Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried this once last year, and totally wasn’t what I expected. This is mainly because when I saw it contained ingredients such as: cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, and honey, I assumed it would be some type of dessert beer. I have since learned better and here is my new objective review:
A: Little to no head with a clear burnt orange color, which is very similar to annato (one of the primary ingredients).
S: Cocoa and honey are very upfront with a tinge of pepper.
T: I would describe it as a cocoa-laced, "Midas Touch." After about 3-4 sips, I started to notice a bit of spiciness on the tongue. This sensory engagement is something I couldn’t get from the smell.
M: Sweetness doesn’t linger too long and doesn’t coat the mouth.
D: Easily drinkable, almost dangerous considering the 9% ABV. The honey aids considerably in hiding the alcohol, however, the beer gets a bit too peppery for my liking after awhile. I could only enjoy this one in small doses.
This is a nice seasonal from a fantastic brewery. Very complex and engages all of the senses.
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange pour at Millvale 7th annual beer Fest. Aroma of cocoa nibs and citrus but mostly alcohol. Interesting beer but the alcohol taste overpowers. Some caramel.
Gromis (11) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a surprisingly sweet nose. The color is a very rich golden copper. Sweet up front with a slight spicy finish. Very good and drinkable beer, but surprisingly I don't detect the chocolate or chiles.
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Cybercat (2772) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Comes out of the growler a clear, bubbly amber with a fairly thick, though not persistent, fluffy ivory head. Strong aroma is mainly fruity, apple with some pear and a hint of cocoa. Fruity flavor is almost more like a cider than a beer - but that undertone of cocoa, and the fizz, lets you know otherwise. Alcohol bite is quite strong, cautioning the drinker to take this in small servings! Firm, rough mouthfeel has a fair amount of fizz, a fierce and almost peppery alcohol bite, and a cocoa underpinning. Yes, this is definitely a beer for warriors, not wimps!
NeoHippie2 (629) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was really interesting. Pours a slightly hazy amber into the glass with a white head. Aromas of honey, cocoa, and just a hint of chili. Flavor is malty upfront with nice honey flavors. Cocoa and chili come through in the finish. Really complex, no single flavor is overpowering everything mingles together just right. I bet this would go really well with some Mexican food. Tasty.
el_guapo (28) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a huge aroma, definitely smell the cocoa and taste it at the end. Light, crisp flavor. Do not taste the abv, careful, this one could easily sneak up on you!
brewpubexplorer (3) - - AUG 2, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of cocoa is the first I got. A nice light golden color. Can definitely taste the mixture of cocoa and chilies. An interesting taste. Favorable on the palate with a slight chili after taste.
swesson (87) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A different taste with hints if chili pepper and chocolate. Not quite as strong with with taste as I would like. Still a fun ride ride though.
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Brouwerij (721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper with white head. Settles in minutes wit minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, apple, cider, very mild cocoa, some chili, spice, mildly vegetal. Flavor is sweet and fruity initially, apple, peach, pear, honey, with a mild chocolate finish. Very slight chili heat in the aftertaste. fairly sweet and mild throughout. Heat builds slightly. Soft carbonation, medium body, smooth texture, and mildly warm finish. Interesting, lighter than I expected, chocolate flavor is subtle, perhaps due to age. A sweet, mild beer.
TheJester (1646) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Thought this one would darker, what with the cocoa and all. The most obvious scent is green grapes, but there are pears and other fruity things going on as well. No cocoa. I’m not sure I would have detected it in the flavour, either, had I not read the label. What I do get is spice, fruit, booze, honey. Not too sweet. Good body.