Braudog (6979) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle. Beauty of a pour -- with a solid tan head cascading wonderfully. This delivers quite the quixotic blend of aroma and flavor. Milk chocolate essence is the predominate character, but there’s a also a bit of heat (peppers, dummy), and a sweetness that must come from the cinnamon. The cinnamon takes over after a while. Interesting concoction. (#4508, 2/26/2012) xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Aroma is creamy cocoa, spice, and that’s about it.
Pour is dark black with a sense light brown head.
Taste is sugary, sweet mexican chocolate, replete with bitter cocoa notes and spice.
Finish is milky sweet, slightly bitter hops.
Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2012
(750ml bottle thanks to erica) Pour is a dark black with tan head..Nose is Cinnamon sticks, cacao, spice..Taste is chocolate malts,spice,chilli..Palate is bold and complex..Not detecting any heat. bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
(750ml bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and light chilies. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, light chilies, wood, and cinnamon with a dry finish. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2012
750 ml shared by Sean at WLV’s RateBeer Award bash. Thanks, dude! I owe you. Pours a rich opaque blackish hue, inky thickness, with a richer brownish head, dies to a nice film, laces ok. Aromas are cocoa, toffee, and roast. Mellow pepper, spice, and sweetness, touch of cinnamon grows, more cocoa. Initial is full bodied, offering healthy cinnamon, strong, with cocoa and roast, sweetness, gentle peppers start to grow up front. Into the middle, the cinnamon seems more dominant, spice and cocoa grows. A gentle chili spice hits the backend. Thick and richer, not thinned. Backend offers some thickness, spice, lingering sweetness and roast, cocoa, peppers and a good deal of cinnamon.
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
bottle... really great looking beer, super dark black body with an equally dark tan head, good carbonation, just great coloring... on the aroma I get a big initial burst of the cinnamon, a bit of peper and a little chocolate, good but I’m not a big cinnamon fan so its not great for me... the best thing about the tasting experience is the mouthfeel, full and coating, thankfully the cinnamon fades on the taste, as do the peppers, get more nibs and chocolate flavors than anything... solid beer I’d have again michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2012
750ml Bottle (At 5%ABV per the Bottle): Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Aroma of malt, chocolate, cocoa, slight chili, light roast, and a hint of cinnamon. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, loose, brown head that became creamy and dense over time. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, light to medium bitter, and a bit spicy. Tastes of malt, cocoa, slight chili, dust, and coffee. Full body. Chalky, dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, light to medium bitter, malt, chocolate, slight chili, dust, coffee finish is dry and chalky. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
750ml bottle from beernbourbon in a trade. Thanks Vince! Poured into a snifter. Pours black with about a finger of dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste is...different. Lots of pepper with minimal heat. Lots of cinnamon, a bit more than I like. Huge taste of dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied with a relatively thin texture, which I like. Soft carbonation and a very long, very bitter finish. Overall, this beer is awesome. I’m wishing I had a friend here to split it with because I think 750ml is a bit much for just me. If you get it, make sure to split it. Zymurgeist2 (2494) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
On tap at brewery. This is a great beer -- pours a dark black. Aroma of chili and cocoa jump out of glass. The cinnamon is also there. Very unique. Flavor follows through with complex roast and chocolate with the spice from the peppers throughout. Fantastic. 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.