brinehart (209) - 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.
RyanK (190) - 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
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.
bigben873 (132) - 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.
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
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks and pours like a stout / porter. Smells like a porter (maybe it’s too cold right now?) Tastes interesting and fantastic! Cola and coffee with some pepper sharpness though the most interesting thing is how the pepper hits ya in the back of the throat in the finish! Very cool, unexpected and tasty. Mrs. Brooha thinks it would go great with cheese of some sort.
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - APR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Left hand continues to produce good beers. FtB is a strong porter, with pepper-chocolate aroma, average long nose-feeling.
Taste is quite well balanced in every part.
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.
drostj (105) - 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!