jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice beer with an appealing look: dark brown, a bit of a light tan head. It has a medium finish with a nose of caramel and grapefruit. Lots of dark sugar, caramel, nuts and malt in the taste. Very good.
firstsip (331) - Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Dark blood-brown. Scattered lacing. Malty nose. Notes of rye, caramel, very mild booze quality. Surprisingly refreshing.
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle version. Pours a amber brown with a tall beige head. Sweet malty aroma candy like with a touch of yeast and banana. Sweet caramel malts with a touch of roasted malt. Red fruit flavors underneath that black pepper ancho spice. No real heat to the spice but a bitter lasting black pepper finish. I enjoyed the tap version a little more which seemed to have more dark fruits in it, but this one is pretty tasty as well.
HonkeyBra (3240) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, cookie malts, mild peppers, some heat. Flavor is brown sugar, baked cookies, some dark bread. Mild heat from the peppers. Some chocolate, some dessert bread like tendencies. Almost like a proper Mexican Mole. Lovely, nice to drink, This is interesting although not a world beater. Although, I love the heat in the back of the throat. Medium carbonation, medium bodied, it’s interesting to drink. Good beer.
naivepegasus (334) - USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear maroonish brown with a half a finger of head. Raisin notes and dark fruit to the aroma. Light taste that grows into a soft brown sugar sweetness and finally ends with a slowly evolving bitter aftertaste. A little watery but a nice, complex flavor.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty, aroma of light chilis/peppers with some grain and slight malts, little hops, poured dark amber brown. Tastes of chilis too, lightly, caramel.
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tmoreau (2284) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 12 oz. bottle poured to a SA lager/pint glass showing a nearly opague brown color with amber highlighting, a frothy, brownish tan head, and wavy cling to the lacing. The aroma was toasted, almost roasted, creamy malt, caramel, treacle, and brown sugar sweetness. The flavor intro was some initial sharpness to alert the palate, lingering pepper/chiles, then moderate, earthy bitterness, and even keeled malt. Sweetness was less evident in the flavor. The body was medium+, with a light syrupy texture, decent carbonation, and a finish that was peppery, extended bitterness, with a touch of dryness. Appreciated the balanced flavor notes, and the non-abrasive expression of the chiles.
Chudwick (1965) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from the cousin in the barrio. Pours brown in this dark room with light head that disappears completely. Nose is cola and spicy with pepper. Sip accentuates the pepper presence but no discernible heat. Sweet for the style. Sugar, caramel and cinnamon for sure. A nice surprise.
TheAlum (5530) - 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.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Revolution. Pours a clear, deep amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and foamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweeter caramel with some breadiness and a light cocoa. Just a touch of pepper. Flavor is better. Caramel, grain and bread, and a touch of cocoa up front before a more distinguishable, although light chile pepper comes in. A bit of an earthy cinnamon spice before a light heat from the peppers comes in and guides this into the finish. The chile pepper heat is evident, but light and very well balanced with some slightly sweet and grainy caramel. Light bitterness that dries and leaves a pretty lengthy aftertaste. Light body with a fairly crisp, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid, well balanced, easy drinking beer. This would go great with some ceviche and hot sauce. A light grainy caramel sweetness with a chile pepper that offers a touch of heat and keeps things interesting. Solid beer.