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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
Tap @ Tap and Handle Fort Collins. Pours a dark brown appearance with a thin brown head. Quite oaky, fairly spicy, woody, dark chocolate, vanilla aroma. Very wood forward. Lots of oak, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate flavor with just a bit of spiciness on the finish. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Black as night pour with a great beige head. Chocolate cocoa nib peppers and caramel meld with roast and espresso in an amazing way. Earthen coffee roast in the finish. This beer is awesome. Dry but sweet. Excellent balance. Like a boss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Tap at CK. Thin but sheen and rocky mocha foam atop clear, near black pour. Sharp cedar and savory steak nose. Taste is sharp cedar, black pepper, mild tanginess, present but subtle chili pepper/Mexican chocolate heat and kick. Palate is super dry but not thin. Excellent hop balance. Still is oak forward and somehow not overwhelming with tannins. Very impressive. Probably the best of the evening sampling over 20 new beers from Sierra Nevada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Draft. Black beer with a dark tan head. Chocolate and malt aroma with light earth and light chili. Chili and chocolate flavor with toffee. Medium bodied. Chili and chocolate lingers with toffee, caramel, and light earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2012
On tap at Aces and Ales. Pours dark brown with a thin espresso. Aroma has chocolate, coffee, chilies. Sweet with flavors following suit. Sticky texture. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
sierra nevada helleaiser. black with small beige head. aroma of bold cocoa coffee spice and chili pepper. nice. similar flavor. more dry and has a touch of zest, but not from the chili bc that doesn’t seem present here. good nonetheless! 747415

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
On draft at Beer Revolution. It pours very dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is intense with fudge and mild chile spice. The flavor has lots of dark cocoa nibs and a very mild hints of chile flavor with little spice except on the back end. Full body with some coffee at the finish. Extremely well executed. Not overbearing, but complex and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (5384) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2012
On draft at the Brass Tap, poured a dark black color aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and spice. Flavor is bakers chocolate followed by a nice touch of heat from chilis. Overall a nice beer that I wasnt expecting to be this good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Draft at Brass Tap. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of chilies. Flavor is rich, bitter and smoky with some heat in the finish. The high alcohol is hidden fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
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.

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