mcberko (17830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2012
Rating #2500. 750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany). Pours pitch black with a small brown head - looks beautiful. Nose of mild chili peppers, which don’t overpower, cocoa nibs, vanilla, hint of cinnamon - the chilis are slightly more prominent in the nose than in the flavour... Flavour is dominated by rich chocolate cake, with vanilla beans, burnt caramel, and subtle chili peppers - the chilis start off more prominent, but then fade into the background. With each additional sip, the chilis becomes less and less noticeable, paving way for intense chocolate cake qualities. Rich layers and full-bodied. Very well-made and enjoyable. Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Revised rating, bottleTBone (17532) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Thanks to Diego for this one! Extra black and inky. Very dark head. You aren’t going to see through this. The aroma is crazy - milk chocolate, ancho and alcohol. Big and brash. On the palate, this is a rich imperial stout, very thick, with a great ancho and chocolate accent. Fun stuff.
Original rating, draught at the brewery. Extra black body with a rich dark brown head. Complex aroma - chocolate, tobacco, light ancho and dark fruit. Tastes like beer candy - ancho, lots of dark fruit, rich coffee, intense dark sugars, creamy black malts, cherries. There are so many layers to this it’s scary. A full value champion. 8-5-9-5-18 = 4.5
[email protected]chrisv10 (17428) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2013
Opaque black color, small firm brown head. Tobacco, sweet cigar aroma, light black peppery notes. Full-bodied. Cocoa, pepper, cigar-tobacco, perhaps hints of vanilla. Very complex and enjoyable
Bottle @ CBC. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, thick, little liquorice, hop, medium sweet and medium bitter. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2015 One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating reddish brown head. Nose is vanilla, oak, subtle chillies peppers, cinnamon and coffee. Taste is full and in your face, but velvety smooth at the same time. Chillies are present in the background, but don’t burn. I detect some licorice, chocolates, coffee, chilies, vanilla beans and a whirlwind of other flavors I can’t even describe. The only thing keeping this from a 5.0 is that there is no head retention. Otherwise, this is the perfect imperial stout. - Original rating 6/18/2010 - 4.9
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
A: Quite an ominous pour from the bottle. Viscous and black, creating a sturdy mocha head in the glass.
S: I was worried that the chili peppers would overwhelm the beer, but they provide only a subtle spice to the beer which works nicely with the sweet components. Chocolate and vanilla, along with caramel and roasted malts complete the nose.
T: A much more balanced flavor than the BA version offers. An inviting sweetness up-front of chocolate and vanilla, followed by a touch of bitterness and spice (chili and cinnamon) on the back end.
M: A very thick and chewy feel on the tongue. The carbonation is minimal, as it should be and just helps to enhance the creaminess.
D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found, but this one does pack quite the punch. A fantastic stout and one of the first CCB beers I’ve been really impressed by. Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2011
75cl Bottle. Thanks to Hallinghansen. Pours black with a creamy brown head on top. Roast, charcoal, black pepper, soy and dark fruit. Chewy, creamy and smooth. Truly nice! FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 13, 2016
660ml bottle - thanks Enn! 2016 vintageMiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
Very nice aroma, swwet, a glazed pastry with pistachios. Looks good. Dark, and a tight head. Tells me it’s going to be viscous. Not too heavy in the mouth, extremely full and smooth, a good consistency for a sipper. Chilli heat is obvious, but is kept remarkably mellow. Taste dominated by sugars, unsurprisigly, but is rather complex. Plenty pf piparkakku, and a nice chocolatiness to the roast. Very nice brew. Almost beer of the evening apart from the batch 028 Pohjala Oo that we pretty much started with, that had aged and become serious, this is young and still trying to stuff itself with candies, cookies, and chocolate. (It tied with a couple of other Pohjala Oo variants/vintages.)
Handbottled. Sweet vanilla aroma. Black colour. Small dark brown head, reddish almost like copper. The flavour has some cinnamon, sweetness. Subtle warming feel, at first it seems like alcohol, but it is probably the peppers. The flavour is very sweet with a distinct roast barley note, but it is balanced OK by the alcohol and chilli. Perhaps a bit too many flavours added, but at least they are quite subtle. Very late coffee aftertaste. Benzai (15608) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2011
Opaque black color. Small brown head. Smell coffee and roasted malts. Taste coffee, roasty, heavy and light sourness. High carbo, full body.