GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014 Plaas (92) - Alkmaar, - JAN 12, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice spicy beer, but not as balanced as the Texas Ranger. Spices overrule the roasted malt. Nice beer though.
On tap at 10 East -
Pretty much a let-down. Habanero’s are one of the hottest peppers on the planet, and there was no heat in this beer at all. None. Zero. Zilch. A bitter chocolate/coffee-ish aroma, but VERY light. Flavor carries over the aroma with light chocolate/coffee combo, but it’s just...very blah. Not only did it fail as an Impy Stout, it failed as a beer called a Habanero Stout too. AndyW68 (1598) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Dark brown pour. Aroma is fruity sweet. Taste is stout followed by minor hamenero and a little pepper heat. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 31, 2014
On tap at the Livermore Saloon. It pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is cocoa powder, chocolate and toast. I wasn’t getting any pepper. The flavor, however, had a nice mild heat to it with chocolate, bright peppers and a roasted finish. Pretty good stuff. Surprisingly understated. LilBeerDoctor (4193) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
On tap at Ei8ht Ball. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet pepper, light heat. Flavor of spicy habanero, roasted malt, bitter chocolate. Slightly chalky texture. Definite heat, mostly upfront, and initially it doesn’t linger around long. But it does start to add up on the palateLots of roastiness. A pretty good chili, heat builds as you drink.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) lizrox (3) - laurel, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2014 does not count
This beer has a little of the habanero flavor but none of the spiciness. It’s smooth and tastes okay.
Chudwick (3363) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Draft (from notes) - these spicy dark beers are quickly becoming my favorite. This one is a great example. A little heat with long finish. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Good roasty aroma. Nice bigger coffee. More nice roast and coffee notes than expected, I like that. Just a light habanero pepper kick in the finish, but it’s very light. Not even a kick really, just more of a light pleasant heat that’s pretty well blended in the rest of dark roasty malt flavor. Maybe that’s because this is an older keg, who knows how old these Mikkellers are. Black color, though not completely opaque. A lighter clear red bit visible around the edges. Little thin brown head, couple bits and splotches of lace. A nice color, overall. Good dark chocolate, cocoa nib aromas. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Bigger, chewier texture. More dry finish. Good bigger bitter taste, nice light peppery kick. Minimal sweet, I like the overall bitterness. A nice light peppery heat in the finish. I enjoyed this one... Very satisfying to sip slowly, with the long big aftertaste. Pleasant bitterness keeps it from being a drag. Tmoney99 (14948) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Draft.Poured a black color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and ground pepper corns aroma. Medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt and pepper flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer. b3shine (9138) - Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Draft to taster. Loole good; a mostly opaque coffee with beige head that steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells solid; dark malt, bitter chocolate, roast, and pepper spice. Tastes like it smells with less of a chocolate presence and a nice, pleasantly balanced mouthfeel with a mild heat presence that’s noticeable but not overdone. Enjoyable. Pyrmir (6210) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2013
On tap. Pitch black with mocca head. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate, cacao, chili and roasted notes. Taste is a bit astringent, chocolate, cacao, chili, roasted notes with a long roasted finish with chili heat. Nice.