LearninBeer (598) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2017
The aroma is some chocolate, hint of rum. Pours dark brown with light tan head, mostly diminishing. The taste is medium sweet, some bite from the pepper - very good. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. I am loving the pepper bite on the back of the tongue, the chocolate and rum are mild but a really very good stout. superspak (5600) - Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2017
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/19/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, spiced rum, toasted oak, habanero peppers, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, coffee, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, habanero peppers, spices, and rum barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, spiced rum, toasted oak, habanero peppers, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, coffee, smoke, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pepper spiciness; with light roast bitterness and rum/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, spiced rum, toasted oak, habanero peppers, dark bread, light coconut/marshmallow, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness one the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, habanero peppers, spices, and rum barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and pepper spiciness balance; with no astringent spice flavors after the finish. Light dryness from pepper spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol, with no barrel booziness for 11%. Increasing pepper heat through the glass, but never overwhelming. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged Mexican imperial chocolate stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, habanero peppers, spices, and rum barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV; even with the increasing pepper heat/spice. Great base beer presence with a nice sized kick of peppers. Not anywhere near the hottest pepper beer I’ve had, but still more spicy/peppery than most Mexican stouts; due to being not quite as thick, rich, and malty as some others. A really enjoyable offering. Definitely delivers on the label description. solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Very nice stuff. Roast and caramel with hint of licorice like aguardiente. Black pour with decent head and lacing. Oily texture. A little chile. Bittersweet and spicy finish. Bottle thanks to Jeremy. AirForceHops (7240) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Thanks to T.J on this bottle sahre. Pitch black color, with a thin white head. Aroma of cinnamon, chocolate and coffee. Malty and chocolatey flavor with cinnamon, and a notable rum in the center. The thing that will really surpise you in the burn of the habanero after the swallow. Almost too much habanero. Chalumeaux (1555) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2017 Poured from bottle dated 12/9/16 black cola nice lacing with a mocha head. Aromas of toasted malt chocolate vanilla espresso and caramel. Taste is nice not too heavy creamy chocolate vanilla light barrel and a long lingering habanero finish.
thornecb (5916) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2017
Pours deep brown into a snifter Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Chocolate syrup and spice aromas. Medium bodied with milk chocolate and vanilla upfront turning a nice, warming habanero and espresso finish. Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2017
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, spice, & rum notes; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, rich chili peppers, and spice; Hot spicy finish; This is a novelty brew and not for everyone; A bit too hot - but I enjoyed it overall. AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2017
650ml bottle from Bottles & Cans in Chicago. Cellar aged 2 months. Very dark brown pour with reddish tints and no head. Nose is of caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Taste follows and gets more peppery down through the glass, although it is mostly subtle. Not quite full bodied. Alcohol presence. Blend is fine, not great. Finishes sweetly peppery. The base is quite good, the rum is a positive that almost takes over the presence of the chiles. 13.7 Ronritter (733) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2017
bomber pours black with thin tan head aroma of coffee chocolate and cinnamon. taste is the same with a bit of pepper on the lips Andrew196 (1902) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2017
I really like this. Press black with a wispy tan head. Aroma of cold brew coffee, woodiness, chocolate, cinnamon. Creamy but with zest on the tongue. Similar qualities that the nose had but now with cherry and dark fruits...A pleasant dose of licorice. Spicy but not too spicy.... Rich, full and delicious. Would be great with a fine chocolate.