tia (848) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Dark brown with thin head. Smells roasty and chocolatey. Nice roasty, chocolatel flavor, with a bit of heat on the end. Dry.
jkwood04 (2935) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a big, lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, light peppers, some coffee and milk sweetness, and a light bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of the milk stout and peppers. Average texture. A pretty good beer, but I feel itís a little light on some of the components.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at FoCo Stout Tasting 2013, with friends. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big brown head and good lacing. Cocoa, dark fruits, light cinnamon, nutmeg, and coffee in the aroma. Taste is lightly oxidized, dark fruits, licorice, bready, light cocoa, and licorice. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Decent.
arminjewell (5149) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Stephen! Dark black pour wiht tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, nice green pepper and herbal peppery notes into earth, dark cocoa. Taste is a mix of herbal, green pepper, lots of dark chocolate, roast and earth, finishing bitter, dry.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. 2013 release. Black pour with a tall, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, spices and earthy notes. Taste is roasted malt, milk chocolate, cocoa, light peppery notes, spicy heat and soft earthy notes. Maybe some soft notes and dark fruits as well. Body is medium and slightly chewy with a dense, prickly carbonation. Mild heat from the pepper and possibly mild warmth from the alcohol. Finishes with more peppery notes, strong roasted malt and dark chocolate, cocoa, chocolate milk notes, dark fruit and soft earthiness. Not as hot as expected, considering the peppers used but thatís a good thing since it doesnít distract form the beer.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
750ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The who-knows-how-many fingers, mocha-colored head has a massive, billowing structure and fluffy quality to it - is this the sign of an infection?
S: The dominating aromatic note is roasted barley, followed by chocolate. I donít pick up much in the way of peppery heat, but I do pick up some faint pepper flesh notes. The fruity tones of habanero are there, if not horribly strong. I worried about an infection due to the look of the beer, and the metallic edge throughout tells me something might be wrong with this bottle.
T: It starts off with a strong roasted edge. A fruity hint - both from yeast esters and the peppers - are in the middle before finishing with dry chocolate. Slight touches of peppery heat accumulate on the aftertaste, but otherwise is quite timid in presence. What I forgot to mention are the notes of battery acid, phenols, (unwelcome) harsh lactose, and metal shavings throughout the flavor profile. Yep, this is probably infected, and not the good "TOTALLY AWESOME SOUR STOUT~" kind either, but the bad "metallic, battery acid, and fail" kind. It sliiightly improves as I power through it - the nastier notes sort of transmute into more of a regular habanero quality.
M: Very light and airy in body, to the point of clashing with the dry, roasted finish instead of blending together. Itís also overcarbonated and it kind of burns the esophagus going down. To be fair, the latter quality definitely seems like it comes from the chiles rather than an infection. At least itís pretty drinkable - inasmuch as a 9% infected mess could be drunk easily.
O: Blargh. Either this is an infection, or the roast qualities badly mesh with the pepper and Belgian yeast. Still, Iím not sure this is what the brewers intended. It becomes less horrible as I do my damnedest to put it down at least. This will get one final chance tomorrow under the watch of another (not so) discerning taster - if that fails, then the remainder is going in my chili. Hey, if nothing else, this SHOULD make great chili.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Highly carbed gusher. Black with thick tan head. Aroma is mostly peppers bit of chocolate. Lacking on the front end. OK beer.
jcweaver (740) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a beige head. Aromas of chocolate, chiles, light caramel and light coffee. Flavor is a nice mix of chocolate and chilies. More chili flavor/aroma as it warms. A little thin and the alcohol comes through in the finish but fairly tasty and a nice mix of chocolate and heat.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer is dark brown, nearing black and has nearly two inches of beige head. The aroma offers bread, roast, chocolate. Chilis emerge much more in the flavor, though not particularly aggressive. A touch of pepper heat in the finish. Peppers gain presence in the scent as the beer is allowed to warm. Pretty good.
Fin (6645) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peter Fowler very kindly passed this onto me last month at the Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, Oxon, cheers Peter! Consumed at home in the company of Loz, Craig, Stella & Kids plus Jackie & Simon 02.08.13 Pours very dark brown with light beige head. A very nice chilli chocolate combination, nice warmth and a pleasant gradual burn, good slow-burner, with a dab of camp coffee. Like it , really like it. A7 A4 T8 P5 Ov15 3.9
cgarvieuk (12240) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Fins... Deep brown... Big bubbly tan head... Light sour... Light woody... Deep chocolate nose... Soft chilli burn up front... But it doesnít last... Rich malts... But little thiner than id like