patricks110 (1956) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the tastiest brews I’ve ever had. Pours a purely opaque black with a finger of dark tan head. The nose is sweet and woody with a hint of smoky sultry barrel and a massive roast atop notes of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and scotch. The middle is sweet and almost syrupy with notes of subtle chocolate and vanilla and a French roast espresso bean coming through. The finish is dry with medium bitterness from the roast (no hop detected really) and a lingering earthy wooden note. This is a really complex brew with a great array of flavors. Scotch wood lingers in the aftertaste with a big torrefaction coffee flavor. Full bodied and almost syrupy. Drinks like an Imperial Stout, but only 6.6%. WOW
VertBaconStrips (2151) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the end I like this version better despite the near total fade of the pepper effect. Black with a medium brown cap and sparse spotting. The sweet strength of the speyside dosage has not entirely killed the pepper like the flavour had happen to it. Mellow scotch notes showing vanilla, borderline grains and apple, deep nonsweet roast, maraschino cherries, biscuit, dark chocolate somewhere maybe and maybe even a relative to soy sauce... not sure but it all smells good minus the lack of chipotle that was so prominent in the regular version. The first thing that hits in the flavour is a sweet red fruit thing that does morph into the veggie pepper flavour uniformly. The heat comes mainly near the finish but in a mellow way. Smooth and soft mouthfeel and taste. Plenty of hard roast and vanilla and chalk, fuck balls - Suicidal Tendencies: Controlled by Hatred.... how did I forget about this song for years? Scotchness, xnerg. Yes, xnerg. Finishes strong and clean with lots of roast, a bit of scotch woodiness, a slight heat and a drying end.
Ratman197 (10830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml green bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, scotch, vanilla, roastiness, chipotles and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, scotch, roastiness, vanilla, light chipotle and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering chocolate scotch finish.
Sarlacc83 (1218) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is opaque black, 1/2in cappucino head, sticks nicely to the glass. Nose of bakers chocolate, honey and butterscotch from the whisky, some peppers. Pretty one dimensional though. Tastes of chocolate and coffee as par for the course. Some oak, but if I didn’t know this was Speyside aged, I wouldn’t have guessed. Mouthfeel is coating and pretty much on cue for a porter. No complaints. Overall, it drinks really well and is very well balanced, especially for being a pepper beer. However, it’s not terribly complex, which is a shame.
ComradeK (1064) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a smallish dark tan head, which lasts fairly well and leaves good lacing. Bitter dark chocolate and coffee notes are blended with the peaty, maritime tang of Speyside scotch and the smoky heat of chipotle chilli in an unusual but very pleasant aroma. Mild herbal hops mix with more powerful chipotle smokiness up front before giving way to smooth, dark malt notes of black coffee and dark chocolate. The Speyside barrel ageing becomes more evident towards the finish, with a definite flavour of peat and faint brine notes. The chipotle asserts itself strongly at the end, leaving a lingering smoky heat. On paper the combination of porter, chilli and whisky does sound a bit odd, but it works very well. The result is an unusual but very impressive beer.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of DEET, bourbon, chilies, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, chilies, smoke, bread, wood, and caramel with a dry finish.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours out a simple-looking, black body with a smallish, dark tan head.
Smell: Moderately roasty, smoky aroma staked by reserved notes of chipotle peppers, peat-smelling Speyside whiskey, chocolate, and caramel.
Taste: Essentially roasted malts with a fair amount of upfront sweetness and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Heat from the added peppers begins slinking in, building on the tongue. Noted smoke element contributed by the malts as well as the chipotles. Little hints of sea salt caramel, vanilla, earthy peat. Dry finish with some lingering pepper heat.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I thought it was alright. Yep, just alright.
jkwood04 (4503) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle in a lager glass. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, whiskey, some hints of chipotle but not a lot, and some floral hops. Flavour the same with a lot of whiskey. Thick texture. A really good beer.
BBB63 (6392) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Pours basically black with a deep tan frothy lasting head and nice lacing. The aroma has notes of Scotch whisky, oak, vanilla bean, peat smoke, leather, Cavendish pipe tobacco, bakers chocolate, walnut, green apples, grapefruit, pine needles, a tad catty, and a hint of sea salt... no aroma of any Chipotle peppers. The taste is basically a nice deep robusta porter aged in a floral Speyside barrel with nutty and earthy components throughout. It is not till the sip is long gone that a MILD spicy heat comes about. It works it magic but I sit here still wanting more... much more. The palate is expected ashy and soft. Add a bit more Chipote, a bit more smoke and less green apple this would be a big hit. That said I would gladly still spend the monies for the other versions of this brew.
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. This one was quite pricey at $12.
4.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of medium brown, frothy/creamy head. Retention is very good and a healthy sized ring of lacing is left behind.
4.5 S: I love me some chilis and this beer has the chipotles way up in the forefront. After that there’s ample chocolate. The whiskey isn’t very strong. If I hadn’t read the label, I probably wouldn’t have even detected it. Supple roastiness and maybe a touch of oak and caramel. I don’t think I’d be this impressed if the chipotles weren’t done perfectly.
3.5 T: The flavors don’t mesh nearly as well in the taste. Foremost, the whiskey seems to be a bit off as it gives out a leathery tanginess that I don’t quite care for. Too much peat as well. The chilis are done very well again though. They add a great flavor while being reserved with the heat. The chocolate and roastiness are congruent with the peppers. Moderately powerful smokiness. I think if I got a hold of the regular version, I’d like it better.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use some more creaminess. Tannic astringency on finish.
3.5 D: This was a tasty beer, but I think it’s mostly due to the peppers. The barrel aging did not improve this beer and I feel confident saying that without having had the original.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-04-2012 02:41:20