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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
Pitch black with a strong roasted malt aroma and a thin, quickly dissapating head. Dark chocolate and cocoa dominate with a woody cask flavor in the background (although I donít think this is aged in wood at all). The hops are there but are overpowered by the malt which is intense. Very smooth and creamy on the tongue. Strangely, I didnít really detect the chilies although Iím guessing that they added to the flavor in a way thatís not directly spicy. In the same league as Old Rasputin. A delicious Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Draught pour into a tulip glass at the brewery. Pitch black with a small tan head that leaves behind sheets of lace. The aroma is a mix of chocolate cheese cake and smokey dried chilis. One whiff and I know this is going to be good. Lots of rich chocolate fudge malt character that is tempered just as much my light chili spice in the finish as the moderate hops. Not overly sweet, but again the peppers lend a great balance. Smokey and a touch savory, with a full and silky body. Somehow SN managed to get the chilis, malt, and hops all working in harmony, with the chilis adding more savory, smokey character than outright heat, which mostly serves to temper the malt sweetness. Alcohol is merely an afterthought in the profile. Awesome beer, and the most interesting and tasty stout that I have had in awhile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nosniv (11) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
On Draught at Sierra Nevada, aroma of dark chocolate with sweet pepper under notes, dark black color. A mouthful of malt and chocolate nicely balanced with a slightly spicy savoriness of the chilis balancing the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13984) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
volksygge (51) - NORWAY - APR 21, 2014
Eye: black with high but unstable head Nose: chocolate, roasted notes, some malts, and some fresh punch from peppers, almost no hops Mouth: cocoa, chocolate, full bodied, roasted, finish with some alcohol and some chili hotness that covers it almost completely --- A very good one, chili on the right level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at ChurchKey in DC. Dark black pour with a quarter inch tan head. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt nose with a touch of chili pepper. Medium smooth body with a rich roasted quality. More chocolate notes with a touch of bitterness up front. Nice finish with a lingering chili pepper aftertaste. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5709) - 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 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10475) - 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 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (5585) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Draft: Charred oak, bakerís chocolate nose. Dark mahogany, medium tan head. Bakerís chocolate, smoked chipotle, ash, creosote, thistle. Full body, easy carbonation. Not overly sweet, not overly hot, very chocolatey, lovely hop note.

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