PhillyCraft (7904) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Tap at Capones in ’11 and batch#1 bottle compliments of Bill. This review is for the bottle which was close to 3 years old when drank. Pours midnight black with medium coffee head, light lacing. Nose is cocoa cinnamon, ancho chile, smoked wood, hops, tobacco, and vanilla bean. Moderate carbonation. Layered and layered for a stout. One of the best I have tried to date. brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 Black as night, invoking brown head from its depths. Even a year later, the chilis are more prominent in the nose of the 2012 than previously. Chocolate malt, vanilla, and cinnamon swirl through my olfactory senses as well.
Massive body delivers this beast to my palate. Layers of complexity summon bold roastyness atop the above flavors, each jumping forward briefly before fading back into the chorus.
Chilis and booze warm my throat as I swallow, leaving a vanilla-chocolate-cinnamon tingle in my mouth long after the beer has departed. An exceptional brew.
Huna is the best yearly special release RIS, QED. TaktikMTL (7967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col brun mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de café avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de cannelle en arrière goût. (Rating #4583) Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2011 Bottle. No head, just a nice lacing around the glass. The scent is of malts, cinnamon, vanilla, and peppers. The flavors blend nicely. The peppers and cinnamon taste good together. The roasted malts and vanilla tame the spice. The after taste is malts and a slight to mild pepper flavor. My palate wasn’t hit much. A pepper flavor coated my mouth but it was pleasant and left a warming sensation. Overall this is a very enjoyable drink. RobertDale (6847) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
750 ml. 2012 bottle. Thanks Jason! Pours an oily black with a reddish brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and spices. Some alcohol and pepper warmth at the finish. An experience.
toxichop (598) - South Gate, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
2011 Vintage. S : cinnamon, mollases, boiled vegetables, hints of vanilla, chiles, booze and soy sauce (awful smell). P: black with a very thin lacing. Taste is better then th smell, vanilla and cinammon come through, with roast malt and some chilles in the back. Some heat towards the end. M: syrupy. O: I found this odd, would like to have a fresh one though. ben4321 (6735) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Location: Bottle at Paul’s Blind Impy Stout Tasting, 1/5/13
weihenweizen (4098) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Aroma: The nose is rich and malty, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pepper/spices, and booze
Appearance: This one pours into the glass a black color with a brown head
Flavor: The taste is heavy malty as well, not particularly sweet, with roast and spice present
Palate: The body is quite full, with a fairly dense feel, and some heat present as well
I thought this was pretty good, maybe a touch on the heavy side to be super drinkable, but a really nice, well-made beer none-the-less. I’d like to re-visit this one.
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 Chilled brown 75 cl bottle poured into a snifter at a JStax tasting. Pours coal black with very little head. Very little lacing, thick chewy body, and light vanilla aroma. Taste is chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla finish. Really enjoyed this one. JStax (7163) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2012 Vintage. Dark brown to black. No head. Aroma is gritty alcohol. Dull and overly boozy smell. Vanilla bean and chocolate taste. Also get nuts, heath bar, and cinnamon. Very thick beer. Looks a lot like syrup. If I could drink this beer without smelling it, I would enjoy it much more. dogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a rich dark brown with a reddish dark brown lacing. Aroma consists of notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice. The flavor is sweet and the palate is somewhat acidic. Some chalkiness is apparent, but it doesn’t take away from the overall experience.