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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Happy birthday to us! To celebrate our first year as a brewery we brewed a serious imperial stout and aged it on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. This is the first offering in our annual Anniversary series. Heres to many more!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1834) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2016
22 oz. bottle from Wine 101, Raleigh (generously shared by my friend Steven). Pours black with a creamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and faint peppers. Taste is wonderful with cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon very present. As expected, the habanero doesnt make its presence known at first but manages to creep up with each sip. This amplifies the alcohol in terms of warmth. An excellent beer even though spicy beers are not typically my thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (2957) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Dark black in color... Aroma is outstanding, lots of vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, roasted malts, chocolate... Flavor is peppery and cinnamony, tons of vanilla, chocolate and peppers throughout... This beer is outstanding ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (4179) - NORWAY - MAY 31, 2016
On tap at Whats Brewing 2015, day 1. Black body with a small tanned head. Aroma is strong malty with cocoa, vanilla, spicy, bodt christmas spicy and hot. Taste is massive, dark chocolate, vanilla, spicy, nice notable but not overshadowing habanero sting. Exceptional complexity, a great great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (1724) - ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Tom. Brown black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, cookies, honey. Taste of cookies, cinamon, nutmeg,habanero, prunes, spices, chocolate and cocoa. Medium-full bodied, oily moutfeel. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (7866) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Great stuff, and definitely a mexican cake vibe. Mix of vanilla, light chile and cinnamon. Kind of like mole sauce. Lots of roast. Black motor oil pour with good head and lacing. Caramel sweet and bitter finish. Bottle from brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayaron (1489) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom L place. Thanks Tom. Opaque black with brown head. Sweetish aroma with notes of date honey, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, quite hot (habanero), coffee, vanilla, wood, some spiciness, alcoholic. Oily texture, full-bodied. Complex and pleasant, great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6014) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate notes with roasted malt is pretty nice. Taste is a nice mix of roasted malt and black chocolate with some residual sugar notes, some cinnamon notes and some spicy peppers notes which really only become noticeable in the aftertaste. Body is quite full with nice creamy notes and good carbonation. Solid imperial stout thought spicy notes becomes a bit too much for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomer (3211) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 19, 2016
At a tasting, many thanks, no head, treacly thick pour, opaque black color, cakey malty flavor with chocolate coca and a hint of something burned, chocolate flavor with toasted bread cinamon some earthiness and a lingering mellow habanero spiciness, extremely mellow and beautifully balanced. Excellent sipping stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (2800) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - MAY 5, 2016
2014 bottle shared at MechaGodzilla. Big roasted cacao nib nose with vanilla and cinnamon notes all over the nose. As it warms a slight bit of prune comes out but the spices are the stars and pair with the cacao well. This is sweet on the palate, but not overly so like so many in the style. More vanilla as it warms, but the cacao stays at the forefront. Slight spicy cayenne pepper finish but reigned in and matches perfectly. 2 years aged has definitely toned the sweetness down. Loving it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1688) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2016
Bomber. A good and overwhelming imperial stout thats low on soy sauce. I think the one thing that sticks out a little is the spiciness from the pepper. Very minimal bit certainly adds to the complexity.

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