Ughsmash (7172) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured crystal-clear deep garnet with a thick cap of whitish head. The aroma picked up sweet cocoa and redder fruits with accents of ancho chiles and earthy notes.. very sweet and syrupy, almost to a fault. The flavor was very salty throughout, with cocoa and caramel sweetness backing.. lightly-smoked anchos and vanilla bean surrounded.. rising coffee toward the finish. Medium-bodied on the palate with large sweet and salty character, not always in harmony.. I actually got a lot less mole character than I wanted, and too much sweetness.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bought a bottle of this in Kentucky after trying it on draught at the Party Store.
aroma has chilis and nuttiness.
pours with a nice light brown head.
nice dark brownish red in color
taste is very interesting. Canít say I dont like it. It is very good. Not anything like I was imagining. Very smooth, very very smooth. taste of nuts and a hint of chocolate and coffee. has a wee bit of chili heat at the finish. I really like this. way to go new holland, way to push to somethign new, and come out so well!
markwise (4515) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For what it is, I really enjoyed this beer. Thanks to askofficerfriendly for bringing it along. Pours brown with an off-white head. Nose is earth, spice, slight cocoa/ chocolate , and earthy cumin or mole. Flavor is similar with medium bodied and well balanced spices along with the base beer. Looking forward to trying again.
bluejacket74 (1361) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clearish ruby red/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. Aroma is nice, but light. The beer smells like chocolate, cherries, and some chilies. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of coffee and raisins. The spice gets slightly stronger as the beer warms, but even then the spice flavor isnít really strong. I donít think the flavors mesh together very well, for whatever reason I just donít care for the taste of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís a bit coating but also seems thin at times. Drinkability is decent, itís smooth and not hard to drink at all. I donít think this is a bad beer, but I didnít exactly think it was good either. Itís worth trying once, but I donít think Iíd buy this again.
SrSilliGose (3264) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap at firkin. pours a clear dark plum red witha small offwhite head. bock like dough basement caramel. spices. dirt. ok, not great. also some milk chocolate and pepper and coffee notes. a bit muddled and not enjoyable to drink.
Travlr (12950) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at DC local tasting. Bright clear copper color, 3 bubble head. Aroma of subtle cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon. Taste is chocolate soda, light body. Average.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, light chocolate, light coffee, and slight chili. Poured copper in color with a small, tan head that disappeared except for around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, chocolate, and slight dark ripe fruit. I do not taste the chilies or coffee at all. Medium body. Lightly tingly, then slightly chalky and slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt and chocolate finish is lightly chalky and dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
17thfloor (2432) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2010 Missed this at the Glunz tasting but found a bottle at Binny! Last one. Shared with Davinci. Forgot to take really good notes on this guy. Pours fizzy murky but clear brown with a fizzy head. Flavors are surprisingly mellow, could have expected something way different, light chocolate with touch of a peppery kick, bit of roast, much lighter in body than I was expecting, soda carbonation, quite drinkable. I would prefer something thicker to accent those bold flavors. 188.8.131.52.14
[rerate on tap] banana, harsh, hot, syrupy
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark ruby with a small light tan head. The aroma smells strongly of chilies and cocoa. This could turn out all right, or it could be a disaster. here goes... Sweet and caramely with chile and cocoa in the background. Full syrupy body. Well it is not a disaster but neither is it a success. I would like a lot less sweetness (particularly the out-of-place caramel) and a bit more chili kick. I mean of you are going to brew with chilies the beer ought to at least bite back a bit.
Butters (3811) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a great beer experience for me. I went to a cookout across the street and poured a third of the bottle to marinade an excellent new york strip. I poured another third in a wine glass for myself, and the last third made its way around to the other people in attendance to sample. To me, this beer was fantastic, just the right amount of balance of chile heat and flavor. Just like a good salsa or hot sauce. And the cocoa was everpresent in the flavor. Semi silky palate. Some alc heat as it warmed, but I would love to have this cellared. Nice job.