BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a thick, dense, creamy tan head that slowly receded to a thick fluffy layer while leaving large spots of lacing. Aroma of bakers chocolate, lightly roasted malt, bread (rye?), a soft earthiness, and some dry pepper. Smooth, lightly bitter entry that leads into a moderate roasted maltiness with some hints of light bakers chocolate that leads into a lightly dry earthiness paired with a moderate chalkiness that is overtaken by lightly spicy pepper note that lingers into the finish and becomes a tad overbearing before a light, sweet breadiness peaks through and tries to salvage some of the flavor. Light carbonation and relatively slick mouth feel. Overall, the appearance and aroma are pretty promising, but the lingering, harsh flavor leaves a pretty fair amount to be desired. I am not sure if it’s the peppers that are imparting the chalking, almost medicinal flavors or not, but I am not a fan of that. Bummer.
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml at Patricks. Pours black with dark tan head. Aroma is chilli, coffee, chocolate, earth. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter and burning chilli. Medium to full body, oily, soft carbonation.
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great aroma. Chocolate, roast malt, smoke, bread, earth. Pours black with a lacing brown head. The taste mirrors the aroma with just a hint of the pepper on the back of the throat. Very nice aftertaste as the heat from the pepper lingers. Strange to think of it but it works.
mjmcend (209) - USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of porter chocolate with spicy chipotle notes. Warming smell. Jey black with a thin brown head. Taste is of spicy chili notes, bitter chocolate, and finishes with some heat and spice from the chili. Excellent.
Camons (5648) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Fairbar. Pours black with a small ligh brown head leaving lashes on the side of the glass. Aroma of pepper, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a hint of smoke. Taste is coffee, chocolate, pepper, brown sugar and a chipotte chili leaving a hot warming bite on your tonque. Full body, soft carbonation, creamy mouthfell. Well done with both good balance and a good chili bite. 200111
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent, dark pour for the style with a nearly black body and a full, dense, creamy, dark tan head which is very nearly fully lasting and leaves thick, frothy lace rings. The nose is smoky like the chipotle pepper (almost rauch-like), dark breads, burnt caramels, bakers’ chocolate, light chocolate malt (malt as in malt flavoring, not grain), faint chocolate cake, and a roasted coffee bean note in there as well. The flavor is different with less smoke and more roasted presence; similar chocolate malt notes, chocolate cake and Hershey’s chocolate syrup, light tones of smoky French roast coffee beans, and burnt caramels. The palate is medium to full, very dry but still round and silky, and soft to lively. The finish is very long, especially for a 6.6% beer with rich notes of burnt caramel and dark chocolate, dry restrained roast almost with a cedar-like quality, and ultimately the spiciness of the chipotles leaving a mild burn on the tongue, like a good chile or salsa. Very intriguing beer with all the notes of the pepper (smokiness in the nose, heat in the finish) but never even being more than a complementary note in the beer. Odd how you really got the smoky notes in the nose, not much in the beginning of flavor progression but all the heat on the tongue as the porter notes disappear. The pepper notes worked very well with the base beer adding a unique complexity instead of clashing or contrasting. Very likable beer, even for people who are not big chipotle pepper fans. Mikkeller does amazing work.
boFNjackson (4110) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured black with a fizzy, rocky, brown head. Aroma of meat, slight pepperish, and dark chocolate. Foamy, dry, well carbonated palate. Coated the tongue real nicely. I would equate this beer to like dark chocolate with peppers in it. And like most pepper beers, the heat really creeps in the finish, but the pepper flavor itself is masked.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with a dense dark brown head - looks awesome. Aroma of chipotle that you can smell as soon as you open the bottle. Thick body, flavor of coffee and chocolate. The peppers come through throughout and have a nice bite to them. Well done.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black pour with a creamy brown head. Aroma of chili peppers, chocolate and espresso. Flavor is great chocolate and roasty espresso with a bit of the peppers coming through. Awesome.
3fourths (7884) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2013 dark brown body with an espresso crema head, average retention. nose is harsh dried smoked chiles and solvent with notes of cooked vegetable and fresh coats of paint. the nose stinks of the bottle. slowly overtaken by the warming chocolate and caramel malt. it suffers early for sure. detached and somewhat fizzy carbonation settles into a thin, dissipating finish that seems to concentrate most of the flavor: dark chocolate and smoked chiles with pepperiness - but not heat - and a chalky milk powder yeast note. thin, watery and plastic-flavored flavor, which when more open and integrated with the pepperiness of the chiles, creates a bitter and caustic vitamin chalkiness.