Drake (10518) - 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.
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crushed at Smokin Dave’s. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark roast, licorice and dark fruits, and subtle chilies. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Heat builds as it goes down. Quite the winter warmer.
ChainGangGuy (4531) - 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.
Cavie (4042) - 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.
adnielsen (10089) - 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.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
No ’pepper’ detected at first but this is one good porter! Quite a tasty porter and as the beer warms the peppery flavors slowly come through but only ever-so-slightly. Very creamy and smooth and so hard to keep from chugging this tasty brew!
unclemattie (4357) - 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.
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black pour with a slim tan head. big ash / smoke nose with layers of raisin, pepper and licorice. medium to full body - smooth > with hot peppers creeping up over the tongue followed by light smoke, roasted malts and sweet dark fruits in the background. perfect balance of smoke and peppers. hot finish from the peppers, but not too hot... mixed in with sweet malts and grapes / raisin notes.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Whole Foods Devon: Faint aroma of malt, smoke, slight sulfur, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a tiny, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, light smoke, light roasting, and some black pepper. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, slight smoke, light black pepper finish is dry. 7.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown to almost black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pepper. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and pepper with a hint of vanilla. Peppery and slightly chalky finish.