Tried this at the 2014 GABS and have forgotten how good it was, so we are excited to imbibe again. Pouring a dark brown/black with reddish hues, there is a nice big foamy head that sits on the tulip glass as it fades slowly and leaves nice lacing. The initial aromas are as you would expect.. Burnt notes, charcoal, roasted malts, and molasses. The first sip yields a full bodied porter, with adequate carbonation. It’s nice and smooth, and then the pepper kicks in on the back palate, giving the lips a bit of a tingle also. Du de ciel’s ‘route des espices’ comes to mind here. Nice smoked malt flavours, but definitely not too ‘gamey’. This beer is sitting at 6% alc vol, and it’s appropriate so as to show off the pepper. There is nothing worse than the booze flavour drowning the palate. We get the idea of this beer.. On a cold winter night with a steak..seems very apt. Overall, we think it’s a good effort.