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Sierra Nevada Hellraiser Chocolate Chili Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Hellraiser Chocolate Chili Imperial Stout
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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This massive Imperial Stout is infused with cocoa and dried chilies. Rich and complex aromas, heavy with roasted grains, mask the layers of flavor within. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, mocha, and a mild smokiness give way to a tingling and complex finish from the influence of the peppers.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Art (2923) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Sierra Nevada missed the mark a bit. Yeah it is a stout and yeah it has a decant chocolate presence but no chili heat at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Poured a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of dark chocolate and earthy hops. Flavor similar, got amount of heat but not really any pepper flavor, and hops that shouldn’t be there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (2084) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2016
On tap at Bangers and Lace. Poured black with beige head. Aroma waxy pepper skin roast. Light carb med carb. Taste light chili good choc hitter hops

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7734) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2016
TaP at Noel Sexy Good Times Pub .. brown anger .. foam is decent .. mild chilli in the throat, cooking chocolate bits and bark .. mouth is mild .. finish is saucy, not a bad quick glass .. . . It’s been ages since I had a good boiled potato.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nsanders (940) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Tap at Happy Gnome. Black with minimal head. Chocolate syrup, alcohol, milk and faint chilies. Mild sweetness, followed by a long earthy dry finish with only slightest hint of spiciness. Heavier body with an oily feel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
metalhead0043 (205) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2016
On tap at Triangle Wine (Morrisville). Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is faint chocolate with a chili pepper backing. Taste is about the same; chocolate up front with a lasting pepper finish on the back end. Body is creamy, slightly heavy. A nice stout from Sierra Nevada.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4385) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Deep brown, almost black color, pouring with a bice , thick head. The aroma is mild chicolate. The flavor is spicy, peppery roasted chilli mostly. I like it. Very smooth palate. Sticky, dirty, thin lace.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2016
On tap at El Bait Shop. Black in appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light vanilla, light oak and a hint of peppery spice. Similar flavor, moderate malt sweetness with a hint of chili pepper spice at the finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzombie (513) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Smoky no head. Black. Coffee. Roasted malt. Tangy. Chili pepper. Spice. Bitter and booze with warming. Enjoyable not too memorable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6216) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2016
On draft at Bigelo’s. Black. Served in a 12 ounce snifter. This is nicely balanced between chocolate, chilis, earth, and roast. A big, flavorful beer that drinks lighter. Good stuff.


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