Garrold (1611) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from StarmoreBoss, Sheffield. Nearly black. Thick, bubbly, lasting, light brown head. Chilli chocolate. Stone fruit. Milk chocolate. Taste is cocoa dry. Light bitter. Palate is full bodied and smooth. Finish is dry and long, light bitter. Some chilli heat right at the end.
KeefOz (952) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BB 14/11/17. Poured an opaque black colour with a thick looking appearance. Dark tan dense foamy head of one- to two-fingers thick with lots of lace. A great looking beer. Aroma of sweet dark chocolate, some molasses, a trace of coffee, maybe smoke and with alcohol well hidden. Good aroma. Taste of quite sweet dark chocolate, malt, a trace of coffee, a trace of smoke and just the right amount of bitterness on the aftertaste but for me the chilli and Mexican spices are quite subdued. Heavy body. Smooth, creamy and dry on the palate with just a hint of spice tinging the tongue. A great beer.
wvhoran (355) - Tasmania, - JUN 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I have had this beer several times both from the bottle and on draught, it is one of those intriguing beers for me that warrants a return visit every so often. Today, it has poured opaque black with a large cloud-like roasty-brown head. The aroma is smooth and whiffs of deep roast malt, sweet caramel malt, chocolate, chilli and light hops. The flavour is moderately sweet with chocolate, chilli, toasty black malt, a little vanilla, overall a great balance of flavours. Quite an oily texture, finishing dry, it comes across as being bigger than 6.6%, not that any alcohol is detectable. This beer is a great achievement.
Sjohnh (220) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Given the ingredients, was expecting something a bit daft and gimmicky. It’s much better than that. Full bodied and oily, it’s a glorious black colour with coffee coloured head and lacing all down the side of the glass. Add the aroma of roasted malt and you’re expecting a strong porter. Some coffee and chocolate in the taste, you can pick out the black bean and other vegetables, and the chilli comes in at the end. Very good.
hawthorne00 (2512) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 12C. Black with a tan head that laces extravagantly. First sniff is of a smoky, heavily roasted and somewhat piney stout - and a stronger one than 6.6%. Then other things emerge - masa dough, milk, dried chiles, chocolate. Very silky texture, lowish carbonation. There’s a brief burst of heat at the start, then the chile flavours meld into milky chocolate. And the smokiness disappears into the roast and chocolate. Not all that sweet with a little bitterness poking through at the end. No extra points for cleverness.
EvilCat (87) - FRANCE - JUN 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014 Bouteille. Moustache Blanche. Très belle allure, une robe d’un noir profond, col de mousse épais , beige, crémeux . Au nez c’est le chocolat noir torréfié et l’amande grillée qui dominent . En bouche c’est soyeux , lacté, légère carbonation piquante. L’attaque est douce et acidulée , puis on est sur les malts noirs grillés, et des notes éparses indéfinissables, végétales et épicées ,la finale est saline et piquante. Une porter de très bonne facture . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ST247 (391) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @home. Pours black with a creamy, stable brown head. Aroma has chili, chocolate. Taste is a bit sweet, chocolate, hints of chili. Full body. Finish is dry with a chocolate bitterness.
reebtogi (4310) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml capped bottle pours black in color with a finger brown head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate with hints of coffee and smoke. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a coffee and roasted grain bitterness with some heat from the chilies. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Well done and recommended.
Rune (8348) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle bought at Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Cph. Shared with Skinnyviking. Motor oily pour. Jet black body with a creamy, brownish head. Fair lacing. Sweet chocolate and liquorice nose, added by spices. Taste of coffee, cocoa, and dark chocolate, carefully spiced with chilli. Malty bitterness to the ending. Fine bodied. Tasty, rather heavy to drink (hotel room, Copenhagen 03.05.2014).
Krjukoff (17) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From tap, poured almost black with nice foam. The smell is of chocolate and coffee, mostly coffee and some vanilla. Sweet taste with a bitter and mildly burning end.