RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Imagine Robert DeNiro sitting in your darkened parlour near the fire in his Louis Cyphre persona smoking a Tuscan cigar. This may be the beer with which to save (or lose) your soul. Dried fruit flavors entwined with smoky pepper and licorice embossed on roasty malt sweetness open on your tongue as the slow warmth of chilis creep up on your tongue and throat, finishing in an herbal smoke ring flourish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Tasted 10/17/11. 12oz bottle. Pours rather opaque brown with a slight ruby highlight around the edges. Webbed ring of khaki head. Aromas of smoked malts, earthy and spicy. Cocoa dust and subtle dark berries. Nicely full bodied with the base malt comprising most of the flavor component. The pepper is trace, at least while still nicely chilled, and adds to the palate but doesnt overwhelm. Sweet candy roasted malts last the duration of the sip. Subtle smokey notes creep in along with a graham cracker flavor. A smooth and tasty sipper with just enough extra flavor to set it apart. The pepper, spice and smoke notes all contribute to the end result and help round out the palate flow. Well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3622) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin, short duration, light beige head, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is coffee, light licorice, touch of black pepper.....taste is coffee, light licorice, with a sweet molasses, medium peppery undertone, which lingers....mouth feel light, sticky, carbonation adds spritz. This is a light take on Porter. The mouth feel is very light for the style. The malt back bone does not really have much depth or complexity, except for sweetness, and the flavor adjuncts dont make up the difference. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - OCT 17, 2011
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty, some licorice in the nose. Flavor is also fairly sweet licorice malt. However, the pepper kicks in underneath the sweetness to provide a pleasant afterburn. Great beer, much better than others Ive had with pepper as a component. Great companion for food with a sweet and spicy component.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14203) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle. Poured a black color with an aqverage frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted peppers and smoke aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted peppers sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (6014) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a shaker. Aroma is mildly spicy with a Mexican chocolate presence. Taste is chocolate and a touch of cayenne powder. A light burn lingers on the back of the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
12oz bottle. Near black pour with some tan head that didnt last very long. Aromas of black pepper, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Flavor is very roasted with more chocolate and some pepper heat. The pepper actually sneaks up on you the more you drink but never overpowers. Another great entry in the Fade to Black series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1972) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2011
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/22/11, $9.99 a 6-pack. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head retention is good, and theres a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a bit of pepper and bittersweet chocolate. Lucky, the heat from the peppers is stronger in the taste. In addition to the peppers, theres also coffee, roasted malt, smoke and milk/bittersweet chocolate flavors noticeable. The peppery heat lingers in the finish, and theres enough heat to make this brew taste interesting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its smooth and has moderate carbonation. I think its a good overall brew, I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9567) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Pour out of bottle is dark blackish brown with tan head, aroma has notes of pepper, anise, toffee, chocolate and coffee, with slight hints of dark raisin. Taste is nice balance of anise, lots of smoke and pepper notes, going into dark fruit, toffee, and some molasses, nice coffee and roast notes finishing bitter. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is light roast, chocolate, coffee, and spice. Flavor is chcocolate, roasty earthy, smoke and and. a little pepper

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bottle poured a clear dark redish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, light roastiness, light peper and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, pepper, light roastiness and a hint of vanilla with a smooth lingering pepper finish.

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