Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente | Spiteful Brewing

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4.58/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
spitefulbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SeanBond on 03-15-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#155
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
91
pDev:
6.77%
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
13
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Sabtos:
Photo of Sabtos
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of SeanBond
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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Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartyIU13
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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Photo of gfunk1121
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rabbott2
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4truth
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xdtfx
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Inglewood
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sordyl
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BZ135
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AndrewPalmer
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a 5 oz snifter from draft at The Green Lady on A God Damn Delightful Day December 10, 2016.

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Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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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Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 91 ratings