MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at East Nas Beer Fest Truly one of the best spiced beers that I have ever had. Notes of cinnamin, spices, red pepper. Still not my favorite style of beer. But this is drinkable. Enough sugar and sweetness to balance the beat. Blends very well with La Folie.
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - APR 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle dark brown color with small tan head. Aroma of coffee in the beginning with lots of chili pepper taste. Taste of chocolate after it warms up.
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It has a dark brown color in the glass with a mild cocoa aroma. The taste has spice up front with some coffee. The chocolate is mild probably because the spice is so dominant. Even after finishing I could still taste for 20 minutes.
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a small tan head. Nose is lots of malt and chili pepper. Flavor is coco and a bit of chili pepper, but mostly lots of malt. Too much malt. A fine beer, but not spectacular.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle) Pour is brownish..Nose is sweet and spicy, Ancho, chipotle, chocolate, caramel.,.Taste is chocolate malts, spice, chili, ancho, caramel, earth..Palate is light spice
Erika_Jay (5) - - APR 20, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very interesting and well balanced beer. The nose is definitely a pleasant cinnamon and chocolate. There is a little bit of malty sweetness when you first taste it, followed by strong cinnamon and chocolate. The spice and heat hit you in the back of the throat and linger long after you have taken a sip. This is one of those beers that tastes exactly as you expect it to and is not particularly subtle...but, mostly, in a good way. My one complaint is that the spice is a little to much and lingers a little too long in my throat. I imagine it might be a little hard pairing this to some foods for that reason. Definitely a slow sipper at the end of an evening.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: Mahogany hued with a small but lasting frothy head, some lace. The aroma has notes of cocoa nibs and powered milk chocolate, ancho and chipotle chilies, some cinnamon and ginger, slightly pumpernickel bread, caramel and roast. Smells very inviting indeed!
The taste displays a sweet chocolate and sweet malt character at first along with some candied ginger, frosted cinnamon buns and slight juicy fruit gum notes before a sneaky spicy heat comes about on the finish which continues to gain strength but never completely overpowered the malts. Mostly balanced and I for one am glad there are no hop characteristics noticed to muck up the concave of flavors. This just tastes so old school and traditional like some of the spiced Norwegian beers do. MIKEY LIKEY! The mouth feel is a tad tepid but with that heat on the backend you really do not have much a need for slick or oily components.
Unlike many chilies beers (here is looking at you Sam Adams The Vixen, Stone 11.11.11 and New Holland el Mole Ocho) this one formed a wonderful marriage between savory and spicy... perhaps a dash of lime could have taken it over the top but I am happy with the way it is. YEAH BEER!
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with a medium head. Aroma of chili peppers and a little chocolate. Medium bodied with some reasonable chocolate and some pretty good chili taste. More chili taste and less chocolate than I thought.
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rougeau13 (2547) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, clear, ruby-brown with a modest sized khaki head and solid lacing. Aroma is a little mild, but consists of cocoa, chile, and cinnamon. The taste is full of cinnamon and cocoa with a nice chile pepper accent. Medium bodied and creamy with a very slight chile heat. Iíve never had anything like this. Very dessert-like.
Beaver (1640) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark reddiish brown with a smallish fizzy creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is awesome - sweet chocolate, cinnamon and chili spices (mole).
The flavor is sweet chocolate and cinnamon with a chili spice kick in the finish. Thereís a sublte vegetal note, that I donít recall in fresher samples. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.
Overall, I really like this. Itís a nice blend of chocolate, cinnamon and chili spice. It has good heat, but is not the standard chili beer.