ehaak26 (522) - - DEC 9, 2016
Mini-snifter at Pazzo’s. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Very sweet and smooth. Chudwick (3207) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2016
12oz bottle with no date - nose is coffee, the green hot sauce from Mexican restaurant and definite vanilla. So far so good. Was hoping enough heat to make me not care about the vanilla, but it’s not the case. Very smooth and I get the ancho flavor, but not the heat. For a 65 IBU beer, this is pretty sweet. lot of taste and interesting flavors, but honestly this is overrated. I would have liked this so much more if it had the heat to match the ancho flavor.
BeerMuse10 (54) - SPAIN - DEC 4, 2016
OK, it’s been like 15 minutes since submitted my rating and I’m appreciating this more and more. It’s 14% and drinks like 9-10% ABV beer. Now that I’m used to the flavors, it’s working pretty well together, but I still want that heat! bumped it up to a 4.0
Lo máximo. Perfecta integración de cacao, café, vainilla, chile, regaliz. Impresionante. El desayuno de los campeones. En boca es sedosa. Larga e intensa. El chile va calentando lentamente y la cerveza va creciendo hasta el último trago. smaynard6000 (1167) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a minimal beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and chiles. Sweet flavor with strong chocolate and coffee flavors, with spiciness coming in later. Full bodied with lingering coffee and heat on the palate. Little bit of vanilla sneaking in as well. Nice twist on this stout. RickFifty (1254) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2016
Deep red-brown to black color, brown head. Roasted malt nose, dark chocolate, licorice, wood. Coffee taste, rich roasted malty, chocolate, vanilla, pleasant hint of chili, hidden alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture, warming.
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Bottle. Black pour with a small ring of tan foam. Vanilla, cocoa, chile, and light roast in the aroma. Taste is a bit of alcohol heat with bitter chocolate, balancing vanilla, trailing spicy chile, and some roast. Clean, almost light mouthfeel given the ABV. High quality, anthony850 (472) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2016
One of the best stouts with coffee , chocolate , vanilla and a slight hint of heat.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Rich black color with a tan head. Chocolate aroma. Smooth with perfect light carbonation. Chocolate moderate sweetness with light vanilla and chili spice notes. I think they could dial up the vanilla and chili just a bit.
Notes: On tap at Aces and Ales 11/20/2016 ChadPolenz (1819) - 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.
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