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RATINGS: 386   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. Here’s to many more!


DTM's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle shared with a bunch of folks. Pours a dark brown with aroma of chocolate. Couldn’t really smell the pepper. Nice and smooth chocolate flavor on the palate with a hint of pepper on the back end.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen (2498) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2015
On tap at Westbrook. Pours a black color with tan head. Brownie, spicy pepper, chocolate, roasty, malty sweet aromas. Cinnamon, fudge brownie, pepper heat, dark chocolate. Not quite Abraxas, but fucking good. I could handle a touch less spiciness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2608) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Thin tan head that fades quickly. Black, murky appearance. Spicy nose, chocolate and earth. Full bodied, chewy, oily slick with a tired carbonation, warming on the palate. Chocolate, caramel and spices, maybe a bit too much spice? Milk chocolate and earthy pepper flavors. Finish is long and heated but still drinkable. Decent but not a brew for continuous slurping. Draft at the Brewery. Had a couple snifters. The second one went down hard.Not sure what all the fuss is about.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (608) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2015
on draft,poured into a snifter..jet black with a big khaki head..aroma of spices,coffee,cinnamon,chocolate,roasted nuts..very complex but a little too spicy for my taste..still very good though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7492) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2015
66cl bottle via trade with Rado_. Side by side with the Bourbon version. Bottled 05/28/2014. Brune foncée presque noire, dorée au verre avec un col moka. Arôme est renforcé au niveau des malts, alternant ici avec pas mal de chocolat et un bouquet capturant pas mal d’effluves de vanille et de cannelle tout comme la muscade. Le côté épicé s’accroche sans jamais tomber dans le surfait. Palais est également complexe et divinement bien balancé. Retrouve une certaine épaisseur malté complétée par des notes de chocolat, point d’épice des habaneros qui s’accentue avec le temps sans pour cela totalement envahir la bouche avec des chaleurs d’épices. La cannelle et muscade ne sont pas en manque et donnent un ajout supplémentaire d’épicé. Bière superbe et à 10% reste facile à déguster.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10873) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with light cinnamon notes, light coffee, Mexican spices, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with cinnamon, chili powder, black forest cake, very nice. Bottle shared with Matt and Puhskinwow.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3539) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Next on the block, another beer I took notes for on paper a long time ago... and am finally entering a rating for... of course this one was shared by a kind soul in a location remote of my living room.
Pours black with an espresso swirl head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is big on coconut & cinnamon. It’s sweet, it’s got a lot of chorolate and some vanilla. It’s aromatic, rich and inviting for sure.

The flavor is pleasantly sweet and just all over the place (in a nice way) It’s chocolaty with plenty of hot pepper, coconut, espresso, & vanilla. There is a nice roasty bitterness throughout countering the sweeter elements with some success.

As far as big spicy stouts go, the only thing that holds a candle to this is Abraxas... although these two beers have opened me up to the possibility of an Imperial Stout that sounds like a mess being awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Courtesy of Jason R

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, peppers, cinnamon, black licorice, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. There is some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and black licorice. The finish has a nice mix of roasted coffee, vanilla, light cinnamon, and just a hint of heat from the peppers. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3888) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours warm sable with a thin tan head. Sweetish aroma had chocolate, waxy, coffee and roast malt notes. Flavor has smoky malt, quality roast coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, and peppery tones, adding up to a truly distinctive brewski. Mouthfeel is fairly firm and fizzy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5745) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle at the the RBWG hotel bottle share
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma is woody, roasty and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and coconut
Nice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7382) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2015
22 oz. bottle. I got it from a trade, but can’t remember from whom. Probably that dipass Homer321. Or someone else. Now I feel bad. Anyway, glad I finally got around to this one. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small brown head that settles into a ring. Lovely looking, as expected. Notes of cocoa nibs, roasted malts, toasted sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, earth, and very mild habanero on the nose. The flavor has a bit too much of a baker’s chocolate thing going on for my liking, and the bitter intensity overpowers the other notes (cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon) to a degree before giving way to habanero at the end. Medium-bodied, with an earthy, roasty, bitter, spicy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I have four barrel-aged variants to try next to this, because I think they’d improve upon the base. I prefer it to Bomb but it’s nowhere near the level of Abraxas.


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