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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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. Hereís to many more!

   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. Couldnít tell itís high gravity. Highly recommended if looking for an unusual, but delightful, tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (908) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Espresso smell is strong...cinnamon hits first, very smooth, dangerous for abv! Finishes spicy from peppers...different..not necessarily good...2 quick sips may not be all accurate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Pour is black with a medium milk chocolate colored head. Aroma of cinnamon sticks, dark chocolate, light vanilla, and coffee roast. Flavor is similar with a bit of hop bitterness and a touch of pepper spice in the finish. Medium bodied, alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (782) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2014
Pour jet black, with a small tan head. Aroma has a lot of cacao powder, chocolate, roasted coffee, chili from the middle and out. somewhat "caky", peppery and some green notes to it. The taste is slightly sweet up front, with a good dose of bitterness and spiciness from the mid out. Semi-full bodied, with a somewhat flat carbonation. pretty nice for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (1004) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Dark brown pour dark tan head. Thick and glass staining. Aroma of bread choco, soy, honey, peppery wood. Tastes like dark choco, cinnamon, slick and sweet. Some heat that blends with the spritz.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle from chuckaduck, thanks again! What a great beer for rating 1000! Jet black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is incredible. Cinnamon, vanilla, and cocoa all the way. Flavor is the perfect balance of sweet roasted malts, spices, and heat from the peppers. Absolutely delicious. I really canít find a fault in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - SEP 13, 2014
Wow. So glad I got to try this. Pours pitch black with dark tan head. The aroma is chocolate and cinnamon and peppers. The taste is a wonderful blend of chocolate and light cinnamon. The peppers come through at the end in a great way. Vanilla comes through throughout and cinnamon well balanced. Great beer. Can't wait to have again! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (4488) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Sweet chocolate and spice aromas. Chocolate, sweet malt, light spice, hints of pepper. Really drinkable for this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1116) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Pours engine oil black with a tan head that retained nicely. Aroma is Dark cocoa, flourless chocolate cake (my wifeís observation), grated cinnmon stick and vanilla. Thick sweet mouthfeel. Dark rich fudge chocolate start with vanilla followed with a dry fresh cinnamon flavor, not a sweet cinnamon but a spicy freshly grated cinnamon stick flavor. Some spicy pepper notes in flavor along with dark espresso. FInishes with a nice dark chocolate flavor and as the flavor disappears from palte the heat from the habanero lingers and intensifies a little. Not super hot but you know its there. This was a beautiful, complex, unique brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maxbier (650) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Nearly black with lingering dark brown head. Aroma of rich flour-less chocolate cake and gram crackers. Just of hint of the spice aroma. Starts very dark roasty malts and dark chocolate cake, finish is spicy hot and chocolate. There is a significant amount of heat in the finish, not too much, but enough to complement the chocolate. Lived up very nicely to the hype. Thanks Dan for sharing this one!

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