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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IluvatarMilan (261) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Zzt bottle. Truly fantastic pitch black pour with thick brown head. Aroma is rich in smooth chocolate. Taste is quite sweet, coffee bitterness, mild hops and a nice spicy peppery note in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (3791) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ zzt. Aroma is paint/varnish, liquorice, roasty malt, molasses and more. Flavour has deep roasty malt, liquorice, molasses, caramel, slight pepper and more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8145) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ ZZT VI. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized lightly creamy light brown head that lasts for quite a while. Smell malts, some roastyness, lightly chocolate, some sweetness as well. Taste malts, roastyness, alcohol, a bit peppery, a bit hot especially in the aftertaste. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (3980) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle thx to countbeer @ ZZT VI. Pitch black with a beautiful white head. Smells coffee, roasty, chocolate, tar, liquorice. Tastes red fruits, liquorice, dark chocolate, roasty. The pepper gives it a nice feeling, full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11177) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Řlbutikken, Cph. Pours opaque black with a giant, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet chocolate, cocoa, nuts, light peppery. Medium to high carbonation, fine creamy and dry mouthfeel. Flavour has lovely luscious chocolate, vanilla, light oaky, good mild but sharp chili burn. Extremely well-balanced. And not too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (714) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Aroma shows notes of an infection with quite a bit of an off fruitiness. Once you can get past the infection you start to pick up the spices. A solid amount of habanero with secondary notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Behind the infection the aroma is really nice. Pours black with a thick mocha head that has tons of retention. Some moderate lacing and small legs. Flavor is a bit sweet, but the infection is only showing to a minimal extent. A decent amount of chocolate and light roast but the spices really dominate. Some cinnamon and pepper in the finish. The pepper only provides moderate spicy heat, not super peppery, but the pepper heat lingers more as it warms. The finish has some alcohol heat. Low bitterness and no astringency. Mouthfeel is still medium full bodied, the infection hasn't thinned it too much. Moderate alcohol heat. No or only very low astringency. Medium high carbonation. Overall I would like to try this beer without the infection to see how the spice works with the malt. The spices seem to drown out the rest of the beer, but I would be curious to try it fresh. Infection really hurts this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2499) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan. The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a quarter inch of oily, beige head. The aroma offers roast, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla. The flavor brings notes of Kahlua, booze, chocolate, burned roasted malt. Nice flavor, but I like the aroma even better. Even without the title, I definitely get notes of flan. Sweet, but not too. Overall, very enjoyable. I would definitely have this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-30-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (1811) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 32 oz growler from The Community Tap (SC) served in a snifter. Pours black with only hints of dark brown at the edges. A light brown head has limited duration. The aroma features coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, a modicum of spicy hops and some dark malt. Some alcohol comes out with warming. The taste features these flavors, but has a very dynamic nature: A vanilla-tinged sweet spike up front fades into a sweet/bitter/sour finish, with the bitter component, although mild, winning out. A peppery/spicy/cinnamon aspect appears mid-taste and becomes far more noticeable with repeated sipping. Although made with fresh habanero peppers, this beer only produces a very mild burn. Dark fruit in the aroma re-emerge towards the finish. Full body; light carbonation; alcohol warming. O: A rich, complex and unusual stout worth seeking out, although not so great as to make me lust for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7337) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Not as good as say an abraxas for me but a solid beer, nice sweetness that isn’t ovepowerd by spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 13, 2012
FLÖSKA. Black colour, light brown head. Roaste dmalt in the aroma indeed along with chocolate and dark fruit. Good mouthfeel indeed. Roasted malt, dark fruits and chocolate dominates the flavour, some chili spice also comes along. Nice!

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