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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
A harmony of Heaven and Hell, this robust Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with a grim dose of Bhut Jolokia Chiles, also known as the Ghost Pepper. Death offers up a warm, high gravity, chocolate malt, roasty, rich embrace only to displace this mirth with a virulent, balanced kick of heat on the back palate. This beer celebrates the conundrum of the soul and may be the only time where through Death, life is found.

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baraciisch (3345) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Dark black in color... aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, hint of peppers... flavor is chocolate, roasted malts... kind of thin body but peppers intensify on finish... okay ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Dal9000 (665) - Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2017
At the brewery. Slight malty with caramel light taste but WOW 30 seconds after you finish the heat builds to a 5 minute long heat. I appreciate the effort but not for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

ehaak26 (654) - - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn into snifter. Aroma of malts with some pepper. Not as hot as I expected, an OK stout beyond that.

edgallow (4376) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2016
22 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of coffee, peppers and malts. Taste is chocolate and pepper heat .

AWISLguy (3283) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2016
650ml bottle from the Shell station in Harrison, OH, just west of Cincinnati. Shared across the Buzhardt bunch. Chocolate, cinnamon. Huge cracked black pepper in the back of the throat plus tabasco on the lips. Ultimately the peppers overwhelmed anything else. 12.8

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Milk chocolate and nuts plunge into nothingness before ghost pepper heat rises, haunting this strong ale’s lack of malt depth.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the surprisingly pale brown.
-Where is the Russian Imperial Stout in this one exactly?
-Ghost pepper heat is thankfully manageable. Present enough to know what they taste like, yet not completely overbearing. The big bottle needs to be shared with a big group though.
-Alcohol heat is camouflaged by the pepper heat.
-Take out the ghost peppers in here and you’ve got one of the feeblest Imperial Stouts on the market. There are barely any specialty malts in here...


rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
Style et résumé: Imperial stout au piment Buhl Jolokia.
Comment: EBF 2016.
Portrait: Bière extrême de choix, c’est un imperial stout avec les piments qui étaient les plus fort au monde il y a à peine 3 ans. Un liquide noir. Un nez avec des piments et des malts noirs. Une bouche pimentée, ça va de soit. Un peu trop.
Note: 6+/10

suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Black pour. Small tan head. No lacing. Chocolate, malt, vegetal aroma. Same taste, with a slight heat.

ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Draught at EBF, 2/5/16.
A tough one to rate, as are most pepper beers. As usual, I fuckin love the balls-to-the-wall pepper heat and incredible spicy flavor. But then, it’s certainly dominant and is going to be very off-putting to those not looking for an extreme chili beer. As far as what it does for the beer itself, I do like that it helps dry out the otherwise powerfully sweet maltiness. There’s some ashy roast and very light coffee and vanilla, but by and large it’s a battle of chili pepper vs. richly chocolate and caramel-tinged base malts. I loved it, though I do think if they took the FG and the scovilles down somewhat, they’d have a really, really nice beer that would appeal to more people. But good for them for not doing that, honestly, and brewing a beer they wanted to.

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
Gros stout presque noir avec une tête qui tombe. Au nez, des piments avec des poivrons et des piments avec une touche de poivrons dans lesquels la base maltée tente de s’exprimer. Au goût, ça commence noir pour finir vert et végétal avec un effet piquant exagéré. Bière extrême qui n’est pas un drain pour. J’imagine que ce genre de concoction est attirante pour plusieurs. Quant à moi, je trouve ça trop mais quand même correct.

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