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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Imperial stout with vanilla beans, chiles, cacao nibs and coffee, then aged in rum barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (598) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
(355ml bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Dec 4, 2014) Pours pitch black with a tiny tan head that dissipates rapidly without lace. Aroma of roasted cacao, dark chocolate, strong black coffee, vanilla bean, lightly spiced woody dark rum/coconut character is surprisingly faint, no hint of chili on nose. On the palate, pretty dry and roasty, semisweet dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean, lightly woody, earthy, bit of spice/rum quality but not much. Lightly sweet dark malts dissipate towards the finish giving way to moderate roast, earth, wood, a slightly spicy but not really hot pepper character and coffee grounds/cacao beans. Fairly full but oily body with moderate carb. This is a really good stout, no doubt about it. The rum barrel seemed surprisingly restrained in this beer and I don’t know if that’s a plus or minus. It is a nicely balanced impy stout but when consumed next to Fred’s Blend the barrels in the latter contributed substantially more balance and complexity. Not a knock against the Pirate, to be fair!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4113) - SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle @ Beer Ditch. Pours pitch black. Great aroma and Flavor of Coffee, dry ashy tones...yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawanna (2386) - GERMANY - DEC 5, 2014
0,355 l bottle from Biervana Really a spicy beer bomb. chocolate, coffee, roasty, woody, vanilla, spicy, black, hazy, frothy, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody smooth chocolate vanilla coffee aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate chiliccoffee flavor. Has a roasted malty woody spicy chili chocolate vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11219) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hot spice, wood and alcohol aroma. Heavy dark sweet toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (6086) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2014
12 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 and DrSilverworm. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige ring. The aroma and flavor have everything as advertised; big coffee, vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate roast, the rum barrel may be the part that is present in the least concentration; not a bad thing, this is just a great example of a beer, barrel, and additions working very well together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1110) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Listed at 14% ABV (like it fucking matters, christ). Pours thick and black with a fair cocoa brown head that diminishes quickly to a very thin ring and leaves like two spots of something resembling lace, since the glass is coated with alcohol. Nose involves roast coffee, sweet chocolate, that pepper spice that I’m addicted to, maybe some coconut around the beer, but nothing insane from the rum barrel. Very sweet, decently bitter. Thick yet not incredibly heavy, fairly oily and slick, low carb, finishing lengthy with chocolate, toast, and pepper spice that lingers in the esophagus. It’s really quite a chocolate bomb up front, but that fucking spice on the end...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (922) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
Black in color with a thin brown head. Aroma is of cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, rum and vanilla. Taste is more of dark chocolate, rum, raisin, vanilla and, roasted malt, with a faint chili burn in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (730) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Black. Amazing aroma of rum barrels, and chiles. The taste adds warm oak, cocoa, and roasted malts and chocolate on the finish. Insanely smooth feel, rich and creamy. Awesome!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
conway (1687) - - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Black with some wispy mocha head. Aroma is dominated by coffee and chilis with some chocolate. Taste adds vanilla, fudge and wood. Syrupy sticky mouthfeel. Absolutely awesome.

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