dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Pour thanks to Nick!). Pours black with milk chocolate milk head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light chili pepper. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with creamy/sticky texture. Finish is roasty bitter but smooth. Dark chocolate and some vanilla.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: A full body chocolaty stout with (imho) exaggerated spiciness
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when about 6 months of age. Winter 2009/2010 batch. Bottle sent to me by CaptainCougar, thanks a lot Tom. Split three-way
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention
In long: The strong nose is disturbingly spicy (cinnamon, hot Mexican spices) over a nice layer of cacao. Taste is more of the same. Nice full cake-like body. Lots of bakery black chocolate cake, cacao and friends. But also lots of spices. The cinnamon was annoying but itís those hot Mexican-food type of spices that really ruined the beer for me. It sometimes felt like cayenne pepper. I know many people like the so-called Mayan Chocolate but I donít. I donít like those spices in my chocolate and I donít like it either in my chocolaty beer. Also something about the whole mix added a sharp acidic bite at the end which also bothered me. This rating is a personal subjective opinion. I honestly think this is a well-brewed beer, but this is one that really doesnít work for me. We split my bottle three way and two of us didnít finish our glass. Granted the second one was my brother and we have the very same palate so we only count as one. Itís pretty obvious looking at the rating average that most people enjoy the mix of flavors presented by this beer. But Iím different. If I was a dentist I would the one out of five who does not recommend Crest.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle from HOPSHUNTER, shared at BeerandBlues2ís tasting on 4/10/10). Black color. Small brown head. Aroma of vanilla, chile pepper. Flavor of the same, with moderate chocolate/cocoa and fig. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.
portableparty (2257) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 Bottle shared by DalzAle. Pour is oily black and very rich looking and has a tan red head that dissipates to a collar. Aroma is smoke, peat and bacon chocolate and coffee. Taste is more the same very nice, and leaves some pepper or chilies in the finish. Palate is full and creamy with a sticky and chaulky finish. Pretty sweet brew!
DalzAle (2017) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with portableparty. Inky dark black pour, dark brown head and a strong boozy dark chocolate, and spicy coffee aroma. Flavor is smokey peat, coffee, very bitter dark chocolate and finished dry with the slightest aftertaste of spicy chiliís. Very well balanced and delicious beer.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Caponeís 6/5/10. Pours very deep brown, capped with a moderate sized brown head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt and coffee up front with some vanilla highlights in the background. Flavor begins with chocolate, espresso, and vanilla in the forefront. Some green chili in the background adds really nice complexity. Coffee lingers, with some nice support from the vanilla.
deyholla (9265) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2013 Bottle thanks to Adam! Poured black with a dark wooden brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had some chilies with lots of roasted malts and a nice chocolate not as well. Flavor had chilies and cinnamon with growing roast and chocolate to a nice balanced finish. A nice smooth mouth feel to match a good beer..
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle. Very rich dark brown to black pour. Reddish head. Appearance is unreal. Aroma of roast, smoke, and cinnamon. Dense mouthfeel. Taste is chocolate, oak, cigar smoke.
Ratman197 (12148) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bitter chocolate, carmel, pepper and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, chilis, light carmel and light roastiness with a smooth dry lingering chocolate finish.
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black With a deep brown head. Sweet roast malt, dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and cherry nose. Body is massive with an oily texture. I get coconut, chocolate, plenty of roast with a hint of smoke and maybe a bit of heat from the chiles. Easily one of the best beers Iíve ever had.