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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15571) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2013
355ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga)
Rich roasty aroma, slightly dry, earthy and savoury rather than sweet. A little Chocolate orange as it opens, perhaps? Pours basically black, with just a ruby glint, and with a tight but brief beige head that settles to a ring. Full in the mouth, pleasant carbonation. Lovely roasty retronasals. Slightly more burnt taste, but not astringent. Something odd - a bit of plasticine, off in a way, a little dirty definitely. On swallowing, the palate feels like it was almost a little thin and watery. The finish is dry and burnt, and with just a gentle dry barky and almost smoky bitterness. No chili, but I had a home-made curry for supper, and I like to make bottom-burners. (6:4:7:4:13=3.4) Ruined by the plate of beer snacks I just gave myself, alas - they make it even thinner, and really not so good at all (6:4:6:3:12=3.1)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14891) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very dark brown/black with a creamy/bubbly tan head. Aroma of chocolate with a definite chili accompaniment. Full bodied with foamy/creamy carb. Flavor is definitely chili with chocolate and maybe a bit of anise. Smoke fer sure. Its all very smooth, and it finishes with chili heat on the tongue. Subtle compared to many chili ales.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14372) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14199) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13827) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Roast and smoky notes. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13689) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2011
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a dark brown almost black with a small beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a smoke and pepper malt. Medium mouthfeel with a raisin malt and licorice with a nice peppery finish. A good Brew from Left hand.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
A deep dark porter with a thin lacing brown head. In aroma, a nice peppery chocolate with nice coffee notes, herbal and smooth. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate with light green peppercorn notes, a bit herbal, warming alcohol, very nice. Sampled at Bierkraft, Dec. 27 2011.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. Large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, citrus and pepper. The taste is sweet malts, nuts, smoke, roasty notes and a peppery finish. Smooth, creamy, medium-full bodied. The spice of the pepper does get tiresome after a while, but overall a very nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, baby diapers, light coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, light pepper, and raisins.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12841) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours near opaque with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate and nutty malt, dark fruity esters and light earthy hops. Flavor is lightly bitter dark malt, dark fruity esters, spicy pepper and a sweet finish. Medium-full body, medium warmth and carbonation. This beer has a pleasant spiciness that plays very nicely with the residual sweetness.


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