Sierra Nevada Hellraiser Chocolate Chili Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 8, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3499) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a medium black hue. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of spice. Syrupy and a bit sweet with a hint of booze. The chili kicks in in the finish and compliments as opposed to over power. A bit disjointed but a fun and full beer. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
tap @ RnH - bittersweet chocolate, not much chili heat on the tongue (though you can almost get it in the nose), but pretty tasty. peppery finish. light stinging carbonation. overtones of brown sugar. Pretty tasty. I’m a big fan of chilli chocolate bars, so I was hoping for more heat in this. Would’ve been better not as an impy, IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Black and opaque with a small tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, with a faint but distinct chili note. Thick malty body and smooth, smoke comes out more on the palate along with some brown sugar, light bitterness. Didn’t really get any chili on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at the Rubicon. Pours black with a foamy tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a rich chocolate flavor with some treacle and a hot chili pepper finish. Very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Tap at the Rubicon. On the board as SN IS, but the chili aspect leaves little doubt. Goblet. Black with a creamy chocolate/tan head. Smooth burnt malt and chocolate aromas. Flavor is very smooth burnt malt with chocolate, a deal of hop, and a residual chili burn. I am sensitive to capsaicin, and the top of my head went damp. Chili. And it is very chocolate.The whole thing is creamy, and the malt is just a bit gritty/grungy. Good stuff.

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