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Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 402
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.14%
Wants: 52
Gots: 102 | FT: 19
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gus34 on 11-20-2013

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Photo of Irishmafia
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at CW 17. The peppers make this beer way too hot. Guessing with some age the peppers would mellow out. At this time no good in my opinion.

Side note I put sriracha on a lot of food and have habanero flakes to go on my pizza. (242 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark brown to almost black with a tan head of 2 fingers.

S. Somewhat shy nose - chocolate, creamy vanilla and dark roasted malt.

T. Really expressive palate - rich chocolate, roasted malt, expresso followed by some chili pepper heat. Finishes long with roasted malt and lingering heat from the peppers on the back end.

F. Moderate to full bodied with good creaminess. One of the better feeling stouts from Central Waters.

O. I believe this was released in early 2014 - some cellar time has really put the pepper heat into a nice place. It's still there but not so dominating as it was right after release. This is an excellent beer - one of the tops I have had from CW. I hope they brew this again. (707 characters)

Photo of IMFletcher
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Amazing. Great body and flavor from the imperial stout, with a serious, but underlying pepper burn that never overpowers, but definitely builds some heat as you sip. (165 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 4/26/14

Bought a bomber at the central waters. Actually, not that bad. Not my cup of tea, but ok. Decent stout, with a slight pepperyness. (153 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -1%

1 PINT 6FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

It is as dark as the ace of spades. It is capped with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is of dark fruit, cocoa, molasses, plum, fig, anise, and coffee.

The taste is deep and rich. I get some intense roasted malt featuring dark chocolate and anise with a slight burnt flavor. The chili peppers tingle my tongue but are not hot.

It is thick and full on the mouthfeel.

It is a pretty damn tasty imperial stout. I feel this style seems to do best with peppers being added. The roasted flavors and heat make for a great combination. Endorphins released! (625 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev -1%

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

After the initial glug from the bottle into the glass I swear this beer is one of the blackest I have ever seen. There's no hope of peeking through the body. Not much foam formed but what's there is swirling and menacing. a thin cap on top of the black hole. A few striations of lacing is left behind.

The nose is packed with depth. Overripe berries galore, mostly black and blue, sit over the top of dark chocolate with an intensely high cocoa content. The pepper aspect adds both fruitiness and a leathery earthiness that works very well. A touch of lactic sweetness and some coffee roast make for a big, robust, mouthwatering aroma.

The pepper translates slightly different to the flavor profile than the nose. It's slightly vegetal but still has that leathery, earthy quality the nose suggested. Dark chocolate is king of the castle with a large impression. Dark berries come through mid-palate through the finish with a touch of fruity sweetness. Coffee style roast finishes it off along with a faint heat from the peppers. Delicious!

Weight is hard for me to pinpoint. It's toward the top of the spectrum, not necessarily full but not far off either. The finish dries up fairly fast leaving behind a soft roasty bitterness and pepper heat that eventually grows to moderate. The feel is soft and velvety.

Pepper beers, with me at least, are love or hate. I'm a big fan of Space Ghost. While the heat grows, as it should, the base stout is expertly done like most of Central Waters big beers. It's roasty, softly sweet and bitter with the heat adding depth. I wish I had more of these in the fridge, good beer, go buy you some. (1,687 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottle shared by Curran, thanks man!

Pours out an inky, opaque black, with a small filmy head, and no lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, slight alcohol, pepper heat, and chocolate.

Time may have mellowed the likely intense ghost pepper flavors, but this one still has a bite to it. The pepper bite varies in intensity sip to sip. Some sips I barely get anything, other sips I get the full singe factor. The heat lingers a little bit on the lips. Other than the titular ghost pepper flavors, there's some good cocoa powder and Hershey's syrup flavors. It's not quite as roasty as I'd like, and not very bitter. There's some vanilla cream flavors as well.

As with many Central Waters stouts, it's a little thin, but not to the point where it's a detriment. It certainly would be helped by a beefier body, though. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and keeps the beer very drinkable.

A most excellent pepper stout from Central Waters- it's not quite at the level of Huna/Abraxas/Bomb, but I think it's better than Mexican Cake personally. (1,040 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is dark malts, milk stout characteristics and a good hint of heat. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate and a long and deep heat in the finish. The first sip was not too bad as far as heat but after the second it became far too intense, to be expected with an ale made with ghost peppers. (293 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Milk chocolate. Light peppers. A little coconut and vanilla. That could be left over from the Floyd D'Rue I drank previously.

Taste - Chocolate. Between dark and milk chocolate. Peppers build quickly. Sharp spiciness. Finishes with a nutty caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Very spicy. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - The pepper doesn't bother me so much, the way I thought it might. It's really just the stout that isn't very impressive. (552 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Thick black, medium coffee lacing that spreads 1" legs with little movement. This beer does not give a gum to the glass when swirled around. Rather light, but makes up in other areas.

S- Big chili spice upfront (equal to Mexi Cake or Copper Kettle Mexican Chocolate Stout). Then the chocolate is present pretty large; not bitter or sweet, but in the middle. Some charred figs in the background.

T- I like heat, so I am biased here. The chili spice burns 1/2 second in and for 20 seconds after. I love it. Some chocolate, somewhat on bitter side is present, followed by the charred figs.

M- It is on the thinner side, but it does not bother you with the heat from the chilies. I am not a fanboy of CW, but I really enjoy this beer.

O- A very well executed hot a peppery spiced stout. This was a pleasant surprise!! (824 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours like a dark Imperial Stout with little head that quickly collars.

Smell: Dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt. There is a definite pepper presence underneath it all that tingles the nostrils.

Taste: Semi-bitter roast over dark chocolate, followed by the chili heat on the middle of the tongue. As the drink washes over the palate, the peppers creep to the back of the throat and offer an assertive burn there, followed by some coffee and dark chocolate; both of which fade out to end the experience.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style, but still full enough to be enjoyably drinkable and not annoyingly watery.

Overall: Nothing wrong with this beer at all, although I wish they would do a version with some vanilla. After recently having had Mexican Cake and enjoying it, these peppers (from what I've read, there are Anaheim chiles and Ghost peppers) are more robust, offering some good taste and not just burn at the back of the throat. Would definitely drink this again. (1,007 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a CW snifter from the bottle, the beer produced a dense mocha colored head made of tiny bubbles so tightly nit you could stand a quarter on the top. The foam had good retention, leaving behind a thin layer of lacing that looks like hot cocoa. The beer is pitch black and opaque.

S: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sweet caramel malt aroma all fairly mellow, nothing super pungent. Notes of vegetal or green leaf, maybe the peppers? The aroma reminds me of a mellow version of 16 without the barrel.

T: Robust chocolate flavor with dark chocolate, bakers chocolate and cocoa. Toffee and caramel with toast and bread crust malt flavors. Bitterness is moderate, but the balance is on the malt side and slightly sweet. Also getting a nutty flavor. The peppers blend nicely with the chocolate but it's more of a mouthfeel then a taste.

M: A large chewy body in this beer. Moderate carbonation and big dose of heat from the peppers. The heat feels like it mixes with the alcohol warming in the chest, also getting some on the tongue and lips. Doesn't linger just keeps you from drinking it too quickly. Very creamy also. Nice and complex!

O: No date on the bottle, which I can give a pass to because it's a big stout however I would still like to see it. Tasty beer with amazing mouthfeel,The aroma was lacking a bit in my opinion, but you can't win 'em all. (1,373 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

CW makes great stouts, and the name reminded me of the classic cartoon, so I couldn't resist. Tasted 12 March 2014.

Pours black and thick. Half-finger of deep brown head, okay retention and lacing. Good, not amazing.

Smell is really good. Rich, sweet chocolatey stout, balanced by that nose-tingling zing of the peppers. The base stout is really good, full and rich with just enough char. And the pepper is spot-on, just enough to provide zest, without overpowering the rest of the beer.

Taste is fantastic. I love the way the pepper works here, and it's playing right on that edge, where it's just shy of being too much. It's spicy, for sure, and probably the spiciest beer I've actually enjoyed drinking. But the stout subdues that chilis, making them palatable and a near-perfect complement to the stout flavors. The balance between the base and the peppers is astoundingly good. The spiciness comes back in the finish for one last punch.

Feel is also really good. Thick and full-bodied, with the spicy and carbonation combining to provide a healthy buzz. The spice also brings heat, warming my mouth and opening things up pleasantly.

I can't think of a beer I've had that's used chili peppers as well as this one. Great balance, great spice, and just really tasty. (1,273 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Central Waters Brewing Co. branded snifter

Pours a deep opaque black topped by a fluffy dark beige head. Slightly above average retention with a bit of cascading lacing. The nose is chock full of bakers chocolate with some dark fruit notes and brooding, boozy alcohol. Dark chocolate upfront, hints of dried dark fruit especially hints of prune. Some spice from the chilis shows up midpalate, combined with the dark chocolate notes creating a mole sauce-like quality. Finishes with mole, medium roasted chili spice, and some booziness. Huge full body, creamy with touches of velvet. Moderate carbonation. Really enjoyable brew and a perfect example of how use chili peppers successfully without becoming overwhelming. (753 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-an inky dark pour with a thin layer of tan head that leaves a ring around the edge

S-rich dark malt, roasted dark coffee, milk chocolate sweetness, and a light chile pepper spice

T-taste is similar to the smell but with a big kick of spicy chile peppers in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-full body, light to medium carbonation, dry and spicy finish

Overall I am a big fan of stouts with chile peppers added and this might be the spiciest one I've had yet! (468 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with no date poured into tulip

Very dark, almost completely black, with a big mocha head that fades to a ring. smell is sweet milk chocolate, toffee, and roasty malts, melding with the vegetal chili, turning into something beyond classification. taste has much less heat than anticipated, it's more of a subtle peppery tingle than a burn. the chili is there throughout, (blending with the silky cocoa, rich toffee, and bitter coffee) but shines in the finish. only a hint of an alcohol burn, otherwise the 12% is imperceptible.

CW needs to make this a winter seasonal. until then, im stocking up. (610 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark opaque brown. The head is weak with little retention.

I'm surprised that I can't perceive the peppers in the nose, even in a vegetal state. It's heavy on the cocoa and roasted malt, not much else.

The taste is cocoa, roast, and a pleasant heat that's left on the tongue and back of throat. It doesn't have a lot of depth but I appreciate what was accomplished with the integration of the cocoa and ghost peppers. The play between the two is a seamless sweet to heat transition. Long peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Low carbonation. It works well for the sweet aspect of it.

I really enjoy the use of chiles in stouts when it's done right, and this is one of those times. Where it lacks depth and complexity it makes up on execution. (761 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black but with translucent deep hazelnut & brown highlights when light hits the edges. Nice tight almond colored head, nice sheets of lacing, poor retention however the "head" never really leaves. S: The smell is lovely, very earthy. Robust, dirt, mushrooms, coffee, dried peppers that bring up a raisin-y quality. Chocolate.
T: Umami, soy sauce. Chocolate and roast followed quickly by a complex blend of earth, pepper, roast, and than chili pepper - but great fruity chili pepper flavor. As the beer clears the palate there is your spice, a hit at the back of the throat, bam! Warming spice, sharp, hot, quick, its over.
M: Appropriatly full and rich. Spot on.
O: I like this beer a lot. It is a great package. Roast, Spice, Sweetness, full bodied enjoyment with a kick. Ultimatley just slightly un-balanced in the direction of spice. (840 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired from generous Duff27 (thanks again!) and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which has earned my respect. Reviewed as an imperial stout.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour. Has a shiny sheen of a complexion and an even consistency. Ha some nice creaminess, but I do want more. Pretty rich. I can coax some lacing out of it by tilting the glass, but little sticks. Unfortunately, head retention is bad - maybe 40 seconds at best, though there is a floater ring which sticks around a bit longer.

Body colour is - predictably - an opaque solid black. Quite dark; almost a jet black. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears aptly carbonated.

It's a good appearance for an imperial stout and I'm looking forward to the first sip. That said, it's far from unique for the style. Still, the head is pretty impressive - I just wish it'd stick around longer.

Sm: The chili notes are fused right into the imperial stout build to the extent that I have trouble identifying distinct notes. Chili pepper flesh, dark malts, wisps of milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and cream. Shockingly timid considering ghost peppers were used. It's average in strength. I wouldn't say it's a subtle aroma per se - just a reticent one - but I find it appealing for what it is.

No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. No off-notes. Heat seems pretty tame for a beer brewed with chilis. I'm looking forward to the first sip.

T: The heat is quite tame considering the chilis used, and doesn't really manifest substantially until the aftertaste - though you do start to notice it right on the finish. It doesn't leave me quenching a second beverage, and I have no trouble returning to it moments later for the next sip.

I admit I'm surprised how well the heat is integrated, though the build is still shy of gestalt. I do think the flavour profile is shockingly cohesive for an imperial stout brewed with chili peppers. The heat fits in nicely to the dark malt/chocolate malt foundation, and never quite fully obscures the subtleties hidden in the flavour profile; in spite of the light burn I can still find cream, chocolate, a touch of caramel, and near-perfect sweetness. Cocoa powder? Sure.

This reminds me of Copper Kettle's Mexican Chocolate Stout, which is a really good thing. I hate to get too comparative, but I'm not quite sure this is as well balanced - though that's nitpicky, because it's incredibly difficult to manage balance when you're working with ghost peppers, to the point that many brewers seem to abandon balance altogether (see Twisted Pine). As it warms, I'm picking up on a kiss of faint coffee replete with succulent mocha cream. As is often the case in imperial stouts, roastiness is sorely missed here.

I'm really liking this beer, and it's getting better and better as it warms. It's not necessarily a complex imperial stout (at least not to compared to behemoths like The Abyss or Narke's Stormaktsporter), but the careful balance and impressive subtlety is hard to ignore - I mean who manages subtlety in a ghost pepper brew? Certainly a nuanced beer, if not an intricate one. I'm impressed.

No hop character, alcohol, or yeast character comes through.

Mf: Has a mild warmth from the chili pepper. Hits the sweet spot in terms of creaminess, smoothness, and wetness, generating a comforting approachable presence on the palate. (How many chili beers are "comforting?). Good medium body and apt thickness. It's surprisingly soft and silky. Great execution across the board here, though the carbonation isn't quite perfect; I have to nitpick to find criticisms of this beer. Overall, it's just a great texture for this beer's taste, and it's clear the brewers took the time to carefully tailor specific elements of the texture to the taste. Pay close attention to the feel of the finish right as the core flavours expire - what a fucking satisfying close to a lovely flavour structure.

Not oily, gushed, boozy, hot (in an alcoholic sense), astringent, or harsh.

Dr: For a 12% chili imperial stout, it's damn drinkable. Finishing this bottle will be real treat. Central Waters surpassed my high expectations and delivered an impressively well balanced brew in a difficult to execute style. I'd highly recommend this to friends and trade partners and I'm extremely glad I got the opportunity to try this. Easily one of the best beers involving chilis I've ever had. Brilliant work from Central Waters.

Not recommended to age.

Would pair well with pie and fudge. Maybe fajita burritos?

Low A- (4,960 characters)

Photo of JerUrbans
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours jet black tar color, with dark caramel 1" head with tiny bubbles that holds on very well. Smells like roast coffee with hints of smokey oak and dark chocolate. Taste is like roasted chocolate on a chili pepper binge. Wow, do I love this. I'm big fan of chili pepper beers and this is excellent. Mouthfeel is great well carbonated and smooth, but with a huge bite and burn from the chili peppers. I have 12 bottles and will be aging some just to see what happens with this beer in a couple years.

Overall, I was so excited when I heard Central Waters was brewing this beer. It has lived up to my expectation and way beyond. I really hope this is not a one and done, because I hope to be drinking this till I'm pushing up daises. (740 characters)

Photo of DersOne
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

A-Pours dark black, small dark tan head with some lacing and small lingering bubbles.

S-Mild, faint roasted malts and chocolate, the spice reminds me of mexican chocolate cookies with the hint of pepper. Not overly impressive but still pleasant, more like CW's Satin Solstice with a kick.

T-Hits you with spice right away, my nose got tingly, which slowly moved to my lips and throat. Very heat forward but it blends slowly and quite deliciously to chocolate malts and a bit of hop bitterness. Spice isn't overwhelming, it is very complimentary to the underlying beer.

M-A bit thin but that may be due to the pepper oils. Otherwise it's like a typical imperial stout, a bit dry.

O-One of the better spice beers I've had but the underlying elements aren't anything radically different from the other standard CW stouts. Not a bad thing, but was hoping for something a bit different overall. (936 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Powderhornphil (thanks!). No bottling information but released 11/13. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours night black with a finger and a half deep tan head. The foam fades slowly, leaving only specks of lace.

Aromas of chocolate syrup, soy sauce, vanilla and brown sugar with some pepper nasal burn on the back end. Intriguing.

Taste follows the nose in the best ways. Dark chocolate and espresso are fairly dominate with layers of brown sugar, chili pepper, vanilla, roasty malts, faint smoke, molasses and a sort of dark fruit jam. A nice, hot chili pepper burn remains present throughout without distracting or being over bearing. There are so many positive flavors at work that the substantial alcohol bill is nearly invisible, making this dangerously easy to drink. Excellent.

Syrupy, medium heavy body with subtle carbonation. A lingering heat remains during the sweet mochaccino and brown sugar finish.

I admit a certain apprehension when approaching a beer brewed with ghost peppers but this is great. Fantastic use of chili pepper heat to complement a delicious base beer. A big brew that goes down incredibly easily while providing tons of flavor. Really glad to have tried this. (1,215 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Space Ghost from Central Waters Brewing Company out of Amherst, Wisconsin.

Score: 95

November 2013 vintage bottle. Served in a Hopslam snifter and enjoyed on 02/03/13.

Appearance: Black body. Pours a finger and a half of khaki head that settles down to a nice ring around the glass. Awesome lacing and retention. Really gorgeous stout. 5/5

Smell: Huge milk chocolate notes here. I could smell lots of chocolate from the moment I removed the bottle cap. Mild roast, a little bit of what can only be described as a vanilla cake like aroma, and spicy pepper notes too. Some dark fruit comes out as it warms up. Dark chocolate and burnt brown sugar too. Everything melds so wonderfully here. 4.75/5

Taste: Loads of milk chocolate and notes of dark chocolate, followed by the ghost pepper. This beer has a nice and bold spicy kick that dances on the tongue and lingers, either gradually fading or layering in intensity depending on how you space your sips. More dark fruit is present in the taste than it was in the nose, but the dark fruit character is still pretty muted overall. A touch of roast too. As the beer warms up, it gains a little more complexity - notes of caramel, coffee, and more dark chocolate come through towards the finish. No vanilla or vanilla cake flavor, which is a little bit of a let down after being teased a promise of such by the nose. All the complexities mix nicely. I particularly like how the dark chocolate comes through and plays with the spiciness in the finish as it warms; it reminds me of the high percentage cacao chocolates with chili peppers that I enjoy eating. There is also a touch of alcohol heat that is well-masked by the chili heat. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Sadly, like many Central Waters stouts other than 1414 (which is bizarre, considering that 1414 is barrel aged Satin Solstice), the body on this one lacks the heft it demands and deserves. Medium-light bodied, good carbonation. A little creamy, a little slick. Lightly dry towards the finish. Excellent spiciness. 3.5/5

Overall: But for the fact that this beer lacks a mouthfeel that is as substantial as its aroma and taste, it would be better than Hunahpu's. While I thought the tap version was marginally better than the bottle due to a seemingly better mouthfeel, I did not think that the bottle fell substantially short of the tap version of this beer unlike others claimed. Maybe there is some bottle variation at play? Either way, at $7 for a 22 oz bottle, you can't go wrong. If you like chocolate with peppers or are seeking a chili stout with more spiciness than Hunahpu's or Mexican Cake, then this is your beer. I really hope Central Waters brews this one again (and again and again and again)!

Cost: $7 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle. (2,758 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: black with a modest tan head. Decent retention and easily revived.
S: not particularly strong – I get black patent malt and some bittersweet chocolate.
T: starts with roasted/black malt combo, followed by a sharp spicyness. A moderate sweetness cuts into the spice a bit and as it warms some smokeyness becomes apparent - not sure if it is malt or chile. Spice lingers on the finish.
M: body is thick with heavy fine carbonation.

I like a good chile beer, but as a stout this one had a bit too much pepper for me. The stout underneath didn’t do that much for me either. Not bad, but not something I’d buy again. (621 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Short lived mocha head. Dark brown/black body. Thin collar. Minimal splotchy lacing.

Sweet chili aroma.

Very balanced on the forefront then dives into some sharp but not overpowering chili heat. For reason I sense raspberries in here? Would guess around 10%abv

Big chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. They nailed it.

Very nicely done ghost pepper impy stout. Don't know if I would be able to finish a bomber by myself but would be great to share. Thanks for the share TATURBO. (489 characters)

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