dreddy (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is a deep, rosy amber hue with a decently retained head of light tan foam. Clear, and shows some signs of carbonation. The aroma is rich with cinnamon and earthy chilies, and hints at lightly toasted chocolate malts in the background. Lots of complexity, and the vegetal pumpkin seeds and raisins become more pronounced as it warms.
The flavor offers a plethora of notes to the palate. Roasted, earthy, vegetal chili notes come through first and hit the tongue with a spicy spark. Creamy chocolate notes combine well before a bit of spice from the cumin and cinnamon take over. The pumpkin seeds come through on the finish with a hint of buttery almond nuttiness. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and on the low side of the carbonation spectrum, but still feels quite smooth with a richness that I had not expected. Overall, RealTail is a really well-integrated, spiced chili beer. Reminded me of a thicker, slightly more complex version of New Belgium’s Cocoa Mole.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle acquired via trade long ago. Opened at Cellar Kill Night. Pours a nice deep brownish red pour, well hazed with frothy offwhite head. A bit of a slow gush leads to a decent ring, laces small. Deeper dark glow shows some nice darkness, copper and reddish. Aromas show some carmelized malt meeting red cherries, a bit tannic and firmly tart. Some cocoa, gentle spice, and brown malt. A bit toasty and biscuity, some mellow cocoa. A bit soured though overall. Initial is a bit tart, well carbonated with some gentle cherry, more carmelized and toasty malts, some oak like presence. A bit of cocoa, toast, and roast. Some dryness, more oak, and some toffee and carmelized malt. Decent tartness, red wine and cherries, a bit tannic. Some more Balsamic on the nose is more gentle, a bit fuzzy into the backend. Dry, a bit tannic and lactic. Combines in odds ways with the toast/carmelized/brown malt presence, a bit of cocoa. That gentle bit of spice and pepper, mellow earth, spice of pepper is mellow as it hits the back of the palate, almost covered up by the dryness and toast, tartness that hits at times. Finish is a bit toasty, carmelized, and balsamic, bits of cocoa, pepper, and carbonated. Carmelized, a bit nutty and odd. At times it’s nice, at other times its a bit disjointed. Some time to breathe certainly makes the peppers come out a lot more. Interesting.
50belair (1823) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. GUSHER... Clear brown pour with a huge off white head. Sourish dark fruit aromas. Taste like a babies diaper filled with Indian food.....
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from a BA trade. Dark brown pour with quite a bit of gushing to it, and a slightly dusky look. Nose is vaguely dusty and spicy, with rich chocolate malts forming the base. Loads of brown sugar in the taste, in some places undercutting the distinctiveness of the mole character. Spicy with a bit of dark fruit, in places the beer appeals but elsewhere tends to dissolve into a green chile mess with excess sugar.
Boutip (4433) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of chocolate malt notes with some cinnamon and some pepper notes thought no heat is discernable. Taste is a mix between some cinnamon and chocolate malt with light nutty flavour and some pepper notes are also discernable though well balanced in the whole mix. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but I guess the pepper notes in beer is not something that I am really seeking out.
llcooldave (1017) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty much what Mora2000 said... A big gusher of beer as soon as its opened. Thankfully I opened this up in the kitchen so it was a very small mess. Amber brown in color. Slight nutty aroma with a spicy peppery note as well. More nuttiness in the flavor. Some cocoa and chile heat in the aftertaste. Overall, not too bad. I wish a third of it wasnt wasted due to over carbing.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Big time gusher when opened, with brown foam going everywhere. Once calmed down, the beer pours a brown color with a brown head. Unfortunately, this beer smells very infected. I get a lot of dark fruit notes in the aroma. The flavor is also infected. I get some dark fruit, cherry, and a hint of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. I shouldn’t be surprised since almost every bottle I have gotten from Freetail has been infected, but I was very disappointed since this beer sounded like it had the potential to be very good.
jtclockwork (6914) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Tim. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of cinnamon, light chili pepper, chocolate, rum raisin, roasted pumpkin seed, toasted almonds and cumin powder. A bit spicy in the finish. Nice complexity. Medium body. Solid beer for the style.
bleeng (1472) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Very dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is rather light with some herbal tones and some slight chocolate/malty notes. Taste comes off with cocoa flavors followed by earthy herbal spiciness and a slight bit of hotness from the peppers. Unique and interesting beer that wants to be great but falls a bit short.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle gushed when opened. Beer pours amber in color with a tall off-white head. Strong chili pepper aroma, a fair amount of roast, some dark fruit, cinnamon, and chocolate. Slightly medicinal and herbal, mildly sweet. There’s definitely a medicinal herb quality to the flavor, but it’s okay otherwise. Some toast, chocolate, chili pepper, earth, roasted malt, and cinnamon.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at RealTail 2012. Pours a clear amber with a medium creamy beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is caramel malt and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet caramel mlat and rich chocolate and nice smooth finish. Easy to drink hiding alcohol well, a good brew from Freetail.