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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Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
In short: A solid caramel/chocolaty malt bill leading to a strong spicy ground black pepper finish. An acquired taste
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed 7 months after the first bottle rating. Bottle sent to me by oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott
The look: Black body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is mostly sweet caramelized malts, notes of vanilla and hints of black pepper. In mouth the black pepper is really more upfront, the beer is actually quite peppery. In mouth the malts is also more chocolaty wrapping around the nice caramel. And there is something about the spicy fruitiness of the malt bill that evokes rye. I think there’s a decent hopping here but it is buried in the strong black pepper finish. Appropriate smooth carbonation is full oily body, I liked the mouthfeel. Overall this reminds me of a chocolaty version of the well known Dieu Du Ciel Route Des Épices. I’m a bit of a sucker for Black Pepper ales when they are well done, and this one is. If someone ask me for a good black pepper beer I will recommend this beer, I like to answer beer related questions with precise information and all other questions with “How the hell would I know? Google it up”.

cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2012
dark brown color, aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, black pepper, flavors of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, smoke, tar, black pepper, with a spicy chilly pepper finish, smooth, med body, leaves a nice spicy finish

BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Light pepper on the nose from a jet black pour. The blak pepper seems to work much better than chile. This one had some roasted grain notes to it and a little hint of smoke. The pepper wasn't overpowering, which was nice. Tiny tinge of sweet keeps it drinkable. Nicely done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 7, 2012
The body is black, the head ok. It smells a bit roasty, coffee. The taste is creazy strong roasty, chili, plump a little bit creamy. 11/10/10/8/-/9

thewolf (12590) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Bierzwerg.de.
Pours black with a small, thin, beige film head. Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, light tar, some roasted malts and a soft vegetable note. Medium carbonation, fairly light mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet, kinda sugary, mildly roasted. Finishes off with a medium, rather firm chili bite.

mutz (1068) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2012
Flesje. Bijna zwarte kleur, de kraag is snel verdwenen. Ruikt kruidig, peper,stroop. Smaakt kruidig en peperig.Het bier heeft een hele branderige, pittige afdronk en nasmaak. Het is allemaal wel apart maar het bier heeft helaas weinig body en weinig koolzuur en hierdoor smaakt het ook wat dun en vlak.

olio (10260) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2012
355 ml bottle. Bottled on 03.11.2011.
Pours deep dark red, almost black color with a minimal, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of spices, pepper mostly, dark toasted malts, smoke, hints of dark chocolate and some chili. Flavor is quite smooth even with the chili, some spicy kick start the chocolaty and somewhat cocoa dominant flavor, ash and toasted malts follow soon after. Could use a bit higher abv and some backbone, but quite good like this.

laiti (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2012
35,5 cl bottle @ home, bottled on 03.11.2011
Aroma is quite roasted with lots of cocoa, some coffee and dark chocolate. Flavour has cocoa and some mocha coffee. Finishes with nice burning chili. Good, although feels a bit thin. With a higher ABV (+2% or so) this would probably rock.

Wolfbass (1166) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 18, 2012
Non so se il nome della birra centra con la famosa e splendida canzone dei four horsemen, però anche la birra in questione è splendida, il pepe c’è e si fa sentire, forse un pò troppo aggressivo ma a me garba, e tanto...

BeerBaboon (2092) - FINLAND - SEP 15, 2012
Pours black with tan head. Aroma consists of licorice, soy sauce, roasted malt and pepper. Delicious aroma. Flavour of coffee, roasted malt. licorice and loads of pepper. Velvety mouthfell. Good use of spcices here.

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