cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at the El Diablo Deluxe
A-pours a dark brown, almost black color with a dense creamy khaki colored head.
S-the nose brings roasted malts, notes of chocolate, light spicy chile peppers with some sweet dark ripe fruits to balance.
T-great balance to it, roasted maltiness, hints of chile peppers but working with the beer not acting as its own element, nice rich dark chocolate with ripe plums and cherries in the finish.
M-smooth and creamy with a medium body and well carbonated with a crisp prickly finish.
D-well balanced and easy to drink with flavors really working in harmony to create a tasty complex beer. had next to hunahpu’s and actually think this works better and hides the alcohol more.
adrian910ss (2547) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black motor oil with a creamy beige-light brown head. Aroma of tangy bitter chocolate and chili. Taste of bitter chocolate, tangy citrus and hot chili. Very interesting concoction here. Chili is quite hot.
trancecyclist (49) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very impressive beer. On tap at Capone’s in Norristown. Almost stout-like in the depth of the chocolate malt (and added chocolate as well?--there’s no info on the Bullfrog website about this brew yet) flavor, with the hint of chili giving it a bit of an edge. Not very hoppy or aromatic, but a brew that could have easily come from a creative brewer in Belgium. Try it if you see it!
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasty, and some peppers. Tastes of chocolate, roast and peppers. The peppers where there but not overpowering.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep almost black with a smaller creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, light Belgian yeast notes, a hint of the peppers. Flavor of chocolate, Belgian yeast (although light), the pepper was barely noticeable and for some reason I was getting peanut butter. Odd.
Scouser (326) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Also at Capones. Nice dark brown with tan head and lacing. smell chocalty and sweet. Tastes like sweet chocolate with a little after warmth from the chilli. Well brewed and different, but still not sure if i love or hate it!
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler, from brewery. Pours a dark chocolate brown body with a dense frothy light brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is heavy dark fruits with lots of dark and milk chocolate, a light hint of alcohol, some burnt caramel and a little chili pepper, but not much. The flavor is pretty awesome. Rich, sweet, and chocolaty up front with heavy caramel and belgian yeast influence. The chili peppers emerge on the finish and linger for a long time. I love the toggle from sweet to spicy with each sip, but the more you drink the more the chili builds in intensity. Never gets to where it burns, but just more intense. The alcohol is very well hidden for such a big beer. Full bodied but surprisingly not sticky at all, very easy drinking. Pretty awesome beer I took down 3/4 of a growler rather quickly.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Capone’s. Very deep brown to black in glass. Nice foamy head and lots of lacing.
Aroma of clovey Belgian yeast, heavy quad-like malt
And just the faintest hint of red pepper on the tongue.
Chewy and thick mouth-feel.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. The in-house description reads: "Brewed for Christmas and the New Year this Belgian Strong Dark Ale is made with rich Belgian and French chocolates at a whopping rate of 1lb/keg and is then infused with ghost peppers to create a harmoniously decadent WOW. Not really hot but luxurious with a peppery ZING! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year beer!!!"
Chocolate brown with a thin beige head. Nose has honey, roasted malt, a thick blast of rich chocolate, and then light smoke and a fruity, peppery note. Flavor shows the pepper off more strongly, the chocolate still strong with hints of Belgian yeast. Great blend, particularly the nose, with the pepper going wonderfully with the Belgian notes throughout and adding to the complexity, though never really becoming spicy.
alobar (3378) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours a thick black color with no head. Aroma of dark fruit. chili pepper, chocolate, and vanilla. Unique flavor of chili, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. Very nice!