EithCubes (5003) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nose of heavy dark chocolate with earth and just a touch of chili-caused nose hair singing. Dark brown-black pour with a scant brown head. Taste is heavily tilted to the pepper side, black pepper too but earthy, fiery chilli peppers in spades; the scratchy heat is immediate and intense (cheers to the brewers for getting this kind of quality burn out, and to the planners for having the stones to attempt it) and reminds me a little of re-fried beans. Just an awesome, complex roasted pepper taste, and one that lasts long after swallow. Unfortunately, the peppers dominate everything else to the point of a near shutout, minimal chocolate up front and that’s it. Light-medium body underneath all the flames. On quality of flavor this is probably 4+, maybe even 4.5+, but there’s no balance and not much "beer" as traditionally considered, and while I can get behind gulping 8-10 ounces, this kind of intensity has a definite limit (a bomber is going to be too much for all but the most calloused drinkers). So: world-class production for a tiny niche market.
Utterly ideal in any chili [the food] recipe that calls for a beer addition, and probably any that doesn’t.
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought a growler of this to a party and ended up drinking almost the entire thing myself. This beer is delicious. Decadent chocolate, deep roasty flavors, and a powerful, perfectly integrated chili pepper heat that really spices things up. Excellent execution and easily the best chili beer I’ve had.
devman171 (985) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Pours black, no foam. Smell is chocolate with a little pepper. Taste is sweet up front with a spicy chili finish, very addictive. Heat is lingering a little too much.
mansquito (3444) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blind Tiger, NY tap ($7.50): Pours a brown with very little head. Aroma is chocolate and malts, with a hint of pepper. The pepper comes out a lot strong in the actual taste. This is more intense than most other chili beers that I have had. It is in a good way too. The chocolate and the pepper meld well together and are complemented by the other spices.
Jow (2201) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Stagshead for night 2 of the apocalypse. Pours dark brown with thin head and nose of chocolate and chilli powder. tastes of dark chocolate, earth, vanilla, cinnamon, malt, and woody. Plenty of chili and actually burns quite a bit. any hotter and it’d be unpleasant but works
Tmoney99 (10805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Poured a dark brown color with an average fizzy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted peppers and cinnamon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted hot peppers spice flavor with a medium hot spice finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.
bth122 (1290) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Aroma is big cinnimon, vanilla, mild peppers. Taste starts off with peppers right off front, then cinnimon then cocoa beans. Peppers linger in my mouth. Worth trying but only once
IndianaRed (2518) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a dark brown/black and what modest head could be coaxed by a violent pour, dissipated in a few seconds. Nary a bubble on top now. Pronounced peperry aroma. Very strong pepper flavor. Too much I think.
Interesting experiment. Glad I tried it....not sure I can finish it. Thin bodied and lingering sting in the back of the throat.
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From tap -pours flat black, visible head dissipates quickly.
Aroma is chili and chocolate.
First sip is hot spicy chili with chocolate. Spicy chili aftertaste that burns slowly.
alexsdad06 (5556) - Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours clear dark brown in color with a small fine beige head. The aroma has a mix of fruity, green and hot peppers, light cocoa and roast. The flavor definitely has a nice amount of pepper heat, but not enough to cover the other flavors. Roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon toward the back. Interesting brew.