lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma - malt on the nose, toffee, nuts
appearance - very dark, handsome light tan head
taste - dark chocolate, cedar, the pepper is there but light.
palate - light cream, soft bubbles.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark oily black. Very little head. Aromas of smoke, cocoa, caramel, milk chocolate, metallic, sour and a little dark fruits. First taste is smokey, spicy and peppery. Different. Some cocoa and milk chocolate notes come through in the middle and finishes with a spicy cream flavor. Mouthfeel is very oily, pretty thin and the pepper lingers. Interesting beer, pretty tasty too.
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Twelve ounce bottle poured into my dogfish snifter. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head with medium retention. Smells largely of chocolate, a little medium roast coffee, and a little chili spice. Flavor is a little lighter than expected but has a nice chocolate flavor. The pepper heat really brings everything together. Palate got a little flat after a bit. Very sessionable for the style as well as the abv. Overall pretty solid for left hand. Cheers!
drostj (96) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark black with a light head. Very rich smoky malted aroma. Rich full taste with a big dose of licorice and dark roasted malt; slightly sweet and a bit peppery. Full rich feel in the mouth. Very nice beer!
bigben873 (95) - Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - Smells like a nice java stout
Appearance - Deep dark brown, light head
Taste - slight smoky flavor
Palate - Creamy finish
Overall - I’m not a huge porter fan, but this is a pretty tasty bear for a variation.
Jerm719 (89) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild nose. Mild sweet chocolate, roasted chipotle peppers. Light lactose, bit of earthy hops. Nice body, long finish. Almost like a chocolate covered (very mild) jalapeño. Niced balanced well made chili porter.
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
roasted, roasted, roasted....Pepper, not that much. For me it’s all roasted malts, but it tastes great! Try it! I will re-review it in a few days. But for now it’s one dimensionnal as far as tastes goes, ROASTED. But a good beer none the less!
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler pour from Vintage Estate, Boardman, OH. Pours a black color with a decent, fizzy brown head, decent lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pepper (a bit medicinal), nutty, licorice, and earthy. Flavor is chocolate, jalapeno, smoke, licorice, and a hint of earthiness. Pepper opens up as the beer warms. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Heat sticks around for a decent while. Good beer.
HartManSam (75) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Beer Geeks. Dark beer with chile. Interesting beer. I liked it and the warmth the pepper brings. =)
gorlandi (68) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown almost black with a thin tan head. Has a nice body with a crisp bubbly carbonation. The aroma is sweet with hints of pepper, the taste is delicious. It is sweet and smoky cocoa flavor, the pepper spice comes a little later but is not overwhelming. The balance of the pepper spice with the flavor of the beer is awesome. Definitely a top porter.