hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The bouquet is nutty and milk-chocolaty with a whisper of licorice. Full-bodied and silky with moderate carbonation. The flavor provides unsweetened dark chocolate with a mild chili pepper nuance. Finishes minerally and modestly bitter with more lingering heat than expected. Nice.
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Somewhat roasty, delicious cocoa, mild espresso, light pepper aroma. Mild pepper, slightly spicy, milk chocolate, light smoke, roasty malty flavor. Very tasty and easy drinking though the pepper is pretty mild.
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papago. Dark brown, tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses up front, followed by a nice spicy pepper note. Flavor is a nice mix of smoke, peat, pepper and toasty goodness.
pivnizub (9012) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle: Very, very deep ruby-amber coloured, presumably clear, auickly collapsing tanned head, roasty to smoky sweetish-fruity nose; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; slightly drier, slightly more bitter, but still sweet-caramelly finish with a t h r o a t - s c r a t c h i n g peppery aftertaste. The pepper spoils the beer…
Drake (8992) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. Large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, citrus and pepper. The taste is sweet malts, nuts, smoke, roasty notes and a peppery finish. Smooth, creamy, medium-full bodied. The spice of the pepper does get tiresome after a while, but overall a very nice beer.
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barcade Jrsey City. Clear winner of the what I tried tonight. Three-eighths of a n inc of head. on a black bodied. Thick lace. Chile spicey aroma and some stout and licorice. Tasty, it grows on me and I finished my pint.
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and a touch of pepper. Medium body with a roasty character and flavors of smoked malt , chocolate and again just a hint of pepper. The finish is sweet with a roast malt aftertaste. Decent overall.
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Clear, dark brown colour with a beige mid-sized foamy head. Moderately roasted malty aroma with notes of chocolate, leather and peppery spice. Sweet and mildly roasty bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation. Roast-malty base with notes of chocolate and a whiff of smoke; hearty peppery/chilli spices show up from the middle part, lingering into the mildly roasty bitter finish. 13.IV.12
Beerhunter111 (8385) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee, etwas Pfeffer. Geschmack sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, dann kommt die Schärfe des Pfeffers.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel and chocolate malts benefit from fruity angles before pepper balances out the second half and lingers thoroughly on the palate.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the dark brown-edged blackness.
-This is nicely drinkable despite the plump residual sugars.
-Carbonation is soft, helping drinkability.
-Malt structure is relatively simple but effective.
-This is an obvious pairing with steaks of all kinds.