkability for such a ‘big’ beer. Refined. Outstanding!
MarinEvelyn (704) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet and dark chocolate, chocolate syrup and a slight tickle of spice from the peppers. The taste follows suit. Light espresso and chocolate syrup, mixed well with just a small bite of spice.
llkc (810) - århus, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fra fad, duft kaffe chokolade vanilje ristet malt sødme, smag ristet malt kaffe, kakao, meget stærk eftersmag,
ClarkVV (4444) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yellow waxed bottle, ~2.5 years old, drunk 10/4/15.
Not really sure why I’m opening this tonight, but it’s been sitting in my fridge forever. Figures the fridge time should hopefully give it lots of time to mellow and the yeast should fully clean up any odd Choc brewery metal or dirtiness.
Large dark beige/tan head slowly recedes to cover. Huge amount of sludge left behind in the bottle, and a careful pour still yields an opaque ebony monster.
Well, the nose is certainly not starting things off on a positive note...Vanilla, German chocolate cake and huge amounts of fudge barely make room for a little bit of roast to shoulder itself in there to attempt (and fail) at balancing. Not boozey, at least (though I only opened the bottle about 10 minutes ago, will revisit with more breathing.
Without much to sit and ponder in the very underwhelming, rather monotonous nose, I dive right in to the actual beer. Huge dextrinous body is massively thick and propelled on by a fairly ample carbonation. It divulges vanilla, chocolate sauce, still a surprising amount of chili heat and finishes with crunchy, earthy coffee. Alcohol begins to cut the texture and creeps in on the finish, though it dosent seem to be a booze bomb (though that’s probably because it’s so god damned thick and syrupy, spicy and full of coffee). Too much gooey fudgey sugar lingering and the chili just cheapens the beer, making it come off as a novelty beer (which it kind of is, I guess). The more it warms and breathes, the more syrupy, thick and messy it gets. Even taken as a sipper, which these beers are obviously intended to be, it’s just too much, with absolutely no finesse, nuance or restraint of brewing. So much god damned vanilla. To be positive, the appearance is astonishing. As Ernest mentioned, this has a first pour opacity (and mine having sat in the fridge for 2.5 years). Furthermore, it wasn’t quite a drainpour, my love for chili pepper helping allow me to finish it.
I have the Coffee Noir in my fridge that has also been sitting there for as long. Will try that eventually and probably call it quits with Prairie. Just another one of these new American breweries targeted at those without tastebud. Not to mention all this at 2.5 years of age!! This must have been utterly disgusting when fresh.