Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Very spicy. Almost too spicy. It really reminded me of a bowl of chili, not chili peppers. it was also a lot like mole sauce because of the chocolate notes. The heat was also more like cinnamon in aroma, but more like peppers in flavor. This was one of the spiciest beers I’ve ever had that was still good.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with an average, tan to light brown head that fully diminished very quickly and left no lacing. The aroma had moderate chili and mole sauce, chocolate syrup, and roasted malts; light molasses and caramel malts; hints of smoke; maple syrup; cinnamon; chili peppers; meat; a little barbecue sauce; and hints of coffee. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and acidic, slightly sour and bitter, and moderately spicy; while the finish was lightly sweet, bitter and acidic, and heavily spicy. There was chocolate, mole sauce, bowl of chili, peppers, cinnamon, chocolate syrup, maple syrup and caramel. The medium body was oily and spicy with soft but slightly tingly carbonation and a spicy finish.
DuffMan (6968) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG Summer Session 2012. Dark brown, brief beige head. Aroma is beautiful mole chocolate and chili, lightly vegetal undertones. Chocolate and cinnamon flavours with an intense chili heat deep in the throat, preceded by a vegetal flavour. Dry and hot, but so chocolatey and flavourful. I loved this crazy beer with its creepy horror movie insectoid-alien-penis label art!
BeerandBlues2 (9985) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours particulate black with no head; particles are reminiscent of powdered chilis. Aroma is heavy peppers, lightly smoked notes, chocolate, raisins and prune notes fight through the peppers. Flavor is heavy peppers and spice, chocolate, light smoke, dark fruity esters, and a sweet finish with plenty of heat around. Medium body and light carbonation.
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBAG Summer Session 2012. Weird mutant penis thing on the label. Pours sludgy dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, spicy chili peppers and some light chocolate. Flavor is astringent spice up front with some bitter chocolate and roasty malt followed by a lingering chili heat. Medium body with mild carbonation. Interesting beer, lots of chili spice which I don’t mind, but overall a bit harsh and astringent. Definitely let this one warm up, it opens up and rounds out the flavors.
PhillyCraft (3391) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle with Sean, and Joe B, pours a deep dark black with no head, and lacing. Aromas is tons of cinnamon, chocolate, and cayenne pepper. Taste is ok for about a second with some cocoa and veggies and then the insane heat comes on from the peppers, so much burning in mouth, and chest. Unberable extreme heat. Just not for me, drain pour.
jbeatty (1066) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft, 08/20/2012. Black pour, small tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, cinnamon, mole, and spicy pepper. Taste of cocoa, nutty, extreme chili palate-killing spiciness, lasting heat goes on. Hard to drink actually, too much heat for me, maybe I’m a wimp.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a pint glass.
3.0 A: Black color. Fizzy light brown head fizzes away at breakneck speed and leaves no lacing. I’ll give them a break since I know chilis do a number on head.
5.0 S: Smells wonderful. Huge hit of that unique chili aroma. This doesn’t bitch out like a lot of other chili beers. After that there is almost as much chocolate. The cinnamon ties it all together. I was initially going to give the nose a 4.5, but after a few more whiffs I realized that this is perfect.
4.5 T: Again the big three are back. Lots of chili flavor, lots of cocoa, and just the right amount of cinnamon. A bit of roast, a bit of grain, and a moderate malty sweetness. But, perhaps the thing I like best is the heat this brings. It’s intense by beer standards, but still totally manageable. Very well put together beer.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is definitely lacking creaminess, which would make the mouthfeel so much better, but at least I get a good warming that lasts and lasts.
4.0 D: Aside from the mouthfeel lacking, this is a stellar chili beer. It offers a lot more heat than the many chili beers that are made for broader audiences and I appreciate that.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-19-2012 22:41:50
reggiedunlop (3178) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a medium mocha head. Aroma has dark chocolate and cinnamon. Flavor is muddled but has dark chocolate, smoky and hot peppers, cinnamon...good heat that sticks around. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is dark chocolate and lingering heat.
AmEricanbrew (5901) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask pour at Tangle town. Dark brown color with tan foam. Chocolate, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, mild chli pepper aromas--smells like a good pumpkin porter. Super smooth medium body. Big chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon flavors followed by big long chili pepper burn to finish--good shit
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.
Pours a dark chocolate brown color that’s almost black with a half finger beige head that quickly fades away. Not much in the way of lacing.
Intense aroma that balances roasted dark malt and spicy, earthy chillies. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean along with earthy, hot peppers. Kind of chalky and earthy with a stronger pepper presence as it warms.
Medium bodied but a bit lighter than expected with a sweet dark malt presence that is overpowered pretty quickly by a spicy, earthy pepper presence. Slightly vegetal with a nice amount of heat that isn’t too overpowering. Pretty intense but not overboard with the peppers. Still somewhat balanced. Kind of like Hunahpu and Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah’s lighter bodied, less malty offspring.