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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   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

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. This sums it up -> WOW. This is one fantastic beer. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and just all around goodness. Alcohol content hidden. WOW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (407) - USA - OCT 18, 2014
Pitch black with tiny bubbles of khaki head. Smells of fudge chocolate, a little cheese smell, vegetal pepper, oak barrel, mocha, chocolate doughnut, rum. Taste is very chocolatey, dark chocolate, cocoa, pepper burn in the back, rum, some roasted coffee, some roasted ash, some vanilla. Can't detect the alcohol, very smooth. The rum character and coffee comes out more as it warms. The barrel aging adds a lot of character and transforms the regular bomb into a chocolate run dream. Well done, bravo. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kambei70 (619) - - OCT 18, 2014
2014 bottle. Black. Chocolate fudge with a hint of chili and vanilla. A little coffee. Incredibly smooth. Barely a hint of the alcohol. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomas15 (688) - USA - OCT 18, 2014
I could smell the rum on the pour. When the head settles it is a great blend of vanilla chocolate rum. Kind of sweet smelling. Appears black with a tan ring and all the head is gone quick. I think this tastes great. The rum barrel has imparted just enough to the overall beer without overpowering everything else. Chocolate, rum, coffee, and vanilla. Great beer overall, maybe a tad thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (245) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - OCT 18, 2014
Thank you very much for this one, Jason! Pours a dark brown, soon vanishing, bubbly head, which leaves small spots of lace, while mahogany in color, almost complete black. The nose booms with coffee, bitter chocolate and dark caramel, supporting hints of vanilla, which are imparted by an oaken, smooth barrel influence, along with a distinct rum infusion. Has an outstanding complexity, lots of tastes blend together within split-seconds. Begins with soft milk chocolate and toffee notes, heated up by a chili burn from the back of the palate. Bitterness reveals itself under the unfolding spiciness, part of due to the rum barrel, with a slick, almost dry, rich coffee character. This gets balanced by earthy malts, with lots of toffee and caramel qualities, leading to a vanilla note, which introduces the palate to the gentle, boozy rum barrel taste. Once the rum gets detectable it wraps up the whole palate by enhancing the full-bodied character of this brew, without overpowering any nuances. Both vanilla and chili interact for a long while, hovering above the deep, slightly roasted coffee bitterness with dark, sweetened choclate in the finish. Ends a bit sweeter, with chocolate fudge, chilis and wooden rum notes, which seem to be a perfect match, adding a warm, smooth impression to the beer, without revealing any alcoholic notes. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2274) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is sweet chocolate syrup with lots of underlying complexity of coconut, marshmallow, cinnamon and earthy pepper. The palate follows the nose with a big roasty chocolate malt base that is a perfect accomplice to the spiced pepper, vanilla soaked booze that rides into the finish. Great lingering cinnamon and marshmallow finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5584) - Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle to taster. Looks good; a mostly opaque very dark (almost black) cola with thin mocha lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, roast, pepper, oak, and soft rum. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leveejr (108) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Pours a pitch black with a small khaki ring. Smells like rum soaked fruit, slight chili, cocoa and vanilla. Taste is similar with slight cocoa, cola, pepper, rum, vanilla, and fruit. Smooth and oily texture that drinks like a rum. All in all pretty tasty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (742) - Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Pours an opaque black with garnet highlights, a small khaki head that settles to a ring and leaves good lacing. Im surprised there is any head at all considering the 14% ABV. Impressive. The aroma is wonderful. Chocolate fudge with a whiff of chilis, rum, some nuttiness and light coffee and vanilla in the background. The taste is just as wonderful with that rich chocolate fudge and rum sweetness similar to a rum ball. The chili adds just enough flavor and touch of heat to add complexity but not become overpowering and helps hide the alcohol warmth and flavor I suspect. Finishes with a nice coffee and vanilla character and lingering cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel Is silky with a full body and light/moderate carbonation. Smooth and dangerously drinkable for such a high ABV beer. Big, delicious flavors that are expertly blended and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drfabulous (4055) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle from the Beer Trappe. $10.50! Dark pour and thin head vanishes. Chocolate upfront. Bold cocoa and chili. Rum. Booze. Very tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardaxe (183) - - OCT 12, 2014
Poured from bomber into sniffer. BEAUTIFULLY aroma that is overflowing with rum, chocolate, and marshmallow, like a boozy s'mores. Flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma but it's still damn good. Smooth barrel integration, though I would prefer more rum flavor. Chocolate stands out and there is a nice chili burn at the end. A finishing bitterness detracts a bit from the brew, but this is still very good. Crazy smooth for 14%

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