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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Ale brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, and cinnamon sticks.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
750ml bottle: pours an oily opaque with dense froth of beige head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with some dark fruits. Starts with good rich fullness and chewy dark caramel sweetness with lots of raisins and molasses with a touch of warming spice in the finish. Has good complexity and should age well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (5187) - BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2017
Finally, this legendary American stout has reached my tasting table, in a 75 cl bottle with stylish label, from Bierhalle Deconinck. I have been eager to taste this for a long time. Dense, moussy, deep brownish beige head (a dark head often being a visual sign of a really good stout), settling as a feeble creamy rim with some sparse lacing and a beautiful tan veil in the middle but eventually all but disappearing; completely opaque, jet black beer with ochre tinge visible only one millimeter off the edge and under bright light; very thick pour too, looking like motor oil when pouring it into the glass... Very intense, perfumey, complex and hugely mouthwatering bouquet, fresh cinnamon and cinnamon rolls, lots of intense dark chocolate, chocolate cake and Sachertorte, Belgian chocolates even, cocoa powder, juniper berries (even though not literally used), lots and lots of caramel fudge, kahlua, rum, candi sugar, brownies dough, dried chilli peppers piercing elegantly but not too obtrusively through all this thick spicy sweetness, something smoky (cigars, even burnt wood - but this is probably mainly from the peppers), mocha ice cream, espresso, treacle, bourbon, some faint blood-like iron, liquorish, leather, curry powder and something very vaguely earthy. Intensity in the mouth, too, starting off with a very densely concentrated candied sweetness, candied cherry almost, lots of dried fig-like flavours, sweet ripe brambleberry touch, ripe blue plum, but all bundled in one clean and pungent pack of sweetness - which is very quickly balanced out by a very, very dim background sourish touch and a much more developed, though not exaggerated, vaguely soy sauce-like umami aspect, everything in perfect dosage and perfectly matched against each other. Mouthfeel is unsurprisingly very thick, viscous, glueish even, very heavy and oily, but not cloying, very softly carbonated. A really big, fat dark maltiness lines the entire mouth cavity, beautifully caramelly, nutty and mocha-ish with a very deep, very noble bitter chocolateyness to it, further developing towards the end, aided of course by the actual cocoa nibs which make this taste like some really concentrated chocolate sauce; at the root of the tongue, a roasted, coffeeish, very slightly tobacco-ish roasted bitterness lingers, with a pleasant but pungent black pepper-like hop bitterness accentuating it; this entire bittersweet symphony has lots of spicy tones woven through it, now a lot less juniper berry-like than in the nose, but indeed the cinnamon at first, deceptively bitter but again in a perfectly balanced way, matching completely with the bittersweet character of the malts. The chilli heat sits comfortably in last position alongside a lot of whisky-like alcohol, both working together to add a notably peppery, heating effect that goes down into the throat. The chilli heat is eventually more pronounced than I had expected based on the nose alone but Im addicted to spicy foods so this is heaven to me. Based on what I heard about this beer, it was a safe assumption that it was going to be good, but this is even way better than expected. The alcohol burn is perhaps a bit on the wry side in the end, but otherwise I cannot find anything wrong here; this is a universe of flavor, so intense, but at the same time of a rare level of technical perfection as well, and showing enormous generosity and purity in terms of ingredients. I am beginning to think that within this popular concept of Aztec-themed stouts, spiced with cocoa and peppers, this may well be the most beautiful one I had so far - at least on a par with Westbrooks Mexican Cake or Cigar Citys evergreen Hunahpus, if not even more fascinating, in its creaminess, thickness and lovely, highly refined sweetness. This is nothing less than divine - one of the best stouts I ever had, and I had a lot. It was not very easy to get my hands on a bottle in Belgium of this years release but this was well worth the search - and the money... Epic, this kind of beers are one of the reasons for my zythophilia, I am going to enjoy this to the very last drop - and then sniff the remainders of this thick, intense aroma from an empty glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (6683) - FINLAND - MAY 26, 2017
Mbcc blue. Black. Spicy nose roasty, some cardamom, cinnamon. Med bodied. Or full. Smooth, likable, easy. Roasty intense. Get the feeling its packing a lot, even tho im not feeling it. Apparently had it another time (3.5): Mbcc blue. Black. Roasty woody nose. Full bodied, woody, roasty dark malty. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (9014) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2017
Sample at MBCC 2017. Black with a small tan head. Quite a lot of cinnamon both in the aroma and taste. Also roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The body was full and the finish sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2017
750 ml bottle given to me by family for Christmas. The pour is opaque, inky black with a solid inch khaki head. Nice lace left behind as the beer falls. The aroma is strong, featuring sweet cocoa and cinnamon right away, along with roast malt and additional sweet vanilla and milk beyond that. The taste is a really well integrated blend of the roast malt, the sweet cocoa, and the cinnamon. The alcohol is very well integrated, and barely noticeable, which is quite a feat. The palate is heavy to medium bodied with low carbonation and the mouth coating lingering sweet and roast finish. Very well executed Imperial Stout. Fans of the style must go bonkers for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ramboraffe (2159) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2017
Sample at MBCC 2017. Black with thin white head. Roasted with chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a light chili burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Biroholik (1299) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - MAY 15, 2017
Tap @ Mikkeller Beer Celebration 2017
W aromacie karmel, kawa z mlekiem, dużo gorzkiej czekolady, ciasteczka czekoladowe, ziarna kakaowca, cynamon. W smaku najwięcej kakao, gorzkiej czekolady, cynamonu. Wanilia bardzo stonowana w tle. Papryczki chilli stanowią delikatny, ale przyjemny dodatek. Nie pieką w przełyk, nie wychodzą na wierzch. Pięknie się wpasowują w tło. Lekkie w smaku i z całkowicie zamaskowanym alkoholem, przez to może być zdradliwe. Pełne w smaku, gęste, oleiste. Rewelacyjne!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
czlowiekmotyka (233) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 14, 2017
Oh boy ... cinnamon, cocoa, and of course coffee ... Smells like Christmas. Very rich and fully bodied, slight warmth of chili in the throat. GREAT !!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kapsel (289) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 13, 2017
Poezja! Dużo cynamonu, trochę papryczek, czekolada, bardzo dużo ciała, wszystko ze sobą idealnie gra!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Werckmeister (3064) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 13, 2017
0,05l from tap at MBCC blue session shared with / by the crew. black color, small dark coffee-colored head. smells of cinnamon, vanilla, peppery, light chilis, cocoa, bitter chocolate. very very nice smell. full body, light carboniation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of cinnamon, light vanilla, cocoa, bit peppery, light chilis, bitter chocolate. finishes lightly roasty bitter with notes of cocoa, cinnamon and light vanilla. very very smooth beer very good to drink. lovely balance. 9, 5, 9, 4, 18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guruhso (580) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2017
Barcelona backlog. Tap at BierCab. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, cinnamon and nuts, Heavy sweet and bitter. Full and oily. A good one

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