graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black into the glass with a tan head. Aroma is slightly roasty. Flavor is chocolate and coffee with a very subtle head from the cascabel peppers on the back end. The only disappointing part of this beer is its mouthfeel. Relatively thin for a cream stout. That being said this is the first beer with peppers in it that Iíve enjoyed.
Fratto (2443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Fort Worth Gingerman. Christobel! Black pour with a very small brown head. Aroma is kinda weak, but roasted, coffee, and a little spicy. Taste is coffee, a little chocolate, and roasted. Creamy.
cwsample (120) - Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Faint scent of chocolate and creme, not much there though. I canít get much of a head on it, not sure if itís this batch. Good flavor of chocolate, not too overbearing. Good mouthful and finishes smooth.
Cavie (3548) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Tap at Ginger Man FW. Pours a very dark brown color with a reddish color that has a slight foamy tan head. Itís difficult to work up a head which is odd because I remember seeing someone with this beer last week and it was very foamy. The aroma is fairly nice. Roasted malts with chocolate cream and light coffee. Dark roasted chocolate with sweet cream and toasted notes. Easy coffee ground finish. This is fantastic! Great flavor and finish. Very nice but I think the keg is a little flat.
Update: Came back the next week and the carbonation was improved and the peppers much more pronounced. I like it even more!
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Houston Flying Saucer a few weeks back. Deep brown-black with a foamy chocolate-brown head. The beer opens medium sweet and finishes with a tingly pepper spiciness. Itís a little spicy, but definitely not too hot or overwhelming. A fun experiment and another tasty brew from (512).
HalfCockedJack (16) - Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great stout. It is creamy, full-bodied, and has a great finish. The aroma gives you tons of malt, with just a hint of the chiles. The appearance is a very dark mahogany brown with a thick dark tan/light brown head. The taste is fantastic, with roasty malt and slight hint of raisin, and a little burnt ginger. Notice that i did not mention a pepper flavor; this is due to it being very subtle. This is a great stout that does not use the peppers as a gimmick. You will not notice the peppers until you have finished half to three quarters of a pint. Then the peppers will come on with a pleasant hint of capsicum build up on your tongue. The beer is creamy and full on the palate, the only way to really pick up on the chiles is to swirl it in your mouth. Overall this is a pleasing stout, with a slightly spicy finish that manages to avoid the gimmickry of being a chile beer.
degbert (902) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Fion. Pours an opaque dark brown with a quick-dissipating head. The nose smells like chocolate, and something I canít quite define -- if I said Frosted Cheerios, Iíd be selling it short, but thatís as close as I can get. Punchy, powerful flavor -- you get the stout roastiness first, and the peppers are a light hint, but they are there, and their smokiness is a perfect counterpoint. Rich, oily mouthfeel. Less sweetness on the tongue than on the nose. The best chile beer Iíve ever had.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís about time (512) came out with a stout... what a better time than probably the coldest, freakiest winter weíve had in ages. The bartender told me Iíd like this if I liked the (512) Smoked Porter - not sure what that says about this beer (yet). An interesting name - a giveaway, but really curious how this peppered stout will taste. Overall, itís a great stout! Not too creamy (Iím not a big fan of cream stouts), and the peppers really make this palatable and adds a nice little kick to an otherwise partly boring style. Boasting only a light roasted malt aroma, this beer looks dense and creamy, is a dense black color with brown hues and a small, bubbly head with slow carbonation appearing at the surface. The flavor, however, provides a nice, smooth roasted malt character, followed by a cozy, peppery warmth in the throat. A real treat in the mouth, very smooth and enjoyable. For a stout, I really love this. Leaves a light, lingering burn in the throat - not something youíd normally expect from a stout, but i LOVE it! What a good idea...
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice nose of sweet malt. Not much to look at in the glass- minimal head, but deep, deep black in colour. Very smooth mouthfeel and just the right amount of heat from the peppers. A nice smokiness in there.
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap - Addison Flying Saucer.
Happy hour biggie pour. Black color with a decent tan head. Smell is interesting - chocolatey with the slightest hint of chili spice. Pepper flavor is there as well but not overdone in the least bit. Adds a very interesting dimension to creamy, smooth stout. Yum!