Malevolence Chocolate Caliente Russian Imperial Stout
Spiteful Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
4.36 | pDev: 6.19%
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Malevolence Chocolate Caliente Russian Imperial StoutMalevolence Chocolate Caliente Russian Imperial Stout
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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Can gushed really bad when I opened it.

Aroma - Lots of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and very mild peppers. Light sweet chocolate just a hint of bitter coffee and roasted malts.

Taste - Really tasty like a sweet dessert stout with big chocolate and vanilla up front mixed with cinnamon hint of caramel, the peppers are more for flavor just a touch of heat at the end.

Feel - Smooth creamy feel was expecting the carbonation to be higher but it is really nice. Little warmth on the finish along with some dryness.

Overall - really well done stout great flavors really smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - from the can, the beer poured a deep black color with a dark mocha head.

Smell - Chocolate and a bit of cinnamon came through in the nose. It did not seem overly sweet.

Taste - Chocolate dominated the initial impression with dry cinnamon. Then, the heat picks up. It was not heartburn level, but it definitely left an impression. In the aftertaste, dry cinnamon was accompanied by dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - There was a nice level of the viscosity to the stout that works well with the chocolate profile.

Overall - With a little more sweetness, this could be amazingly good.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with the gushing. When I opened my can it exploded and I lost probably a fourth of the beer.
A: Pitch black just like an RIS should be.
Ar: chocolate, chili pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, and some malty sweetness.
T: cinnamon, chocolate, chili, roast bitterness, vanilla
P: the best part of the beer. The pepper and sweetness mingle well along with the bitterness
O: aside from the explosion on opening this is a tremendous beer that I will definitely be more careful opening next time.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slamming the brakes on the hype train on this one. It is a very good beer, but one of the best in Chicago? No. The smell is very alluring, with aromas of cocoa, peppers, vanilla, graham cracker, and cinnamon. The taste felt like dry cocoa powder hitting the palate, followed by a wave of peppers and cinnamon, all the while maintaining the dry pastry stout feel. Enjoyed and would have again

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 1 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 635

Appearance: The most powerful gusher I have ever encountered; before the cap was halfway off, the liquid sprayed from the bottle like a fire extinguisher and, before I knew it, half the contents were lost; as is often the case, the remaining liquid poured into the glass like a cowering puppy, with no head other than a few bubbles around the edges of the espresso-colored liquid

Smell: Chocolate, hot pepper and cinnamon forward, with a hint of vanilla bean

Taste: Chocolate and hot peppers emerge with the cinnamon rounding out the front end; through the middle, a hint of vanilla arrives, but the finish has a moderate amount of heat to go along with the strong chocolate fudge and cinnamon tones

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; some heat in the gullet from both the ABV and the hot pepper

Overall: Despite my disappointment with the carbonation. this is a tasty beer that produces just enough heat to blend with the other adjuncts

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Photo of Mmcpartlon
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler bottled in 2018 (batch 635 if that’s of any relevance). Poured into a snifter glass. Beer is pitch black with a head the color of shaved chocolate. . A firm swirl brought the head up a solid half inch. don’t know if that’s a good thing, but I’m not complaining.
The smell of this beer made my mouth water. I mean damn. I’ve never smelt a beer like this. There is cocoa, cinnamon, and, oddly, banana. A strange yet provocatively pleasant combination
The taste follows the nose at the start, but there is a fair amount of spicy pepper in the mid palate. This is one unique brew.
The body is fantastic. It feels like a solid Russian imperial stout. The carbonation is very mild.
Overall a very unique and well crafted beer. If you read the description in the label and feel the intrigue, you will definitely not go wrong

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic! A 2016 bottle drinking in Dec '17. Still has strong cinnamon and chocolate flavors up front. A hint of spice (maybe fallen off since fresh?) Thinner than Abraxas. I have to taste both back to back to see what I like more now. One of my new favorites! I hope I can track down a BA version somehow.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a oily black color with a brown film coating the inside of the glass during the swirl.

The flavor offers a medium base of cinnamon, onto smokey and earthy pepper flavor. With a theme of molasses, chewy roasted malts, an intense mouth coating viscosity, rounding sweet vanilla, a bitterness of cocoa nib onto dark chocolate,

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Photo of ebe2023
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown/black. Light brown head. Head won't stick around long but good carbonation and head will return with every whisk/agitation thrown at it. Smells mostly of cinnamon with a hint of choco. Taste: cinnamon, followed by minimal heat from peppers and alchohol. Feel and consistency a little thinner than Abraxas. Overall taste and price combined a very good non BA stout.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black pour, ample medium brown foam. Retention and lacing are very good. Great looking beer. The aroma is big cinnamon and hot pepper. Notes of vanilla, chocolate. Taste is very good, but doesn't quite match the nose. Cinnamon and chocolate flavors are most prominent. Strong notes of vanilla as well. Spice from the peppers is faint. Cinnamon is a little too prevalent, mutes some of the other flavors. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish. Very nice brew, glad I got to try it!

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Thin tan lacing stays, deep crude oil black color. Smells of cinnamon, chocolate, chili peppers, dark fruit, coffee, burnt toast, & molasses. Sweet and semi-syrupy, mild molasses with a spicy kick from the chili peppers and cinnamon. Chocolate and coffee married with a dark fruit ester in the middle. Spicy sweet finish. Very much a dessert beer, sweetness was expected here. Enjoyable.

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Photo of FBarber
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with almost no head and what head there was dissipated quickly.

Smelled strongly of cinnamon and spice - very pleasant and spicy. less noticeable, I picked up notes of chocolate.

The taste and feel were surprising. This stout is very very dry and almost powdery. I can only describe it as it tasting like the beer was brewed with powdered cinnamon. I found it hard to drink because it was so noticeable. There were some notes of chocolate and chili but not as noticeable.

Overall this was an ok stout - I'd be curious if it mellows over time. Not my favorite - there are better examples of this style out there.

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Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, from the fall/winter 2015 release, poured into a 12oz snifter glass. Enjoyed on 1.2.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, cola brown hues around the rim and when struck by the light with a finger of khaki head, hardly any retention or lace, though the head could easily be summoned with a swirl or two of the glass. The aroma is pleasant, spicey pepper, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, chocolate and ample grain. Loads of adjuncts but there is at least a semblance of balance. The flavors though, are incredibly dry, loads of cinnamon and adjunct spices, chili and milk chocolate. I don't really find myself tasting any vanilla, no roast, no stone fruit, no grains, not a lot of the base beer is able to come out behind the spice adjuncts. The mouthfeel is decent, a bit thinner than I'd like though coating and with a lively body and a dry, warm finish.

Verdict: A decent "mexican hot chocolate" stout from Spiteful. I struggled with how dry this was, and how adjunct heavy it came off flavor wise. A bit cluttered and not a ton of cohesion, but thankfully there isn't a ton of heat and spiciness which allows the beer to breath and actually present some enjoyable flavors, keeping this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of novamat
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and released within last 45-60 days and used a wide mouth red wine glass. Pours dark, almost black but not dark as dark as other imperial stouts. I got about an inch of light tan head. Smell is almost entirely cinnamon with notes of chocolate and malts, which is very intriguing and pleasing. Taste is cinnamon and cocoa/chocolate with very mild hints of pepper. Not sweet, which I find to be interesting considering the number of stouts out there that add sweetening to beers in this category. This could have easily failed by being too bitter, but I thought it was well balanced and works out well. Mouthfeel is about on par with an imperial stout, good balance with the carbonation.

Overall this is an enjoyable take on an imperial stout with the added layers. Will get this again the next time it's released.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Basically a more flavorful version of Abraxas, with better balance than Pipeworks Imperial End of Days. Superb example of my favorite winter beer style.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very cinnamon forward stout. There is almost a powdery feel to it, which threw me off somewhat. The mexican hot chocolate notes were pleasant - the spice not dialled up too much which is good. I felt maybe the cinnamon overpowered some of the other elements though. Was looking for more balance but altogether thought this was a really interesting beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much better than the BA version at FOBAB.
Black body, a ring of tan foam and spotty lace that subsides quickly.

Aroma is more earthy chile forward, with a vanilla sweetness and light cinnamon presence. Much more integrated than the BA version, which was basically liquid chocolate red hots.

Taste is full of bitter chocolate, chile earthiness and mild heat, cinnamon lingers in the aftertaste. Creamy and full bodied, alcohol is expertly hidden. Overall a great beer, especially if you like chile infused chocolate.

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Photo of adapt313
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the only times I've ever wished I read reviews prior to opening a beer. I usually like to have an open mind and not know what to expect, but thisbone gushed upon opening, and apparently I'm not the first who's experienced this. Pours a rich black with a dark brown head, high level or carbonation for the style. The smell is heavy on the cinnamon, followed by bittersweet chocolate, sharp chili pepper heat, and alcohol. At first the cinnamon seems a bit overpowering but as it warms it is balanced by dark chocolate, roasty malts, and a mild dark smokey pepper spice. The mouthfeel is creamy and finishes very dry but seems slightly overcarbed for the style. I'd love more vanilla and more pepper character but overall this is a very solid stout. I wouldn't go out of my way to trade for this again but would love to try a barrel aged version of this, which I hear is in the works.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black with a fluffy finger of mocha colored head. Super dry! Tons of roasted malt, no sweetness and lots of bitterness. This is a tough drinker but overall enjoyable.

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Photo of jegross2
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Malevolence Chocolate Caliente, a Russian imperial stout brewed with vanilla beans, cacao nibs, cinnamon, Urfa biber chili flakes, and dried Aleppo pepper from Spiteful Brewing out of Chicago, Illinois.

Score: 94

January 2015 bottling. Served in a Hunahpu's snifter and enjoyed on 02/22/15 during the Oscars telecast.

Appearance: First things first: open this beer over the sink. We cracked the cap on a side-stored (but otherwise still) bottle, and this beer began gushing instantaneously. Within 15 seconds, 50% of the bottle was all over the table. Once some of the beer made its way into the glass, it poured a dark chocolate color with nice outer-edge fade and ample foamy khaki head that settles to a thin bubbly ring around the glass. Minimal lacing or retention, but nice browning effect/residuals from swirling. 3.5/5

Smell: The aroma on this beer was quite potent and pleasant (possibly because the kitchen was covered in it). Heavy-handed cinnamon, shortbread cookies, chocolate, and hints of mint and vanilla. Some chili pepper too. Reminds me a lot of Abraxas. 4.5/5

Taste: Lovely mix of cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, sugar cookies with a hint of chocolate too. Nice light but present pepper kick and flavor on the back half. Tastes a lot like the love child of Abraxas and the 2011 vintage of Hunahpu's. Lingering spice and spiciness. Cocoa-mole on the finish too. Quite excellent! Was expecting this to be sour, infected, or off in some way given that it gushed upon opening, so the quality of the flavor was a welcome relief. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly under-carbonated -- which is shocking, given how forcefully this beer gushed upon opening. Nice pepper heat that is present, but not too prominent or overpowering -- kind of like how Space Ghost is but with a little less heat. Lovely spice mix that is balanced despite brown sugar/cinnamon sweetness. 3.5

Overall: An excellent beer and real winner from Spiteful, who is making some interesting stuff as a newer Chicago brewery. I've been told this is already being barrel aged, and am interested to see the outcome of that project. I am not sure why this beer explosively gushed upon opening, but friends have since informed me that they have had similar experiences. Open this one over the sink with glasses on the ready, and enjoy. Prost!

Cost: $12.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to smaisch for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Batch # 210.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, cinnamon stick, and chile aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and chile heat 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 very good beer with great Mexican hot chocolate characteristics all around that make this one very tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #210 printed on the label. The latest incarnation of the RIS from Spiteful Brewing, this one with the addition of 'vanilla beans, cinnamon, urfa biber chili flakes, dried aleppo pepper, and cacao nibs' per the label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a thick dark oily black; opaque obsidian in the glass with just over a finger of mocha head. The head fades to a bubbly wisp, but is easily conjured back up with a nice swirl. Leaves lots of good sticky spotty lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is very pleasant and unique. Still smells very fresh. Aromas of vanilla beans, chocolate, and cookie dough are apparent, but are slightly overshadowed by the freshly ground spicy cinnamon. I want to say there is this slight fruity / vegetal lean on the end, which I can only think is imparted from the peppers? I'm not sure. Almost gingery in a way.

T - Taste follows the nose - smooth & creamy, with the perfect blend of cinnamon spice and chili pepper heat. The creamy chocolate / cacao nibs are still very present. Sadly though, I'd say it overpowers the vanilla beans. There is some eventual chili pepper / spice heat that builds up, but it never becomes too much.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy, with good moderate crisp carb. Again, the chili heat is very apparent, but never becomes overbearing. Any heat noticeable is from the chili pepper flakes also, and not from the high 10.50% abv.

Overall, a nice variant of the beloved RIS from Spiteful, but next time I would like to see more chocolate & vanilla, and less cinnamon & chiles, jus sayin. Very highly recommended for fans of the style.

Spiteful Brewing Malevolence Chocolate Caliente Russian Imperial Stout -----4/5.

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Photo of Jholcomb
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect body. Nice mouthfeel. Cinnamon up front, might be considered strong to some. Fades to nice chocolate notes then finishes with the PERFECT amount of pepper heat. Just enough to tickle the throat on the way down then fades quickly. AWESOME BREW.

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Photo of stortore
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber into a snifter.

Nice color, dark but a little garnet arouund the edges. Not much of a head. Smells awesome, tons of cinnamon. Taste follows the nose, lots of cinnamon, solid pepper presence, some chocolate. A little bitterness on the back end. Good mouthfeel, but a little thin for the style. Been a while since I had the base beer, but I remember it feeling a bit thicker, and tasting roastier.

I really like this beer, but I'm afraid all the add- ons detract from the identity of a really good base. However, it is certainly worth trying to get your hands on, and I will grab another if I can, to put a little age on and see how it changes.

A terrific effort from Spiteful. One of many from an underrated brewery.

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Photo of Tridement
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just after popping the cap, my nose was taken back to Apple Jacks and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Of course there is some chocolate that comes through as well, but the most pronounced aroma is of sweet cinnamon (yes I know cinnamon isn't sweet). Mouthfeel is medium to medium plus, with a pillowy, nonabrasive carbonation level. Cinnabomb for sure, the chilis are there but not at the forefront and the chocolate pulls everything together. Personally I prefer this to Mexican Cake, but is still a ways to go from Abraxas. The cinnamon forwardness reminded me of 14' Prop, but this time it was on purpose. Great beer, worth seeking out, wish it wasn't 1PP at my Binny's. Like the Cubs fans say, "Just wait til next year."

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Malevolence Chocolate Caliente Russian Imperial Stout from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 123 ratings