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RATINGS: 1170   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We toned down the hops a bit to allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. A Yeti for summer? Hell yes.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 In short: A smooth and creamy chocolate stout with a strange and not-so-pleasant spicy twist.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about two months after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is obviously chocolaty but really not as much as a Southern Tier Choklat or some other of the very chocolaty stouts. The chocolate aroma and taste is halfway between black chocolate and milk chocolate. Body is pleasantly creamy. What bothered me a bit is a strange spiciness that I could have done without. At first I thought I was wrong but I was relieved when I saw in the ratebeer commercial description that the beer is indeed spiced up with cayenne. The beer is good but could have been much better. Who the hell came up with this great idea of adding cayenne spices to a chocolate stout?!?!?! If you ask me a chocolate stout need cayenne spices like a mating zebra needs an iPod upgrade.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (9998) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle, thanks Trev. Pours an oily black with a dense brown head. Rich aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and hints of smoke. Heavy, velvety mouthfeel with rich flavours of chocolate, dark roast coffee beans, light vanilla, light smoke. Profile leans toward sweet more than burnt. Finish is moderately bitter. Interestingly, I got no heat at all in the finish. Still a phenomenal brew though!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kennydiaz (358) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours nice and dark with a thick creamy head. Nice roasted malt taste with hints of caramel, smoke, bacon, and vannila. A great beer a must buy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Pours black with creamy brown head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts and oak. Not as much chocolate flavor as I was expecting. The burnt malt, and oak and vanilla from the barrel seem to be the dominant flavors. There is also quite a bit of heat from the cayanne pepper. Full body with soft carbonaton. Stil a very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2574) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Good sized milk chocolate colored head of very small and dense bubbles. Light carbonation and reduces slowly leaving a thick sheet of lacing. Rich chocolaty aroma with some light coffee, mlk chocolate, roasted grains and some saw dust. Color is a very dark brown with some crimson hues to it. Powerful flavor with lots of roasted grains, ash, espresso, dark chocolate and maybe a bit of oak late swallow that gives a bit of bit and tang to the brew. Moderate alcohol presence. A litle bit of bitterness acompanies the somewhat chalky mouthfeel. Finishes strong roasted grains and coffee. A very good, powerful and tasty impy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Poured dark brown, basically black with a nice brown head that was maybe one-finger tall. The aroma was a nice blend of chocolate, hops, pencil shavings and possibly some vanilla. The flavor was chocolate, hops, a touch of citrus and some welcome alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was full bodied without being oily or cloying. Really good. I liked the espresso version a touch better, but this is really solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle brought by buddy Thomas. Pours a nice chocolaty brown with some beige head and lotsa big bubbles. nose is coco and choc with some coffee and booze. Flavor is sweet and Choclaty with some dryness as if you have a touch of coco on your tongue not my fav but would be worth a few dozen more tries

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Dark black with a big long lasting brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, some wood and alcohol. Taste is very rich and bittersweet. Full bodied with a long warming finish.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle at the brewery. Jet black with a black head that finally fades after a while. Oh my God. The nose is fine Belgian chocolate with some booziness. Indescribably good aroma. Taste is awesome, too. Not as thick as Bourbon County but amazing nonetheless. Semisweet chocolate, mild roast, vanilla extract. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
22oz bottle 1/12/10 (Coaltrain-Colorado Springs)-48 in Snifter-Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste of chocolate and more chocolate along with some metallic. This full bodied brew is balanced very well and quite tasty and the cayenne creeps up on you on the back end. Great job.


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