BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a near black body and a tan head. Aromas are of vanilla, cocoa, light heat, smoke and chocolate. Flavors are of smoke, roast, chocolate, earthy, mild pepper, chalky, vanilla, chewy and dusty. Medium bubbles. Dryish, full bodied, chewy. Some raisin notes and caramel as it warms.
kathouse (927) - Nevada, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild hop and spice aroma from an Imperial. Medium to full mouthfeel. Good dryness from the black malts and chilis. Spice lingers in the finish with some black malt residue. Good beer from Sierra Nevada.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is subtle with chocolate, roast, light coffee, and if you try real hard perhaps a whisper of chile. Taste is bitter and soft chocolate, a nice roasted malt character, some bitter coffee, and a relatively mild chile spice on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and airy. Perhaps some darker, sweet malt in the taste as well. I like this beer but it’s relatively light for an imperial stout and the chile influence is fairly soft.
JohnnyJ (4257) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black pour, tan head. Tons of chocolate, heavily roasted malt, sweet sugars, bitterness, and mild pepper left on the palate. Overall good, but not spectacular.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet chocolate nose with light booziness. Taste is sweet, light to moderately bitter, and the alcohol is well hidden. There’s some roast and gobs of chocolate, but the pepper is totally lost.
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate and roasted malts. A little heat is left behind from the peppers. The alcohol smooths it out nicely. Very good.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at pizza port. Black with a fizzy tan head. Chocolate coffee and earthy aroma. Tastes of dark chocolate coffee and light pepper with roasted grain throughout.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchkey. Reviewed from notes.
Pours black without much of a head or any significant lacing. Nose is nice with a good dose of chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt. The chili peppers are mild but bring a nice kick. Taste brings some slight heat with really great chocolate and coffee notes. Love the chili in the feel. Drinks quite well. Definitely a solid brew.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-25-2010
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is black with a medium tan head. The retention and lacing are both pretty solid.
The aroma is a very nice combination of chocolate and spice very similar to tobasco.
The taset is right on the nose. Its like eating a chocolate bar spied with chili peppers. You can eat anything with chocolate and this is just more proof you can mix and drink about anything with chocolate. The finish is very nice and smooth.
The hot from the chili is just enough to give you the flavor but not kill your tastebuds or its drinkability.
Boston Beer made a similar beer, but this one is clearly superior.
Great beer, I’d love to see it mass produced.
swoopjones (5644) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft, Sierra Takes the Taps, Rattle & Hum. deep dark pour, chili heat is evident but not dominate. Chocolate & mocha are more domiante, Mexican Chocolate Cake. Good full mouthfeel with a nice dose of Sierra hops. Pretty damn good