Petkus331 (326) - Redford, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Called "Egoiste" at Hopcat in Detroit. Aroma of wood smoke, some cereal, a light touch of citrus hop to brighten it up, has a background "red pepper flake." Appears reddish dark brown, thin ring of light off white foam.Taste is more cereal malty sweet than smokey, followed by a nice capsaicin nudge on the end. Palate a bit watery. Overall, way better than I remember from the ’13 fall beer fest in Detroit; very nice, I love Brewery Vivant.
firstsip (576) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2015 Had at Detroit Fall Beer Fest. Dark. Smokey nose and malt character. The ancho chilies are very, very faint. 3.0.
Update Feb. 2015: Dubbed ’Egoiste.’ Tap at HopCat Detroit. Huge difference. Pitch black-brown. Gorgeous woodsmoke nose. Tastes lightly smoked and with apparent chili kick. Way better now.
rumproasts (3576) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tap. mahogany with small head. smoke and peppers are two things i can’t wrap my head around in beers. this is interesting, but just too weird.
Mittenator (1523) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at 2013 MBG Winter Beer Festival. Peppery with just the right amount of smoke. More body than I expected.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub, Grand Rapids. Deep hazy garnet body, medium cream head. Peppery nose with lots of smoke and dark chocolate. Peppery body, soft, mostly smoke and toast with modest heat.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep, ruby-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is light smoke, earthy pepper, Belgian yeast, a few fruity esters, and a lightly sweetened bready malt. Flavor is similar. Fruity esters, light smoke, earthy and green pepper, Belgian yeast, and a light bready malt. Finishes clean, lightly smoky and earthy, and somewhat dry with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a good rauchbier that balances everything nicely, but doesn’t seem quite smoky enough. The Belgian yeast is nice and the pepper adds a bit of an earthiness. Not bad.
Tmoney99 (11624) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear ruby color with an average creamy light brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted earethy pepper and smoke aroma. Medium to full body with an smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy earthy smoke flavor with a medium to heavy earthy spice finish of moderate to long duration. Complex interesting beer.