hackobock (1202) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, dusty cocoa, roasted coffee, cinnamon and spicy habanero. Taste is sweet and bitter chocolate, cinnamon, the habanero goes from almost unnoticeable to distinct as it warms up, still not too much. Finish is dry spicy chocolate with chili heat. Medium/full body, average carbonation.
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 1 thanks to Hector. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong peppers, dark chocolate, wood, and roast. Medium mouthfeel with nice spice, strong roasted chocolate and light bitter finish. Very impressive.
WanderinCelt87 (157) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pour from a bottle is a nice black with a tan head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is nice and bittersweet from the chocolate with a smooth vanilla. I also get a bite from the habanero peppers.
Ibrew2or3 (6788) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber courtesy of Homer321 pours with a deep dark body that supports a dark mocha colored head. The aroma pulses with chocolate, sweet malts, more chocolate, some dates, fruity chili pepper meat, some cinnamon and a dash of fruit cake. The taste starts with a pleasing and rich load of chocolate goodness and then it rolls into cinnamon spices, yum. To midway a nice full chili pepper note shines through the chocolate and leads to a modest chili pepper burn and warming. The delicious chocolate runs from front to back and delivers rich happiness all along the way. Love it.
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, again huge thanks to Doug for the share! Velvety black pour, small, thin light brown head. Nose and flavor are stunning, with cinnamon and cacao coming through up front along with bright, showy espresso character and bitter chocolate folding inward. Later in the flavor the touches of peppery heat hit, but they are stunningly balanced by waves of vanilla, almond and chocolate ganache. Absolutely reminiscent of regular Abraxas and Bomb. Stellar.
merc7186 (1999) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, Mild Pepper
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Cocoa Nibs, Peppers, Vanilla, Mild Coffee
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy
Mora2000 (5569) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have been looking forward to this one for a long time and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Black pour with a brown head. The aroma is just amazing. I get some big chocolate and cinnamon notes that really stand out and make this stout unique. The flavor is just as good if not better. The chocolate and cinnamon notes are once again present, as is a big splash of vanilla. The best part of the beer might be the peppers, which add not only a bit to the flavor, but also a nice amount of heat that complements the other flavors, rather than overwhelming them like a lot of the crappy pepper beers do. I love mole chicken and a lot of the notes I get in that dish are present in this beer, which is simply outstanding. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Definitely one of my top beers of 2014 and one I hope I get to try again in the future.
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, peppers, cinnamon. Flavor starts spicy with chili peppers, chocolate, some vanilla. Peppery heat in the finish. Really awesome beer.
Imaena (1811) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. This is spicy thick awesome sauce. I have been waiting a long time to get my hands on it and was happy to find it on a bottle list at a local watering hole.
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oily black pour. Smell is chocolate, chile, cocoa. Taste is tart, dark chocolate, roasted malt with some definite heat in the finish. Full body. Somewhat quick finish that falls off and oddly tart. Good, but not nearly as balanced or tasty as bomb or bible belt.