jackl (3444) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. The pour’s deep reddish brown with a small off-white head. The nose is stewed prune, fruit leather, some chili-spiked chocolate. The taste is chocolate cake. Earthy roasted malts. Chili pepper and some stewed vegetable on the finish. Medium body, a bit of aggressive carbonation. Overall, not Bristol’s best, though I don’t love chili stouts to begin with.
mR_fr0g (1363) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home as partr of the 12 stouts of christmas 2012. dark caramel ruby red in colour light tan head that fades to a thin whisper. Smoky roast aroma. A little soy and cayene pepper. Flavour is gentle roast malt forward. Also notes of liquorice and choc and veg. Finish has a firm and clearly present heat in the back of the throat. Carbonation is lively and chalky. A little thin on the body. Overall it is interesting but the chilli is the only thing it has going on. Next time more body and less vegetative flavours.
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - yet another rarity from Jack. Pours dark brown with a fine, creamy beige head. Dark malts and hints of green pepper in the nose. Light sweet flavor, some dark chocolate, light salted pork, some peppery heat. Light dark malts, some moderate heat in the throat, subtle dark chocolate, low bitterness. The heat is restrained enough so that the beer remains quite drinkable. Interesting, decent.
FatPhil (8089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 500ml bottle (Snow@ChrisO) (7:4:7:4:15=3.8)
Very nice rich roast aroma. Full palate. Only a gentle burn, the chili’s in good balance with the malts. Classic BBF stout, and the additions fit in well this time.
500ml bottle - shared by VastActiv - thanks! (7:4+:6+:4:14=3.5++)
More dull than before. Nice coffee aroma. Way more phenolic than the blackcurrant, but not exactly smoky. More coffee than choc in the aroma. Pretty OK stout, but no wow. Chilli is nice and subtle in the late finish.
Scopey (4591) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at ChrisO Snow tasting. It pours near black with a medium off-white head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, faint spice, caramel and red pepper. The taste is roasted malt, light chilli heat, smoke, spice, vegetal and earth with some heat in the finish. Light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Interesting, but I would have preferred a bigger body to carry the spice. Ok.
oh6gdx (19631) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (from Ales By Mail). Quite much black colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown foamy head, that leaves nice lace. Aroma is mild spices, some slight cooked vegetables, roasted malts along with some nuttyness. Flavour is smoked malts, mild spicyness along with some ripe fruits and mild toasted notes. A slight burn in the aftertaste, so quite a nicely balanced spiced beer. A bit thin and "empty" compared with the other 12 stouts of xmas from 2012. Still nice balance with the chili, as it’s not overly done as many of them chili beers are.
downender (5610) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as part of the BBF Twelve Stouts of Christmas. Near black in colour, with undertones of red and a decent, off-white head. Aroma of dark chocolate, with a touch of red chilli and cereals. Easy drinking, with chocolate and roast malts to the fore, before some warming chilli notes kicked in at the finish. A great beer which, as others have noted, goes well with food.
Theydon_Bois (5201) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home (from Bristol Online) 26/12/12.
Pours a very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that soon escapes to the edge and leaves a film in the centre.
Nose is light roast malt, touch of cardboard, dark fruit, touch of toffee, green pepper, hint of chilli and spice.
Taste comprises dark lightly roasted malts, chilli, spice, dark fruit backbone, touch of dark chocolate.
A little thin and watery on the palate with a touch of fizzy carbonation.
Whilst it pulls off the chilli flavour well and isn’t OTT in the burn, I felt a bit short changed on this one namely as it was too watery and also lacked depth.
Alecwallace (138) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I approached a chilli beer with some reservation, and although i enjoyed the beer, as a style i would not go for another. The aroma is smoky, warm, spicy and chocolatey. The taste is more subdued until swirled in the mouth. The longer in the mouth, the sharper the chilli hit. Black as night. Bristol Beer Factory have done well to produce this range. 11 more to go!
stravale (1689) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from brewer 12 Stouts 2012 161212
Black, big deep tan head that dissipates to thin layer, moderate lacing
Aroma - Dark malts, light smoke, some heat on the nose
Taste - Deep dark caramel malts, mellow soft roast malts, chocolate, touch of smoky fruity peppers, light hint of burnt crust, more mellow than the Bristol Stout
Palate - Soft to medium carb. medium body, smooth texture. Finish some lingering chilli peppery burn at the back - it’s quite hot, soft smoky malts, soft dark chocolate, smooth
Overall - I find chilli beers rather gimmicky, mainly lots of burn in the finish. However, this is a good one