jrallen34 (3500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Hop Leaf, 10oz tasting glass, 1/16 keg...A dark brown pour with a light tan head, not much of note...A totally dead aroma which is surprising, where are the chilis? As the beer warms a little chili comes through, not enough to temper my disappointment...The taste is ok, pretty bland, light malt to start with a little chili on the finish. Again not strong enough to give me what I was hoping for.
I would like to have the Baume to compare to this, but this is nothing special, a waste of chili’s really. Don’t bother if another keg pops up.
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Hop Leaf Half Acre event. Brown black with a beige head. Lots of dark pepper spices malt in the aroma. Pepper spice with roasted malt flavors. Not spicy hot but some peppers in the flavor. Pretty decent. 8/4/7/3/15
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
at hopleaf. pours black tan head. nose has sweet chocolate, rye, mild hoppage still left. flavor is sweet rye, interesting sweet chili flavor meshing nicely with the base beer. really tasty but a touch too sweet for me.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at hopleaf. First off, for a beer that is over a year old it certainly held up exceptionally well, the rye and chili’s, although very subtle, make this beer seem wonderfully aged. The sweet chili peppers were very cool, super low heat, just great chili flavor balanced against the dry ashy hard roast, nice concept and beautifully executed. Medium bodied, creamy and slick with low carbonation. Throw this in a barrel and now we are in business.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma is muddled chocolate, perhaps and hint of chile but no capsaicin quite yet. appearance is opaque, little lacing, film and ring head. flavor is bit fruitiness, distinct blueberry/raspberry and black cherry. soft, slow fudge. as palate filths and sample warms, spice builds to a slow burn, at first with cinnamon like fire, then moving to real chilies, diminishing then re ignited with each sip.
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Treatment of one of my 3 favorite HA beers. Pours a dark roasty brownish black, good opaque body, frothy light brown head ois decent films thick, laces big. Aromas are a touch of spicy rye, roasted malts, cocoa, smaller, with a touch of earthy roasted pepper, chocolate with a touch of coffee, roast, pepper melds in well. Light floral hopping. Initial is dry and roasty, light rye bread, dry floral hopping. Rich roasty malts and cocoa, coffee beans provide more roast and dryness. Pepper is light, a touch of heat on the tounge, earthy warmth with some nice flavors. Dry, roasty, with cocoa poking in and out. This definitely reminds me of Baume.. With a touch of earthy heat on the tounge, but nothing overwhelming. Still quite dry and and roasty, hopped and chocolatey, with a touch of pepper eat sticking, grows a bit over time. Really nice. A bit faded hop-wise from the Anniversary stout I killed last year, but dry and roasty, a touch of heat. Quite lovely. I imagine a fresh batch would get a couple more points, as the hops and dryness have faded, but are still there. Imagine the slight pepper heat in aa fresh batch? Amazing.
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Tasted on draft at Hopleaf. Pours a nearly opaque nearly black amber with a thick foamy tan head that leaves heavy lace. The nose is super roasted malt with a hint of dark chocolate and the very faint green aroma of chile peppers that stings my nostrils just a bit. The flavor starts off with the chocolate sweetness, but moves almost immediately to the charred malt flavor and finishes with a light burn on the back of the palate. The body is fairly full with average carbonation and a very long roasty finish with just a hint of chile pepper burn.