Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente
Spiteful Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #79
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #372
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 6.77%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
98
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Photo of MacMalt
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I received a can from @FBarber in a BIF. Canned on 1/29/2020. Poured into a snulip glass. I took it out of the fridge about 2 hours before pouring, then put it back in about 15 minutes before pouring. It pours a very dark walnut - approaching black. The medium mocha head dissipated very quickly, a sign of the alcohol content. Lots of raisin on the nose, along with roasted malt, chocolate, a whiff of freshly-brewed coffee, and earthy charred nuts. You can also readily smell the bourbon barrel. This is right in my wheelhouse taste-wise. It opens with bakers chocolate and coffee but the raisin has carried over, as well. There are also notes of caramel and earthy char, and the caliente pepper adds heat. The bourbon barrel is strong but not distractingly so. As the glass warms, I think the chocolate is stronger and a bit sweeter and the pepper hotter. The feel is viscous and creamy with lite carbonation and there's no avoiding the 14% ABV. The 12 oz. format is appropriate. Overall, this is a superb example of RIS - my favorite style, and it richly deserves its World-Class rating. I really like the combination of the chocolate malts and dark fruit.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Apr 19, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Very little head with almost zero retention, and no signs of much carbonation. Opaque black in color.
Smell - Chocolate, bourbon, with underlying notes of cinnamon and vanilla and subtle chiles.
Taste - An almost perfect blending of Mexican chocolate and bourbon. The chiles were quite noticeable, but did not overwhelm in terms of flavor or heat. The same can be said of the bourbon.
Feel - Mouthfeel was a touch thin on the palate but enjoyable.
Overall - The aroma and flavors were so big and well balanced that I found myself focusing almost purely on those aspects. I would have enjoyed a bit more body on the palate, but that in no way detracted from my enjoyment. This is among the best beers I've had to employ chile peppers.

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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania, Apr 19, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, dated 01.29.2020, 2019 vintage stamped on the side of the can, poured into a 14oz brandy snifter.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous with a thin half finger of khaki head that recedes quickly, yielding no film nor any lacing. The aroma is pleasant, tons of fudge and chocolate, light pepper heat, tons of cinnamon, modest barrel, a nice oakiness with a good char and a bit of vanilla. The flavors are good, tons of chocolate, brownie batter and fudge but also a nice bitterness, dry cinnamon, light pepper heat with a super smooth bourbon character, lightly charred oak, modest roast with nice hearty grains and a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is good, thick and heavy, chewy but smooth and it coats very well with a warm but creamy finish.

Verdict: A very nice adjunct forward barrel aged stout from Spiteful. A great chocolate forward experience that is well balanced and accentuated by the cinnamon and pepper interplay while the vanilla tames the barrel, which isn't too hot and offers even more nuanced character.

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kevanb from Illinois, Feb 16, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1/31/2020: (Spiteful Brewing, Chicago) 5 oz. draft pour into snifter on Spiteful Brewing release day, $7.17, 2019 release is a 14.0% ABV. Black pour, tan head recedes quickly leaving no lacing. Cinnamon aroma leads, significant chili pepper backs well. Cinnamon taste leads, light smooth bourbon taste, pepper more subdued than aroma would lead. Thin body, smooth easy drinking. ABV well masked. Overall solid Barrel Aged stout, glad Spiteful released this after a three year hiatus.

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dukeandduke from Illinois, Feb 01, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with a slow to build fizzy tan blanket that dies off quickly.

Smell is nutty roast and dry wafer with moderately spicy cinnamon and slightly astringent but fruity and popping chili pepper.

Taste has more depth yet is also refreshing, with just the right amount of warming pepper that is both mildly spicy and sweetly fruity. Cinnamon is lightly dusty and complements the roast of the moderately light-bodied stout. There's a touch of nutty cocoa but not a whole heckuva lot. The carbonation is crisp and lifting for a big stout, with tightly compacted bubbles finishing perfectly semi-dry.

This is like an older school, more drinkable stout with a lighter body and flavorings that don't overpower. Additionally--a shocking note for this day and age--it's not cloying. The only thing I'm not really experiencing here is any barrel. Not even a boozy heat.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jan 11, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a snifter at the 2018 release
L - Pours a black/brown, pretty minimal head with a tan color
S - Creamy cinnamon and sweet vanilla/roast
T - Similar to the smell, but the heat comes in nicely at the end. The spiciness is there in a way that I wouldn't call subtle, but I'd also say it works in a way that you almost think it's from the cinnamon not from peppers.
F - Not as thick as I'd expected, would be the only thing I'd try to improve on this beer.
O - Really nice Mexican chocolate type beer.

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4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems like there is decent variance between batches, the one I tried was wonderfully balanced between the bourbon, cinnamon, vanilla, peppers, cocoa, and wood. Smell was hypnotically good with all of these flavors. Taste was boozy yet dry, spicy yet sweet, heavy yet thin, love that complexity, especially for a style that usually hit you across the face in simple flavors. Apparently the barrel thickens up and adds that special layer because this is much improved from the non-barrel aged version.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Nov 11, 2017
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4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2018 at Beer Temple on a special pour when they were there for an event and it scored as my favorite stout of all with all 5’s and a 4.75 for look and feel. Amending my review now on release night of the ‘20 on draft at the brewery.

It retains all the 5’s for me but drops on look and feel a bit. It’s thinner than my favorite stouts basically. The thing that makes this so world class for me is that it’s balanced and not cloyingly sweet like many pastry stouts. So glad they finally put it out again! Don’t miss it.

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5toutman75 from Illinois, Nov 09, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Dark black/brown, small tan head
S - Tres leches cake, tons of cinnamon, cream, cocoa, vanilla, coconut
T - Follows the nose, perfect balance of flavors
F - Creamy, nice balance of heat and spice, thick and sweet followed by cinnamon "heat"
O - Near perfect, dessert beer but not overly rich, absolutely phenomenal

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dannycohen62 from Illinois, Oct 01, 2016
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4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. No head.

Very amazing offering of a bourbon Mexican stout. Thick. Right amount of spice. Right heat. Right sweetness.

Full bodied. Thick. Nice Cinammon flavor.

Very enjoyable.

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mothman from Minnesota, Jun 24, 2016
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4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely incredible beverage. Aroma & flavor are popping with spice & heat, well-balanced barrel character, no vegetal qualities, thick mouthfeel with only the slightest oil to it. Would love to have more than a small pour of it.

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Photo of kplooki
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding. Very similar to BA abraxas. Might be even better. I couldn't quite give it a perfect 5 but it is really close. This is a must try for anyone like pepper adjunct BA stouts.

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kplooki from Illinois, Jun 10, 2016
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4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A phenomenal beer. Spice and bitterness more integrated than with the base and a surprisingly powerful coconut aroma and taste coming from the barrel. Side by side with Coffee Abraxas, clearly the better beer. Very close to the epic highs of BA Abraxas, Rusty Nail, and a few other of my favorite BA spiced stouts.

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Kurmaraja from California, May 18, 2016
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4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer that I would gladly trade for. Special thanks to Mike for bringing this surprise tasty treat to our annual Super Bowl Morning Share- the pour is jet black, brown tan thin head that quickly wisps away. The smell is very reminiscent to Pallet 1, plenty of cinnamon but also the peppers shine forth. Thinner mouthfeel than I'd typically prefer, but this works as the taste is a memorable one that follows the nose. Solid offering for sure, I don't know if I'd go as far as to call it an BA Abraxas killer, but certainly a Baby BA Abraxas air of familiarity to it.

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Abbbp from Texas, Feb 08, 2016
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4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Full review #1100

black body with thin cap of head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, peppers, and cinnamon. Taste is much the same. The flavors are extremely well integrated together. Bourbon is mellow yet flavorful. This beer really tastes great when it hits room temperature that is when the mouthfeel is really oily and the beer super smooth. I bumped the overall score because of how well the nose, flavor and mouthfeel work together. This is the easily the best spiteful offering that I've had. The non barrel aged version was also quite fantastic as well.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1 from 2015

A: Pitch black with a thin light brown head that barely lingers
S: Cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, light roasted malt, prefect balance
T: Cinnamon sweetness, tres leches cake, sweet chocolate, vanilla, coconut, brownie batter
M: Perfect medium heavy that makes it very drinkable and not overwhelming
O: Easily a top 10 barrel aged stout. Incredibly balanced and rich but still very bright and easy to drink

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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Dec 09, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Damn Delightful Day 2016:
Rich and creamy feel, cinnamon is more balanced and integrated with the other elements.
Fudgy base stout with ample barrel notes of toasty oak and vanilla, mild chile heat integrates well with cinnamon than lingers in the aftertaste. Great stuff, much more balanced than the last batch.

FOBAB 2015: 3.78
Disliked this one due to the heavy handed cinnamon, it tasted like red cinnamon hard candy.
Base stout was obliterated and the finish was dry and boozy.

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emerge077 from Illinois, Nov 24, 2015
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4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ever since trying the original version, I've wanted to see what a barrel-aged version would do to a beer that I thought was already excellent, and an Abraxas competitor.

The answer to what a barrel does to this beer: Essentially perfects it. The spice from the original is toned down and the bitterness hidden, and the strong cinnamon flavor is integrated into the beer better.

This was in my top 3 at Stout Fest, and my girlfriend's overall favorite. Barrel-aging takes what was already a great beer, and eliminates what I would think most would consider its potential flaws (acidic spiciness and cloying cinnamon). Very impressive beer by Spiteful, and one that holds its own against the top tier BA stouts.

God Damn Delightful Day 2016 batch - Still a delicious beer, but seems to be slightly less sweet (and maybe a little thinner) than last year, to its detriment. I'd almost like to see Hostile Harry given the BAMCC treatment, because it's fuller and sweeter, and might do some great stuff with the Mexican hot chocolate flavors. Either way, still an excellent beer, just not an all-time great like I thought last year's was.

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SeanBond from Illinois, Mar 15, 2015
Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 98 ratings