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RATINGS: 526   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alkolord (359) - - DEC 1, 2015
Tief schwarz im Glas, nur weniger feiner hellbrauner Schaum, extrem schokoladig in der Nase, relativ leichter Körper, schöne Schoko und Kaffee Noten, schöne, langanhaltende schärfe im Abgang. Körper könnte etwas voller sein, sonst sehr fein

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1755) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Poured From a 22 oz bottle it is a a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is gingerbread cake and cinnamon and some milk chocolate. The taste is spicy with hints of chocolate and the spice ness resonates on the palate and throat. Can only take a little at a time.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iphonephan (5839) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle shared at the OBX. Rating #5000! June 4,2015 bottling. Pours balck with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and cinnamon. Flavors of cooa and habaneros. Like a fine mole with the spicy peppers attenuated by chocolate. Very nice alternative to the more typcial big imperial stouts.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainTilven (146) - Nancy, FRANCE - NOV 28, 2015
Tasted at La Capsule (Nancy-France), on draught. Opaque black body headed by a fine and dense Latte foam - very nice. Aroma of Latte, slightly hot, some salted butter. Taste is savoury, expressively spicy, both very fine and hot : refined and surprising. Exceptional mix of sweetness and vivacity. Fine long finish, with vanilla.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4857) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2015
Pitch black color. The spice rack got thrown into the boil with tons of cinammon, habanero and vanilla in the nose with chocolate in the background. Mildly sweet, very spicy, tons of cinammon and vanilla. So spicy. Wonderful but like vanilla is a bit too much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4576) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Gorgeous pour. Inky black and viscous with one finger of dark chestnut brown head. Nose is very very nice, rich and decadent with some upfront spicy heat, chocolate, vanilla, some toasted wood, and a touch of coffee. A noticeable pepper heat up front with some cinnamon spice and vanilla. Rich and chocolaty with a wonderful mouthfeel. Velvety and soft with a touch of heat on the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
torriman (16) - Valencia, SPAIN - NOV 10, 2015
On bottle @Valencia On Tap. Really impressive beer. Starts sweet with cacao and vanilla flavours. Just when it seems to be too sweet, the chili appears to give you hottness and cut the sweetness. The alcohol is not too present.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
alteregoo (754) - POLAND - NOV 8, 2015
UPDATED: APR 23, 2016 Piwo ładnie prezentuje się w szkle, bujna drobna piana oblepiająca szkło, barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Z butelki czuć gorzką czekoladę, kakao i kawę naturalną. Po przelaniu aromat staje się bardziej złożony i intensywny - na pierwszym planie ciasto czekoladowe, kakao, kawa po wiedeńsku, prażone migdały, rum, w tle trufle, cynamon, wanilia. Bomba! W smaku wszystko to świetnie wyczuwalne, już w pierwszym łyku wita nas lekka słodycz tortu czekoladowego, całe morze kakao i piekąca papryka, co nieco psuje pierwsze wrażenie. Kolejne łyki potwierdzają dużą treściwość, wielowymiarowość i klasę trunku, choć papryczki nadal wściekle kąsają w język i podniebienie. Piwo jest wyklejające, gęste, lepkie, nisko nasycone. Goryczka obecna, choć jej poziom trudny do oszacowania z uwagi na pikantne bodźce habanero. W afterteasie można doszukać się tytoniowych nutek i wysokogatunkowych szwajcarskich wyrobów czekoladowych... Alkohol w likierowej formie, przyjemny. Zdecydowanie byłby to jeden z najlepszych RISów, jakie dane było mi skosztować, gdyby nie wszędobylskie papryczki. Nie jestem chilliheadem, co jednak nie znaczy, że nie lubię czasem zjeść czegoś pikantnego - tutaj jednak poziom na skali Scoville’a zdecydowanie przekracza granice akceptowalności i degustatorskiej przyzwoitości.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
esp0r (2669) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2015
On tap at What’s Brewing 2015
Pours black with at tanned head. Smell of cinnamon, dark malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, a pletora of spices, amazingly complex. Heavy sweet, spicy, alot of chili punch, more cinnamon, more chocolate, more vanilla, dark malts. Alot of flavors that blends well. Maybe to a Mexican cake? Moderate bitter. Overall this an exquisite experience. World class beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15160) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle, 10.5%. Vanilla aroma. Black colour. Very small off-white head. The flavour is spicy and fruity with some vanilla and cinnamon and a nicely warming chili note. It burns a little but it is not painful or anything.


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