CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Easily my current favorite beer. Extremely dark beer with a nice reddish-brown head to it. You can smell the chocolate over all else with a bit of a curious tang to it- undoubtedly the peppers. Overwhelming dark chocolate flavor with a hint of pepper spice, but no heat at all. 10% ABV is very well hidden by the strong complex flavors of this beer. Notes of cinnamon and coffee swirl throughout the cocoa. I wish I could have this for dessert every single night! dpitinga (136) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 23, 2015
In the arts based on dialogue and lyricism, good art is characterized by richness and subtlety of expression. Not sure that observation carries over to the culinary arts. (My favorite beers are the fruit bombs that go by the name of IPAs at Cellarmaker.) But this beer is an argument that it does, even with adjuncts like chili ("Please sir, I want some more.") and cinnamon. tsd08460 (1222) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2016
On tap at Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes (Virginia)
Aroma: cinnamon, chocolate, peppers, roasty
Appearance: black with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Excellent WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Pour from a bottle is a nice opaque black with a dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate and cinnamon. Taste has a slight bite from the chili peppers. Goes down smooth with a slight after taste. Its good but huna is better. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Tap @ Perennial. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Rich, chewy dark chocolate, somewhat spicy, gooey brownie, light pepper aroma. Fucking huge brownie flavor with cinnamon, light coffee, roast, and pepper. This really tastes like fucking sucking on a liquid fudge brownie, bro. One of the best beers I’ve had in the past two years.
ads135 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Superb, dark as night dessert beer. Tons of chocolate, the chili is apparent on the nose and in the aftertaste. Hints of licorice, dark fruit, and coffee. Tried at the Choice City Deli in 2013. Kcbeernerd (2) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2014 does not count
Had this on tap at the Foundry in KCMO 1/22/14
A: Jet black with an inch of tan head that dissipates after a min to a subtle 1/4 inch tan foam.
S: The noise of this beer is very complex. Cocoa, peppers, a mild coffee, spicy, cinnamon, and a strong nutmeg smell. This smell reminds me of going home to my parents house for christmas, with my moms christmas yankee candles lit and a banana nutbread in the oven.
T: The taste is outrageously spicy on the front end, while subtle on the back end. The back end leaves you with a bit of heat. You can definitely taste the cacao nibs and ancho chili peppers. This beer at the front punches you with cinnamon and then leaves you with the heat of the ancho chili peppers.
M: The feel of this beer is creamy, thick and almost chewy.
O: Overall this is an incredibly enjoyable beer. This beer tastes distinctively different than alot of other imperial stouts. While a lot of other breweries try to spice their imperial stouts with different things, it either A: doesn’t work, or B:gets lost behind the chocolate and coffee tastes that are normally prevalent in imperial stouts, or C: is overpowering with one individual spice. But this beer does not fall into those categories. It is complex yet enjoyable. The ancho chili peppers, cinnamon sticks, and cacao nibs are very prevalent but enjoyable. This beer is a success in its uniqueness
Serving type: on-tap robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours thick black with a dark brown head. The aroma is so strong that I think my tongue went through my nose. The taste is an excellent stout mixed with spicy peppers and cinnamon. This is by far the greatest beer I’ve ever had. tsadich (26) - Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2015
One of the best beers you will ever have. Its such a great balance of ingredients. The boozy cinnamon smell with a deep brown pour with a nice coat of frothy head. If you let this one breath and get up in temp, its spot on. 55-60 degrees is perfect. If too chilled its a little heavy on the booze, up in temp the other ingredients blend perfectly. This is one I look forward every year. A must drink. njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Draft at bells 30th, amazing aroma of cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some sweetness. Taste comes together perfect- chocolate and cinnamon upfront, with some coffee and sweet fruits to finish, hard to find any criticism but is a touch thin, amazing