deyholla (12228) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured black with a dark brown head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma had notes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt and dark chocolate, with a bit of backing pepper burn. Flavor begins with typical bourbon county flavors, bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate ect., but has a really nice amount of heat in the finish that adds a nice complexity. Nice beer. alexsdad06 (10803) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Draft sample at FoBAB 2011 from notes. Pours black with a medium sized dense dark tan head. The nose is all the goodness that is BCS, heavy chocolate malt, bourbon, vanilla, wood, with the addition of peppery heat. The flavor has the same decadent blend of chocolate, roast, bourbon, vanilla, wood and touches of coffee with more growing peppery heat. Mouth fell is spot on; viscous and smooth; full bodied, lingering peppery heat. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitchblack thick pour with a rich darker brown head, dies to film and laces well. Aromas are rich toffee and roast, touches of earthy and spicy ghost pepper, cocoa, bourbon, molasses, chocolate chip cookies. Vanilla. Initial is full on the palate, cocoa and roast run into sweet caramel and toffee.. They move onto battle a slow earthy pepper burn. Enveloping the palate with flavor, touches of oak and Bourbon, spirit, and gentle silky wonderfulness. Backend is a gentle growing heat, toffee, vanilla, and gentle kisses of barrel. Heat grows slowly but assertively, a bit sweet but a very unique treatment offering a pepper fan’s bounty. Very nice, Laffler and Co. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2012
FoBAB 2011: Near opaque with a small frothy head. The aroma has notes black strap molasses, ashy wood, roast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, and slight leathery notes. Very faint nose of the chilies and some grassy esters. The taste has a big WOW factor, lush heavy dark malts, big sweet dark fruits and espresso like bitterness is counter balanced by an almost perfect among of heat and spice from the peppers. A party for the palate! The mouth feel is initially oily and lush, goes slightly ashy and warming before that LONG but never overpowering heat last forever and a day. This is simply outstanding but was not even my favorite at FoBAB... that would be the next beer I rate. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap (FoBAB 2011) : The flavor consists of chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and a touch of spice from the pepper. It pours dark brown with no transparency and small thin tan ring for a head. The flavor starts with chocolate, lighter maple syrup than regular BCS, and vanilla. The finish has bourbon and some pretty good pepper spice/heat. It’s medium to full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, the pepper heat really compliments the chocolate well and really cut through maple syrup presence. While this was my favorite of the fest, the chocolate and maple syrup combination is why I like BCS so much and the pepper heat took away from that. Though it was very tasty, I wouldn’t choose it over regular BCS. I would also venture to guess that while I can drink a full bottle of BCS, I think a full bottle of this would wear on me.
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
I got a taste of this at the Bistro Barrel Aged fest last month from a generous soul. Thanks whoever you are! This pours black with a tan head. It looks like BCS for sure. The aroma is very hot with lots of chile heat (I’m not a chile expert) fudge, and hints of bourbon. The flavor was the same. The dense maltiness and alcoholic sweetness from the bourbon tames the potent chile flavor, but it still comes through pretty strong. Not throat burning though, mostly green chile flavor with a bit of a kick added to a very strong alcohol presence. I really liked this a lot. It kind of blew away all but 2 or 3 other beers at the fest. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Growler thanks to nerd on BA. Black in color with a very small tan head. Roasty and chocolatey aroma with dark fruit and peppery heat. The flavor has roast, dark chocolate, menthol, bourbon, and big chile heat on the finish. Spicy hot palate with full body and low carbonation. Really solid. I’m a fan. Eat it, hot pepper haters. tmoreau (4631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
At my pour station for 2011 FOWBAB, so I was able to sample a few times. Dispensed to my fest glass with a black/brown hue, and modest, brownish tan head & lacing. Big roastiness, cocoa, bourbon, and a little wood, all complimentary, but upstaged by a full, tempered & manageable peppery heat that built up gradually from aroma to finish. A little apprehensive after a past, scalding, ghost chili experience, but nicely surprised with this application. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2011
FoBAB 9. Dark brown, tan cardboard head. Nose of light pepper, chocolate, bit of roast, thin and green by comparison to Black Note. With warmth it starts to open, particularly the flavor: baker’s chocolate and cookie dough at front, very dessert like, rich as hell, then the pepper starts to tickle the back of the throat, stinging through the sweet, rich finish. Ultra rich here, as dessert-beer as it comes, focused in purpose if a bit singular in profile, easily the best chili-stout beer I’ve had, the sweetness and spice balanced wonderfully. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at FoBAB 2011. First stop. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, spicy pepper and heat. Flavor has a moderate amount of chile in the forefront. Bourbon, chocolate, and a creeping heat in the finish. The heat gets pretty incredible, Full bodied. Creamy. This was a really awesome beer to try once. But, outside of a small sample I don’t think I could drink a lot of it.