Ibrew2or3 (7232) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Woodshed 3.0, Hot Box? Hot Damn! Sample courtesy of Sparky. 750mL pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a dirty tan head of foam. The aroma offers up big and bruising chili pepper heavy salsa, mild molasses notes, malt sweetened dark roasted malts and a light smokiness. The flavor delivers a good dose of smoke and then a thin ring of molasses. Very quickly though big chili pepper meat bubbles up along with a slowly growing peppery burn. This has a thin body and a mild malty backbone that allows the solid pepper to shine but not to the point of going over the top.
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared @ Woodshed 3.0 by the ever generous Sparky! Really interesting brew that certainly has a lot going on. Aroma is a bit aggressive with loads of fiery chili pepper heat, cocoa, smoke, and wood. Had to move my nose from the bottle because of the capsaicin. Flavor isn’t nearly as assertive but still shows chipotle, chocolate, and charred wood. Not a bad beer!
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and vegetable notes. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and distinct pepper notes with some spiciness on the finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very good and interesting brew.
Ratman197 (10462) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of smoke, chipotles and caramel. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of smoke, chipotles and roastiness with a smooth dry warming lingering chipotle finish.
Ericular (716) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has just a hint of the peppers we came here for. The taste is similar - just a slight touch of the heat, but all-in-all it’s still drinkable and a serviceable smoked beer, which is a low bar for me.
AnokaBrewer (59) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color. You can smell the peppers in the aroma. A Sweet, light, well balanced beer with the taste of peppers, but not overly hot.
rjat (19) - Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hot box- Aroma 50/50 smoke and Chili. Taste is pretty much the same. Pours thin. Definitely drinkable.
maekchu (2462) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the brewery Listed as an "Imperial Smoked Pepper Porter." Pepper, smoke, BBQ sauce, soy sauce. Dark translucent brown. Sharp peppers and smoke / smooth roast malt, coffee, and more smoke / peppers define the lingering aftertaste. Medium body. Peppers are not overwhelming but are pleasant and tasty and complement the smoky malt. Hides the alc. well. Great stuff!
islay (1327) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 oz. pour, on tap at the Indeed’s taproom during a Minneapolis taproom crawl (Harriet to Indeed to Dangerous Man) on 3-1-14. Pours dark brown with a small to moderate amount of taupe head. Good-looking. Strong and appealing smell is spicy and peppery and features the roasted malts. Smoky, peppery, umami taste features a Bacos-like flavor. Really good taste. I definitely experience a pepper bite. Quite spicy and hot but not excessively so. Full body. Lively in the palate. Very tasty and enjoyable. This was my favorite beer of the taproom crawl. Indeed seems to be getting most of the credit for this beer, and it is a balanced and strong beer across the board, but it’s the Northbound pepper-smoking that makes this beer special.
ElGaucho (2264) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at brewery. Some pepper in the nose. Black body. Had a sample of this at the 2012 winter fest and loved it. As great as I remember. Perfect amount of heat. Hops counteract, yet accentuate. Phenomenal.