jackl (4604) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft Sample @ Brewvival 2014. Deep amber pour with a small head. Mellow milk chocolate and tasty roasted malts. Some ash. Similar flavor but with some strangely spicy chili character. Some charred woody earth. Medium body, oily. Strange.
rbrazell (1654) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from CBX. Clear brown pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma is smoked peppers, jalepeno, nutty malts with a note of cocoa. For me this borders right on the line of too spicy for a beer, yet it hints the correct amount of heat for the base style. Pretty good.
woodychevy (361) - - MAR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Edmunds Oast. They did not hold back on the jalapenos in this one. Like a decent beer that has been overpowered by heat. There is balance there, and some nice malt flavours but one is simply left with a burn. Good if you are ready for it. Subtle, no.
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of darker malts, some chocolate, a little roast, some dough, hints of pepper, and light bitterness. Flavor of a good brown ale followed by a good amount of pepper spiciness. Average texture. A well done brown ale that works with the peppers, but I’m just not in the mood for a spicy beer tonight.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. 2012 version. Aroma is pepper spice, malt, and a hint of cinnamon-like spice. Smooth, well balanced, with a heat that hits mid palate and lingers pleasantly through the finish. By far the best pepper beer that I’ve had. Definitely a burner, and likely too spicy for some, but just about perfect in my books.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle served in a COAST snifter. Bottled 3.15.13. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle.
A: Pour a dark brown with some sienna highlights. A light khaki head forms on the pour and has some amazing retention. It sticks around for quite sometime and leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass. Great looking beer.
S: Dark fruit with a crystal malt base, slightly sugary, with some caramel sweetness. A little cocoa with light piney hops and a little spice note.
T: Caramel malt and cocoa with a little brown sugar. Light piney hops with a mild espresso bitterness. The heat comes in waves towards the finish, almost like crushed red pepper. A very dry heat with out the vegetation-like flavor that is imparted in some chili beers.
M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Sweet and spicy finish with a high drinkability.
O: I enjoyed this one as a chili beer and as a brown ale. The base showed through while providing heat which is definitely the byproduct of the dry-hopping technique used with the peppers. A must try for any chili beer fan.
Serving type: bottle
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brewvival Trip Beer 104. Draft at Brewvival. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malts and peppers. The taste is the same. Medium bodied, a bit too hot.
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Hazy brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of caramel and light spice. Taste starts off with nutty caramel, then the peppers slide in at the end.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Murky caramel-colored ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Terrific retention. The nose provides restrained notes of toffee and chili peppers - jalapeno and habanero. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor presents caramel sweetness with only a hint of the chili peppers. Finishes lightly sweet with only a trace of chili pepper warmth. Bottle courtesy of Elliesbrown!
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from GBX. A brown ale with smoked jalapenos (chipotle), habaneros, and brown sugar
A: Pours a light semi transparent brown color. Decent foamy head, retention is decent
S: Light semi-sweet malts back and a caramel/ burnt brown sugar backing balanced with a delicate hop profile. Definitely pick up on the pepper aromas
T: Delicate and balanced with a subtle pepper flavor (especially habanero) but with even subtler heat. Definitely a pepper kick to it. You definitely pick up the pepper flavors more than the heat, but the finish you get a little heat. The brown sugar isn’t really detectable to me but provides a little balance to the peppers and hops
MF/O: Creamy and smooth feel. A light body for sure with perfect carbonation, and a lingering peppery finish. For those interested in the heat - there is definitely some restrained habanero kick to this one.
Another winner from the brewery that has yet to disappoint me