Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black pour with some tan head that didnít last very long. Aromas of black pepper, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Flavor is very roasted with more chocolate and some pepper heat. The pepper actually sneaks up on you the more you drink but never overpowers. Another great entry in the Fade to Black series.
bluejacket74 (1125) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/22/11, $9.99 a 6-pack. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. The head retention is good, and thereís a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a bit of pepper and bittersweet chocolate. Lucky, the heat from the peppers is stronger in the taste. In addition to the peppers, thereís also coffee, roasted malt, smoke and milk/bittersweet chocolate flavors noticeable. The peppery heat lingers in the finish, and thereís enough heat to make this brew taste interesting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís smooth and has moderate carbonation. I think itís a good overall brew, I liked it.
arminjewell (5143) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of bottle is dark blackish brown with tan head, aroma has notes of pepper, anise, toffee, chocolate and coffee, with slight hints of dark raisin. Taste is nice balance of anise, lots of smoke and pepper notes, going into dark fruit, toffee, and some molasses, nice coffee and roast notes finishing bitter. Nicely done.
topherh (1898) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is light roast, chocolate, coffee, and spice. Flavor is chcocolate, roasty earthy, smoke and and. a little pepper
Ratman197 (8465) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark redish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, light roastiness, light peper and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, pepper, light roastiness and a hint of vanilla with a smooth lingering pepper finish.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with small tan head. Aroma of cocoa, soft pepper. Flavor is pretty standard porter, with the pepper coming through strongly on the finish, with a lingering burning sensation that was more than I expected but not too overbearing. It was good but I wouldnít drink more than two.
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black color, brown head. Aroma of subtle black pepper. The taste is subtle enough in the taste that this is a very enjoyable beer.
Mora2000 (5104) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a very small tan head. The aroma is classic porter with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes. I also get a hint of smoke in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same. There is a ton of chocolate in the flavor, as well as some roasted and nearly burnt malt. There is a little bit of heat from the peppers as the beer is swallowed and some earthy pepper notes in the flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
mcnealc31 (242) - Elida, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color is perfect and the fragrance promises lots of smoked chiles. There is a lot more depth to the flavor than just chiles, though. Thereís bittersweet chocolate, anise, and the smoky chiles.
There is some subtle heat, and at just a touch under 2000 Scoville units, that puts it at about the same as a poblano. Itís just enough that you know itís got chiles in it.
Smooth, complex, drinkable, and just enough heat to have you know this is something unique.
SSSteve (3548) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. a nearly black beer with no head. lightly smoky nose with milk chocolate and lots of burnt toast. love the big burnt toast flavors in this one. pepper has only a small part here with a light peppery finish. fudgy with toast mostly. palate is medium with low carbonation. proudly continues the tradition of awesome FTB series dark beers!