brigg (556) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Dark reddish brown body with a medium light brown head. Interesting aroma--sweet chocolate, peppery chipotle/mole, caramel, cinnamon. Flavor is much the same, and it packs some definite if mild pepper heat; very sweet; dark chocolate and bitterness. Very interesting, but not really my favorite. Light to medium body.
haddon90 (1565) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with a thin, tan head. Strong, cocoa aroma with a hint of vanilla. Spices as well. Interesting taste. Very complex. Spicy, but light cocoa presence too. Very interesting beer. But a very good beer, nonetheless.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at CK. Clear deep red pour with wispy beige lace. Awesome spicy Mexican chocolate nose with beautiful rich complexities. Taste is full on spicy chocolate with rich dessert character. Highly enjoyable. Much better than I could have ever expected.
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oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at ckbb. Super dark brown pour with a beige head. Pepper cocoa nibs in the nose with creamy milk chocolate and moderate spice in the flavor. Reminds me of lyndt pepper chocolate. Simple but delicious. Medium to full body with a roasty finish.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, Vienna. Pours a light brown with an orange tint and a tan head. Aroma chock full of cinnamon and cocoa. Slight hint of chili pepper. Flavor has moderate sweetness, with chocolate, cinammon and chili. Spice is well balanced and does not overpower. A bit of heat from the chilis at the end. Bitter, lightly hopped finish. Very enjoyable.
Leanu (41) - Red Lodge, Montana, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Snifter, draught @ Montana Ale Works. Dark brown with a red hue, and no head upon delivery. Has hints of curry and truffle on the nose. Upon tasting, the first thing that hit me was the carbonation, or so I thought. It turned out to be the attack of spice in the brew. The cool thing is that this initial spice quickly gives way to the chocolate, which thickly coats your tongue before being quickly lifted by the carbonation revealing a powerful finish of the initial curry or ancho/cayenne pepper. Amazing. If unique were the only factor, this would be the best beer of the year thus far.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep ruby red, so deep that the color is only perceptible when held up to the light. Thin, off-white head that hangs around for a while and then dissipates into a moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is unmistakably a mixture of chocolate and cinnamon, sweet and spice. Taste profile is very dense at first and takes a few sips to comprehend. There is an immediate burn from chiles that also lend a slight tinge of saltiness, followed by the sweetness from the chocolate and honey. The chiles reassert themselves near the end. Not much in the way of either malts or hops (make no mistake, the chocolate flavor is from cocoa, not chocolate malts). However, there is some noticeable alcohol--like a brandy. Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery, with some slight carbonation. In sum, a good beer, comparable to efforts by Dogfish Head (Theobroma) and Samuel Adams (The Vixen). I’m forced to admit that I prefer those two slightly over this one, but it is worth a try.
LakeHigh (31) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
What an unusual brew this was. The cinnamon sweetness and habanero came together better than I would have expected. I thought it would be too sweet and candy likd, but it smoothed out as I drank on. Friends and I determined that this beer is perfect to top off a good sweet or milk stout.
douglas88 (7426) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beermongers. I wouldn’t want a ton of this, but damn this is just like Mole. The aroma is heavy spices, chocolate and peppers. The flavor is very good; light peppers, light heat, chocolate, cinnamon. Very good and dead on.
JohnnyJ (4990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pour a clear reddish color, with a thin fizzy off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, fruit, light spice. Flavor starts caramel, chocolate, sweetness, lightly dancing notes of fruit, then back of the pallate all of a sudden huge spicey flavor, lots of pepper and chipotle. Lingering heat in the finish. Nots over the top either. Flavor is great. Unfortunately the body seems quite thin and bubbly. A must try, interesting beer.