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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.30% ABV

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Beer added by: Dope on 07-29-2013

Imperial stout brewed with chili.
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Photo of navband
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown to black (I didn't drink it somewhere well-lighted) with a thick but small head.

Smell - Chocolate with a hint of the chili pepper, and something sweet I can't quite identify.

Taste - This one packs a punch. The heat isn't really noticeable at first, but over time it really develops. Lots of chocolate, and a bit of an oatmeal stout flavor to it. It's a Serious Stout, and surprisingly one that improves as it warms. I wasn't really sold on it at first, but as I've worked my way through the glass, the flavor has grown on me. About halfway through, the cognac barrel shines through and really serves as a nice complement.

Mouthfeel - Thick, but still quite smooth. Low carbonation, which in my estimation is always a good thing. Not much alcohol heat for the abv, but the chili heat picks up over the course of a glass.

Overall - A monster stout, and quite well-rounded with the cognac smoothness and chili spice. Definitely worth a tasting if you run across one.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours dark brown black with a couple inch frothy tan head that sticked around a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and chili peppers. It tastes like roasted malt, smoke, bittersweet and milk chocolate, chili peppers, molasses and some coffee. The chili pepper in this beer isn't strong at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for a beer that's 12.3% ABV. Overall, I liked this brew. It's nice and tasty, although I wish there was more of a chili pepper kick to it. $12.99 a bottle.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with brown head into my SAPP. Nice lacing. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate covered bananas. Roasted malt,plum,and raison. A delightful stout with so much booze. Sweet malt finish. Medium mouthfeel and boozy on tip of my tongue. Great - hard to place the alcohol-another dangerous one.

Photo of hail_seitan
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Had this beer while travelling in Barcelona

A - Pitch black body with a thin chestnut head.

S - Smoke, milk chocolate, and hints of chili pepper spice.

T - A overwhelming rush of sweet milk chocolate hits the tongue at first. Then, creeps in a smoky spiciness that just keeps building throughout the tasting. The finish is rich, sweet, boozy, and spicy, with no bitterness from the hops or roasted malt.

M - Very frothy, almost meringue body. Weird, but it kind of works to lift up the heaviness of the body. Unlike any beer I've ever had.

O - For a Danish chili beer, this exceeded all expectations. The spiciness was warming and pungent. The mouthfeel is certainly from left field, though. Well worth a try!

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a dark, murky brown color, with little to no head. Sits black in the glass. Smells of roasted malts, pepper skin, some smoke. Tastes smokey, dense, roasted to hell with a very slight sweetness. Lightly carbonated and think, lends it self to sticking around a while. Not a huge chili presence at all. maybe the tiniest of lingering heat on the way back of your tongue. Overall, it was a pretty good beer.

Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout brewed with chiles (chipotle, ancho, guajillo), been putting this off for a little while. 375ml split during a snowstorm.

Appearance - Pitch black pour into 2 tulips. Tall brown head eventually falls to a thick ring and thin cap and leaves bits of lace behind.

Scent - Lots of roast, char and very dark chocolate. Light smokiness and a good amount of chili spices that intensifies with warmth. Only a tiny bit of cocoa sweetness here.

Taste - Taste pretty much is on point with the smell, some more chili spice coming through makes it a slight improvement. Lots of dark chocolate, dense roast and char, a touch of molasses and licorice, good amount of smoky+vegetal chile presence.

Mouthfeel - Thick and velvety mouthfeel with nice medium carbonation to it. Lingering chili heat, not much in the way of alcohol heat though.

Overall - Nice dense roasty chocolate stout base that is similar to other To Ol beers (Goliat, Brewmance), the chiles mesh very well.

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle only states "11161304". Not sure if this is a date or what but I figured I'd note it.

A: Pitch-black pour with a big and very dense dark brown head. Fades slowly, leaving expansive walls of lacing behind with lots of little dots filling in the cracks. Nice island of foam remains behind long after the head has faded away.

S: Loaded with chocolate and peppers, like a proper mexican chocolate. Some heat to go with the vegetal chile peppers. A touch of char.

T: Chocolatey up front. Some smoky, chalky char mixed with vegetal peppers. Mild pepper heat, not sure what it is. With the smokiness it reminds me of chipotles. Lingering chili pepper heat in the aftertaste with lots of bittersweet chocolate and hints of char.

M: Somewhat heavy and thick. Leaves a chalky sort of residue in the aftertaste that lingers for a long time.

O: Decent chili stout. Not overly hot but has quite a bit of a long-lingering spicy flavor and just a little smoldering heat to go with it. Pretty nice char and chocolate from the roasted malt. Overall makes for a nice combination. One of the chalkiest beers I've had, it's not detracting but it coats the mouth like you just ate a bunch of tums. I gave it a little boost since I particularly enjoy chili stouts.

Photo of bnes09
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ink black color. Perfectly opaque. Pour a rich, dense, cinnamon colored head which stays forever and blankets the glass in creamy lacing.

Dense roasted malt aroma with cooked grains. Hint of peppers.

Roasted malt dominates the flavor with a dark chocolate, wheat toast and espresso character. Enough black currant and maple sweetness to balance.

Medium body. Nearly undetectable carbonation. A little sticky but lacks texture on the palate.

Overall a solid double stout. I wish the peppers had more effect on the flavor. Also would like to see more carbonation and texture.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml green (!) bottle into a snifter.

A - Inky black, with two fingers of dense mocha-colored head. Good retention, just a bit of lacing.

S - Red wine, maybe a bit of ancho chili, and roast.

T - Roast, some residual sugars, and some tannins from the wine. Not much chili in the finish, which is a disappointment, but then again I eat so much capscaicin that I might be numb at this point. At any rate, it’s not bad but still kind of a letdown.

M - A bit thin for an imperial stout, low carbonation.

O - Meh. It’s nice enough, but at $18 for 375ml it’s really expensive. It doesn’t bring enough of the key elements (red wine barrel and chili heat) that it advertised. Maybe the cognac version is better, but I’m not holding my breath. Not something I’d buy again.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 375mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Stamped 11161304. (Brewed 16 November 2013?)

A: Opaque dark brown with a creamy, luscious, short-lived head.

S: Hugely pleasant, but entirely expected. Chocolate, dry stout booze, and a hint of spice.

T: Some heat on the back of the throat, but otherwise a straightforward, quotidian imperial stout. I will reassess warmer, but currently have nothing to say that isn't done to death. Does not improve with warmth.

M: Full and sweet, with a slight sharpness.

O: Boring, but tasty. Disappointing.

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial stout brewed with chili and aged in cognac barrels per the label.

Opaque, black bodied beer with a thick, sudsy, tan head; globs of foam clinging to the glss. Big cocoa and toasted grain aroma. Roasted grains and bitter chocolate flavor dominates with a slight tartness buried deep in the background from the cognac aging; well-hidden chili heat; strong hop bitterness. Heavy bodied; thick and chewy mouthfeel.

It took a few sips for me to really pickup on the chili. I was about to give this a 3.75 overall for the apparent lack of chili taste or heat (it still would rate a solid 4.0 overall for an imperial stout), but the chili is there, and further reflection has me liking how it quietly makes itself knownwhile letting the imperial stout style remain front and center. This beer makes an excellent imperial stout by itself. It you're looking for a big chili beer-like brew, you'll probably be very disappointed, but the subtle chili flavor and heat adds just enough of an edge to give a unique twist to this dark ale.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a massive russian imperial stout aged in cognac barrels with chili peppers. great concept, great base beer, but sub par execution on the pepper front. its a deep dark brown stout, lots of viscosity and not much light coming in. its heady and soapy mocha looking, like a big oatmeal stout, and the body and sweetness in it suggest its got some oats in the mash. big bittersweet base beer, a great stout really, earthy and huge, accentuated as much by the oak part of the barrel as the cognac that was in it previously. the more it warms up, the more the cognac comes out, its sweet and rich, and helps the velvety feel of this beer get even softer. what i dont really get in aroma or flavor is the chili peppers. i get maybe the lightest amount of warmth in the start of the sip, and maybe a touch of smoke like an ancho pepper in the finish, but not much in between, no heat at all. i feel the pepper a bit in my nose, sort of an exacerbation of the alcohol intensity, both ramping up with temperature and as the ambient air draws the medium carbonation out of my glass. i love the stout as a stout, thick and rich and distinct, and i also love what the cognac barrel does to it, a beautiful fusion, but they perhaps should have stopped right there. the chili is hard to pick out, distracting, and frankly not real compatible with the rest of whats going on here. i liked it a whole lot as a barell aged stout, but as a chili beer it is just okay.

Photo of Gr8Stouts
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An excellent chili stout. The taste of peppers intensify as the beer warms. Probably at its best around 60 degrees.

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