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Sierra Nevada Hellraiser Chocolate Chili Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Draft. Black body with small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee, some caramel, light chili pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, some caramel, light chili, alcohol. Smooth medium-full body. Very mild spiciness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11074) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9090) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
Tap at Birch and Barley. Deep black pour with a thick tan head. The nose is really chocolatey with lots of soft milk chocolate over a fairly toasty malty middle. A little bit of soft sweetness that is cut through by a touch of peppery booziness. Fairly sweet, but it is quite well-balanced. A touch of sticky malt sweetness. The chili in here is basically undetectable though... I get a touch of a peppery dryness... but itís more like alcohol than actual chili heat. Itís intense but itís a bit of a one-trick pony. Thick dark chocolate and very little else. Itís well-made but it just doesnít deliver on the promise. 8 4 7 4 14

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Pouring at session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a hazy black with a thin tan head. Smoke, chili, chocolate, roast. Slowly developing spicy chocolate and pepper heat. Lingering heat on the finish. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6499) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5900) - 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


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