RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
We start with our Espresso Love and age it in oak barrels for 6 months, and add just a dash of vanilla, chocolate, and chili peppers for a nice mellow kick.The results is an incredibly complex espresso stout with slightly sour note blended with a smoke, bourbon-tinged vanilla, dark chocolates, and a very subtle chili burn in the finish. Sharp or pungent cheeses, pasta with cream sauce, wild game, or spicy curries.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
gilkesjm (10) - Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Chocolate, coffee, aroma that is quite complex. However this does not match the taste that is quite sour. Not so tasty.

JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate and infection. Malt and band-aid flavor with a sour finish.

joshwoodward (575) - - JUN 22, 2014
Had a glass of this from a bottle at the Arbor Brewing Company sours & fruits tasting. Didn’t take formal notes. Pepper, spicy, dark.

Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Firkin sample at MiWBF 14. I was a bit disappointed in this. Didn’t get a lot from the cocoa nibs and the pepper was a little heavy at the end. A bit of a gritty mouthfeel.

rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
tap. Near black with small head. Thick stout with some coffee and bourbon barrel. I also pick up some strange pepperiness that makes more sense now that I see the reference to Chipotle peppers. I’ve had a lot better barrel aged stouts.

alliance100 (1187) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours a murky dark brown . Some faint bourbon aromas but mostly espresso and chilies . Medium pepper spice with Italian espresso . Pretty good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2013
bottle. pours murky brown very nice tan head. bummer it turned out to be a sour. funky aroma and taste no coffee/vanilla or peppers

jcartamdg (3539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Pours dark black with a aroma of peppers and roast. Taste is tart and roasty. The peppers shine forth. Tart yet spicy. Interesting. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottled provided by jale. Thanks, Jim! Pours a very dark brown color with a half-finger of mocha head and a few bubbles on top as it goes down. The nose brought a lot of roast character and coffee. Nothing too extreme, but it worked out quite well. The flavor added in a few other components, with the chipotle becoming present here along with a touch of chocolate. The roast character is still prominent along with the coffee. The feel is where the chipotle really comes in, bringing a spicy note that I didn’t really feel complemented the all flavors all that well in its extremity. Toning it down a bit would definitely help blend the flavors quite a bit more. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-07-2010

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle thanks to Jale...Pours an ugly dark brown, amber hints. Light tan head doesn’t show me much...Aroma of chocolate, and a little chipotle heat, not much going on...The taste is just wrong, this is more of the aroma but not a good combination for some reason. I didn’t drink much of this, nor did the 7 other of us as there was still half a bottle left at the end of the night. Don’t bother.

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