Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paddle @ Mellow Mushroom w/colleague & beer geek buddy Rick.
Pour: Smooth brown pour. Thin bead of tan foam. Porter-like.
Aroma: Slight-sweet syrupy nose.
Taste: Cocoa/chocolate tone with an amazing peppery finish. Very impressed at the construction of this thing. Iím a hop guy, so even trying this was a "leap of faith". The spices all combine beautifully in this very even, balanced brew.
Overall: I kept sniffing, swirling, and tasting. After each time I tried it I said: My God, this is incredible. I got more and more out of the this beer with every taste. I will pick up a six pack and investigate this phenomenal brew some more. Highly recommended.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber from The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear color brown colored brew with a quick dissipating light tan head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of chocoalte malt, a hint of pepper, herbal spices and a touch of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of chocoalte and mild peppers with a touch of basement cellar with smoke. Finish is neutral with aftertastes of smoked chocolate malt, chili pepper and some floral hops.
Taboada (923) - Compostela (Galiza), - JUL 4, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample tasted at BBF Lab Madrid 2016 on the 02/07/2016. Dark amber, almost brown, colour with a lacing medium beige head. Aroma of cinnammon, mole and other spices. Taste is cinnamon, mole chiles and some caramel and chocolate. Aftertaste is great with spicy presence. A surprise on the mouth! Next one please!
Bricks (976) - Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is medium dark, somewhat lifeless. Smell is of peppers, some malt, cocoa. Taste is of sweetness and peppers. Nice aftertaste. Very different beer.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a motor oil black with a oily brown head. Aromas of chilis, coffee, and some chocolate. Astringent chocolate and coffee flavor, not much chili.
thunderswine (4) - Alabaster, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great chile and cinnamon flavor. Smooth for the ABV. A contender for the crown established by Stone Xocoveza
UXO (1498) - CANADA - APR 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: clear brown with one finger of loose light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: roasty malts, chocolate, red berries, chilli pepper, caramel, cinnamon? (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild spice. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry building spicy finish. (3/5)
Not radically dissimilar to e.g. Prairie Artisanís Christmas Bomb!, in that it has a decently integrated chilli spice, but the thinner body and lighter chocolate flavours donít seem to work quite as well. Certainly Iím not getting the impression of Mexican hot chocolate or mole (molť? my research indicates no) sauce the way I did with Christmas Bomb! The upside here is that although the spice builds, it never becomes overwhelming. Pleasant, but not overly memorable. (13/20)
BeerdedDave (1351) - Beckley, USA - MAR 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown with reddish highlights and a quickly dissipating head; roasted malt aroma with chili spice and alcohol notes; chocolate notes in the aroma come out more as it warms; semi sweet roasted malt with chocolate notes, chilis, and warm alcohol notes; just a bit of heat from the chilis; lots of chocolate and burnt brown sugar notes and slightly smoky chipotle notes
minutemat (4312) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ The Flying Dog, Stockholm. Pours deep brown, off-white head. Chocolate aroma. Taste presents lots of chocolate with a chili kick on the finish.
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bomber into snifter. Pours a dark brown you can just barely see through with an almost white head; head dissipates but never goes away. Aroma is like Mexican hot chocolate - cocoa with sweet/spicy pepper notes. Taste - cocoa, slight spice that lingers throughout the finish, just enough to encourage another drink. Really tasty!
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish hue and topped by a small layer of beige colored foam that settles slowly to a thin film and leaving patches of lace around the glass. The aroma shows notes of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and chili pepper spices with an underlying tone of earthy roast, and toasted caramel and toffee sweetness. The peppers are quite prevalent in the nose, but come across more as spice as opposed to whole peppers. The flavor follows with the dark cocoa and toasted caramel and toffee malts showing a nice sweetness up front and then washed away by the cinnamon, and chili pepper spices. The peppers add a good amount of spice and a touch of heat through out, while notes of vanilla act to balance things out. Medium bodied and fairly smooth with moderate carbonation that leads to a lingering spicy pepper finish with a touch of heat. This is a solid and well made spiced Porter. Tasty stuff.