wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think I tried this at WeeHeavy’s tasting for the Danish guy. Yellow amber color. Nice interesting beer. Leans sweet. A hint of smokey ancho chili in the aroma. Pretty fun.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Orangey amber color. Small, mostly diminishing offwhite head. Sugary aroma; cocoa and honey with some distinct chili notes. Medium sweet malt flavor. Bitterish cocoa, hot spices and notes of apricot and honey. Warming mouthfeel. Medium to full body. Spiced cocoa finish. Very unusual, very nice.
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, garthicus and GregClow. Oliy-looking pour, mostly clear peach-amber with a small white head. Odd sickly sweet and floral aroma - really smells like candy, slightly herbal, but mostly just like popeye candy cigarettes. The taste is also odd - but I kind of dig it; honey, bitter dry cocoa, and intnense fruity sweetness - reminded me of peach schnapps - and it gets boozier as it warms. Slick, alcoholic mouthfeel, perhaps a little thin-bodied and still, definite increasing booziness in the finish. Odd, interesting, I wouldn’t likely have it again.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, touch of chocolate, maybe some spice. Flavor is honey, spices, caramel and in the background, chocolate, though not as pronounced as I had hoped for.
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body with light carbonation. Intense sugary cocoa aroma. Dry-sweet cocoa and ginger taste with malty alcohol notes. Hot mouthfeel, kind of spicy. Hot dry gingery aftertaste with cocoa notes. Nice, interesting. (0.75l bottle from KnutAlbert.)
Travlr (21421) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unique. On draught at Birreria Paradiso. No aroma. Light body, taste of bittersweet chocolate, with a malty finish. The chillies come in at the very end. Fascinating.
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Luminescent orange-gold with fizzling white head that disappears fast. Great color. Chili is evident retro-nasally. Also a very pure whiff of chocolate. The certain smell of quality chocolate. Is more subtle, refined, and complex aroma than expected. Honey is evident but is subtle and integrated like the spicing. Highly carbonated, like soda water. Great flavors! The most successful wacky DFH beers I’ve had by far. The chocolate character is excellent, and appears when you least expect it. Lingers. A very odd, exciting sensation to have chocolate flavor pure without being accompanied or carried by roasted malt. Brilliant accomplishment there, and highlight of the beer for me. Delicately sweet, reminds me a lot of Mayan hot chocolate because of the balancing warmth of the chili. I believe this to be a polarizing beer, with some people not so enamored by it and only finding it "interesting," for me it is interesting and delightful, a joy to drink.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a nice slightly hazy amber color, and a very thin white head. Quite attractive. Aroma is a mild spicy fruitiness, the honey lends itself here, similar to a Belgian. There isn’t much notice of the cocoa or chilies in the aroma, so the beer comes off as pretty standard. Flavor really surprised me. Its got no normal hop bite, but a real spice zing at the end, I can only assume the chilies are doing their part. The flavor really comes off as a complex, rich and off-beat blend of malt chewiness, honey sweetness, and a little of hearty herb flavors. This isn’t something that I would go for everyday, but it is wonderful experience to see what ’beer’ may have been like.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle courtesy of GMCC2181. Pours a cloudy amber with a 2 finger off white head. Nose is floral hops, spice and cocoa. Taste is honey, light tart citrus, cocoa and some very light chili in the finish. Light-to-medium mouth feel. Very unique beer. Thanks for sending it G-whizzle.
jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy, dusky gold with very little head and no lacing. Aromas are lightly of cocoa and honey, but with a generic malt sweetness that seems a little bland. Cocoa dominates the front end of the palate; chilies provide some heat on the back end. In the middle is a thin, basic ale. Alcohol makes the palate especially slippery, and I am not sure I would give this effort another try.