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 (3805) - - 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 (8002) - 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.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of cocoa, honey, toffeeish malt. Flavor pretty much the same with heat in the finish presumably from the chilies. Not bad, but not nearly as interesting or flavorful as I had hoped.
radagast83 (4925) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church. Pours a copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is fruits, floral hops, and notes of chocolate. Flavor is pretty subtle - for what I expected. It’s sweet - alcohol not noticeable for percentage 9% here). A nice "spice" kick to it as well - chillies?
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle courtesy of JRedmond. Very simple yet refined taste of molasses, malt, and honey. Good and simple. Nice alc perc.
LilBeerDoctor (3506) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #600!! Bottle. Pours a surprising light orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of light fruit, honeysuckle, and a hint of cocoa. Quite sweet and inviting. Flavor is similar with lots of sweetness and honey and a spicy chile finish that leaves my mouth and throat feeling hot. Not much of a cocoa presence though, other than a slight tinge of cocoa powder. Very smooth. A unique beer for sure but the flavor is a little lacking. Quite a sweet beer and yeah, the alcohol does catch up to you!
Tmoney99 (10965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rivers Bend. Poured a clear copper color with an average off-white head that modtly lasted with good lacing. Good aroma of spice and dark fruit and cocoa. Medium to full body with sticky texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy spicy complex finish of moderate to long duration. Interesting complex good brew.
eaglefan538 (2902) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 On draft at the Rehoboth brewpub after the first 75mi of biking for MS. Pour was blonde-ish in color, thin head, ok lacing. The aroma was white grapes, honey, cocoa, some other spices. The flavor followed suit, really enjoyed that white-grapey flavor behind it all, the "chili" peppery flavor a decent balance. Really, an interesting brew, an odd Belgian Strong type of deal. Big beer, though, so look out! Re-rate, 10/09, year old bottle or so: The cocoa the highlight, a nice brew that comes together rather nicely, but in a sweet sort of way.