DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottles from Caponeís and Blue Dog. Pours onyx with little to no light through and a half a finger of tan head. Nose is very Celebratory...like liquid Wheaties and not much else, perhaps a bit of blackstrap molasses. Tastes like Wheaties, with a medium palate heft and complexity. Initially, I didnít really get any tobacco or peppers or even hops in this. As it warms, the peppery flavor (black) emerges, as do some hops, but it becomes a little too late for a rating pop. This one ultimately is a minor let down.
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very small beige-ochre head, fast gone over deep-brown beer. Chocolate, point of mocha, burnt and noisette or straciatella . caramelly peanut-filling for chocolate bars, and something artificial-aromatic, as fuel. Bitterish-sweet, with a very nice point of acidity. Finish is hot/alcoholic - roasted and fades away very slowly. Warming up, it gets hot finally revealing the pepper. Very heated (why isnít the ABV on the label? How to expect the US finally adopting an adult attitude towards alcohol if the breweries themselves grovel and bow?). Slick, but rather undercarbonated. Long hot peppery aftertaste. Serious beverage, rather like it. For a pepper beer, very restrained.
Fin (7674) - 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 canít 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
rosenbergh (7353) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle. Bottled 11/03/2011. From bierzwerg.de.
Aroma is roasted malt and cigarette ash. Flavour is roasted malt, sweetness, some warming peppers and sprinkle of hops. Aftertaste is a bit warming. The heat builds up. After all the pepperness is quite subtle.
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured cola brown with a dense cap of medium tan head. The aroma picked up a fairly aggressive dose of smoked peppers over burnt black malts and bakerís chocolate.. smoky malts stuck on the back of the nose.. not overly complex, but I enjoyed it. The flavor found smoked cherry and black patent malts at the core, with a pinch of vanilla laced throughout.. smoked peppers were evident from the get-go, and provided a fine, building warmth through the finish.. never too hot, but you certainly feel it. Medium-bodied and fairly well carbonated on the palate.. well-balanced and tasty. Not the best brew, but Iím glad there are 5 more in the basement.
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - 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 doesnít punish but sure as hell lets you know it is there.
DuffMan (7025) - 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.
motelpogo (6963) - 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
BVery (6939) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Very dark pour with ruby highlights. Head is a clingy off-white. Nose is roasted malts and a hint of sweetness. Smooth palate with a bit of weight. Taste is very interesting - roasty malts at first, then some chocolate, and then here comes the pepper! Awesome!
DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Pitch-black opaque color, except for the very edges. Minimal light tan head. A single, reaching finger or lacing. The name "pepper porter" is accurate, here, and I respect that. If you drink any faster than sipping pace, your palate is blasted by straight black pepper. A similar taste to what youíd get if you buried a bit of whatever it was that youíre eating in a little mountain of fine black pepper, a definite imbalance. If a brew is going for a unique flavor, however, I always want to applaud it if it manages to not hold back. If a featured ingredient is too subtle, then thatís worthless, you know? The amount of pepper flavor is definitely impressive, but it almost hurts, itís so big. Certainly reduces the drinkability, and washes out the nice, initial sweet taste. Some chocolate taste under there, somewhere. A for effort, and for achieving what I assume was the intended result -- canít say that this isnít unique... Just pretty difficult to drink, is all. This would probably be much better enjoyed with a massive meal, like a huge steak, or a bowl of mashed potatoes (just hold the pepper). Have to admit, though, it does grow on me as I go...