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Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ADZA on 03-09-2014

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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date but just released, along with the sherry version.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall, thick medium brown head. Head fades very slowly with great retention. Thick swatches of lacing everywhere.

S: Lots of dark fruit - berries mainly I'd say. Charry chili pepper, like chipotles. Decent amount of chocolate mixing with more dark fruits. Cherries now maybe?

T: Lots of dark fruits up front, almost immediately mixing with that charred chili pepper. Fruitiness seems mostly berry-based, I can't quite pick out any specifics. Maybe blackberries? Decent little spicy sting from the peppers. Not a lot of heat, just a little bit of a bite. Decent chocolate lingering in the background backing it up, giving it sort of a mexican chocolate flavor overall. Fruitiness from the cognac is not that strong, I would say it's even weaker than in the sherry version which is a bummer. This is, however, a bit sweeter overall which I think does help balance the bitter char, cocoa and spiciness a bit. A bit of numbing spiciness and alcohol in the aftertaste to finish it off.

M: Pretty heavy and thick. Almost chalky from all the char.

O: Very similar to the sherry version that I just reviewed the other night. Not a ton of barrel character. Just a subtle layer of dark fruits adding some complexity. The charry chili pepper and chocolate is otherwise unchanged. Pretty decent and enjoyable, but in no way worth $17 per 12.7 ounces. Fun to try at least, I generally like cognac barrel stuff but this one needs more barrel character to make a difference.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a Belgian beer run a while back.

From a 37,5 cl bottle into a snifter
Best Before 10 October 2023
Imperial stout brewed with chilies and aged on cognac barrels for four months
Drunk right after the base beer

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, creamy, medium looking, light mocha colored head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a full creamy cap leaving lots of lacing on the top of the glass. A black body with medium levels of carbonation. Slight wisp remains and leaves touches of lacing on the glass as it empties. Same as the base.

SMELL: Roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate, sweet cream and chili notes on the nose. Well balanced with some milk chocolate there as well. There's a touch of cognac and a hint of oak there as well, tapering the chilies compared to the base beer. Bold and really nice.

TASTE: Very much the same as the base with a touch of cognac through the middle and some oak at the swallow. The chilies are more subdued but they're still there. Milk chocolate and sweet cream up front with roasted notes, oak and cognac into the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of pure chocolate, sweet cream, roasted notes, cognac barrel and a bit of chili flavor as well.

PALATE: Very nice here. A definite improvement on the base. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, not foamy like the regular version, goes down smooth and finishes a bit sticky. The chili is replaced with light cognac barrel notes lingering on the palate.

OVERALL: This is a big improvement on the base beer. The feel is much improved, as it's smoother, less foamy and the heat is balanced by the cognac barrels. The barrel aging is certainly mild here, not being nearly as pronounced as a lot of other barrel aged beers, but if you can appreciate nuance, this is definitely a class act. Really enjoyed this and appreciated how all the layers worked well together. Highly recommended.

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Photo of braugon
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alex’s bottle. A little cognac flavour, but only ok on the base beer in drinkability. Higher on aroma that didn’t deliver through to taste. Maybe it was good at the release party.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rwalford74
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of parintele
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of digita7693
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma roastiness, spice, dark fruits, cocoa, faint coffee, vanilla, & cognac. Taste chocolate, oak, vanilla, cognac, chili, licorice, ABV. Excellent!

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Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Nearly perfect appearance; obsidian with a slightly tan head, great retention and foamy lace. Some may want more syrupy cling, but that's not the direction this beer leans. Aroma is orange marmalade of the more bitter variety, baking chocolate, oak, fruity chili (dried, leathery fruit, tropical pulp), hints of sweet baking spices (from spirit one presumes). Really smells and tastes like there's more than just chili in here. Taste follows with a bit of roast that never dominates. Add some charred marshmallow. Barrel is locked and loaded; fully integrated with no spirit / heat. The body is still full, velvety. Scary easy to put down at over 12%.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leitmotif
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrNate
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, chile, and cognac aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, chile, and cognac flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of cocoa, chile, and cognac aspects.

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