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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Happy birthday to us! To celebrate our first year as a brewery we brewed a serious imperial stout and aged it on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. This is the first offering in our annual Anniversary series. Here’s to many more!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1176) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle at the Libertine February bottle share. Pours a deep black with slight tan head. Aroma is cinnamon and various spices. Taste is coffee, sweet chocolate and a little bite at the end. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (326) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Pours dark brown with a huge foamy mocha head that recedes to a brown lacing around the circumference. Aroma is dark roast malts, dark coffee, raisins and dates. Taste is sweet vanilla at first, followed by a mellow coffee bitterness then a hot chilli sharpness and a long spicy jalapeno finish. Feck. This was an experience. Awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (365) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Thanks to Kevin and Matt for providing the bottle. ’13 vintage. Pours a completely black color, with a decent beige, stable head. The aromas are all about cinnamon, earthy bakers chocolate and hints of slightly wooden vanilla, with roasted malts. Not particular sweet on the nose, but very intriguing, due to its wonderful complexity. Has a distinct, coffee infused malt foundation, joined by a load of slightly earthen cinnamon. Bakers chocolate adds to the humble wooden malts, getting topped of by toffee and syrup. The brew then turns into a sweeter, slightly sticky direction, due to molasses and a metallic, hot alcohol peak, intruduced by the lively carbonation. The brew is, despite its entwined, sublime cinnamon-chocolate sweetness, heavily hopped, creating a decent antithesis, forming its full body. It is pleasantly balanced, providing a smooth drinking, outstanding complexity. It finishes with burning hot, peppery chilies, acting as the perfect addition to the rich chocolate taste, challenging the tastebuds, as this beer is evolving in taste from the beginning till its very end.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2817) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
En plein mon genre de décadence, onctuosité dominante et chocolat intraitable. Les saveurs sont un mélange de gâteau aux carottes et de crème glacée choco maya (haagen-daaz) avec une touche pimentée bien équilibrée. Un autre succès de décadence dans la même famille que la Orange Bliss.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
I really don’t get the spicy stout thing. And this is a fine example as to why I don’t. I love cake,and I love peppers. I just don’t like them together. The combination is odd and the spiciness really threw me off.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1682) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Better than the BA variants for the most part in 2014. Aggressively spicy but not overwhelming, and warms the belly nicely. The other expected characteristics are there, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, but the heat definitely makes this stand out from Hunahpu.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1278) - Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, baking spices, cinnamon. Taste is very cinnamon, a little heat that lasts into a long finish, full bodied, medium-carbonation. Overall, exceptional.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gachupines (1019) - USA - NOV 4, 2014
Black with a thick dark brown head. Aroma is rich chocolate with notes of coffee and a bit of earthiness. Flavor is rich, bittersweet chocolate with a bit of a burnt finish. Spice comes in the aftertaste, there’s a warm burn in my throat. Very pleasant and rich with a subtle surprise at the end. Wife: 4.3

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2443) - New York, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Tap at Stags Head. Figured it’s about stout season so kick it off with a winner. Pours deep brown with lovely head and lacing. Nose is dark chocolate and light spice. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, baileys, caramel, cinnamon, and hint of chilli. The heat hits back throat lager but is mild. Not too rich or sugary which I appreciate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mccaindude (4) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2014 does not count
Very unique and well-balanced. Habanero peppers are very noticeable, but not overpowering. Some hops taste present, but fleeting. All flavors blend well. Beer is pitch black and beautiful. Couldn’t tell it’s high gravity. Highly recommended if looking for an unusual, but delightful, tasting beer.


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