phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft served in a pint glass at Bakersfield. Pours a deep, mostly clear amber color with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted chocolate and brown sugar, dried leaves, and very mild ancho chiles. The flavor is the same. Light-bodied, with a malty, earthy mouthfeel that isnít spicy until late. Low-to-moderate carbonation. Went well enough with our Mexican food.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at Map Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice darker amber pour, touches of brown with a good frothy decent sized whitish head. Laces small, sticks around decent sized in the end. Aromas are touches of brown sugar, caramel and toffee malts, with biscuits, a touch of toast, and a minimal pepper spiciness that touches on the end. Initial is sweter up front, mellow bready and biscuity malts, a lighter end of medium bodied with a touch of sugar, faint pepper which only lingers in the finish, just minimally with a touch of heat. Touches of crisp malts and light sweetness linger on, light toast, faint pepper. A simple fairly clean beer with just light peppery spice sticking on the palate after the finish. Surprisingly, this beer grows on me. A bit of a fuller Amber ale, with good lively freshness, not too sweet, quite drinkable with a touch of heat in the finish that grows a bit. Simple yet quite, pepper scores some point on the backend as opposed to getting to sweet in finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, mash, caramel, sugar, slight diacetyl, and some toasting. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, creamy, loose, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly spicy. Tastes of malt, mash, caramel, sugar, slight diacetyl, some toasting, and some hot chilies. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, lightly spicy, malt, mash, caramel, sugar, slight diacetyl, some toasting, and some hot chili finish.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at coles in Chicago. Deeper amber pour, medium bodied. Caramel, molasses notes upfront with pepper/chili heat towards finish that lingers on the palate. Ok
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Brown pour, cream head. Sugar, malts, sweet. Easy palate, sweet, raw sugar, creamy, roasted malts.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell. Clear reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, lager yeast and peppers. Malty and caramelly flavor with some toffee and a slight peppery finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the July 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark nut brown color with a huge foamy beige head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was malty and nutty with a hot pepper presence. The flavor was tangy, malty and a touch skunky with notes of nut and hot peppers. The finish was medium length tangy, nutty and hot pepper. Medium body. Odd.
DrSilverworm (4015) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Clear brown color. Nice one-finger persisting khaki head. Good lace. Nice, unique and complex chile aromas. Toasty caramel malts. Nice sweet and spiced taste. Lighter, smooth carbonation, dry texture. Good, interesting ale.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Pawola22 - thanks, Brian! Thinnish copper pour with a fast-evaporating head, leaving just a partial film of bubbles. Bitter chiles and burnt sugar in the nose and an impression of general harshness. Nice little bite on the tongue, and the chiles do tend to meld fairly well with the sweet caramel. Itís not poorly done, just overall not my kinda beer I think.
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Amber-brown body, respectable beige head. Big fruity ancho pepper aroma, coupled with some mild caramel chocolate. An interesting enough beer, sort of a Schwarz with some mild pepper tones. Not really balanced though, kind of a mess. Worthy of a tick, but probably not one to seek out.