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Brewed by Durham Brewery
Style: Stout - Imperial
Bowburn, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Hellfire, a mariage made in hell. Temptation and chilli in an erotic embrace of sumptious sweet malt and throat burning fire. Te definitive winter warmer - brewed for Christmas 2012.

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3.5
The_Osprey (10532) - SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2018
Nov 2018 - 330ml bottle at home in Richmond - Cellar Cleansing No 1 of 2018. As 'Durham Hellfire', 10%, 2012 bottling, limited ed of 1000 bottles. There was a time when these Durham imperial stouts were much sought after - now a total obscurity. Pours opaque black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is putty/plasticine, strawberry cheesecake, red pepper, bubblegum, raspberry ripple. Fun. Body is smooth, rounded with soft to low carbonation. Taste is light, chocolatey, the chilli is now mercifully integrated into the flavour (I'm guessing it was once too much), cherry chocolate and a very-much building chilli heat. Pretty enjoyable actually - I can handle this level of spice and it has a rounded chocolatey vibe. For a novelty beer it's fairly decent and the age hasn't hurt it at all. (7-4-7-3-14=3.5)

3.4
Grumbo (7844) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2018
28/7/2018. Bottle at Højbjerg tasting. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, malt and light chilli, the aroma gives no warning of what's to come. Taste dominated by the chilli taking away the usual senses! Medium plus body, slight oily texture, soft carbonation. Hellfire is right!!

3.6
Bamsen78 (6497) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2018
Bottle @ Højbjerg tasting 28 July. Pours hazy dark brown with airy light tan head. Clear aroma of malt and chocolate, with mild notes of chili and yeast. Spicy, chili flavour with notes of malt and roast and touches of yeast and hops. Spicy, chililike aftertaste with estery and malty notes. Not bad, the chili being just as well-balanced as it ought to be.

2.8
HenrikSoegaard (15843) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2018
Bottle. Frothy boff-whitegood mostly lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderatre bitter flavor. Average light bitter finish. chili present. I hate that. Oily palate.

3.2
martin00sr (6269) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2018
Bottle @Højbjerg Tasting. Black, small beige head. Malty, roasted aroma, chili too. Dark malty flavour, chili heat appears immediately. Not a destructive burn, but definately hot.

1.8
Rasmus40 (26412) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2018
Bottle @ Saxo tasting. Clear very dark with a abeige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with a heavy chili burn. Oily. Idiotic. 280718

3.5
saxo (22189) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2018
Bottle @ Højbjerg tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are chillies, roast malt, chocolate, caramel, hops and has a nice chilli finish. Nice burn but not too heavy burn.

3.2
eXORRO (412) - POLAND - JUL 21, 2017
Not intensive aroma of chocolate, some fruits like apple with mineral afternose. Taste of chocolate with extremely spicy finish. The most spicy beer ever drunk. Watery. Medium carbonation. Unbalanced.

3.8
mariuspoenari (3298) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle shared at the March THT at Kwartje. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Notes of burnt caramel, hot peppers, dried fruit and chocolate. Really nice first couple of sips, but after that the heat goes up quite a bit.

3.3
Svartvit (1871) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle shared at the March THT. Pours a close to black with a tan head. Chocolate malts, vegetal peppers, caramel. Medium sweet, bitter, spice that builds. Medium body, low carbonation.


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