oobawa (1297) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Quite a fun imperial stout, mischievous without being mean, spicy without being hot. Pours a viscous, deep black with little head, and the aroma offers up chocolate and coffee and a little vinous dark fruit underneath. Taste hits you with normal impy stout massiveness at first, thick and roasty and heavy, dark chocolate on licorice on bitter coffee with a mild fig-raisin back end. The coffee perks up right around the same time as the vanilla, creating a bold yet smooth sweetness that remains dry thanks to the hop-laced java bitterness. Anchos are the key, though: vegetal pepper rounds ouf the middle of the beer, and a mild but tangible Scoville kick makes the fade a fun little shindig. Finds a wonderful balance between dry, sweet, and spicy. Friggin’ awesome, in other words. Ronritter (650) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2017
12 oz bottle pours thick dark brown with no head aroma is cocoa dark fruits and coffee, taste follows suit well balanced ken1 (1981) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2017
Aroma: Dark ripe berries, roasted malt and chocolate.
Flavour: Dark roasted malt with fruity sweetness and notes of chocolate and vanilla. Aftertaste is malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy and alcoholic warm.
Colour: Dark reddish brown with a fading offwhite head. Noform (79) - Tarnowskie Góry, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Cóż nie tego sie troszkę spodziewałem ale jest dobrze całkiem. W zapachu czuć już świeże papryczki chili które nie są za ostre na języku. Czuć też kawę i czekoladę. W smaku brakuje mi czegoś. Ciało mogło by być zdecydowanie wyższe ale wodniste nie jest. Ogólnie jest spoko ale troszkę się zawiodłem bo liczyłem na urwanie CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2017
A bottle brought from the cellar to the living room. Unwaxed & Not dated, I have reason to believe that this bottle is from the 2nd batch sent to Iowa (first batch being gold wax) putting this at possibly close to 3 years old, or maybe it’s not. Fun to speculate though.
Marko (5595) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 20, 2017
Pours inky black with a medium sized brown head.
The aroma is very chocolaty but still retains some cinnamon and hot pepper aroma. Sweet smelling with some espresso like roastiness.
The flavor is big, rich & sweet with a lot of vanilla & fudgey chocolate. Surprisingly light on booziness & decidedly "less sweet" than many other batches of this beer. The hot pepper thing is very noticeable but also is a bit of an afterthought. Just stupidly rich and layered with more dark chocolate bitterness & coffee coming out as it opens up..
I love this beer & this particular bottle (however old it may or may not be is pretty indicative of everything about it that I like.
Huge thanks MacBoost! Enormous, complex aroma. Initially straight up cold brew coffee, but later on everything, literally everything the description says, chili first, then chocolate shows up, with chocolate getting stronger and stronger and later on vanilla linking the two, with coffee taking a bit of a backseat. Creamy too, but shame the alcohol knocks it down from a solid 9 in that aspect. Almost pitch black body, brownish head, classic RIS body. Taste...lovely cocoa taste at first, but some dry coffee mixing with meat slightly offset it. The coffee notes aren’t clean, it would’ve been wonderful otherwise. There is definitely a chili presence and a slight burn. And yes. Vanilla. Definitely vanilla. Now, I’d really LOVE to talk about stuff I’m tasting here that’s not in the actual blurb, but nothing apart from that shows up. All in all... everything ALMOST works together perfectly. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla, when they show up, mingle without any issues. The chili burn that masks any potential alcohol burn works well with them. But the actual chili taste doesn’t mix thaaat well with others. That said. At sips, this is a 4.4 beer for me. And that, if you know my scale, is fucking awesome. Some sips, it’s a 3.6. So let’s round it up at 4. Complex, interesting, good job! drjay44 (3676) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2017
12 0z. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled, beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear black brown (SRM 40) body......nose is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, mild dried fruits, hints of chili, minimal hop, balance to the additives.....taste is slightly brown sugar sweet, with heavy chocolate, light vanilla, hints of coffee, mild chili heat, finishing with hints of hop bitterness, balance to the additives and malts.....mouth feel, heavy, slightly sticky body, alcohol warmth present, but partially hidden by the chili, chocolate, vanilla and sweetness, moderate carbonation. This is way over in the dessert end of the Imperial Stout spectrum, with the additives, with the exception of the chile, adding to the perception of sweetness. The additives take this a bit away from the basic style. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7 Sudz4Dayz (136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2017
12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours black with a small mocha head, big foamy bubbles. Great lacing all around. Huge cinnamon and cocoa nose. Some nice chilli spiciness to it as well. Roast coffee and dark chocolate to round it out. Tastes sweet cocoa, some cinnamon and roast coffee. Toasty mouthfeel and sweet finish. Very smooth. Full and great aftertaste. Lovely stout especially considering that it isn’t barrel aged. Johnstledger8 (1140) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a slowly fading brown bubbly head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted, dark fruits, blackcurrant, plum, figs, nuts, biscuits, liquorice, hint of chili. Taste is of rich dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, biscuits, caramel. Thick sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation. mambossa (337) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Unrelenting black pour, dark wet-sand head that dissipates furiously to a small ring and smooth, soft patterns on the surface. Aroma, foremost, of Mexican chocolate. Brown sugar, pepper skin, milk chocolate. A unifying treacle fudge underneath. Coffee presents itself as roasty and floral at the same time. Bit of minerality and herbaceousness. Overall, turbinado sugar, coffee, and pepper skin riding on a brick of fudge. The first sip. The peppers provide a nice tingle of heat, surprisingly, overtop a beautifully oily body consisting of a non-cloying fudge, bright espresso, gently sweet. The flavor glides through the center of the palate as opposed to sticking to the cheeks. Very fun beer. Nose is so lovely, texture is great. I typically hate spicy beers, but this one has the pepper bite balanced on the head of a pin. Not spicy, but just a tingle. I can appreciate that restraint and precision!