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RATINGS: 370   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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2012
growler. Black ink w/ brown head. Smells like malty warmth, maybe some peppers. It’s a tasty yet undefined mix of chocolate vanilla coffee flavored w/ cinnamon and mild peppers. The pepper heat doesn’t really build, esp. for habs. Thanks Westbrook for the fun first year!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2296) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1787) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1598) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1072) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gachupines (950) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2262) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (762) - 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 (1600) - 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 (762) - 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.

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