RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Our third anniversary beer up-sizes Chocolate Sombrero, using extra ancho chile and adding chipotle pepper. We aged the brew 100% in Wild Turkey and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. May it leap onto your palate majestically, like a luchador who flies into the ring from atop the highest rope.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14663) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, some liquor, bourbon on there for sure. Taste malts, lightly some roasted malts, bourbon, some nuts, vanilla, wood. Warming alcohol, perfect slight addition of peppers just like Berghoeve Hammer Brand Chili Porter (a Dutch beer, hard to come by but highly recommend), a hint of liquorice as well, a bit sweetish. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5659) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Pitch black small off-white to beige head. Smells walnut, roasty, bourbon, some coffee. Tastes bourbon, roasty, sweet, brown sugar, some caramel, chocolate, nuts. Full body, nice carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bruds (45) - - AUG 26, 2014
Bomber. Not a heavy aroma, bourbon barrels and some vanilla. Strong boozy at first and finishes with a light spice. Ends on palate with spice and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2153) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap at Otooles. Pour is deep brown with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor of roasted coffee, bourbon, pepper spice, molasses, and dark chocolate. Body is boozy and sweet at first and transitions into a spice and pepper finish. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lightbias (452) - USA - JUL 20, 2014
Opened the bottle and it exploded (volcano onto the counter). Damn waste, I think. After the mayhem, I poured a liquid into the glass, black as the hinges of hell and a dark chocolate head, thick and soft. I taste heavy, boozy bourbon like a smack in the face and adjust to the sensation. Love bourbon, but wasnt expecting that! I tried to see any light through this beer and saw absolutely nothing. That is a first for me. Actually quite exciting to see something that dark. The chocolate was pronounced on my first swallow, with a little roasted coffee bean; but as the brew warms I am experiencing that chile coming through in excellent style, the aroma encased in cinnamon but not delivered in the flavor. This is terribly complex; a thick, soft palate and a smooth, warm finish. This is a brew I would love to have again, perhaps after a nice, heavy, winter meal. Or with one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bomber into a snifter. Classic motor oil black pour. Coa-coa colored head thin and wispy, short lived. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, big bourbon and oak notes and pepper. Taste is chocolate sweetness up front with bourbon and hops in the back. Lingering flavor of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and a hint of the spicy peppers. The bourbon heat is present on the way down in a warming way. As it warms it's less hot and malt flavors really open up. Really nice imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkharper2007 (20) - Grovetown, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Smells malty, with chocolate and Bourbon. Can definitely smell the peppers and chipotle, best beer Ive had with these. Very nice brown head, thick and lasting. Tastes fantastic, a lot of maltiness, vanilla and chocolate, bourbon taste with the peppers on the end. Goes down smooth, very nice mouthfeel. Excellent beer and well worth the money. Clown shoes almost always shows up to impress.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Aroma: oak, vanilla, cardamom, chocolate dough, soy, pepper flake Taste: sweet sarsaparilla, cola, and vanilla; spicy bourbon; bitter chocolate and oak. savory pepper sauce finish that is, nonetheless, smooth. Appearance: creamy khaki head (decent retention). dark brown body. Palate: medium body; creamy mouth feel. average carb. smooth and subtly lingering finish. Damn impressive beer that does a good job using chili as ONE element among many; and manages to marry it with the chocolate--while those two are seemingly an easy match made in heaven (hill bourbon barrels), time and time again other breweries demonstrate just how difficult it is to get these two components together in a beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (4138) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Pours basically black with a good head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is ought right offensive, very sweet, loaded with cheap vodka booziness, grapes, tequila, burnt plastic, its got some mild chocolaty and bourbon notes that redeem it a little, but sheesh.

The flavor is decidedly better, very chocolaty with mild cinnamon, some good hot pepper notes are there as well. The liquor barrel manifests its self with some vanilla but almost has a tequila like character but the booziness is surprisingly low.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (2051) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2014
22 oz. bottle shared by Debbie at Ale Alpharetta. Pours black, with a thin, tan head. The aroma is big notes of vanilla, chocolate and oak, with some toffee, caramel, and some light vegetal notes. Very sweet, no roasted bitterness, and a slight spiciness. Heavy body, very thick and chewy. Overall, this is a very nice chocolate stout, but I couldnt find much chili spiciness at all.

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