jefcon (1656) - 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.
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Thirsty Monk, Asheville (for $23!). This was not as odd as we were expecting. Hints of chocolat and just touch of chilie, but much more understated than I was expecting. Some hint of blueberry, too. I liked this, but I was expecting more weirdness.
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very orangey colour with some particulate matter. The head died quickly. Vaguely crackery aroma with light chocolate accents. Toasty, earthy character with light bitterness and a hint of honey. Rustic concept, polished execution, works on neither level.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mostly clear deep orange-gold color, very little head present. Mostly sweet heavy aroma, a slight hint of something that reminds me of tree bark. Pretty mild taste considering the ingredients, very sweet and honeyed, the chile is barely detectable. Really just tasted like a typical ale made with honey. Mild overall and disappointing.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
10oz draft from RIch O’s: poured hazy golden yellow with no head, probably due to the bartender more so than the beer itself. Mild light sweet malt aroma. I didn’t really taste the cocoa, more honey than anything. Finished watery. Disappointing at $7.25 a pour.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pour with very small head. Aroma is quite sweet, with the cocoa and honey evident, and maybe a touch of spice from the peppers- very interesting. Flavor is very weird, reminds me of artificial grape flavoring. Certainly not bad, but entirely unlike any beer I’ve had. Palate is extremely dry, kind of nice really. I love the intrigue of this beer- not outstanding but very interesting.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Swol3, thanks Wolf. Dark gold pour, small white head. Can’t place the aroma, must be all the different ingredients, a little spicy. Slightly spicy sweet, can taste a little chilli pepper in there. Pretty good overall.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy copper with smallish head. Aroma is odd… Starts with some dry cocoa and fuity sweetness. Spiciness slightly evident, but by no means overpowering. Flavor is hard to describe- lots of sweetness with cocoa discernable. Palate is pretty full- smooth but dry. Unique and enjoyable.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t even know how to rate this....seeing how I never had a beer like this before...
spicy chocolaty goodness....interesting and strange
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mildly hazy deep gold with thin off white head. The aroma is different than I was expecting with flower notes, herbal rose pedals, apricots and some mild chocolate goodness. Very interesting. The taste is much the same with varied light fruitiness, honey, hints of chocolate and shrubby flowers. Very well hidden ABV.