Unrepentant | The Bobcat Café & Brewery

14 Ratings

Brewed by:
The Bobcat Café & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian-styled, Chocolate — Pepper — Stout.
The name says it all, no regrets here taking a stout, brewing it with just the right amount of Pippali (Piper longum) in the kettle, fermenting with Belgian ale yeast that produced a pepper ester & dry-nibbed in the serving tank with cacao! A dark chocolate & ginger aroma fills the nose before you take a sip. Flavors of “roast barley” are then subdued with a pepper “heat” which stands out with dry chocolate & expresso notes that linger on the finish.

22 IBU

Added by kingcrowing on 08-15-2010

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

These scores were taken from notes found from tasting this at the Extreme Beer Festival and which scores were never previously entered. Notes show that the overwhelming characteristic was a very average beer that has an extremely average coffee tone. Nothing special here - not bad, just not good.

 298 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of patrick802
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of m0ntels
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of Kegatron
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the brewpub on 7/16/11. Served in a pint glass. ABV was listed as 4.2%.

This initially pours a cola-like dark brown but holding it up to the light actually reveals a deep ruby body. This is topped with thin frothy head of eggshell-white colored foam. The retention has a bit of a light look to it, leaving back an equally smallish smattering of lace. The pepper jumps right out in the nose, quickly followed by underlying notes of roast and cocoa. Hops add a layer of green tanginess to this. I would have to say however that the spices are probably the most distinguishing thing about the nose here.

The taste has a sweet cocoa base to it, surrounded on the edges by notes of roasted coffee. A green citric hop profile runs through this, adding a light earthy bite to this. The finish is lingers with dry roast and light peppery warmth. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a prickly tingle to the carbonation along the back of the throat. Unfortunately, while I appreciate the low alcohol presence here, this just had too much of a thin and watery feel to the body for my taste.

While initially being excited to try this based on the beer list description of it, I unfortunately found this to be rather bland and uneventful on the palate, which coupled up with that light feel to really make for an overall boring drinking experience. As I mentioned before, I appreciated the effort to make this session strength, but the fullness and feel to make that worthwhile just wasn’t there.

 1,500 characters

Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. This sample was poured from a growler supplied by VTBobcat himself.

The beer is colored black, with a small brown head. It has a smokey pepper aroma. The initial taste is a mild dark malt sweetness. The finish is chocolate (this batch was "dry nibbed"), with some ginger flavors in the middle. The initial sweetness definitely drops off by the end of the sip. The beer has a medium body and low carbonation. It's a very drinkable beer that hides the alcohol well. I went back for seconds!

 617 characters

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not sure what to expect from this one by the description. Mark does not make bad beer so I figured what the heck, I'll try one.

The pour was dark and seductive with a rich brown head.

The aroma was that of both coffee and chocolate.

Now the taste was a complete mind blower, a nice dry stout with deep chocolate notes with a peppery presence.

This stout was so dry that the flavors really had a chance to show thier strengths without any sweetness to overwhelm them.

I found this beer a perfect pairing for the three pepper dipping sauce with the falafel bites.

This beer is hearty, yet very drinkable.

 615 characters

Photo of kingcrowing
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. Called a Belgian styled chocolate pepper stout.

Pours a dark black color with some dark ruby notes on the rim. No head to speak of but some light white lacing on the edges. Nose is pretty tame, malty and sweet with some smokiness.

Wow! Cho-co-late! This thing is all cocoa, then you get a tinge of nice sharp pepper. very nice and creamy, super rich and drinkable. Carbonation is light - perfect for the style.

 449 characters

Unrepentant from The Bobcat Café & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 14 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.