DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here we go then- first beer from the ’12 Stouts of Christmas’ selection box. Lasted all of 30mins in the fridge before I cracked it. Pours oily black with a nicotined swell of foam. Good burnt milk, smoked haddock poached in spiced milk aroma with a jerky, peppery meatiness about it. Well-pitched spiciness on the palate that neither overwhelms or shies away from warming the lips and tongue; fine underpinning chocolate, burnt wood and and grilled Med veg notes; more of that peppery, smoky burnt haddock milk scraped off the bottom of the wok. Spicy as raw ginger, maybe slightly hotter. Can’t fail to love this if you love beer, love chilli and love smoked stuff. Right up my alley.
Stuu666 (9543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Hint of chili on the nose. Smooth, dry chocolate taste with the chili kicking in, lingering burn.
Beersiveknown (4854) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with pink tinged brown head with red flecks, could that be remaining chili? Rich chocolate enrobed black cherry, smoke, sweet tomato. Initial tongue tingling gives way to milk chocolate followed by a fruity chili hit which warms the tongue and throat on the swallow and a dry ashen roast barley finish with a fiery tingle. This could cope with a higher ABV and would be a great food beer.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 stouts of Christmas 2012 tasting with Craig and Ben. Pours a very dark brown colour with a decent, light tan head. Aroma of smoked chipotles, chocolate, caramel and Weetabix. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and a creamy mouth-feel. Nice chilli linger without being overpowering.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Craig. Black with tan head. Smokey chipotle pepper aroma, slightly fruity and roasty. Similar taste. Nice body with a dry finish then a chilli kick in the thought. Nice
FatPhil (12797) - 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.
cgarvieuk (20241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... 2012 12 Stouts of Christmas ... dark black ... thinest lacing ... soft roast ... dark chocolate ... light chilli nose ... nice mellow chocolate roast ... dark roast ... soft malts ... ligth chilli
stravale (2723) - 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
Alecwallace (155) - 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!
downender (7686) - 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.