God Complex
The North Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #368
Ranked #1,913
4.29 | pDev: 12.59%
The North Brewery
New York, United States
God ComplexGod Complex
Notes: Hazelnut Mocha Chilli Stout
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 106 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of nova73
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. Exceptional taste. Hazelnut and Chocolate. The peppers are a welcome addition.
However, at 9% it should be listed as an American Imperial Stout

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

dark mocha in color..nice hazelnut in the nose..but once it hits your lips..ALL CHILI PEPPER HEAT!..its almost overpowering at times, completely overides any hazelnut/mocha flavor that I was expecting..its a shame because I had high hopes for this after hearing so many good things but the Chili pepper heat is just too much here..here's to hoping they dial it back when they make another batch

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black body with a sizable khaki head. Chocolate and hazelnut aroma. Peppers too, but secondary. Tastes more strongly of peppers all the way through. Chocolate second, but the hazelnut is faint if at all present. Medium body. The peppers are surprisingly nice in this. Good stuff.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an oversized cognac glass.

Starts with a brown and amber color on the pour, but looks black in the glass. Head is a frothy oatmeal color and has that pillow-like, cloudy-like shape. Lace forms in islets. 4.5

The aroma pops with sweet nuttiness. I think it's hazelnut. Kinda reminds me of Frangelico. I take a few more whiffs and notice a faint chile spice. Further in I begin to perceive a lactose and chocolate blend. 4.25

This is one of those beers in which feel and flavor are so intertwined. First off, that spice level is up there. You'll feel the burn like Hillary Clinton. Body is on the thinner side, which I guess I could have guessed from the pour. The flavor showcases a bit of chile, hazelnut in a lighter way than the nose (though it does linger nicely), oatmeal, chocolate and milkiness. There's even a coffee quality here. T- 4 M- 3.75

This is enjoyable. Spice for days and the hazelnut is no slouch. I think the thinner body leaves me wanting a bit in flavor and feel though.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at EBF 2016
This was the last beer of the fest. My notes are somewhat legible and I wrote Rich spicy nutty chocolate and roast. Pretty damn good!

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had never heard of The North before going to EBF, but I checked them out because there was no line. One of my best choices of the night. Went back three or four times because of how good these beers were.

Appearance: looks like your typical stout: jet black, packing a thick mocha-colored head. Body is dark as night, and has some mahogany highlights when swirled.

Aroma: very spicy! The first impression to me is the potent pepper punch, but underneath that is tons more complexity. Nutella, dark chocolate, and a base of roastiness. Amazing scent on this beer.

Taste: again, incredibly complex. The first flavors I got were roast and dark chocolate bitterness, followed up by some of that nuttiness and lactose. These conform to the imperial stout flavors everyone expects.....sweetness, decadence, etc. The finish, though, is the star here. Super spicy and aggressive, this is maybe the first beer that actually packed a ton of heat from the peppers. Might not be for everyone, but I thought it was awesome. Usually, pepper beers end up having some of that dry, bitter flavor, but this added lots of heat and spice on the palate.

Feel: velvety-thick, and very full-bodied. Carbonation is very low.

Overall: as stated above, a big surprise at the festival for me, but a very pleasant one. Tried this beer three straight times, because I wanted to get all the flavors. Excellent!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, MA.

This one pours an unsurprisingly dark black, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

The pepper aroma on this beer is insane, it's one of the hotter Mexican-style stouts that I've had. There's a little bit of sweet hazelnut, and lots of roasty coffee.

This was another surprise hit of the festival for me. I had always heard that The North was doing some really cool stuff, but I didn't expect this one to stand up to everything else quite admirably. The pepper flavor is the dominant thing, spicy and warming, and melding well with the hazelnuts and very roasty coffee. The hazelnuts are only really noticeable as the beer warms, but they do add a nice little touch to this.

This is pretty thick bodied, creamy and rich, with a normal level of carbonation.

A real stunner from an up and coming New York brewery that I need to visit ASAP!

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Photo of Mikey05153
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours out a sexy silk black liquid of nectar brewed from the Gods. Literally looks like a hot Friday bondage night at my baby sitters coming out of the bottle. The sensational habenaro gives it a kick after each sip that reminds me of the hot Latino twins I use to fool around with in college. But really the taste of the beer might be even better. It's beer like this that is meant for special occasions. I honestly enjoy this way better then any Mexican cake or wild BDSM birthday Iv ever had. Cheers to this beer!

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Photo of jlindros
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Nice big creamy foamy head fades fairly quickly though, but slows to a creamy thick 1/2 finger head, nice soapy lacing, super dark brown almost black color.

Nose tons of hazelnut, big nutty toasty, toasted hazelnuts, sweet toasted brown malts, brown sugar and caramel notes, lightly toasted coffee, a flash of pepper way in the back, cocoa dust.

Taste more of the same, tons of hazelnuts out front, toasted nuts, toasted coffee, earthy nutty coffee, light cocoa, etc. Then pepper heat comes through, mild like heat but nice, with little earthy pepper flavor, little caramel and candy notes, hint of booze. Finish mild bitter salty hop character, pepper heat, mild cocoa, tons of hazelnut.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fair creamy, little pepper heat, nice carb.

Overall very nice.

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Photo of rudzud
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros. From the September release, yellow Catherine the Great label.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a darker brown hue with a plump mocha head that fades to leave sticky lacing and thin blanket.

S - Aromas of hazelnuts galore, brown sugar, nice light vanilla, good chocolate, nice faint coffee. Can't get over how much actual nuttiness is coming out from this. Wish the peppers were stronger though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great hazelnuts, the chocolate is pleasant with nice coffee notes. The pepper really comes through on the finish. The stout really rounds out to a balance of nuttiness and chocochocolate. Really tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, smooth. The pepper heat is not oppressive but a nice fresh Serrano finish.

O - Overall this was really really nice. The mouthfeel is creamy with nice pepper heat. The hazelnuts are phenomenal with just the right amount of chocolate and coffee. Really great.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jhack1337
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very unique brew. The spice is strong and really hits you, but is paired with the coffee flavors as well. A great stout that changes slightly with each batch, but is always one of the best beers I have ever had!

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Photo of PTG3
4.96/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is by far one of the most unique and amazing beers I have ever had. It starts with a smooth hazelnut mocha taste like a well brewed coffee from your favorite joint, and then hits you hard with the spice that makes you just crave that next sip. Such a great beer it makes me sad that it's only released twice a year.

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Photo of stayGLDNpwnyboy
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I'm going to say right off the bat that I'm biased but I think this beer is incredible - I could easily see it becoming a nationally-sought-after beer; forget cake, forget bomb, forget oro etc etc.

now in all seriousness, the nose has this rich corn character that is spot on like masa (tamale dough) and that flavor follows through to taste. With the masa flavor and its silky chocolate and pepper taste, it's very reminiscent of southwestern/mexican cuisine. I've had higher and lower carbed versions of it (maybe due to my own storage issues), at lower carb there's a lush milky mouth of spice and sweetness. I imagine it's going to get more and more difficult to get but it is a great beer so what are you going to do?

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Photo of rieck56
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A nearly perfect rendition of the American Stout. Nice and dry with a mid-full mouthfeel. The addition of peppers to the boil has created a very present heat that never goes passed the back of the tongue, making for a very pleasant uniqueness, not often found in pepper beers. An interesting hazelnut level that's not overpowering and mocha dancing near the forefront.

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4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: deep rich darkness with thick tan creamy head. Aroma: rich chocolate and coffee notes complemented nicely with a subtle hazlenut note and the serranos make themselves well known. Taste: ask the aromas in the nose come through in perfect harmony on the pallet. Perfect balance of rich stout notes paired with just the right amount of heat give this complex beer a launch in to the upper echelon. Mouthfeel: good thick creamy body expected from an oatmeal stout and the moderate heat adds a whole new dimension to mouthfeel. Excellent brew!

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Photo of swimdudemdr
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head.
Smell: pepper with a hint of mocha and hazelnut. Like a mocha latte with some cayenne sprinkled on top.
Taste: a fair amount of heat that is held back by the mocha, which completes the overall beer.
Feel: very easy drinking, creamy but not too thick.
Overall: this beer is a favorite of mine, it is well rounded in all aspects and beats out any other spicy stout on the market for me. The beer is ever-evolving and unlike most spicy stouts, this one holds the spice for a long time.

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Photo of BeerSloth
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has been evolving a bit from previous batches/bottlings. The latest is by far the best incarnation! Heat develops slowly, allowing time for the hazelnut and other flavors to develop and mingle. It's about as perfect as this unique style can get, IMO.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Buddy grabbed me a bottle at release 5/1/15. Higher ABV than listed(8%). Served at 50 degrees into snifters. Pours black, standard for a stout. Smell is intoxicating, like a taco shell(weird I know, but not a bad thing) with some mocha behind it. Taste is outstanding, pepper never overpowers the beer as can happen with spicy stouts. Heat holds it all together, allowing the mocha and hazelnut flavors room to shine. All in all, a really good beer. They changed it from the last bottling it seems, but this new incarnation is excellent. Highly recommended!

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Photo of vermontham
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Label was KHAN
Believe it was holiday release
heavy chile peppers with coffee.
Very good will buy it again!
Poured cold and sat outside. Sipped slowly to let let warm up. Initially you taste intense hazelnut and Slight heat, but as it warms up you begin to taste the coffee, and by the time the beverage was at room temperature all of these flavors blended and my mouth was on fire. As of this writing, this is the best beer I have ever had.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sturdy stout with a solid presence of chile peppers in both the nose and the taste, leaving a residual heat in the back of the throat.

This is a good stout if you like the added heat.

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Photo of AndrewMC
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Like all pepper beers, God Complex changes ever so slightly every time it's brewed. This seasons was not as hot as previous versions of GC but it still had a very sharp kick. Excellent with cheese and crackers. This is by far the best of the chili beers at the North Brewery. I'd be more than willing to buy a bottle and trade; the North is my local water hole.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting take on the huna/mexican cake style stout, the addition of hazelnuts gives this beer somewhat of a unique twist. Unfortunately, the flavors fail to pop the way they do in Mexican Cake. Not a bad beer by any means, just a bit unremarkable compared to others in the same vein.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a half-growler that I wasn't able to get to for 2 days, so as far as carbonation goes this one is pretty flat, and that can't be held against the beer. Anyways...
Poured into becker pint glass; brown pour, opaque black in the glass with no head from a vigorous pour (my fault, not the beer). There are a few bubbles around the edge.
Smell is very unique, even when compared to the few other beers made with peppers I've had.
Coffee and bitter chocolate balanced equally by slightly smoky serrano peppers, with lighter hints of sweetness.
Taste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee at first, and then the pepper rises into the flavor with both slight heat and lots of smoky pepper flavor as well. The pepper leads into the finish with some hop bitterness among the leftover coffee/chocolate flavors. Extremely well-balanced...exactly what I'd want in a beer with peppers.
Mouthfeel is medium-full and smooth; my sample at the brewery was also well-carbonated, unlike my half-growler which I neglected for 2 days.
Overall, this is the best chile beer I've had. It has lots of pepper flavor, while maintaining the balancing act between all the flavors. Delicious!

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Photo of jplatel1
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the feliz wine and tapas tap takeover (beer by The North Brewery)

A: standard dark, opaque stout. Small, quickly dissipating head.

S: woah, hot peppers mixed with standard stout maltiness. Awesome smelling beer

M: Immediate stout maltiness, slightly sweet. Next comes pepper Capsaicin bite, and an aftertaste of smoked peppers and light bitterness. This beer is wonderfully balanced, and the full pepper flavor is captured and displayed exceptionally well, all without overpowering and hiding the fact that this is indeed a beer.

M: mouthfeel was ok, this a little bit thin and oily feeling on the tongue compared to some of the Norths other offerings, it doesnt feel like a stout, but only in comparison to some of his lactose and oatmeal infused beers. Maybe more like a porter?

O: This is an awesome beer, well executed, unique. This is not a session beer by any means, but if you can get your hands on a 32 or 64 oz growler of this stuff, do not hesitate.

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