Beaver (1668) - 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.
heemer77 (5295) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body with a thick khaki head. Nose of sweet dough and peanuts. Cocoa. The taste is slightly spicy. Cocoa and cola. There is some beans.
whitebear (41) - - APR 14, 2012
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A nice dark brown to black look with a stout appearance. Aroma of heavenly chocolate cocoa. Initial sweetness of a rootbeer with.an addition of chipotlea. Followed with a lasting burn.
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bine and Vine: Appeared as a dark brown color that looked similar to maple syrup while a tiny formation of head rested on top. The aroma is subtle yet has a spicy smell of cinnamon, tamarindo, brown sugar, and Mexican sugar cane/piloncillo. Thankfully, the flavors are even more intense that the aroma and deliver a bold taste of sugary Mexican sugar cane, soda/root beer, tamarindo, black tea, and a spicy burn in the finish such as that of a pelucas push up. I could see how this is a mole recipe, but Iíve never tasted a traditional Mexican mole sauce remotely close to this before.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light ruby brown with little head. Smells of cocoa and big sweetness. Taste is pretty damn dead on to the nose. Big chocolate and brown sugar with a nice spice. Just a great beer.
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Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark brown. Spicy nose. The taste is strong cinnamon and peppers. Not to my liking. Too peppery and cimmamony! Will not buy or drink again.
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TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque dark brown pour with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is strong cinnamon, caramel and peppery spiciness. Taste is cinnamon and caramel up front with sweet malt, peppers, and chocolate in the background. Body is medium and chewy with bubbly carbonation and a moderate heat from the hot peppers. Finishes with more cinnamon notes, not unlike a cinnamon donut, sweet malt, caramel, cocoa, and peppers. More lingering heat here as well. I imagine this going well with chili.
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chestnut brown pour with light fluffy head. Aroma of cocoa. Sweet chocolate flavor up front with some exotic spicing and a pepper flavored finish. Smooth and rich on the tongue. Itís just too darned sweet and the slicing is odd and not really tasty. I didnít really care for it.
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with my wife who nearly fought me for the whole thing! Medium brown with golden highlights and a medium light golden head that persists as a thin veil. Aroma is chocolate and cinnamon and something sweet (cookie batter?). Flavour is exactly reminiscent of the long, skinny, cinnamon pink Christmas candies filled with a central vein of chocolate. I donít know what they are called, but my mom always called them chicken bones. Lovely prickly chilli heat deep in the throat long after the swallow. Such a delicious brew, and no sign at all of the 9% ABV. Just excellent.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours a surprisingly clear dark mahogany color with a two finger light tan color head of decent lacing.
S: Cinnamon, chiles, chocolate...and tomato juice? If I didnít know better, this is slightly reminiscent of a spiced bloody mary. Not completely offputting, but not what I want in a beer.
T: Thankfully much better than the smell. Thereís a noticeable spiciness, not just from the chiles, but from the cinnamon notes. In that regard, it reminds me of a winter warmer - even the malt backbone is very winter warmer-esque. It doesnít seem very spicy at first, but after a while the peppery sensation will build in the back of your throat (and later on the tongue), albeit not overly so. The chocolate notes also increase as one progresses through the drink. This is a beer that improves significantly after several sips, so one shouldnít write this one off after the first swig. It reminds me exactly what a chocolate-spiced mole sauce would taste like, so mission accomplished, New Belgium.
M: Slightly coarse bodied, with a medium body and a slightly numbing finish. It works for what this beer is trying to accomplish. Average carbonation.
O: I love beer, and I love hot food, but Iím not so sure about combining the two. Still, itís a complex, interesting experiment thatís well worth a shot. Good stuff.