Jimthechap (1479) - Christchurch, - OCT 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is ugly. Hazy russet with mentions of amber with a thin ring of foam around the rim of the glass. Not very pleasant to look at.
It smells of cinnamon, dusty cocoa and chocolate. There’s also a big pinch of chipolte chili. When you taste it it is disarmingly cool and gives a good mouthful of slightly prickly carbonation and then the chili hits you: piquant and vibrant. The cocoa and cinnamon also make themselves known along with caramel and then stay there in a finish that just goes on... and on. Charming enough beer, just don’t look too closely into your glass.
Cantabrian (761) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting beer. It does taste like mole, which is good as it delivers what it promises, but it is also bad, as mole is not particularly nice. When I tried mole for the first time, I wish it had a lot more chocolate. Same for this beer. High on the chili, just too herbal chili. Very different concoction, muddy brown, interesting flavour, but the taste buds beg for more chocolate. I wish they fixed it, as it is a brave endeavour of the brewer.
trentacle (1) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Positives: Taste; Opacity; Taste; Mouthfeel; Taste; Label information; Tastes like no other
Negatives: Musty; Tacky picture on label
Brodies_Best (228) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle pours amber orange with slight tan head. Aroma is, cereal, bread. Taste is of churros and chilli. Aftertaste is of caramel and the chilli lingers. Nice and balanced
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at Beervana. Hazy bright amber color, flat. Aroma of rich cocoa and pepper flesh. Taste is hot, sweet caramel. Given its name, I expected a bit more chocolate flavors. I would dial down the pepper flakes, increase the chocolate malt, and let the subtle pepper flavor melt with the chocolate.
NorthlandBrewr (2) - - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Really wish this wasn’t the first beer I had tried from this brewery. I have no doubt there others are better. But I really don’t care for this beer. I get no aroma or taste of chocolate, as other reviews have suggested. I do get pepper in the aroma but it’s quite sour, nearly like cheese. The beer is quite hazy and all I really get from the flavor is the spicy peppers. A spicy beer would have been nice in a much chocolatier beer with a touch of sweet. But I’m not getting any of that here.
The only thing I do like about the beer is the heat, but there is not enough going on here to compliment or balance it out.
Geoserge (1) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 3, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
I tried this without knowing what it was. Chili’s don’t go down do well with me. However my partner is enjoying it and it had written her up.If you like you’re spicy beer this may be the beer for you. Just not me
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2013 re-re-rate: i think this has become one of my favourite beers ever. so effing good. re-rate: okay this is amazing. that chilli chocolate balance just can’t be beat. uprate. original: loved this. it is certainly an ugly red which just adds to its ruggedness. a bit of chocolate but what really sets this off is the beautifully balanced chili. a little hot, perfect piquancy really. had this a couple of months ago so hopefully it appears back at the bar again in the not too distant future.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the greatest looking beer, but as it warms man you get the punch of chilli and cocoa!
Pdubyah (268) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is like no other beer I’ve ever had, or even heard of.
There is a an initial taste flavour that is sort of citrus and fruit, but it’s smashed into oblivion by a belt of hot chilli. Hot beer, who knew.
The first flavours are still there, you get used to looking for them, the chilli heat is a thing to behold.
EMunk (99) - USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tried this at the brewery in New Zealand, one of there seasonal brews. A unique flavor of beer. Could really taste the chilis. Best Mexican style beer I have ever tried.