bytemesis (4962) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Homer. Pours clear hazel, medium beige head that mostly dissipates leaving nice residual and lacing. Aroma is definintely chili pepper, chocolate, dark sugars and vanilla. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, vanilla foward -- holy hell the vanilla -- chili pepper provide some flavor but only a hint of heat on the finish. Caramel and more vanilla. Vanilla. Vanilla. Medium body, vanilla, a bit of burn.
jtclockwork (11250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours amber. Nose/taste of peppers, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and light sweetness. Medium body
Travlr (16925) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBWG 2015 in Tampa. Hazy golden amber color, white head. Aroma of vanilla, roast, pepper flesh. Taste starts sweet, caramel and toffee, coffee grounds, with pepper heat sneaking in. Decent.
Ferris (8489) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft - Light medical heat rub. Clearish copper with a decent beige head. Tastes a bit medicinal as well.
LuckyDog (614) - - JAN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve got nothing to compare this to. I taste the peppers, but it’s not to spicy. The sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla are also there. Try it if you get a chance.
hopscotch (10214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Zwanze Day 2014… Pours mostly clear and Longhorn-orange with a brief, off-white head. Full-bodied and fatty with trace carbonation. The aroma and flavor are twins. Interesting and enjoyable, but all over the place - vanilla, chocolate crème and earthy soil. Finishes acrid and lightly tangy. An odd bird, this one, but I really enjoyed it.
alexsdad06 (7233) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by voodoofish65usf. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malt, chocolate, vanilla, mild spicy peppers, some berry notes, smooth, no alcohol at all which at 11% could hit you fast, softer at the finish, good, not great.
phaleslu (7831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared by voodoofish65usf - thanks again, Chris! Pours a hazy copper with an off-white ring for a head. Aroma of peppers, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and earth. Flavor of sweet malts, less pepper than the nose even though it’s still there, cardboard, and sugar. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, earthy, smooth mouthfeel that finishes spicy. A beer with this deScription shouldn’t be this dull.
DrSilverworm (8876) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, big thanks to voodoofish65usf for sharing. Clear orange red color. Minimal ring of off-white head, kind of bubbly. Couple dots of lace. Nice peppery vegetal pablano heat in the nose. Really nice vanilla and chocolate reveals itself in the flavor, a lot less peppery and hot in the flavor than I thought it would have from the nose. Nice cocoa. Moderate sweet taste, light peppery, light spicy, light bitter. Like others at the table are saying, this hides alcohol incredibly well. Drinks like a 7% beer or so. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of chewy lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Pretty tasty stuff. Really interesting and different, pretty easy to sip.
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle from Homer321. Thanks again! It pours a rather unpleasant looking murky orange/brown color with a fizz that quickly disappears completely. The aroma is pretty nice with lots of chocolate, minor notes of sweet toffee, vanilla and very distant hints of smoky and peppery chiles. The peppers are weak, but seem to give it an almost earthy, savory character. The flavor is very sweet with the toffee flavors taking over and chocolate in the background. I get almost no chiles in this except for maybe a slight prickly feeling at the finish. I also get a woody impression even though I don’t think this is the barrel aged version. I liked that the chiles were subdued and there weren’t any super harsh alcohols, but it’s a little too sweet for me. Otherwise, decent stuff.