Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. Large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, citrus and pepper. The taste is sweet malts, nuts, smoke, roasty notes and a peppery finish. Smooth, creamy, medium-full bodied. The spice of the pepper does get tiresome after a while, but overall a very nice beer.
Cavie (3783) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
world Market. This beer pours a dark brown color with slight ruby highlights. Light tan head.
Aroma is certainly roasted and very smoky. Definitely some peat in this.
Flavor is dark roasted notes, smoke, and beef. Light chocolate and dark bitter malts.
unclemattie (4155) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ TacoMac, John’s Creek. Black pour. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, and peppers. Sweet malt flavor, dark fruit, burnt sugars, licorice, coffee bean, and a long green chili tingle. There is a definite pepper flavor in the brew. Simple to find. Very nice beer character, full of everything a Porter should be. Although, over the years, my stomach has become a bit sensitive to spicy foods. The addition of the chili peppers did not settle well. It may have been in a small dose, but the heat was there in the finish. A very nice beer, even though my sissy palate couldn’t handle the tingle.
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Somewhat roasty, delicious cocoa, mild espresso, light pepper aroma. Mild pepper, slightly spicy, milk chocolate, light smoke, roasty malty flavor. Very tasty and easy drinking though the pepper is pretty mild.
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottled On: 09/22/11.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall, light tan, spumy head. No more than a few pencil-prick dots of lace on the way down.
Smell: Already, I get a little sniff of the peppers emanating up from the glass as I pour. Forward notes of chiles, with the roasty, chocolate-scented malts coming in second. Light trace of smokiness, too.
Taste: Sweet, malty beginnings of chocolate bar, caramel, sweetened coffee, and toast. Very slight smokey character preceding a smooth albeit spicy chile quality with, thankfully, no more heat that needed. The hops, at best, add a light spicy hint to aid the peppers, but, for the most part, stay out of the way of the ’guest’ flavoring agent. Faint dark fruitiness. Malty, drying, lightly chile-accented finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Well-rounded, it’s note just a bland, no-thought beer with a gimmicky addition of chiles thrown in, but a fairly smooth, flavorful porter integrated with the heat-inducing peppers. Nice job.
rougeau13 (1987) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with a moderate sized, light brown, spotty lacing head. Aroma of wood smoke, chipotle, vanilla and roasted malt. The taste is lightly smoked roasted malt with hints of vanilla and pepper. Medium-thin bodied, creamy smooth, and slightly dry.
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to dixonian, black brown pour with a roast vanilla aroma, flavor of cashew butter, white pepper, coffee, creamy burnt finish
obguthr (3752) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Meaty charcoal nose. clear mahogany, thin yellow head. Robust, roasted malt. Smoke on the finish. Hints of raisin. Decent, more smoke than pepper. Better than last year’s FTB.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours very dark ruby brown with a small khaki head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, toffee, and smoke. Taste is more of the same with slight chili pepper notes on the finish and pleasant chili burn that hits the back of the throat. A bit thin and watery on the palate. A nice Porter with just enough chili flavor & heat to make it interesting.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/20/11 fade to black 3 @ paps.
fairly black porter color with a small orange tinted light brown head.
a ... cola?, lightly smoky, dark cocoa, earthy (peppers), a little wet/damp, dusty, dark raisins, black peppercorn, salame-like smoke.
flavor has a weird fruity sweetness... earthy business from peppers but not spicy.... more like black peppercorns, dark choco, vinous fruit, spice tingles more as it sits but never becomes commanding. sweetness grows as well and kinda gets annoying by the end. smoky a.t.
kinda light bodied considering the sweetness.