Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I feel lucky I got this brew in a BIF then the guy decided to stop shipping brew out on his other commitments’. So here is to all you guys who got the short in of the stick. I hope the senders brews the sender got all were infected and drain pours. I split this glass with friends and poured into snifters we were greeted with big old tan head that didn’t quit, on top of a black bodied brew.
The aroma of rich dark coffee dominates this brew with a slight chipotle coming up in the back end. In the taste department you get a lot of coffee at first. I think if this was marketed as a coffee brew alone it would be fantastic but the chili pepper is under done a bit. There was some but I really had to think about it to pick it out. I think it just needs a touch more chili the concept was great but it didn’t quite come thru for me.
Serving type: bottle
madmitch76 (20066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6th December 2015
The Pigs Ear wrap up tasting at ChrisO’s. Clear deep red - amber beer, thin pale head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Decent fine carbonation. Tangy dark malts, some fluffy malt cream. Mild coffee. A chilli burn begins but never gets too much. Tangy dark fruits. Light semi dry finish. Just another chilli stout. Okay.
Theydon_Bois (14969) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Chriso pre Xmas tasting, 06/12/15.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is light smoke, charr, spice, dark malts, toffee, cocoa powder, dark fruit tang.
Taste comprises Chipotle, light roast malts, toffee sauce, green pepper, sweet’n’sour vibes, chocolate.
Medium bodied fine to spritzy carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok spiced stout ... not OTT in this respect.
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Chriso’s. Thanks! As ’Bootleggers Black Phoenix’. Black, opaque, small foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, touch of mint, red peppers. Body is medium to light, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Taste is earthy, dark chocolate, spice, light metallic, plenty of chilli in the finish. Not bad.
Leighton (16273) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the chriso and Ruth pre-Christmas / post-Pigs Ear holiday tasting of 2015 - London. Cheers! Pours mostly clear brown with a tan cream head. The aroma holds dry chocolate, light roast, faint rubber notes. Light to medium sweet flavor with moderate chili spice, bittersweet baking cocoa, hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with average carbonation. More moderate chili burn on the finish, with licks of dry chocolate, mild roast, some earthy bitterness. A nice beer overall.
teorn88 (5142) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s Xmas Tasting, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet roasty with chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet and lightly roasty with chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, ok
rlgk (15802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub in Fullerton, California. Black beer with a nice beige head. Roasted cocoa and dark chocolate aroma, tar, fruity, some ash and coffee. Roasted chipotle flavor, coffee, dark chocolate, soot, some hay. Quite ok.
RobertDale (4727) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and spice. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, chili peppers, coffee, and a bit of smoke. Nice one.
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black brown colour, beige head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, cacao, roasted malts. Light sweet, light bitter flavour, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, light heat. Finish caramel, cacao, chocolate, chili heat and ash.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XII, ’Getting Joes’d to it’ Oirschot. Thanks for sharing, DutchDrebus!)
77ships (6526) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks! to DutchDrebus. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ ZZT XIII. Dark brown, red amber hue, big mocha head. Nose is thin, mocha, caramel, thin with a weird vegetable profile. Taste is thin mocha, herbal, lightly vegetable, thin, roasted, mocha. Thin & grainy. Weak, body & base, the chipotle pepper appear to have completely turned to weird vegetable flavors with no heat even. Pretty clear miss.
caesar (6170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZZT, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, slight smokey touch. Soft spicy peppery burn in taste, carried by roasty and coffee notes. Heat is nicely balanced and does not overpower the beer. Liked it.