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Sierra Nevada Hellraiser Chocolate Chili Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1760) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Deep black with an attractive, resilient mocha foam. Browned banana, chocolate soaked, carrying a bothersome bathroom-like alcohol component. Heavy levels of meat char help to suffocate this with time. Vegetal heat is there in staccato bursts, never very loud. The flavor is balanced and soft. More milk chocolate, some citrusy light roast coffee, and touches of delicate raspberries. Texturally plush, no hint of alcohol, perfect smooth carbonation, velvety is the right word. Some slow suggestive chili heat at the very end, just as an amusement, drying and drinkable. The aroma might be lacking, but this is how a world-class, trustworthy old school brewery makes a huge, adjunct augmented stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Mini from the 16th St. Albertson’s… Pours with a nice dark brown head… Pretty dry throughout… Chili and Coco both are pretty light… Not much sweetness.. Dry char.. Interesting, but could be a lot better with a bit more sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3932) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Dark black pour, ruby/beige head on the small side. Things go up from here, mild roast grain aroma with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is more chocolate, roast grains, the chili’s make themselves known, and bring a bit of heat. Nice glowing warmth lingers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2015
On tap Black with rich smooth tan head Mostly standard roast malt aroma. Notes of spiciness and chocolate in the flavors. Subtle especially the chocolate. Dry bodied and sharp roast bitterness. Pretty clean and dry for an imperial at nearly 10%

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turboninja (493) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Tap@Beer Culture, NYC, USA. Light aroma of chocolate and some coffee. Pitch black color with minimal beige head. Medium, complex and balanced taste licorice, coffee and a hint of roasted malts. Chili is nicely on the background. Wide taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with slightly roasted malts. Medium/strong body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, very successful implementation of chili. Alcohol is masked frighteningly well. Could be more taste considering voltage.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Draft at Bricks. Pours dark brown with big tan head. Nose is chocolate. Taste is creamy chocolate with a little spiciness. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5978) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2015
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out black topped with a brown head. Nose is lots of roast malts some light smoke cocoa nibs a touch of peppers. Taste is more of the roast malts milk chocolate some cocoa nibs a little smoke a great rich end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3566) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Tap at Elijah p’s in Alton, IL Pours black with a very soapy sudsy kacki head. Great lacing as well. Nose of char dark chocolate nibs, anise and some woody hops. Flavors are all of the above in equil parts but there is a big nice hop kick with some lite peppery kick on the finish. It’s faint but there under the roasted malts ans hops. Fantastic impy stout in my book.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Pours very dark brown with a dense tan head. The aroma has dark chocolate, deep roast, some chilis and a bit of sweetness. It has a big body with soft carbonation. The taste starts with hefty roasted malt, mild chili heat, cacao nibs, apples and earthy hops. The finish is quite dry with a nice meld of the flavors. Very drinkable for an imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Keg at The Answer Brewpub. Dark brown, medium tan head, fair retention. Aroma of fresh peppers, roasted malts, smoke, chocolate. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, mild peppers and smoke. Medium bodied, low carbonation, mild booze.


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