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RATINGS: 360   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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3.9
   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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (841) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NeoHippie2 (1015) - 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 can’t find a fault in this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
EamonTheGreat (144) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3489) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (796) - 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 wife’s 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maxbier (274) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (155) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
Pours pretty thick and black with a thick mocca head. This looks like the stuff. Aromas of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, marshmallows, caramel malt and some fudgey notes to is aswell. Taste is very dark roasted coffee, vanilla, marshmallow, some date-like notes and some sweet chili notes aswell. Has a dry roasted chocolate finish with some very warming chilies. This beer though!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
javiercrasher (167) - Granada, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2014
Brutal! Negra con buena corona de espuma beige que desaparece poco a poco. En nariz el chocolate da paso al frescor del coco y la vainilla. Buen cuerpo. Entra un poco amarga pero rápidamente da paso al chile, que toman presencia y hace que no se note el alcohol. Cervezón!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (3171) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Aroma spices, cinnamon, cake, sweet caramel, nutty malts. Some hot alcohol in the nose as well. Flavour is full cakey,spices, back of the throat tingling spices with caramel sweet to balance. Things are all in balance, but the spices are prominent. Palate is full bodied, sweet, melts in the mouth. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9134) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle @ gmellison via trade. Rating #9,000. Deep brown appearance with a thin dark brown head. A bit chalky, dark chocolate, light coffee, vanilla, roasty nose. Definitely some pepper spiciness in the mouth. Somewhat gooey chocolate brownie flavor. Some cinnamon and pepper and vanilla. Some more peppers on the finish. Maybe a touch thin. More peppers and a thinner body than Abraxas. Enjoyable but nothing legendary.


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