3fourths (8228) - 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.
MrBunn (2507) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Body is a lovely dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is dominated by chocolate, with little else, which initially has me a bit confused and concerned. It’s a good smell for a porter, but I’m worried that the "fire" from the chipotle won’t be strong enough. My initial thoughts after the first sip are similar, until the hot and smoky chipotle hits very late in the aftertaste. You have to wait for it quite a bit and then it takes over... the chocolate and chalky malt up front is a tease and then the good stuff shows up. I really like a beer with some fire added, and this is a very good one.
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a thick tan head and a very smoky aroma. There is an equally smoky flavor with chocolate and flaming chili pepper. It all works pretty well, although I could do with a little less heat.
Meilby (8121) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 750ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, coffee, chili and spices. Taste is medium sweet with a long spicy finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. This is slightly more spicy than the barrel aged version.
chrisv10 (11372) - DENMARK - JAN 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ FairBar. Very dark brown with small brown head. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, pepper and strong chipotle.
fuguestout1 (10) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is black with a finger of hefty brown head and some considerable lacing. Aroma is bitter chocolaes, smoke, pepper, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, smoke, pepper, vanilla, and raisins. Finishes chocolatey and smokey with a slight chili burn that draws out the flaor nicely.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL in the American Chipotle Porter guise. Thanks to argo0. The pour is deep brown to near black with a healthy, deep brown head with big webby lace. Aroma of rubber, tar, charred oak, brine, dry-cured black olives. Taste is slightly spicy up front moving to raisins and dark stone fruits to be finished with a bombardment of capsaicin true chili spice. Long, chili burn finish. Serious chipotle porter.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head and great lacing. Aromas of bitter chocolate, roastiness, earthiness, light smoke, light pepper and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, roastiness, earthiness, light smoke, light chipotle and a hint of vanilla with a smooth dry warming lingering smokey chocolate finish.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin black pour with a tan head. Roasty aroma with smoke and pepper. Very spicy smoky flavor. Burns the tongue. Pepper and chile notes.
nimbleprop (5186) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a viscous, opaque black with a thin, cloudy brown head. Nose is smoke, plastic, burnt bread, brown sugar. Flavor is smokey, plastic, rubber, malty, coffee, cayenne, bread, dark malts, black pepper. Pepper right in the back of the throat. If you like chiles, this is good, but it’s a little abrasive.