reliantkcar (102) - USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
coffee, roasty, nuts, floral, herbs, cheese, banana, earthy, rotten eggs, cooked vegetables, soy sauce, black, brown, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, paper napkin, medium body, slick feel, flat,
tmoreau (1928) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dispensed to an 8 oz. stemware glass at the Local Tavern in Madison, WI. The color was a clear mahogany with a modest, light tan head that reduced to a small ring and film, and left some light lacing. Although it dissipated rather quickly and didn’t proceed into the flavor, the aroma initially presented a wisp of vinegar, and then showed roastiness, dry cocoa, and a bit of caramel. The flavor added medium hop bitterness, sweetness, and then dry/peppery notes. The alcohol was hidden well by the complexity of flavors. Interesting brew, but the acetic nose did put me off a bit, gave me pause for possible infection, and dropped my rating down at least .4
Trev (1777) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
brownish pour with a quick thin head.
aroma is fruity, chocolately, light coffee like roasted malt.
Flavour is chocolate, earthy maltiness. vanilla. the chili flavour comes on more as the brew warms. Some light bitterness.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served from a 22 ounce bottle into a champagne flute glass at a local grocery store beer tasting event. Deep reddish amber color, but pretty clear. Nice head recedes to a little collar around the glass. Smoky malt notes and some chocolate in the aroma. Unique hto chili powder flavor accentuated with cocoa and coffee flavors. Light to Medium carbonation and a medium mouthfeel with a spicy chili-pepper finish that lingers in the mouth. Not exactly a beer you’d want a lot of -- I think it might work with some smoky cheese or perhaps a pepper crusted steak?
Arayaga2 (1714) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown with an off white head. Aroma is candy corn and oxidized toffeee and chocolate. Taste is mostly chocolatey, and a bit tangy, like something that has been "back-sweetened." Other than a tiny prickly sensation in the background, there is not much hint of any chilis. Slight vanilla and chocolate in the finish. Primary flavors are strong, but additional notes are surprisingly subtle. $10/22oz
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is chilies and a little chocolate. Flavor starts with sweet malt, chocolate, then a little spicy pepper, with a little smoke. Thick oily mouthfeel with a rather lingering finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2718) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample from bottle at Glunz Beer Expo, April 5. Guess I could’ve been "first" if I didn’t have so many notes and so little time. Ah, well. It is brown ale colored in the glass. Nice bit of foam on top. Not getting much of a smell, as the sample’s pretty small. Taste does have some molé to it, but I’m not entirely crazy about the way the chiles were played in, though (I’m jealous, of course, because I made a molé porter once that placed pretty highly in competition. The molé are mild and a little chocolaty. But not much beer backup to it, and if there’s coffee too, it doesn’t help smooth the taste. Just comes across too harsh and bitter, and this from a lover of chile beers.
Strykzone (4218) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Stable. Dark brown with lots of red. Aroma began as beets but as it warmed more and more chocolate appeared. Flavor was also chocolate along with plenty of alcohol. some dark fruit, call it raisins. Feel was rich and pleasant. Too much alcohol in the flavor was a detraction.
milewide (1326) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown color with modest head. Medium body. Sweet up front followed by an interesting combination of grain, chocolate and coffee flavors. Chillies do add a bit of tang.
polomagnifico (1160) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2010
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of rancid cheap coffee and rotten vegetables. Very dark brown hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Taste is semi-sweet and malty. Palate is medium bodied, soft and a little cloying. Fuckin horrible. Second bottle from a different store as I thought the first was infected. I hope New Holland is embarrassed with this rotten crap. Drain pour again. Can I have my $20 back?!