Fin (6634) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Gent, Belgium 26th May 2012 had this sat outside Frank (camper) at Knaus camping, Nuremburg, Germany Monday 4th June 2012 Fade to Black, Volume 3 Pepper Porter. Wonderful warmth from the off but it is never too much. Pours black can’t see through it with a tan head I think, supping this whilst snaffling some Bavarian black bread that is wonderfully sour. Smooth and even a little creamy with that background warmth and a light toasty roastiness. Lovely. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium sized thin tan head. Roast and a touch of chocolate, hints of caramel, vanilla, and dark cocoa. Dark roast, chocolate, cocoa, roast. Not much pepper initially, but there’s a nice spicy black pepper note that kicks in slowly. Roast and chocolate and a bit more pepper spice on the finish. Nice.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330 ml
Aroma: dry coffee roast, dark malts, spicy top with leafy hop on walls. Refined.8-
Appearance: brownish black with beige lighter top. Nice looking. 4-
Palate / Taste: medium bodied. Gingerbread softness on brown sugary malts. Darker chocolate on top with slightest hint of heat. So drinkable. Peppery feel increase as you drink.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours darkness with weak tan head. The modest aroma offers up molasses, malt sweetened coffee, earthy chocolate notes and some dark roasted malts. Not knowing what to expect I took a swig and got a pleasing amount of chocolate, a mild amount of dark roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Hmm. Pepper, eh? Well into the finish my palate warmed and warmed as the pepper kicked in with some spicy yet smooth pepper heat. Very cool how the flavor unfolded. With each sip this grows on me too. It has rich dark roasted to chocolate malts, some smoothness across the palate and then a fairly firm level of pepper like heat into the finish that doesn’t punish but sure as hell lets you know it is there.
sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl from Dranken Geers, Gent.
Brune claire, col fin disparaissant vire allant sur le café au lait.
Arôme est épicé avec un beau bouquet malt caramel sur ce profile crème brulée caramélisée.
En bouche, caramel avec une base qui me rappelle la Milk Stout de LH. Le tout sur des notes de fumé léger ainsi que un délicieux café torréfié, le tout est agrémenté de piments fumés couvrant la bouche sans pour cela prendre le dessus. Ce profile épicé accompagne la dégustation et chaque gorgée.Palais est épais, malté presque râpeux. Houblon reste discret et ajoute juste une pointe d’amertume.
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of alcohol, pine needles, vanilla, chipotle pepper.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, burning, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
A bit syrupy sweet and unclean. Not a fan of chile beers either (even though I’m a certified chilehead when it comes to food), so this one had it’s work cut out from the start. Alas, not a fan even though it’s not terrible.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to dixonian, black brown pour with a roast vanilla aroma, flavor of cashew butter, white pepper, coffee, creamy burnt finish
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A solid caramel/chocolaty malt bill leading to a strong spicy ground black pepper finish. An acquired taste
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed 7 months after the first bottle rating. Bottle sent to me by oakbluff, thanks a lot Scott
The look: Black body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is mostly sweet caramelized malts, notes of vanilla and hints of black pepper. In mouth the black pepper is really more upfront, the beer is actually quite peppery. In mouth the malts is also more chocolaty wrapping around the nice caramel. And there is something about the spicy fruitiness of the malt bill that evokes rye. I think there’s a decent hopping here but it is buried in the strong black pepper finish. Appropriate smooth carbonation is full oily body, I liked the mouthfeel. Overall this reminds me of a chocolaty version of the well known Dieu Du Ciel Route Des Épices. I’m a bit of a sucker for Black Pepper ales when they are well done, and this one is. If someone ask me for a good black pepper beer I will recommend this beer, I like to answer beer related questions with precise information and all other questions with “How the hell would I know? Google it up”.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, picked up in the zly Casy downstairs fridge. Black with a thin but persistent beige head; aroma of red grape and truckstop pepper; some warming grilled capsicum flavours, a good deal of heat, some olive brine saltiness and minimal sweetness. Warming and invigorating
DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Radio Maria. Near black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is so nice-- sweet tobacco, light cocoa, subtle smoke. The palate is surprisingly low on sweetness despite the nose, with hard roast playing front and centre, with traits of bitter chocolate, hints of liquorice, and a mild peppery heat that sneaks up on you in the finish. The pepperiness builds over time too, so by the end I was much more aware of it than in the beginning. Quite elegant and nicely structured.