mjs (4490) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.355 l - bottled on 3 Nov 2011, courtesy of rosenbergh, 20120721) The beer poured black. Its head was small and lightly brown. Aroma had roasted malts, smoke and black pepper. Palate was medium bodied and burning with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, liquorice, smoke, chilli, sweetness, chocolate and bitterness. Aftertaste had roastedness, chocolate and bitterness. The pepper was a bit too hidden but otherwise a decent beer.
lelisboa (62) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I got impressed with the average rate of this beer. I mean it seems a bit overrated to me. Then I started to wonder that I was expecting something but this. So the problem is mine.
Starting from the color: it is dark brown with ruby highlights. Lacing doesn’t exit after 2 minutes and neither head.
Aroma is complex but recognizable for smoked beers: chocolate, cocoa, smoke, liquorice, roasted malts, blablabla and pepper (my god).
Well, taste comes in different levels – as said above – then pepper at the end. It’s too strong the peppery flavor that keep in your mouth and this disliked me. It seem quite unbalanced for me.
And this is the problem of the beer for me. It’s not balanced, the pepper phase dries up all the rest.
I have tried smoke beers but this too inconsistent for me. I’ll never have it again if I can avoid. Good experiment but just for one time.
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl from Dranken Geers, Gent.
Brune claire, col fin disparaissant vire allant sur le café au lait.
Arôme est épicé avec un beau bouquet malt caramel sur ce profile crème brulée caramélisée.
En bouche, caramel avec une base qui me rappelle la Milk Stout de LH. Le tout sur des notes de fumé léger ainsi que un délicieux café torréfié, le tout est agrémenté de piments fumés couvrant la bouche sans pour cela prendre le dessus. Ce profile épicé accompagne la dégustation et chaque gorgée.Palais est épais, malté presque râpeux. Houblon reste discret et ajoute juste une pointe d’amertume.
TET (1570) - FINLAND - JUN 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black beer with a weak, but beautiful, brown head. Aroma is temptating and succesfull, lots of chocolate, nice roastiness, some salt liquirice. Taste is succesfull and similar than aroma, balanced roastiness with sweetness, chocolate, liquirice, interesting and balanced chilis in the aftertaste, chili’s burning nuancees fitts nicely this beer and aftertaste is salt liquirice and very long. Medium+ bodied, very smooth and enjoyable to drink. Great beer, balanced use of chilis gives more added value.
daniele (5210) - ITALY - JUN 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
scura schiuma media non molto persitente leggero cioccolatta liquirizia abbastanza secca discreta tostatura finale piccante
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black colour, dissipating beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, mocha, tobacco, light smoke. Flavour roasted malts, alcohol, light acidic, smoke and quite a bit of spicy heat. The chili pepper is mostly noticeable as some heat in the back of the throat rather than a distinct flavour. Finish is coffee and chili pepper.
Can imagine this beer to be nice next to spicy burritos
(From 355mL -12 fl oz- bottle @ tderoeck’s place. Thanks for sharing!)
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very tasty. A lot of flavor with a light body and all around delicious. Surprisingly so.
mansquito (3281) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grape and Gourmet, VA Beach 12oz ($2): Pours black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of pepper. Taste is not as thick of spicy as would be expected, but the body is really nice and velvety. Taste is more traditional roasted malt and chocolate porter at the front and then it gets into the pepper aspect toward the finish. Some minor sweetness, which I guess is the fruit flavor they speak of, along with a hint of anise. Pretty good, but I was expecting quite a lot.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Bhensonb. Nose is coffee, caramel, and a hint of peppery capsacin. Black with a small cinnamon head. Flavor is coffee and a light amount of Thai peppery heat. Finishes with light heat. Nicely balanced pepper ale.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chocolate and pepper aroma with a dark but thin appearance and a spicy kick on the taste and on the palate.
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