TheSilentSaint (98) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sharp dark stout... One could smell and taste alcohol. Peppers taste is good. Leaves some spices behind on the palate. Not too great but okay.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
eladnitram (1) - USA - FEB 11, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is not a beer, but rather a PEPPER BEER - the finest I have ever sampled in fact. The poor ratings are a reflection of improper categorization. The 11.7 ABV is well hidden by the ghost pepper, and so not as charateristically sweet as a barley or wheat wine. We emptied a growler just before sinking into a 3lb. Montreal pepper-rubbed ribeye steak, and found the overall experience quite uplifting.
arn8897 (123) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 Pours black with red around the edges. Khaki head. Aromas of chocolate and malt. Medium mouth feel. Taste of chocolate malt and alcohol warmth followed by chilli warmth in the finish. No lacing in the glass. Definitely a sipper not a gulper. Overall very nice beer. Different but nice. Originally rated on 1/17/15. Rerated because now have had from bottle. Not as spicy hot as tap beer. More chocolaty and a little sweeter.
PorterPounder (6069) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Growler Country - on tap. Dark black quickly fading off-white head. Slight medicinal aroma, hint of Pez candy. No real discernible flavor - just heat from the ghost peppers. Trying to discern some flavor but I am at a loss, perhaps my tongue is numb. Burning mouthfeel. Wish I had just gone with the sample.
LuckyDog (614) - - AUG 22, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The chili adds an interesting twist to this. Itís a beer trust would be too sweet for me but its saved by the chili.
cernjoh (151) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Daily Growler in Powell, Ohio. Aroma is chocolate and peppers. Taste is malt and chocolate some vanilla and peppers. You feel the pepper, a slight burn on the tongue and back of throat. Alcohol is well hidden. Appearance is a dark brown allowing no light to pass through it. Head is small and a light tan in color. Palate is good but would put this beer over the top if more viscous. Overall much better than the rating I observed on Ratebeer. I noticed the abv listings for this vary from 11.5 to 13 so there might be some inconsistency. My pour was excellent give it a try. Cheers
rondphoto (2702) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ Rivertown Brewery / Cincinnati OH --- Opaque black with a tan rim head, lace that slides back into the drink. Taste is full toffee malt, silky smooth as it moves through to a finish that first shows a glimpse of chocolate, then opens a full slug of chile thatís hot in the throat. The finish literally lasts for minutes. A big and beautiful Imperial Stout.
zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft @ Lizardville - Bedford Heights, OH) Dark brown pour with a puffy tan head. Lightly spiced aroma with some hints of the roasted malts. Flavor is a really nice imperial start but then a rush of pepper heat. Wasnít expecting it and the ghost peppers were a bit overkill.
phaleslu (7386) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at The Brass Tap. Pours a dark brown with a small beige head that lasts as a thick ring and wispy film. The aroma is so faint - toast, chocolate, cardboard, earth, roast, sugar, banana, and pepper. The flavor is dominated by pepper. Also chocolate, banana, caramel, brown sugar, and leaves. Light-medium bodied with a spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. I admire the experimentation but itís a misfire.
shigadeyo (3192) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/27/2014: Since I was a bit let down by the New Belgium/CCB Lips of Faith Ale brewed with Anaheim & Marash Chilies and was in the mood for a chili beer, I decided to give Rivertown Death a try. Although it is supposedly an Imperial Stout and has a darkish color in the glass, the beer is lacking in malt depth and any other roasty/dark flavors associated with Imperial Stouts. Instead, the beer is fairly thin with a medium body and has a sweet, Tootsie-roll like flavor thatís then quickly run over by the chili pepper flavor and heat. The pepper has just a hint of earthy smokiness, Cinammon, and then a great peppery bite. It definitely builds with each sip, but isnít completely overbearing. The sweetness of the beer helps with this, but it would have been nice to have more flavors and complexities in the beer itself to go with the chili pepper characteristic. At best, this is a high alcohol brown ale with chili peppers. It was okay overall and delivered on the promise of peppers, but the beer underneath was lacking for an Imperial Stout. Snifter (draught) at The Brass Tap in Cincinnati, Ohio.