Ernest (6423) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, fully diminishing.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of berries (blueberry/raspberry), vanilla, fusel alcohol (acetone), chiles / vegetable matter.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery/oily texture, soft/flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic, heavily burning.
Sheesh, what a mixed bag of aromas...nail polish remover and berries and chocolate and chilies...I like some aspects, but others are clearly unpleasant. Thereís no such dilemma in the mouth, though, where itís limp and watery and dirty and overly sweet and extremely burning from the chilies...an effectively undrinkable novelty beer. A bad first impression from this brewery, but I will overlook this for now since a recipe like this would be hard to like from anyone.
jbrana (510) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When Copper Kettle first opened, I had this on tap and it was one of the most mind blowing beers I had every had. Admittedly, it is still quite good, but not nearly what it used to be. It is still rich in spicy pepper flavor and strong cinnamon, though lacks the chocolate flavor that it used to have.
hockey9930 (124) - - JAN 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured thick and syrupy. Completely opaque black with dark lingering head. Cocoa and cinnamon aroma. Taste is much spicier than I expected. Flavor is sweet cocoa and cinnamon but with overpowering cayenne and white pepper. Really interesting but not something I would want to drink often.
charule (1331) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Poured black with beige head. Aroma sweet choc soapy cayenne pepper. Light carb med thick bod. Taste is pretty spicy choc.
Aubrey (3455) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! Interesting and tasty beer. Nose is incredibly inviting, with wholesome hints of chocolate and spices. Texture is very smooth, full and soft on the tongue, with just a mild carb level. Chilies quickly heat up the back of the throat, and the alcohol intensifies the burn a bit. Chocolate-milk-like sweetness attempts to tame things, but the burn wins in the end. Fantastic chocolate flavors from start to finish, and the cinnamon in the background is perfect. But the heat becomes a bit much, IMO, and it kind of distracts from all the other wonderful things going on. Regardless, itís a tasty beer.
mantismb (5) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Aroma is of cinnamon and a bit of chocolate sweetness. Pours black with a tan head. Taste is of chocolate and peppers with a lot of heat. Itís one of the hotter beers I have tasted. The heat is almost too much. I certainly donít want to take a drink for more than a minute after the first. Iím rather disappointed in the heat overwhelming the chocolate notes and the cinnamon spice.
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cinnamon up front on the nose, but not overdone (provided you like cinnamon). Chillies not strong in the nose or palate, but you feel a pleasant tingle and low burn in the throat. Malty and chocolately, quite well balanced and pu together. Dug this quite a bit
DenverLogan (831) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured on tap at the brewery.
I should say Iíve had many versions, including the original with Thai peppers added. From the 2nd batch on it has only been Mexican peppers.
Always a winner...a growler refill costs $25 but hey, at least they will sell it and itís worthy, especially for a party or food pairing!
Pours black with small dark head.
Big aroma of dark malts, dark chocolate, bitter chocolate.
Modest carbonation with big mouthfeel.
Flavors of red pepper, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts...wonderfully balanced and intriguing...large tantalizing effect in the mouth...big malts, significant but hidden hops...flavorful and satisfying if not inviting. Could be dangerous in a can!! The best version I had was aged in a Tequila barrel.
Beaver (1363) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium fizzy creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet roast chocolate with chilis and lots of cinnamon spice.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with a little roast, lots of cinnamon and quite a bit of heat from the chili peppers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.
Overall, an interesting beer. Lots of cinnamon and chili heat - almost over the top, but I like it. Seemed a bit milder and better balanced on tap.
rdixon77 (895) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, tasty. Like drinking Mexican hot chocolate. Pour was dark brown. Chiles stood out in aroma. Plenty of heat, cinnamon, and chocolate in taste. Balanced. Heavy mouthfeel...definitely a bottle sharer.
Jimmythespoon (467) - - JUN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super spicy and hot, lots of cinnamon, almost burns your mouth. Great beer but donít know how drinkable it could be.