Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente
Spiteful Brewing

Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate CalienteBarrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente
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Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #44
Ranked #193
4.55 | pDev: 7.03%
May 09, 2022
Mar 15, 2015
Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate CalienteBarrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente
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Ratings by kevanb:
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4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by kevanb from Illinois

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.

Feb 16, 2020
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4.54 by jvillefan from California on May 09, 2022
5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Mar 29, 2022
3.5 by Desp59 from Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jaycase from Illinois

22 oz bomber (2015)

A- Pours pitch black with a thin mocha colored head. Minimal lacing throughout.

S- Dark chocolate comes through immediately with undertones of vanilla. There is a light undercurrent of cinnamon wafting in the background. I take an extra strength whiff (for science) and only then can I start picking up some stale, oxidation characteristics. It is nearly imperceptible and has no real impact.

T- Following closely from the nose, the flavor starts off with smooth dark chocolate dominating at first, with the vanilla providing ample support. As the beer warms to room temperature, the cinnamon starts its move from the periphery to becoming a more integral component. Cinnamon is something which can easily be off putting to me in larger doses but here it is well integrated and nicely complements the stronger chocolate and vanilla flavors. No perceptible heat or spiciness to me from the chile peppers. It's quite possible this aspect has faded over time. I do think there are some remnants adding to the total flavor profile but I'm just not able to easily pick them out. The only slight knock I can give is that the barrel characteristics are minimal.

M - Slightly oily with a medium body. Carbonation (medium) has held up quite well.

O - For whatever reason, I had low expectations going in for this beer after being cellared for six years. However, it has held up remarkably well in that time. I regrettably did not have this beer when it was released so cannot give any comparison. On its own, it's a delicious beer.

Feb 07, 2022
4 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2022
4.5 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2022
4.58 by OleDixie from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2022
4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Aug 24, 2021
4.47 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 13, 2021
4.54 by KT123 from Pennsylvania on Aug 31, 2020
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4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by MacMalt from New Jersey

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.

Apr 19, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 19, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ChicagoJ from Illinois

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.

Feb 01, 2020
4.31 by mwbbq from Texas on Apr 25, 2019
4.34 by berben30 from Illinois on Mar 29, 2019
4.75 by Ivan52 from Iowa on Feb 21, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Jan 11, 2019
4.25 by lupercmda from North Carolina on Jan 01, 2019
3.96 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Dec 28, 2018
4.61 by controlfate from Illinois on Dec 03, 2018
4.24 by JellybonesElmer from Wisconsin on Nov 27, 2018
4.5 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Nov 27, 2018
5 by nguasta2 from Illinois on Nov 23, 2018
4.24 by Eternal218 from California on Nov 21, 2018
3.98 by Dismembered_MC from California on Nov 21, 2018
4.89 by illtexzona from Illinois on Nov 19, 2018
3.75 by sordyl from Illinois on Nov 01, 2018
4.48 by ToddBeans from Kentucky on Oct 24, 2018
4.56 by BigKev23 from Illinois on Oct 09, 2018
4.5 by eddie5721 from Illinois on Oct 08, 2018
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4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by fireazzi from Massachusetts

2015 bottle

Oct 06, 2018
4.71 by absoluthamm from Illinois on Oct 02, 2018
4.5 by RichH55 from Illinois on Sep 26, 2018
5 by PC_Principal from Texas on Sep 13, 2018
4.25 by rabbott2 from Illinois on Sep 13, 2018
4.5 by Radcpa from Washington on Sep 12, 2018
4.2 by Dicers from Colorado on Sep 11, 2018
4.38 by YvesB from Belgium on Aug 30, 2018
4.5 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 01, 2018
Barrel-Aged Malevolence Chocolate Caliente from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 108 ratings