allmyvinyl (8695) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet, cakey, light chilli kick. Finishes sticky sweet, but good.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate cake, the kind that my mum used to make. Taste of chocolate, slightly roasty, dark fruit, molasses. Slightly sweet.
cgarvieuk (19761) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... deep black.. thick tan head ... soft chili ... soft roast ... soft spice .. soft chocolate ... dark malt nose ... soft swet roast ...dark malts .. soft funk ... dark roast ... dark chocolate ,.. dark fruits .. dark malts ... dark roast ... dark sweet chocolatee .... dark malts .. nice soft roast ..
jhamp9 (1522) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Near black with a thin khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and faint chili. Taste is chocolate, char, chili, and light cinnamon. Full sticky body.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. Good dark color, some soft expressions on the palate with a little froth, but significant depth and layering in the flavors, giving both the chocolate and the hint of spices--but still, not especially spicy. Or maybe I just couldn’t tell because I had this while at a church chili cookoff and there was a lot of spice going on in the chili. Doesn’t feel like 9%abv. Bottle.
Leini (1652) - SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Sample at a local tasting event. Dark brown body with a medium head. Chocolate, cocoa and various spices. Quite nice, but maybe a bit thin on the palate.
DialSquare (3988) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Daily Growler, UA: black pour, ring tan head. aroma of vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon. tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, background pepper - but not hot , vanilla, spices. good sipper. 7.4
egg (228) - USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on 11/3/14. Pours jet black with a thin, tight dark tan head that leaves a ring. Immediately hit but the aroma. I can smell this from the glass about 2 ft away. Smells of chocolate syrup, booze, dark fruit, some cinnamon, vanilla, nice. Taste is sweet upfront, chocolate, faint dark fruit, dark chocolate bitterness, some alcohol, fades to some chili spice and cinnamon but very subtle, beef jerky. Chili is more pronounced as I sip. Great mouthfeel, silky, oily. Pretty yummy but nothing to write home about.
williamstome (1618) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is chocolate and cocoa, flavor is chocolate and spicy pepper. Interesting but not crazy.
UXO (1255) - CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near-solid black with faint ruby brown around the margins, two fingers of fluffy beige head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate to heavy lacing (4/5). Nose is dark roasty malts, chile, dark chocolate, faint vanilla and spices (8/10). Taste is moderate sweetness and moderate bitter, building chile spice (7/10). Medium to full body, slightly syrupy and oily, low carbonation, lingering bitter spicy finish (4/5).
Not bad. I’ve had other chile spice beers in the past that were sufficiently bad that I concluded I must have had a bad bottle, sink poured and didn’t rate. This one is actually quite palatable, with only a very mild hint of chile heat playing nicely with the chocolate malt - almost reminiscent of chile chocolate bars. The high ABV is integrated well and doesn’t contribute any harshness. Not sure I’d rush out and buy another, but I’m not unhappy I tried it. (16/20)