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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
With all its complexities, this beer is, at its core, a play between the fragrant and dusty flavors of an unique yeast blend on one side and the bright hops (40 IBU) and stimulating black pepper on the other. The heavy grain base leans toward malted wheat with just enough black malt to give a color backdrop for the late addition of a fresh red beets extract. The beets boost fermentation with simple sugars and adds a funky-ass hue to the dirty brown base. If the color wasn’t dirty enough, the yeast blend sure sullies things up; a wheat yeast, two different brettanomyces strains, and a lactic acid bacteria bring flavors that reach to the heavens while at the same time being reminiscent of the dirt on the bottom of your shoe.

illkarate's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a dark, reddish brown with tan head. One of the more interesting beers that I’ve had in a while. Strongly peppered, which is nice, but there is also a lively hop note that is a fun contrast to both the pepper and the underlying sweetness (from the beet extract?). This would be a great beer to pair with a beef stew, steak or some other big red meat dish. As for a session beer no way. That said, kudos for experimenting with this - we need more brewers that are willing to push the boundaries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Sweet and a little tart, with a peppery character and a hint of...cherry sweetness? Weird fucking beer. Really interesting though. Picked up in Madison along with many more normal beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Thermo Refur
Date: July 24, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: cloudy orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, lots of peppery spicyness, touch of sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Pours a murky bright red. Aroma full of pepper. Flavor has some funky sour notes, and definite pepper presence. Strangely pretty good.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Brought to our epic tasting...Pours a light carbonated red that is pretty foamy with lots of retention...The aroma and taste on this are all one thing BLACK PEPPER and the strong pepper you have ever smelled at that. You cannot sniff this for more than a second or take a big sip without almost gagging. There were 10 of us and we coudln’t drink more than half the bottle. Pepper bomb that needs to have production stopped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Steve’s Madison Ar: Fresh cracked pepper, allspice. Heck, this doesn’t smell too much different from the corned beef and cabbage I made today. Odd, but a surprisingly nice dinner pairing. Ap: Served in trappist glass at 55’F. Lovely hazy red-amber pour with a 1" off-white head. Decent head retention. T: Dominated by sweetness (probably from the beets) and a huge black pepper flavor. Spicy peppery finish leaves a bit of a tingle in the mouth. P: Medium-thick, sticky body with very active carbonation. O: Fun beer! I’m not a huge fan of black pepper in beers, but I still enjoyed this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (10760) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Had it on tap, first sip was great, tart, with ample spiciness and sweet beet. As it went along though it got a bit vegetal and tiresome, decent beer, worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9731) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
On tap at Town Hall. Poured a clear reddish amber with a near white head that dissipated slowly to the edges and laced nicely. Aroma was full of beet and grain with a slight tartness and a bit of pepper in the finish to add spice. Flavor began with a light beet note and a slight tartness with a hint of pepper. Definitely a unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
The aroma is lightly sweet like a traditional golden ale. It is honey amber in color with a decent-sized head on top. The flavors start out nicely with beets on the ale and then pepper comes to tingle the palate. The problem is that it doesn’t end well, it is too dry on the finish as opposed to a nice lingering tart or funk that you would get on those yeast strains used. The pepper comes to linger a bit later at the end of the tongue though if you like that kind of thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
12 ounce bottle opened 9/27/10. Sadly, I don’t remember who sent this my way. Pours a hazy vibrant strawberry color with a thick, creamy tan head. Medium sized with good retention and lacing. Aroma of tart berries, earthy notes and a spicy finish. The taste is very peppery, almost akin to chili peppers, but with no heat. Some other subtle vegetal notes before a tart, fruity finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2577) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Tasted from a bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Pours cloudy orange with an average and very smooth white head that leaves smooth lace. The nose is strong black pepper with beet earthiness and a hint of fresh grapefruit juice. This is very unique. The pepper flavor is a little more subdued on the palate with the grapefruit and malts taking the initial flavors with the black pepper and earthy beets coming through on the back of the palate. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long peppery and earthy finish.

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