mcnealc31 (248) - 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. There’s 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. It’s just enough that you know it’s got chiles in it.
Smooth, complex, drinkable, and just enough heat to have you know this is something unique.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very prevalent pepper-spice. Slight burn in the throat on the back side. A nice unique brew.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark garnet pour with a tan head. Good retention. Recedes to a thin layer of bubbles at the surface. Aroma is smoke, getting some red (hot) chili pepper with a touch of Flea and Anthony Kiedis, hint of coffee. Sweet up front which slowly leads to bitter and finishes balanced with a mild burning in the back of the throat. Not a bad burn, either. Medium-full body, medium low carbonation, hard to tell if there is any alcohol warmth as it could be masked by the peppers. Good beer!
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pepper, pepper and more pepper. Off the beaten path, a nice change in pace as far as the flavor profile. Very good.
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.
brinehart (199) - Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask presentation at the brewery. I was excited to try this beauty on cask, but was a little disappointed. Nose was very subtle and the beer a bit flabby. Pours black with a tan head with beautiful ruby and mahogany hues. Very balanced all the way through with roasty and chocolaty flavors, with chili pepper in the background. The chili flavor is long though - which is nice. I also tried the regular tap version and liked it better. Much better and more vibrant nose and chili flavors. Would give it 7, 4, 8, 3, 16.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nearly opaque black with ruby around the edges and a thin brown head. I detect mostly coffee in the aroma. There’s a good roasted malt sweetness in the flavor, becoming dry and mildly hoppy in the aftertaste. The excellent mouthfeel is appropriately smooth and thick. I don’t know if the smoky pepper and licorice are actually "embossed" like the brewer’s descriptions says, nor do I notice an "herbal smoke ring flourish" (which just sounds like stoner talk to me). Good beer though.
RyanK (152) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 17, 2011
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poors quite dark, light doesn’t shine through. A foamy brownish head appears and stays for a while before dissapating. Smells sweet and Spicey. The "pepper porter" version has the same texture and similar aspects like the strong malt, mild hops and bbq smoke flavor. This one adds pepper which just makes me feel like I have heartburn after every sip. Leaves a dry taste in my mouth like an astray. Didn’t enjoy this one bit
Gerardgathier (140) - - OCT 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 Pours pitch black in the glass with a nice mocca head.First thing to notice when drinking is the overwhelming pepper after taste, ruins the rest of a overall good beer
makromaniak (129) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Okay...i have to use the amount of characters that Ratebeer says soooo...nice porter but a bit unbalanced...nice try though