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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A dry black ale with dark roasted malt flavors blended with bittersweet chocolate, red Mexican chili peppers, and ground cinnamon for an exotic punch on the palate. Inspired by a 500 year old Aztec recipe for Mexican hot chocolate.


Ernest's rating

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle. 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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1279) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle from trade. Poured black with beige head. Aroma sweet choc soapy cayenne pepper. Light carb med thick bod. Taste is pretty spicy choc.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2014
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.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mantismb (5) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (823) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1340) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (824) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimmythespoon (467) - - JUN 18, 2014
Super spicy and hot, lots of cinnamon, almost burns your mouth. Great beer but donít know how drinkable it could be.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Dark brown. Aroma is full of cinnamon and dried chile, touch of chocolate. Spicy, lots of cinnamon, sugar, chile, rich chocolate. Okay I really like this, itís rich and balanced.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarrettB (1093) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
August 24th, 2012 - Copper Kettleís Mexican Chocolate Stout is the grand finale in my taster of CRís brews. It is essential that this comes at the end, where the spicy flavor will strip your tongue, denuding it of taste buds and making everything you sip afterwards taste like a mud puddle. But I begin with the aroma, as I always do, where I quickly catch the impaling, sharp hooks of cinnamon, clove, and freshly cut jalapeŮo. The chili pepper infusion is going to dominate wherever I go, so I move onto the taste. Hereís what I wrote: "Gahhhh. GAHHHH. AHHHHH. SO SPICE." Pepper in beer is just one of those flavors I canít handle. Iíve never met a chili pepper beer I could even tolerate. My throat seizes, my stomach gurgles, and my brain cringes as soon as one of these spicy brews touches my tongue. Itís possible that thereís deep, rich, chocolatey flavors in here, or that I was served up an especially spicy batch, or that where I more tolerant of spiciness, Iíd find this to be a brilliantly executed take on spicy brews. But I canít detect any of that. And sadly, nobody in my party could either, and so the poor thing had to be pushed back towards the bartender - a heart rending gesture.


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