tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Auburn brown pour with minimal head. Brown sugar seems to be most present, along with some pepper, cocoa, and caramel. Taste showcases more of the pepper, cinnamon. Seems like an american strong ale with a pepper kick. Sort of a weird vegetal flavor lying underneath. While not offputting, it certainly detracts. I love how the pepper is incorporated, but I wish the base beer was more enjoyable. Kind of a mixed bag here.
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa powder and chili spices. Flavor of chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, chili peppers and had a dry spicy finish.
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"totally surprised by this brew. looks like a porter. the smoothness completely covers the 9% abv. aroma and flavor has a nice cocoa edge to it, with subtle but not hiddedn chillies. the cinnamon wins me over, though, in the nose and taste. perfect useage...better than any spiced examples i;ve had to date. bought another bottle even though the price is steep."
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A perfect balance with all of the peppers, caramel and chocolate! A great Lips of Faith addition.
GrandaddyKC (2) - Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
serious weirdness going on with this beer!!! strong spicy almost cinnamon smell at the beginning. spicy notes of hotness offset by a clear chocolate maltiness. cant wait to open up my bottle in my cellar!!
fiercepanda (600) - Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark reddish brown beer. The aroma is pure chocolate. The flavor is milk chocolate and sugar with some spiciness.
Bulk_Carrier (2310) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 12, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Growler from Breeze In, Juneau AK.
The appearance was a light golden amber color. One finger white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute and leaves the same sticky slightly coated looking lacing clingy to the sides of the glass.
The smell uh...where’s the chocolate? Huh? No where to be found no matter how much I let it warm, however, there is a slight cinnamon aroma trying to come through and its mainly coming through like an American Blonde Ale.
The taste had a bland malty sort of cinnamon-ness; no aftertaste, and a quick dry finish trying to pummel my tastebuds.
On the palate, it sat about a light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems ok for the "herbed/spiced" style and yes, I realize this is a chocolate/chile beer, but am not getting as much as I had hoped for.
Overall, God, I really hope I’m not becoming a beer critic here, but all I have to say is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and this is a growler fill, if it wasn’t for the cinnamon, I’d say this is an American Blonde Ale in disguise, I most likely won’t have this again and am now wondering about New Belgium - what are they up to these days? Really, guys? What is this?
jredmond (5738) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at DdC with Streets, Ricky, Andrew, PJ and Brendan. Actually my favorite beer of the night. Pours a deep reddish black body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and additional spices. Mouthfeel is rich vanilla cake, chocolate syrup, caramel candy and cinnamon spice. Great desert beer executed nicely.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Overall: fantastic and boldly flavored. No lack of flavor at all! Strong pepper.. Great mole and cinnamon spice flavor. Slight hop bitterness on the finish brings it all together. The only drawback is that is does come off slightly cloying. However, Appearance: pale orange, with fizzy white head, great clarity
Marheb (2485) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un nez tourbé avec des élans de fèves de cacao brutes, chili, caramel. Le tout prend forme une fois en bouche, le corps est moyen et collant, finale chaude d’alcool et de brûlure pimentée.
AmEricanbrew (6036) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown color with light tan head. Cocoa powder, light roast, cinnamon aromas. Medium body with average carbonation. Nice cinnamon, chocolate, nutty flavors
with some mild chili burn to finish----good