Mr_Pink_152 (5541) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
330ml bottle from favourite beer, Cheltenham. Deep dark almost black colour with a fan head. Aroma has spicy dried fruit, liquorice chocolate and smoke. Taste is a touch sweet with a bitter depth. patricks110 (2659) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
A good imperial stout with an over bearing chocolate flavour profile. Pours a fully opaque black with a head of light beige. The aroma is heavy with roasted malts, light chocolate and a bit of spicy smells. A bit sweet up front with dark and milky chocolate flavours. Heavy robust roasted malts, vanilla, licorice and light chili flavour. Gorgeous flavour with a bit of a light body for the style and a flat finish. neongolden (1822) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
(Bottle sample at tasting, VilleValla Pub, LInköping, Jan 26 2015) Pours very dark brown with a moderate tan head. Nose has chocolate, smoky chili, slightly sour cacao tones, sweet dark malt underneath, maybe a bit of cinnamon comes through. Palate has chocolate and a surprising acidity, more caramel, dark berries, spicy cinnamon and smoke, chili coming in towards the finish, roast, dark unsweetened chocolate. I am not totally sure where the acidity comes from? Fairly light bodied for style with moderate carb. Other than being a little lighter than I like an imperial stout to be, this was really good - flavours are super. TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
500 mL bottle. (2012 vintage, I believe). Almost black, with a thin brown head. Appealing aroma has chocolate, booze, vanilla, and a little roast. In that order. The taste is quite complex as well, with all of the above plus a hint of chili heat. No flavour from the chilis. Solid body. Nice surprise. teromous (119) - - JAN 31, 2015
Appearance: Black body with a light khaki head that fades fairly quickly. Decent lacing.
VsXsV (4544) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2015
Aroma: Not much aroma. There’s a light scent of chocolate milk but that’s it.
Taste: Light roasted caramel flavor along with some hints of toast. Pretty average for a stout. I don’t really get any chocolate flavor which is odd given the "chocolate sombrero" name. No alcohol flavor which is a plus for a 9% ABV beer.
Mouthfeel: It’s on the heavy side of a medium mouthfeel. Feels average.
Overall: It is an average stout, but below average for a chocolate stout. If you’re looking for a chocolate stout I would give this one a pass. If you’re looking for a higher ABV stout I would say flip a coin.
Bottle at VilleValla Pub. Opaque black liquid with a medium deep tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, chocolate, licorice, light smoke, cinnamon and smoked chilli. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, dried fruit and light smoked chilli. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice. PapiJoeD (1) - - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
Rich taste without excess bitterness. First choice so far. Matt Scarborough brought this on New Years day.
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Tap. Pours a deep chocolate color with a smallish head. Very smooth taste up front with strong chocolate malt flavors. Not overly sweet yet it hides the alcohol content well. Smooth and easy to drink. Excellent overall. puboflyons (3490) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2015
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 09/17/2014. It pours dark brown to just about an opaque black. Small tan head that fades eventually. Rich chocolate malt aromas on the nose along with Chile peppers. Medium to full body. The taste starts out sweet and chocolate-like but it does not take long for the bitter bite and spicy peppers to kick in and linger at the finale. No booze at all for 9%. ccex (1365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2015
12 oz. bottle pours an opaque dark brown/black with thin but lingering mocha head that leaves good lacing. Aroma has chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Taste is on the sweet side with peppers and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Body is full with slight carbonation and a sticky, creamy mouthfeel. This one gets even better as it warms up. Not your typical Imperial Stout, but a very enjoyable one.