afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma has just a hint of chocolate, honey, and spicy yeast. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. I was expecting something more bold but it was still a good beer.
keepersj12 (3019) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really enjoyed this. I’m not sure why. It had a very bitter chocolate taste that came out in the aftertaste. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Fruit, caramel, honey. It has a very earthy quality to it.
IrishBoy (4022) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle; Nose is caramel, apple, whaet bread, and a light alcohol note; clear copper with a medium, glass-lacing beige head; flavor is fruity with some cocoa and a little warmth from the chilis; finish is a little alcohol and some cocoa nib notes! Unusual and quite drinkable although I wished for more of the chilis and chocolate showing up; it actualyy is fairly mild yet potent with the 9% ABV.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared with ealdent (and a non-ratebeer-ian). It pours a deep, clear gold with a thin white head. The aroma is like a big, malty, strong lager - some crisp and sweet malts, subtle apple. The flavor starts malty and tasty with toasty, bready, and sweet-malt notes - perhaps some caramel. Once the palate acclimates to the beer, nuances emerge - like the strong cocoa taste at mid-palate. There is also a very subtle heat that complements the cocoa - as if a small drop of Lindt’s Chili chocolate were added to the beer. The finish is full and malty with some chocolate notes. Actual chili flavor is pretty much non-existent - just super-subtle heat. The mouthfeel is rich and full with a medium level of carbonation. Overall, a very tasty golden ale. The cocoa and chili flavors were much weaker than I was expecting (hoping) considering this supposedly started life as an attempt to recreate Aztec chocolate drinks (which, I believe, was more like thick, unsweetened hot cocoa).
desurfer (1268) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the Map Room in Chicago. As usual, DFH puts out a beer that, even if it’s not great, sure turns heads and pushes boundaries. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, and the flavor is similar to chocolate-covered chilies, although this characteristic is subdued. Interesting for sure.
tomthompson89 (1968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
jad at Coles with swoopjones, everything he said i agree with, intresting light kinda amber color, was expecting a much darker beer, some cocoa but not alot, will age a bottle and see how it does. really not what i thought it would be.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Coles in Buffalo NY. Pours a light amber. Not was i was expecting. Light cocoa sweet aroma. Taste initially was rather light cocoa & little else. the chilies became more evident as it warmed. Cool beer to try but not really one to return to
argo0 (12636) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft) Beige head atop lightly hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, some chocolate, vanilla, light alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, cocoa, berry, some alcohol. Medium-full body, low carbonation, smooth. Not at all what I expected.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark red with a small off white head. Aroma of chili, chocolate and honey. Flavor was spicy with a honey/hot chocolate finish. Medium body with mild carbonation.
garthicus (2839) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
HogtownHarry’s bottle. Awesome label. App: Golden yellow/orange with a medium white head/ Aroma: Honey/Spice. Flavour: Honey, spice, slight chili, chocolate too, very interesting, slight alcohol burn and some cloves(?) in the finish.