IrishBoy (4200) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Several draft samples at GABF 2011. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, light smoke, and peppers. Black with a small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is chocolate, light smoke, nice pepperiness, cinnamon, and vanilla. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2011
750 ml - Thanks for sharing this gem, ygtbsm94. Brad--you are the man (as you might have not already known). Pitch black, thick dark tan head. Monster spicy chocolate cinnamon and peppery vanilla espresso aromas throughout. Flavor is similar and very well balanced. Syrupy, full bodied, and absolutely stunning and unique throughout. Cheers to the CCB boys. Keep up the great work... mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2011
bottle thanks to meadme. this is probably the best beer i have had to date. so much going on the flavors change as the beer warms the cinnimon and vanilla were just right kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Amazing pour. Pitch black with a dark brown reddish tint. The chilis are amazingly subtle and the cocoa and vanilla is insane. Thanks daknole! Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
750ml bottle thanks to mikesgroove. 2011 batch I believe.
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Appearance :Pitch black with small dark brown head.
Aroma : Big chocolate with hot peppers. Nice vanilla too. Very rich.
Taste : Hot peppers with chocolate, some coffee. Lots of hops. Finish is long, persistent and rather sweet. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Lots of hops also. Rather bitter also.
Overall : This is one big beer. Very sweet and very rich. Bitterness helps balancing out some of the sweetness but it’s still pretty sweet. We were only two on this and I had a hard time finishing it. Very nice mix of chocolate and hot peppers both on nose and taste. Only reason why I’m not rating this higher is because it’s a bit too sweet and it gets very cloying. I’ll always be very happy to snap a few ounces at tastings but I’m never going to open a bottle with only 2-3 people. I also don’t think it’s up there with my favorites RIS (Speedway, Darkness, Abyss, etc)
Been a long time coming to get one of these. Courtesy of Shaftie. Viscous Zhukov like pour with the darkest brown head I have seen yet. Just crazy gorgeous. Aroma was out of this world. Tons of cocoa and roasted malt, rather big vanilla sweetness and just a hint of spice. Not much from the chilies. Really in a league of it’s own at this point. Flavors were also full of rich dark cocoa, lightly sweet, some vanilla and a hint of cinnamon and spice. Oh how this warmed up so nicely. A new top for me and worthy of all it’s praise. The cinnamon and small hint of chilis really gave this one a ’wow’ factor. Quite incredible. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle shared at the big Hair of the Dog PreSale Tasting... Poured jet black with an off-white head. Thick palate, full bodied, really coated the tongue. Nicely spiced, and quite balanced given all of the spices. Some malted sweetness and roast, honey, simple syrup, and an alcohol heat that crept in. Which I’m sure the peppers accentuated. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Epic tasting at Chris’s place with Dak in attendance. Knocked off 3-4 top 50 beers in one night. A bottle of this was passed around, and a bottle of the BA was passed around. An interesting discussion ensued. I actually preferred the smooth warmth of the BA, while others preferred the subtle nuances of pepper and cinnamin that were obscured by the strength of the BA treatment. This was rich and sharp. Definitely pick up the spiciness. I’d love to have a 10 oz. pour of this to spend an hour with as it warmed up. Nice brew. rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2013 2011 Bottle at Fermentation Lounge. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark brown head with hints of ruby. Aroma is tons of unsweetened chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malts and vanilla. Sweet cocoa up front and roasted coffee beans fading in chocolate with chili’s and cinnamon coming in at the end. Very rich body but not overly sweet and alcohol is well hidden. Extremely good beer. gam (3930) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2011
slightly thick black opaque pour rich tan head medium size coffee aroma liquorice smooth vanilla influence cinnamon dark chocolate cacao freshness dark fruits soft carbonation the cacao flavour through the ale with a coconut taste it is smooth on the palate a peppery taste bright and balanced dark fruit and chocolate medium bitter strong bodied and filling supreme tastes to the finish with peppery aftertastes velvety smoothness cacao and vanilla mix dark malts and fruit lasting bitter superb imperial by CC bright and delicious,Thanks to DT in themidwest for the ale.