MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Strong aroma of spices and chocolate. Deep black and thick with dense brown head. Lots of spices in the flavor. The spiciness gives way to a definite chocolate malt flavor. Lots of dark roasted malt in the flavor, but it is tempered by the overall malt sweetness. Alcohol is evident. Very smooth beer with lingering roast aftertaste. While I like straight Imperial Stouts, this spiced one is very good. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Strong Aroma of Hot Pepper, Cacao, hot cinnamon. Color is black, deep brown head, opaque. Flavor is a really hot ancho chile flavor, black dark chocolate. Palate si very thick and warming, plus spicy. Great Stuff, Shared at Curtis’s (Nashville’s Sweetwarer Representative) tasting. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
750ml courtesy of a recent trade... Pours a deeper shade of stouty black with slightly less intense edges and topped with a thin to medium tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin film... Spiced up aroma, too big for me, with too much emphasis on a cinnamon ginger bent, cardammom it seems, without much pepper it seems with mild cocoa, bhensonb (15841) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
vanilla, and chocolate underneath. Overwhelmed with spice unfortunately... Flavors hit first in the ancho chile note without that much heat which I was coming to expect with the aforementioned spices coming through next. Chocolate and medium roasty malt note to follow-up but still too heavily spiced. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a lighter level of carbonation. Flavors are solid but needed more of a pepper influence as advertised where as the aroma seems to be way more spiced up more akin to a Christmas spiced imperial stout.
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours really black with a chocolatey tan cream head. Aroma is chocolate with a light chili burn. Full bodied. Flavor strengths seem to be chili, chocolate, cinnamon, and then slightly harsh burnt malt. It’s actually sort of creamy. The chili turns first place over to chocolate/cinnamon and just sort of builds in the mouth. Wowser! storminorman (167) - Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Nice brown pour. Great golden brown head.
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Nice taste and aroma. It is a little too roasted for my taste
(750ml bottle from dak). Pours dark brown with espresso head. Aroma has cinnamon, chili, coffee, and some chocolate. Taste is sweet, bitter and earthy. Chilies are bitter. Medium bodied. Pretty good. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Black pour with a cocoa brown head. Chili pepper up front, chocolate, roast and some cinnamon. Flavor hits with spice, cocoa, chili peppers, charred wood notes. Thanks phaleslu! vyvvy (6775) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Was told when I got this that it was the second batch they bottled and something about the cinnamon was different and improved. Looking at the notes of ratings before me the difference was huge. Pours incredibly dark with a deep brown brown large thick head. The aroma has huge huge amounts of cinnamon, some dark cocoa, cream, cinnamon, smooth roast, cinnamon, some lights spice that’s not quite cinnamon and then more cinnamon. The body is full and rich and fairly smooth and lush. The finish has a powdery feel and soft carbonation. The taste starts off with cinnamon (surprise!), smooth dark chocolate, roasty lightly bitter malt, mere hints at ancho chilis, vanilla, spices and a dryness not found in most impy stouts. The finish has a powdery dry spicy cinnamon quality, dry cocoa, light chilis and not a hint of alcohol to be noticed. This is an excellent impy stout ~ wish it was priced where it wasn’t a one-and-done sort of beer though. If your getting this batch you better like cinnamon since it’s presence is massive. SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle with a big thanks to phaleslu. Notes of meaty cocoa, earthy dark chocolate. Touch of velvety vanilla kissed plum skins and molasses. Leaves a slight ancho chile heat on the back of the mouth. Pepper and cinn less prevalent in aroma. Lot of silky rich cocoa. Solid beer. Well made. And good lookin with a huge long lasting dark brown head. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
bottle courtesy of beernbourbon, thanks for the early shot at this beer! wow! this is a big surprise here- non barrelled imopy stout from a brand new brewery, and its friggin solid!!! the pour is beautiful. very viscous body, dark brown cascading head, tons of consistant and fine mocha colored lacing in the glass, top notch looks wise. the aroma is slightly dusty and subdued, i get tons of fresh coffee even though its not mentioned as an ingredient. i think its a combo of the big and rich other 3 C’s in the beer. now, the taste is just right on point. huge amounts of sweet chocolate and cinnamon, and a nice smooth and subtle heat from the anchos. this is a very nice beer, well made using some fun ingredients but not over done. terrific offering! cheers!