BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a finger of fizzy head that vanishes within ten to fifteen seconds, leaving behind a thin skim and a rocky ring. Aromas of burnt chocolate chips, lingering smoke, mild peppery notes, coffee grounds. Something weakly catches the back of the throat, like ground black pepper or cinnamon. Sweet and slightly watery but blossoms into light roasted malts, bitter, dry chocolate, and peppercorns. A little bit of heat, accentuated by the carbonation and the body. You can feel it linger in your throat and on the top of your tongue. Like a flickering numbness that fades slowly. Aftertaste is slightly smoky. The heat will build, as I found when I got two bottles in, into a nice, warm baseline. Really pleasant. I enjoyed this beer more than the other pepper-concoctions of recent months. Surprisingly drinkable while preserving that little kick of heat that I am sure we’re all hoping for.
RyanK (250) - 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
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.
brinehart (212) - 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.
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.
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 (158) - 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 (141) - 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