HonkeyBra (3557) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, Deep orange pour with a fluffy, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of devil’s food cake, honey, fresh pepper, caramel and vanilla. Flavor has a bit of must, some honey on the tongue with chocolate and caramel, then a great pepper chocolate finish. One of the most interesting ales i’ve ever had.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2008: Pours a deep orange with good clarity and an off white fading head. The aroma is very interesting, both sweet and spicy- honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, evident cocoa (chocolate sponge cake subtleties) and soft vanilla. Has a slick body with nice tight carbonation. The flavor has an overall honeyish sweetness, but as it warms there are many interesting nuances. Some graham cracker notes, cocoa (but it’s very soft and subtle), nutmeg notes, mild peppery suggestions, and a late herbal note. A bit on the sweet side for me, but it’s very individualistic and interesting. The alcohol is also well masked.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden pour fluffy head. Honey on the nose. Interesting flavor. Pepper, cocoa nibs, and honey. This was better than I assumed it would be!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at WBF in Durham. Different than expected, and slightly better, I think. Very light, almost golden with big white head. I don’t love chocolate in beer. This was definitely more bitter cocoa than chocolate; nicely bitter chocolate flavor; malty and honey fruitiness and definite chili peppers. Very interesting, though not for all tastes, I’m sure.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a bold orange/red with a full ½ inch white head. Smells of cloves, spices, vanilla, and honey. First sip is both spicy and mellow – very complex . A creamy milkshake like smoothness adds to great mouthfeel. Unfortunately, there is simply too much going on here with no one flavor taking charge.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from the KSBF ’08. Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate/cocoa, honey, spices, and roast. Tastes of honey, chilies, spices, and chocolate. Sweet. Alcohol content well hidden. Different and at times hard to pin down.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured on draft at papago...hazy reddish amber-brown with a large lasting soft off white head. lots of spotty lacing is left on the glass. sweet buttery aroma... not in a infected or bad way... it smells thick and very belgian-like... butterscotch sugary, vanilla, cocoa (white chocolate richness), earthy, yeasty and a touch of umame. there’s also something in there that resembles jalapeno/green pepper and makes me think of the hot sauce on chicken wings???... sticky and sweet on the palate... dfh, big surprise! flavors of honey, white chocolate and yeast with alcohol and spice showing up on the finish. there’s a dry earthiness mid palate that makes an attempt to dry it out... doesn’t work. lots of sugary yeast in the aftertaste. full body . sugary thick mouth feel with a touch of grittiness...
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a lighter than expected honeyish orangey light amber with an ok lasting white head. Aroma is thick sweet with honey, braggot-like, apple honey, light raw dusty dark chocolate and definite chile- pepper spices. Flavor is even more chille pepper spice which would almost work with the chocolate, but the honey is so freakin thick and sweet- also some green and golden raisin fruitiness- along with a lot of big sticky cara malts and a most definite underattenuation (big surprise). Mouthfeel is prickly and sweet and the chilles just dont go well with this beer and I usually like a well made pepper beer and spices. Totally not worth the $11 and I think the bottle says 9% not 10%.
SSSteve (3862) - - OCT 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a clear orange/copper pour under a small creamy white head. cocoa, white wine, and red pepper aroma. red/green chili pepper is the first thing i notice in the flavor, then the cocoa and honey. peppers are mellowed by the maltiness and honey making it not spicy. vegetal at times. tastes like a good mexican dish and would probably complement one very well. alcohol is well hidden. quite complex. i enjoy it much more than midas touch. unique.
DocLock (8094) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 Bottle from the Good Doctor of Rare Beer, Matt Capone. As a scientist, I think is is downright awesome that Sam Calagione did a chemical analysis of pitery fragments in Honduras. Just incredible. The beer pours chill hazy gold with 2-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is hopcitrus, malt, black pepper, red pepper, florals, honey, cacao. The nose reminds me of a half and hafl mix of Iron Hill Ring of Fire and DFH Red and White. Tastes malty, with cacao, honey, sweet peppery notes, sugar syrup, star anise, jasmine, oyster broth, and an overall semi-sweet, well balanced, and enjoyable palate. Complex, with amazingly well hidden alcohol, yet I must admit I smelled this and rolled it in my mouth for a very long time with each sip, and never quite was able to put my complete finger on what was in this and how they made it. Truly unique, amazingly original, and very enjoyable. This one is a true enigma.