GT2 (9359) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Strong Ale Fest. Low haze deep red pour. Nice latte foam. Nose is gamey, raw animal, deer, slight plastic. Pretty nuts. Taste is richer/waxy dark chocolate, mild heat from the chipotles, dried guajillo chilies. Palate is just mildly chalky. Still, this has some serious potential. I hope they continue to improve this beer and get it out there.
bhensonb (12460) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours beautifully black with a big Guinness tan head. Smoky, peppery aroma. Not extreme tho. Med body or better. Flavor goes smoky, delicious chocolate, then peppery. Finishes just somewhat hot and smoothly, creamily chocolate. Smooth burnt malt all the time. Fantastic.
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Uber. This was a surprise to me. I’ve been shying away from smoked beers lately, since my last few encounters have been with liquid bandaids. However, this one works really well for me. Opaque, dark brown pour. Aroma: ash, roast, chocolate, coffee. Taste: campfire, with nice chili pepper at the back of the throat in the finish -- not overpowering, just really well-integrated into the rest of the experience. Reasonably dry, full body, average carbonation. Overall: Too bad it was last call -- I’d happily drink another.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@ Strong Ale Fest 2013. Black body with lasting tan sheen. Big campfire, smoked pepper, chocolate aromas. Chocolate, medium roast malt flavors with smoked peppers to finish___good.
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Strong Ale 2013. Black pour with a khaki head. Aroma is pretty roast forward with a lot of smoke, soap, and cocoa powder. Mild head, coffee, and a touch of earth. Flavor is not really my cup of tea. Really soapy and smokey. Mild spice/heat, lots of roasted malt, and some earthy bitterness. Pass.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome spicy stout. Alot of spices, maybe too many. Very Dry medium body. Nice cocoa.
baraciisch (2301) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black in color... Aroma of smoky rauch malts, roasted malts... Flavor is spicy chipotle peppers, smoke, roasted nutty malts... Enjoyable spice and smoke bomb
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Black hued body with a tan head. Aromas are smokey, roasty, light peppery heat, a touch of coffee. Flavors are smokey, ashy, roasty, leather. Relatively dry, bitter chocolate. Low body, somewhat dry, well hidden alcohol.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, and peppers. Thick creamy palate. Sweet dark chocolate up front with a smokey and subtle chipotle flavor following and finishing dry and bitter. Nice.
Leighton (14006) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Encinitas Ale House - Encinitas, CA. Pours black-brown with a frohty, beige cap. Nice beer. Mellow chipotle spice present with moderate roasted malts, dry chocolate. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Smoked malts to finish with further restrained chili heat, a bit more dusty cocoa, modest roasted malt sweetness. Solid.