darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 Pours a deep pitch black with a huge tan head thats deep brown. Rather like Hunahpus in appearance. The nose is Massive powdered chocolate up front with noticable chili and some light coffee. Rather like a coffee treatment of Hunahpus (I’m sensing some CCB inspiration from this beer!). Deep full bodied and rich, possessed of a fantastic roasted malt character with some noticable chili heat (more so than hunahpus) and a lingering chocolate aftertaste. I get a little citrus fruit as well? Deeply complex. This is simply an astouding beer. The alchohol is there but well hidden. The body is only slightly inferior to Hunahpus. This is a masterful beer. I don’t know if HUnahpus inspired this beer but its very very similar but yet has its own twists as well. A truly world class beer. Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Tap at the White Horse. Outstanding. Dark brown pour with a light, beige head. Holds a strong malt nose with some ripe fruit, alcohol and chocolate. Very sweet, with plenty of booze and dominant dark malts, then some roasty bitterness. Medium to full in body with loads of warmth and fine carbonation. Finishes fairly sweet with plenty of sugar and more roasty dryness. The chilies affect more in feel than flavor it seems, providing a hint of tingle in the aftertaste. Just fantastic overall. Supremely drinkable. (4.7)jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle at the White Horse. Opaque, dark brown pour. Strong aroma with dark malts, coffee beans, and dark cocoa. Mild alcohol and ripe, dark fruits. Flavor is divine. Very sweet but not cloying. Loads of dark chocolate syrup, plenty of roast, wood, and bark, along with light chili spice. Some dry roastiness. Full bodied with effervescent carbonation and plenty of warmth. I can feel this beer journey from my mouth to my esophagus to my gut. It feels good in my gut. The finish ends the experience wonderfully: sweet, with spices, chocolate, alcohol, bitter coffee and some overripe, dark fruits. Superb on all fronts. It would be very hard to make this beer any better. (4.9)
Bottle. Pours black with quickly dissipating reddish brown head. Nose and taste of barrel, chocolate, coffee roast, chili pepper and vanilla. Lots of initial chocolate and vanilla with a roasted coffee and barrel aged chili pepper in the finish. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2010
A Mes rate. Keg at the Rake and bottle a month or so before.duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2010
Fully black with just a faint off white rim. The bottle gave much better head. That’s probably more testimony to the quality of the bar staff at the Sloany than the quality of the beer. In fact, the beer quality is through the fucking roof. This is a seriously complex brew. Thick juicy preserve fruit and jam roly poly character. Utterly amazing chewy cinder toffee and liquorice and chocolate. The chilli is just a hint but it adds plenty of bite. There is a distinct aged character to it, a slight hint of oxidisation giving it so much depth. The finish is utterly sublime. The length and development s beyond description. It’s a journey from chocolate to coffee to chilli and then back to chocolate with a hint of liquorice and smoke. Fanfunkingtastic beer. For me, this is the best BrewDog beer and we all know, that really is saying something. World class. The love care and attention that has gone into the production of this little gem shines through from start to finish. I know this has been cared for like a baby. It’s clear as day in the drinking. Again, world class.
Bottle. I thought this was absolutely brilliant. Wonderful roasted malt aroma, with hints of cocoa and mocha. Palate is full bodied, yet seems fairly dry for a Imperial Stout, with some slight warmth/heat, I’m guessing from the chilly. Flavour seems to go on forever. Lots of mocha and roasty cocoa flavours coming through. Really good balance (as far as extreme Imperial Stouts go). Love it a lot.
TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2011
375ml bottle, #907.
Pours pitch black, with a thin white head.
Heavily roasted aroma, tar, licorice, chili peppers, dark chocolate, hazelnut, cocoa, green bell peppers.
Sweet, full bodied, thick, medium to high bitterness, and with a nice touch of peppery heat.
The taste is very rich and dens, loads and loads of roasted malts, licorice, chili, dark chocolate, coffee beans, walnuts, hazelnut, honey.
Long, hot, peppery finish, with lingering flavours of chili, honey and coffee.
Truly a spectacular beer, but don’t finish this one after a long evening of drinks, kids... (2011-04-30) daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
50belair you are the man! Black pour, tan head. Aroma of chili pepper and chocolate with some coffee. Flavor is sweet, boozy, chili peppers, coffee, fudge. No spice from the peppers, but you can taste the peppers. Damn! ChrisHSOTE (22) - Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Drunk On Tap At Brewdog Aberdeen. Very viscous pour, subtle spicy tingling nose, huge body full of chocolate and coffee. Smooth as silk and the alcohol is nigh unnoticeable. Dark fruit, and warming at the end. All prior samples of chilli influenced beers have been terrible but this is amazing mcberko (18572) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2011 375mL bottle, at The Wellington in Birmingham, pours jet black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of licorice, molasses, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Flavour is insanely rich and quite sweet, featuring oak, bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, burnt caramel and vanilla. Silky, rich, full-bodied palate, with the ABV extremely well-hidden. Outstanding. wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle at home from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured black as a ravens wing with a fading tan head. Aroma had loads happening with notes of sweet malts, chocolate aplenty, chili, coffee, vanilla, leather and barrel all mingling in harmony. Luxuriously smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Big complex and rich flavour that made me step back in pure wonder and admiration. Sweet but in no way cloying, the notable elements of the nose were present and shining. The chocolate and barrel notes stood out, but each passing sip revealed something different and tasty. The warming booze hit was in no way overpowering considering the ABV.I felt rather selfish downing the whole bottle by myself as this really deserves to be shared with good company. If the chance arose to try this again in any situation I’d leap at it. A stunner.