zenkis (409) - Ogre, LATVIA - OCT 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black in color with almost no top, aroma of roasted malt with spicy-herb and smoky tones. Good bitter in taste and of course fire on the tongue from pepper. I would say that hotness from spices didnít cover other aspects of flavor so this one from spice beer category was good for me.
DrSilverworm (4109) - 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...
Elwood (2959) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks. It pours pitch black with a fading slight tan head. The nose is earthy with slight metallic and ground black pepper. The flavor is mushroom, metallic, some caramel, soy, and aslight touch of heat from the black pepper. Medium body with a lingering off finish. Odd mix of flavors that doesnít work well together.
Ernest (5929) - 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 Iím a certified chilehead when it comes to food), so this one had itís work cut out from the start. Alas, not a fan even though itís not terrible.
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a small head of finely sized light brown quickly diminishing bubbles. The aroma is of mild dark peppery malt. The palate is tingly from start to finish with a mild peppery aftertaste. The flavor is thick with dark malty notes.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours pitch black and nearly opaque with faint mahogany edges and a very thin beige head that immediately disappears without a trace of lacing.
Roasted malt aroma with a touch of smoke along with a prominent pepper presence. Hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with licorice/anise but the chili peppers really come through especially as it warms.
Medium bodied with a decent amount of roasted malt up front with coffee, toast and chocolate notes followed by some light fruit and licorice before the peppers come in on the finish. Tastes kind of sweet with peppery spice up front with subtle vinous notes as well along with the anise/licorice character. The chilies arenít that noticeable until they come on strong in the finish. Plenty of lingering heat along with strong alcohol presence make this one a bit harsh. The pepper flavor isnít that bad but the alcohol and weird licorice notes clash resulting in a bit of a mess. Iím glad I got to try this one but finishing 12oz is proving to be a chore.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
sixer, at the Coops- shared with DjMarky .. . Pours a deep cola black .. light bubbles .. low foam, almost no lacing .. . light tar, sweet roast,.. and almost no spice, basically just heat in the throat .. . a pretty damn weak beer, only when its room temp does some chilli come through, but very disappointing brew- its like they just added chilli flakes to a stout .. . . Heís spinning the ball on his finger! Just take it!
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From notes: Poured into A Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - Pours almost black, with a fleeting head that dissipates into nothing. Not a trace of lacing.
S - Roasted malt, old coffee grinds, licorice, cocoa.
T - Roasted malt, has a slight smoked flavor, dairy and cocoa, minor chili heat.
M - Medium to moderate carbonation, medium body.
An average porter, not what I was expecting. Chili is muted at best and has very dull components. Seems a little forced and underwhelming. Dairy and cacao are present at the end but donít mix like milk chocolate would. Itís a good drinker but itís not worth seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
mile (2475) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Dark brown, small and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish, some roasted malt and light coffee, some spiciness (pepper). Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some roasted malt, light coffee, pepper. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, light roasted malt and lots of pepper. Too much pepper - not enjoyable.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chocolate and pepper aroma with a dark but thin appearance and a spicy kick on the taste and on the palate.
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