pacond (190) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Truly exciting and unique, The texture and subtleties of this beer are superb, it really is fantastic. tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Loved this beer since first taste. Pours a pitch black with a rich red head. Aroma is mild spice with roasted malts, vanilla notes. Flavor explodes with vanilla, cinnamon and mild spice, obviously, but its milky, creamy, mild bitterness with light sweetness following from the vanilla. Flavor lingers for a decent minute, and I’m okay with it. Awesome flavors all day long jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a thin dark tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, tobacco, and a hint of chili pepper. Flavor is just awesome with the chocolate and especially the chili really come through as it warms. Visually very enticing as well as the beer leaves a viscous tan sheen skinny the side of the glass as you swirl it around. Glad I finally got to try this local treasure. It did not disappoint! BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
A: Poured a sluggish near pitch black with a huge brown cap, loads of lacing, amazing!
S: Big fresh cocoa, like hot chocolate, some spice, heat, wood, coffee and wow it smells so good
T: A rich cocoa presence here, dark and light chocolate, roasted malt, booze, cinnamon and light spice from the peppers. Big sweetness with some roasted marshmellows and vanilla. Extremely decadent and flavorful. Among the best of not the best Imperial Stout I have ever had.
M: Where do I begin? Big, rich and sweet. Big body, well carbonated, loads of taste!
Westmeister (2127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2012
2011 Bottle. Pours oil black with dark tan head that holds up pretty well. Smell is roasted dark malts, bitter chocolates, tobacco, and spice. Taste is chocolate, coffee still reasonably strong, and the chili hides in the back but is certainly there. Other notes of vanilla and tobacco. Not sure if there are still hops hanging around, the chilis or the bitter chocolate, but there is certainly a hanging bitterness. While this was good and the chilis certainly put it in a category of different, very good.
ALandry (71) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle at Kickbacks... Pours jet black with a slight tan head. Strong Smell of coffee, molasses and roasted malt. Initial tastes of coffee followed by chocolate with hints of vanilla and chili. Amazing beer!! Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle, pours a nice dark black, with a tan head. Aroma is full of coco and lots of coffee and espresso quailities, nice smoothness and a really easy drinking beer. This one is enjoyable dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2012
Bottle @ home. Aroma is roasty malt, chocolate, molasses, coffee, spices, this, that and more.
Flavour is deep and roasty, with molasses, chocolate, huge espresso, quite bitter and roasty, yet creamy. Lazy rate, awesome beer. orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
I brought this one to stakem’s fish fry. One of my personal favorites, this particular bottle was from the original release.
A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving small, thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of chocolate, chill spice, dark roasted malt, coffee grounds, tobacco and a tiny bit of vanilla. This one has muted quite a bit from when it came out.
T - Starts off with a ton of dark roast quickly giving way to a mix of dulled chocolaty sweetness, day old coffee grounds, light chili spice and some wet tobacco. Not as muted down as the nose is, still very nice. A touch of booze comes in at the finish, combining with some of the dark roast to linger on the pallet for some time.
M - This is definitely a big beer. It has lost some of its trademark spice over the years in the bottle but it still has a nice thick body and bold flavors with a good amount of carbonation.
O - This one was definitely showing its age. When fresh, this beer is nearly impossible to beat. I will never turn down a glass of this beer. It is truly one of the best stouts out there. erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2012
Black bodied with firm tan head. Looks great. Creamy, lots of flavour vanilla, chocolate, spices bread. Very smooth body warming backup. Faint hotness, but nothing burning. Does make a very rich taste. Sticky body. Very flavourful. (75cl bottle, at dEnk house tasting)