Sask89 (553) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 13, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2020 2018 on tap. Pours pitch black with a creamy mocha head. Aroma has noticeable cinnamon and cayenne pepper scents with slight chocolate notes. Taste is dry with a nice sweet and bitter balance; quite nice. Full body, nice carbonation, and somewhat creamy on the palate. Excellent beer in every respect. tfontana (2558) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2020 Bottle (3/14/15) pour courtesy of trade with Johnnniee--thanks, John! Appearance is opaque black with dark brown sheen across the top with finger-width reddish-light brown, crackling fizzy head with poor retention and no lacing. Aroma is strong malt, milder chiles, vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is strong malt and chili spice, late cinnamon, vanilla and mildest cacao. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth texture, pleasant heat (chile? alcohol?), soft carbonation and finish as taste. Overall, a somewhat surprising amount of chili spice and heat given the age--have recent experience with chile adjuncts withering after a year--but think, as good as this is, that it would be better fresher as something seems a little bit off. Am guessing this would be a bit more decadent fresher. However, I'm psyched to have had this at least once--thanks again, John--but would relish the opportunity to try again. coachd (1887) - O'Fallon, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2019 Very good. There are many beers that are copying this formula of peppers, cinnamon and chocolate; this is one of the better ones. jrodooo5 (2189) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2019 Chocolate followed by heat. It’s bold & powerful. Not sweet & not exactly an easy drinker but the flavor explosion lives up to the hype! Imperial with the added heat. Wonderful! eduardovl (1814) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 4, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2019 660ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours an oily black color forming a medium creamy dark beige head with low retention that forms and leaves only very few spotty molasses lacings in the glass.
S: Strong notes of roasted malts, nuts, licorice, wood, dark chocolate, coffee beans, coconut, vanilla and earth. Peppery and slightly booze finish. Greend and black pepper. Grassy hops.
T: Sweet upfront taste. Strong notes of chocolate malts, roasted malts, coffee, coconut, oak, bourbon, maple syrup, licorice and vanilla. Grassy hops profile. Good hops bitterness. Great bittersweet balance. Lingering persistent hops bitterness. Peppery, light spicy finish.
M: Heavy creamy body. Incredible smooth. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and vanilla in the aftertaste.
O: Excellent drinkability. Masterpiece. Dot.
Juks (4177) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2019 TCBW19. Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma is chocolatey, vanilla, coconuty, cocoa, cinnamon. Taste is roasty, cinnamon, pepper, chocolatey. Full body, average carbonation. Very nice. Rask0lnikov (2716) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2019 On tap at TCBW 2019. As Hunaphue’s 2019. Pours black colour. High brownish head. Vanilla, toffee, chocolate in the aroma. No alcochol. Really delicious smell. Chocolate, chocolate mousse, vanilla, pleasent nutiness in the taste. Very nice silky texture. Really tasty and well balanced imperial stout. szymonskc (1647) - Skórcz, POLAND - JUN 8, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2019 Zapach intensywny, paloność, kakao, czekolada, kawa, cynamon, przyprawy, wanilia. Kolor czarny, nieprzejrzyste. Piana brązowa, niska, drobna, średnio trwała, lekki lacing. W smaku słodkie, pełne, paloność, kakao, suszone owoce, cynamon, wanilia, ziemia, chili. Goryczka wysoka, wysycenie niskie. rosskyle (1134) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2019
On tap at brewery. Black color with a brown head. Sweet maple cinnamon chocolate flavor. Heavy body.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Kavu (7814) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2019 A small taste on tap @ TCBW 2019. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts with chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, hops. Pretty good.