ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)Enwiebe (318) - - NOV 11, 2016
AROMA: Coffee is most prominent with chocolate/vanilla a close second. Chile is subtle and difficult to distinguish but blends perfectly. Slight alcohol presence. Base brew is obscured by additives. 8/12
APPEARANCE: Opaque inky black. Moderate brown foamy head mostly dissipates. 2/3
FLAVOR: Sweet dark malts immediately along with milk chocolate essence. Coffee emerges on the finish to emphasize the roasted malt and impart slight dry bitterness. Chiles create for a warming sensation in the throat (as does the strong alcohol). There’s a subtle aftertaste of dark fruit. Hops are subtle and exist mostly for balance (slight earthy taste). Flavors all work well together, but palette is not as rich, robust and delectable as I had hoped. 16/20
MOUTHFEEL: Very full-bodied and viscous which is emphasized by low carbonation (maybe a little too low). Texture is soft, smooth and velvety. Alcohol and peppers create for fairly strong warmth, but is complementary to the base palette - not distracting. Taste definitely lingers, but is not cloying. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Works extremely well as an SHV, but a little weak as an impy stout. Flavor combination is nice and an impressive brewing feat. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 37/50
11/11/16. Draft at Beer Durham. Compared to WootStout from Stone. Even more vanilla in the nose. Mouth has more prominent cocoa and a nice chili afterburn (but it doesn't linger). Very thick mouthfeel. Almost too much going on.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone sjohnny (642) - - NOV 5, 2016
Soy sauce, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa powder. Pours black with a dark tan head that fizzles away leaving a thin film on the surface of the beer. Lighter bodied than I expected. Vanilla, bitter cocoa, a hint of spice, hard candy sweetness, boozy but not as much as I expected. Really good. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle. Black body with a thin light ora get head. Nose of milk chocolate, anise and celery. There is also a hint of the peppers. The taste has muted coffee and pie crust. Bits of milk chocolate are present along with hints of mild chili peppers. The body comes across as smooth and slick. The abv is well hidden . Certainly interesting but it is a big bodied sipper. fkoolen (1252) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2016 Bottle at home. Pitch black, brown creamy head. Rich coffee and dark chocolate notes, vanilla, butterscotch, molasses, red fruits, smoke, finishes spicy with the peppers along with 13%abv: complex altogether. Beautifully lingering roasted malty, vanilla aftertaste. Big body, soft mouthfeel, low carbonation.
ametras (1650) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2016
12oz bottle. Dark brown with a thin foamy beige head. Flavors are black forest cake, berries, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and chilies with fruity, vegetal and smoky notes. Moderate chilli heat. Medium to full body, soft to moderate carbonation, smooth texture. TH28 (464) - - OCT 29, 2016
12oz bottle. 9/9/14 production date. Appearance: Black, opaque, with a brown head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Rich coffee roast, dark chocolate, some dark cherry, grass, pepper, and a touch of cardboard oxidation
Taste: Starts with a rich coffee roast and dark chocolate, quickly turning to a moderately strong, grassy, chili pepper that delivers some heat, and a moderately strong bitterness that’s accentuated by the pepper spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with some syrupy consistency, and low carbonation. Surprising that the alcohol warmth isn’t noticeable considering it’s 13%.
Finish: Leaves a chocolate and coffee roast bitterness on the finish, with some lingering chili heat.
Overall: If I had to sum this up I’d say it’s a coffee pepper imperial stout. Strong coffee roast character throughout, and the chili pepper adds a significant heat and vegetal/grassy flavor. For an imperial stout of this strength the alcohol isn’t noticeable and the dark fruit character is nonexistent. An interesting beer, but not sure I would buy a 2nd. GIJOE (1220) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Pours inky black with a thin beige head that quickly reduces to a ring and random bubble clusters. Moderate lacing. Nose is beer bliss! Coffee, cocoa, chocolate covered cherries, blueberry, anise, vanilla. Booziness and pepper warmth come through promptly on the palate and linger a while. Full bodied, rich, decadent brewlisciousness! Excellent! bergstaden (3033) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2016
Black with a brown head - Aroma of dark malts, vanilla and cacao - Dark malt body with dark fruity tones with vanilla, cacao, coffee and a small hints of peppers - The flavours goes into a long lasting finish - This was real good NikkTwist (3251) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 Draft at Bru Craft. Pitch black pour with brown foam. Weeping lace. First sip is a gloved punch to the face. Huge dark roast coffee flavors. Bitter cocoa nibs. Smoked chili peppers. GIGANTIC! - yet somehow remarkably smooth and balanced. Notes of black cherry, dried blueberry, molasses, tobacco, vanilla bean, liquorice, shoe polish, and peat. Full body. Rich and glossy. Huge ABV is felt but kept in check. Extraordinary! Tremendous!