Underdogs88 (236) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent chocolate aroma, but the chipotle is missing in the nose. No hops on the nose. Appearance is jet black with tan head. Poor head retention. Flavor contains a silky chocolate with a mild heat on the end note. Hop flavor is none. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Low carbonation. Overall, a great tasting beer. I love the chocolate flavor. I just wish I could smell the chipotle smoke on the nose
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is rather poor: not even a finger high (khaki shade), and the bad retention doesn’t help. No lacing, either. In fact, it looks worryingly undercarbonated.
S: The aroma works, really well, in fact. Subtle chipotle smoke/heat comes out immediately, but when allowed to warm up, more and more chocolate notes will claw their way through to the nose. The stout brings a mild roastedness along with some brown sugar. Not bad DuClaw, not bad at all.
T: Chocolate immediately opens the flavor profile up. A combination of pepper heat and smoke gradually accumulate on the palate, suggesting good layering. While I also pick up wisps of fruitiness and roast, it’s not a terribly complex beer...nor does it need to be. Both additions are showed off very well here.
M: My worst fears were confirmed - this is undercarbonated. And not the creamy kind of undercarbonation I like from a good stout, but the "there’s something wrong here" kind. I think what really exasperates the lack of fizz is that the texture is more angular than creamy. Having said that, it’s easy to drink.
O: Damn, damn, damn. This is honestly a solid recipe - both the chocolate and chipotle are intertwined quite well - but the feel lets it down majorly. I *do* like this beer a lot (this would be an incredible chili adjunct AND be incredible with chili), but this could have been something special with a better feel. Still, it’s one of the better DuClaw 6-packs.
MarkSachon (690) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. A little disappointed with this one...
Light on taste and body. Could have used a lot more.
jgb9348 (4961) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich deep brown coloured body with a slight cola coloured glow at the bottom and a thinnish, half a centimetre tall rich brown head. Aroma of milk, chiles, chocolate, roasted malt, earth, alcohol, mushrooms, soy sauce and a hint of plums. Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malt kick at first with a touch of noticeable heat from the jalepenos and a very meaty, earthy taste soon afterwards with the chocolate and peppers battling it out. Aftertaste shows a more balanced flavour of sweetness from the chocolate, heat from the jalepenos, roastiness from the malt and a good balanced earthiness to mellow them all out. Overall, an interesting beer that is fairly well balanced through the nuances and turns out to be a good beer, especially for the style, which seems to have something askew in each variant. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington (12th Street Location), literally under my place in Washington on 05-March-2014 for US$2,29 sampled at home here upstairs on 03-October-2014.
hershiser2 (1313) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, Wine Warehouse. Pours black & thick. Dusting of a head. Smells of dark chocolate, dust, and dirt. Tastes like chocolate candy, yuck. Dirt. Spicy finish. Might be good if the chocolate didn’t taste so much like cheap candy.
MadRobin (2238) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.
Opaque, brown-black with a small khaki head and fair lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, chili peppers, sweet dark fruit and smokey roasted malt.
Taste of chocolate and sweet smokey roasted malt with a peppery hot finish.
Medium/full body and low/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ricoslim (116) - - AUG 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fuego is not a lie. The spice comes out real hot on the aftertaste. Pour is dark, beer seems a little thin. Aroma and the up front taste is strong of chocolate.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
split with a friend - logging this in from untappd to synchronize all my beers into rate beer for better statistics.
pineypower (2659) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a decent dark brown color with light red hues and a tan head. Aroma is light chocolate, earthy smoke, chile peppers, mild sweetness, smells solid....then. Taste drops off a lot, chipotle pepper, tootsie roll sweetness, red hot candy, artificial sweetness, some light chocolate notes, ehhh.
cheap (4423) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the bocktown. Big black no head with slight choco aroma. Fairly mild from the start. No ill impy BS here. Slight black coffee effects tho. Barely any co2 here. Decent stout experiences. Like able. Finishes with old roasted wet campfire wood.
JHeath99 (1289) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours an opaque dark brown with toffee colored head. Aroma of spices and chocolate. Taste has the chocolate up front that fades into spiciness.