DocLock (7435) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours hazy dark straw with off-white head. Nose is hopcitrus, pale malt, big black pepper. Tastes pale malty, intense and well carbonated, with hopcitrus, and a high level of black pepper flavor, which I enjoy immensely. Some in the Craft Ale House tasting room did not like this one, but it reminded me of the Furthermore black pepper beer, which I loved.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Creamy off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some white pepper. Taste is medium sweet, pepper, some orange, light pepper burn. Light-medium body, low carbonation.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle shared by Drew. Thanks, dude! Pours a deeper orange golden hue, mellow haze, lively carbonation, and frothy whitish head atop. Some fiery orange glow atop laces ok. Nice deeper glow and color. Aromas are a bit spicy, white and green peppercorns, some bready malts, touches of florals and earth. Richer peach fruit sweetness and tangerine rind. Some gentle sweetness, touches of orange, pear. Bready, mellow yeasty and estery fruit. Initial is lighter body, fizzy and dry, mellow yeast, some richer dryness, bubbly and a touch champagney. Some gentle sweetness, touches of spice and peppery elements come on into the middle and backend. Some spicy life, yeast and peppercorns meld into some heat into the back, earthy peppercorns and cracked pepper. Touches of fruit up front die out and let the pepper pop on the palate. Dry and light into the finish, some nice flavors, kinda a nice experience as it runs the gambit. Without the pepper, this would be quite forgetable. But as is, it’s interesting.
nimbleprop (4160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Churchkey during CBC week. Pours a clear dark gold with zero head. Nose is a nice mix of green peppercorns, candy sugar, over ripe fruit, cheese. Flavor has bright fruit but also earthy peppercorns, apples, jalapeno, malt, hay, grass. Medium bodied, sweet and spicy finish. I really liked the combination.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Drew, I think. Pours an orangey gold with a persistent white head. Nose is loaded with orange peel. Not much in the way of pepper in the nose. Some earthy and fruity notes. On tasting, fruity but it has a muddy palate. Earthy, light tartness. Pepper is low overall, some light heat. Weird and not really anything special.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazed golden hued body with a large, foamy white head with good lace and retention. Aromas are strongly peppery, spicy, earthy, green pepper corns, bay leaves, nutmeg. Fertilizer. Medium phenol, dry apple. Malt is a touch stickier smelling than I like. Rustic, but overdone pepper aroma. Flavors are hugely peppery. A glass maybe, but why I’d this in a 22oz bottle?! Huge black pepper burn, green pepper flavor. All spice on the back end with pepper, nutmeg and tobacco. Low malt , medium ester. Dry, lively bubbles, harshly spicy.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours hazy golden amber with white head. Aroma lemons, oranges, peppercorns, herbal, Flavors strong peppercorns, coriander, herbal. Not much. Too much peppercorns.
GT2 (7718) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Churchkey for CBC thanks to nmann08 and nimbleprop. Clear golden pour. Nose is heavy esters, pear, mint leaf. Taste is spicy though pretty light, spicy pear and yellow apple. In the back end there is some noticeable heat. Palate is suddy, soapy, a lot of raw grain/oatmeal/grist character coming through.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
transparent honey gold, thinnest white ring head. Nose and flavor of light celery, brown sugar, and bubblegum hints, estery finish, hot throughout.
VALIS (210) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very faint aroma, vaguely banana, corn. The appearance is drab, thin, watery, very light head. Taste is plain with a bit of rye, until a strong pepper bite kicks in on the aftertaste, especially on the tip of the tongue. Unique but not particularly enjoyable. Label art is great.