Huhzubendah (2239) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at Ballast point in Little Italy.
Similar appearance to the regular Black Marlin porter. Dark brown, nearing black, with a thin beige cap. The aroma brings the pepper heat right away. The flavor has all of the characteristics found in the base beer, but these are overshadowed by spicy heat. A beer like this walks a fine line. How do you showcase the chipotle and retain a balanced, drinkable beer? A fun experiment and worth a try...once. A sample pour was all I needed. More than a few ounces would fatigue my palate rather hastily.
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Old Grove. Pours a dark brown caramel color and a minimal espresso head. Aroma is heavy chipotle and cocoa. Taste is semi sweet with a heavy dose of chipotle and adobo. Thinner bodied and a touch dry. Good, but I wish it were a tad sweeter. I love the heat level, which is probably toouch for most people. There is never a doubt whether Ballast Point uses chili peppers.
tmoreau (2067) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. as a 12 oz. serving, dispensed to a Czech-pils glass, showing a black/brown color, with some ruby highlighting, tan head froth, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The nose was maybe a touch of cocoa, not much roastiness, but more hints of cherry, vinous notes, and a bit of tartness. The flavor then presented a lingering, peppery quality that slowly escalated in intensity as the tasting continued, and roastiness that was substantial, but more coffee-like than cocoa. Medium+ bodied, the alcohol was fairly hidden, and the carbonation successfully enhanced the peppery, and only moderately restrained bitterness into the additionally dry finish.
Ferris (1868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Chocolate, chipotle and gap dark roast. Jet black with light head. Chocolate, chipotle and a bit of chilli heat on the back of the throat. Well done, likely the best chipotle beer I have had.
Jow (1821) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Stagshead as part of flight of bizarre flavored beers I designed. Pours nice brown but with chili burn on nose. Tastes of cocoa, anise, smoke, cola, and lots of chipotle chili. Normally chipotles aren’t this hot but more smoky and this could be a touch more subdued with heat for me. Lots of flavors though and cleared sinuses.
LoFi (1516) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Porterfestivalen 2013.
Very dark brown with a brown head.
Aroma: fruity chili, soft roast, chocolate.
Taste: chili, salmiak, roasted, peppery, chocolate.
mikem409 (1457) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours black solid Yan head. Pepper aroma. Taste is very hot chocolate and not much else
Ktwse (1400) - SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of coffee and tons of chipotle, some german sausage and smoke. Taste is an onslaught of chipotle and peppers with coffee bitterness looming in the background. Body is light with soft carbonation.
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Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Linda vista location. Nice sharpness added to smooth porter/stout. Not overpowering. If you like the heat in beer, you’ll like this one.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at BP Old Grove: Dark brown with ruby highlights and a light brown fading head. Aroma is smokey with a hint of cocoa powder. Flavor has some dark chocolate followed quickly by a smokey pepper burn, a hint of coffee finishing with a light coffee bitterness and lingering heat on the back of the tongue. Pallate is light to medium and velvety with soft carbonation.