hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 5-28-2010. This bottled beer pours a small head with a long retention, brown body, no visible carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malty, chocolate, smoky, and chili. The taste is peppery, malty, chocolate, hint of coffee, rich, and chili. The palate is tingly with a warming sensation. This beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
superspak (2909) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/11/2013. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, chili pepper, light coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chili pepper, light coffee, herbal, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Slight pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light coffee, light chili pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with light-moderate chili/coffee presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good chili beer. Good balance, robustness, complexity of malt, yeast ester, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It poured an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of chili with light coffee and sweet malts. The taste was of toffee sweet malts, light chili pepper, and some mocha like coffee sweetness. Decent.
ttroha (363) - Americus, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Dark in color with white head. Aroma of hops and chillies. Taste of chocolate, chili and spices. A slight carbonation. Different but decent
dfinney23 (1901) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of cocoa but would need more chilies to truly taste like mole. Fruitiness seems more sweet cherry than chile pepper.
italarican (1494) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 vintage on New Year’s Eve. Pours a clear, flat mud brown with reddish hue. Aroma has green bell pepper (unfortunate note I get sometimes with coffee beers) and red pepper up front. Slightly cheesy nose with some masked caramel malt. Coffee comes out more in the flavor with plenty of spicy red pepper. Savory and spicy profile. Fairly thin body but a nice lingering red pepper quality. Better balanced than I expected with just enough chocolate malt to back up the spices.
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours hazy mahogany with a small beige head. The aroma is fruity along with some sourness, cocoa, caramel and floral notes - odd. It has a medium / full body with fairly gently carbonation. The flavor begins with soured fruit, lavender, mild cocoa and syrupy sweetness. The finish has that weird sourness, sweet cloying syrup and fruitiness. This was not made for me.
danstone13 (1) - - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Immediately cocoa notes, with a strong kick of spice underneath. Very pleasant.
Filled at The Beer Growler, served in a shaker.
A - A darker brown with amber tint. Opaque, but clear. The head was chocolate shaded white, with a lower-than-moderate retention.
T - Balanced sweet and acidic. The cocoa is the first immediate taste, which is rounded out by a more acidic note from the chilis, leaving a nice smoked cocoa and coffee flavor. Drinks like a spicy mocha, but sweeter that I would have expected. Very drinkable. Chilis mostly evident in the finish.
P - Full bodied, but thin. The thinner nature of this brew suits the taste profile well, as a thicker texture would have made the flavor overbearing. Average carbonation and a long finish. This is a beer that really evolves in your mouth, from sweet into heavy into spicy.
O - Very enjoyable on all accounts. The mouthfeel was pleasant and I think really captured the main notes of a mole. Taste was good, but not as complex as I would have expected. Cocoa seemed to overpower a bit, but I wasn’t complaining too much. Lower retention led to a syrupy flat taste as the drinking continued, but those first sips were nice.
seymour (1514) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shared at GregFest 2013 from a brown bomber bottle into a nonic half pint glass, thanks Greg! But to be honest, cannot understand why this is so highly rated. Clear deep reddish brown colour with thin but persistent beige foam. Tomato and spicy smoked pepper paste in my beer? No thanks. I didn’t detect any cocoa or coffee. Unpleasant fusel alcohols. Heavy sticky sweet mouthfeel that wouldn’t stop. Next, please.
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber->small tumbler. Dark brown with small tan head. Chocolate malt with an overpowering chili spice. Certainly a mole character, would very likely be better with an appropriate meal than on its own. Interesting.