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Ratings: 1,658
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.52%
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmvecchio1 on 12-16-2011

Imperial Stout brewed with Ancho Chiles, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks.

2011 - 100 cases
2012 - 200 cases
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Ratings: 1,658 | Reviews: 198
Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cinnamon and spice. Caramel roasty malt. Reminds me of Hunahpu.

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Most of the adjuncts are well balanced and come through nicely in the beer, just a touch too strong on the cinnamon front for me. Kind of distracted from the overall experience. Should be interesting with some age on it.

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage. Excellent stout. No alcohol presence. All elements unveiled during experience.

Photo of jonnyybp
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap during 43 Hours of Dark at The Birch

Photo of danh53
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not getting much in the nose, mostly chocolate cake. Taste is another story. That rich chocolate is joined by cinnamon and pepper in a near perfect balance. Not getting much vanilla, but there is a little coffee roast to balance the sweet chocolate. They got the chillies just right on this. Not overpowering, but spice cotes the mouth and throat adding to the mouth feel which is medium to full bodied. Excellent stout which is not far behind hunahpu.

Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate cake. Lots of cinnamon and spice. The peppers show but are not too spicy. Very thick. Creamy and velvety. Ends with some coffee and roast.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep brown with thick, foamy light brown head. Looks like a coke. S- cinnamon, baking spices like nutmeg, a slight vanilla nose. Faint cocoa. T- cinnamon and peppery spice comes to the forefront. Not as big a chocolate presence as I would have thought. Very little alcohol presence. M- super creamy, rich feel. Perfect carb and rolls down the back of the pallet easily. O- really solid imp stout. Not too peppery; maybe a bit too heavy on the cinnamon/baking spice edge.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
3.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This tasted like a blended up cinnamon stick, it coated your tongue with flaky fish food and not the kind you feed your dad.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.37/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

terribly unbalanced, all spice and sweetness, a little too flat, muted smell, feels like drinking hot chocolate on ice. Will not revisit.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.43/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a walnut color just short of black. a finger of tan head with weak retention. opaque due to the darkness but lets some light through the very edges.

Smell: peppers, cinnamon and chocolate to mocha.

Taste: opens with spicy peppers, some cinnamon filters in. mocha and chocolate. notes of espresso but with a bit of smoothness from vanilla. some booze and ends with a bit more pepper

Mouthfeel: heavy , strong carbonation and some heat from the peppers.

Overall: strong spices and could be more chocolatey. If your into spiced beers go for it but I prefer more malt character

Photo of Treyliff
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, bottled 11/2014, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours pitch black with a motor oil thickness, small creamy khaki colored head reduces quickly, leaving just a ring around the edge

S- lots of vegetal green pepper on the nose up front. As it warms, it begins to open with aromas of cinnamon, vanilla bean, chocolate, sandalwood, brown sugar, molasses, black licorice, toasted marshmallow & a hint of coffee

T- deep and rich chocolate and cocoa base gives way to flavors of sweet molasses and burnt brown sugar. Cinnamon spice, along with black pepper mix with subtle vanilla, giving a heavy cream sweetness. The pepper flavor becomes green and vegetal as it nears the finish, with hints of dark fruit accompanying. The heat of the pepper kicks in on the finish, with lingers of chocolate & cinnamon

M- thick and viscous body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a silky and velvety warming finish, with a linger of heat after the finish

O- a slow sipper of an ale that is loaded with flavor, yet blends them near perfectly. Nice amount of heat on the linger

Photo of kkleu357
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap during Madison Craft Beer Week. Dark black body. Big cinnamon spice aroma. Umm, Cinnamon Toast Crunch in a glass? Ok, so not everybody agreed with me on that statement, but to me this beer tasted like the the milk left in the bowl after eating all the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Really wonderful.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, which settles into the glass with a cola-colored body and a thin tan head. Aroma is all over the place. Vanilla is strong, hints of smokey peppers, dashes of spices (nutmeg?), even a hint of a minty herbal quality. Wow, after the pour and the nose I did not expect such big, potent flavors. Vanilla, spice, roasted peppers, all big and all in harmony. Some unsweetened Cocoa comes through as well. Feel is medium-full bodied, but not thick. Medium carbonation and a slight lingering burn. Not sure if it's the pepper heat, or the abv (thinking the latter). This is a rich and robust stout with some big flavors. Not sure where the mint was coming from, but it seemed to linger for me throughout. I think I like Huna a tad more, but this is impressive. A side-by-side of the two would be amazing.

Photo of doremite
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chili in the aftertaste was a bit overpowering but otherwise great. Left me wishing it wasn't so busy.

Photo of WSchooley
2.96/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is close to mint. Throws the whole experience off. Nice chili flavor.

Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Perennial tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep mocha, coffee colored body with a light chocolate colored head that reduces slowly, leaving little lacing but some good retention.

Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon (I know it's not barrel aged, but I still seem to get this note), some soy, slight peppers and cinnamon in the background.

On the tongue upfront is tons of milk chocolate and vanilla notes, caramel, some pepperiness on the follow through, the finish is roasty, toasty, roasted coffee, char. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, low carbonation.

Overall a very well crafted stout.. wish I got a little more cinnamon and pepper as advertised, but maybe those were just sitting in the background to create some nice balance that this beer exhibited well.

Photo of fondyball20
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz pour on draft. Good beer overall but the cinnamon dominated too much for me and the chile added some bite on the back end. Had it a long with Sump and honestly preferred the Sump more.

Photo of OneEye78
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black with a 2-inch brown head. Smell was cinnamon, some vanilla, and a hint of black licorice. Taste was also very cinnamon forward, got some vanilla and a little chocolate, but mostly cinnamon with a late chile and alcohol burn. Mouthfeel was great with spices tickling the Rouge and a good body. Overall this was a good beer, but too cinnamon dominated to call it great.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from November 2014, enjoyed from a snifter today, March 24, 2015

A: Thick, almost syrupy burnt brown with a dark mocha head. Definitely getting some garnet tones there, though that might just be my mind projecting the Abraxas label onto the glass. Good-looking stuff

S: Lots going on here: cinnamon in spades, cola and rootbeer, ripe cherries, raw hot peppers or maybe Red Hots, and tree bark. Good stuff individually, but the nose didn't quite come together for me. More of a mishmash (of good aromas), not "well integrated."

T: Lots of quite bitter dark chocolate, sweet cinnamon, chocolate-covered espresso beans, a bit of cherries and ripe red fruit, and some pepper skin. Chili heat is present, too. Again, lots of good elements at play here, but they just don't come together or blend that well: one or another of the flavors tends to dominate each sip, rather than each component being present in each sip.

M: Just right, I think. Not too thick: smooth, lightly carbed, and a touch viscous. Nice tingle (rather than a burn) on the finish. Aftertaste is dry, bitter, and charred.

O: Really good stuff. Lots of great elements at work on the nose and the flavor profile, but those elements tend to clash against -- rather than complement -- each other. So not as complex or outstanding a beer as Huna, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of PVMT
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Clinton Hall, NYC on 3/24/15.

Photo of Dnayew
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it rated right below Hunahpu as the #2 beer on the planet until I tried this year's batch. Now I would rate it equal to Hunahpu in the world of special craft imperial stouts.

Photo of humuloner22
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I recently had Huna I have had Bomb in the past so far I still think Bomb is the best, but this one does edge out Huna, next will be Mexican Cake to finish off the big 4 Horseman.

Appearance: Black as night, head is relative to the type of beer. Kind of light around the edges with swirls in the middle of tan creamy head.

Aroma: Initially I got cinnamon as a strong characteristic. After a while sweeter dark fruits join the bouquet of aromas. Nicely done, its pretty complex on the nose.

Taste: I can tell the cinnamon, some sour yeasty note is present but it isn't off putting at all its just there, it could also be the peppers. The taste is cleaner and not very sweet, but just sweet enough. I liked the heat that hits the lips and tongue as it warms. Very nicely done beer. Its also less cloying than Huna came off to me and to the others who drank these with me.

Overall: I did like this one more than Huna, now after almost exactly a year the 2014 Huna I drank might have lost some impact, this bottle is not as old, they came out in (early November?) I believe so it has held its adjunct impact pretty well in that amount of time, now after a year in bottle like Huna I may be saying the same thing. I really need to revisit Huna as soon as I can to give it a more thorough analysis. So far, however, I still like the heat and earthiness of Bomb the best of the ones I have tried from this style. This is a close second. Love the cinnamon impact, goes really well with the combination of flavors they are working with.

Photo of Ian_B
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Completely, utterly black. No light passing through the corners. Billowing, creamy tan head.

Smell of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and a touch of chili.

Taste is mostly milk chocolate with a nice soft burn from the ancho chili throughout -- a little stronger on the finish. Chili provides a nice dryness and savory spice to the feel.

Photo of boothbeer
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Did a stout tasting with vicjr85 and some other friends on 03/07/15. This was my favorite beer of the night. List included: Marshal Zukhov, Abraxas, Speedway JBM, BB Temptress, Chocolate Rain and Bo & Luke.

Nice body with tons of great cinnamon flavor and finishes with a little peppery/spice from the ancho chiles. Picked up on some vanilla which pairs well with the cinnamon. All around great beer.

Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unsure if this bottle or if this is usual taste. Very good imperial stout with all the usual characteristics of a very well made IS. Met the hype. Thought it might be in vein of Hunahpu...but no. Found flavor unbalanced with cinnamon way too dominant. Ended up being a "spiced" IS more lent to Christmas than otherwise. Will keep remaining bottles to age for the holidays.

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