thornecb (5318) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a Sam glass. Mocha head with medium retention recedes leaving scant sheets to skim surface. Sweet milk chocolate and espresso aromas. Thin with upfront smoked pit fruit turning to chocolate before the lasting peppery resin finish.
daknole (10800) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papago. Dark brown, tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses up front, followed by a nice spicy pepper note. Flavor is a nice mix of smoke, peat, pepper and toasty goodness.
dmac (5229) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz 6pack from Cranbury BuyRite. Poured a pitch black medium density body with a smaller to average sized slghtly foamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate, burnt toast, vanilla, honey and pepper. The body is a bit thinner then I was hoping for but still a solid medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a touch of heat on the exhale. Flavor of dark toast, sweet pepper skins, vanilla extract, slight chocolate, cola and dark tea bags. Good stuff but the body could be pumped up a tiny bit.
TheGB (577) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin head. Taste is medium bodied with a nice smooth body. Taste is just a little peppery, with a good malt porter taste. The finish is more peppery. Interesting, better than I had imagined.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, bottled on 09/29/2011. Pours a dark but translucent cola-mahogany shade with a small, quickly fading head of smooth, dark khaki foam. After a few minutes, the head is all but gone, and only the tiniest possible spots of lace dot the glass. The nose is primarily sweet, touching on notes of crispy-baked chocolate chip cookie, mocha, toasted caramel. Subtle chili nuances are present in the background, but remain far from prominent. Flavors follow suit, again very sweet and sugary, loaded with cookie-like elements. Chili is barely detectable, showing as a blip on the radar, and not until the finish at that. I think all the sugars tend to cover it up. A drier, roastier beer would certainly lend itself to the chili heat more effectively. The palate is medium bodied, sticky, and lacking in carbonation. It truly feels like I’m mainly drinking sugar. Oh well....it’s a nice concept, and it’s semi-drinkable, but it falls well short of other dark chili ales that have appeared recently.
tmoreau (3474) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle at a recent group tasting. Poured to a sampler with a black/brown, ruby highlighted color, modest, deep tan head foam, and sparse, spotty lacing. The aroma was roasted, chocolate, dark fruit sweetness, and light smoke. The flavor added to these some moderate hop, with the subtle heat adding an extra dimension to the lingering bitterness, while disguising any alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, a little silk to the mouthfeel, and tasty.
r464 (2250) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite dark but not opaque. Almost no head at all. A bit smoky as well as roasty in the malt. Hints of raisins, caramel, and spice. Nice finish, not too thick.
italianjohn (2778) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour orange hue thin off white head .... aroma is light roasted and chocolate a touch of licorice ..... taste is roasted and sweet caramel malts, a slight touch of licorice, chocolate and tobacco/smoke with a nice black pepper bite ..... dry finish mouthfeel is thin ... a solid porter abv hidden well
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours black with minimal head. aroma of pepper, spice, chocolate malt, some roastiness, and hints of iron. flavor of a milk stout with added spice...the pepper is not overwhelming, yet offers this otherwise sweet, milky porter some subdued complexity. roasted malt and some smoke in the finish. good stuff!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a very dark brown with a small, tan, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is filled with dark chocolate, some burnt caramel, campfire smoke, some French roast, and faint anise. The flavor is similar with the addition of the chiles; dark chocolates and burnt caramel, a subtle chile warmth gaining intensity as the flavor progresses, lighter smoke notes, some herbal coffee roast, and faint anise. The palate is seemingly warm from the chiles, medium to full, silky, and less than lively. The beer finishes fairly long with burnt caramel, herbal coffee roast, smoke still in there, and the chiles lingering in the throat. Certainly different from anything I have tried, but could have used less smoke for my tastes. The chiles were nice in their subtlety and lingering effects. While nice to try, it was hard to keep drinking.