corby112 (2744) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark, deep golden amber color with mahogany edges and a massive off-white foam head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Possibly over carbonated with visible bubbles rising up rapidly. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet, slightly spicy malt aroma with hints of bread, biscuit, caramel and toffee followed by subtle vinous fruit, ground peppers and spicy rye. Subtle earthy pine needle with grass, straw and oily resins. Peppers stand out as it warns along with the toffee, caramel and biscuit. Some rose water and flower petal along with dark berry sweetness. Smells pretty interesting.
Medium body with a strong peppery spice presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and earthy hop bitterness into a lingering dry finish. Lots of crushed chili pepper(but not overly hot/spicy) and spicy rye character giving this beer some uniqueness but it somewhat overpowers the other elements of the style. Muted sweetness but it comes to the forefront as it warms. Some dark berries and candy apple flavor along with caramel and toffee. Yeast character with bread and biscuit before hops come on strong toward the back of the palate. Dry piney bitterness with earthy resins and a touch of citrus sweetness. Oily, dry and bitter complimenting the rye/peppers and balancing the sweetner notes. Nothing to extraordinary but it’s an interesting take on the style. I’m a fan of the strong rye and pepper notes but they tend to overshadow the other flavors.
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating #1146 - Bottle bought at Sherbrooke because of Dragons. This was a deep coppery brown coloured pour with a mild tan foam that faded to a ring. Nose was teddy graham cookies, chocolate, vanilla. Mild alcohol warmth and carbonation (well disguised at 6.8%) Taste is roasty, mild heat from ancho chilies. mild peppery smokiness from the rye grain, mild toffee and caramel malt sweetness. Something has de-"throned" the balance.
BillWyce (887) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured clear copper color with a 2-finger bone-colored head. Aroma of smoky chili pepper and spice, maybe some caramel underneath. Body is medium and well-balanced, with a soft finish. Flavor of nutty malt and spice, giving way to a smoky, fruity note from the ancho. A touch of heat at the back. Mild notes of bitter hops and grass appear as it warms.
JorgeLee (1522) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, picked up somewhere in the US. Deep reddish colour, white foam. Soft mouthfeel, spicy, I guess rye. Maybe chillies although I didn’t get any heat. Big Belgian yeast. Balanced hopping. Quite restrained and yet nice.
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of all foam finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent cola brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The balanced aroma was brown malt and musty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of toffee sweet mild hops and brown malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think this was the most underwhelming of the series so far. The recipe just kinda missed for me. It was easy to drink, but didn’t really have any depth of complexity.
citydave (67) - - JUN 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours plum color with large cream head. Dark fruit and some malt in nose. More hoppy and bitter than I expected.
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color with a large head. Aroma of wheat and light red pepper. Yeasty flavor. Light sweet malt and raisin flavor. The pepper has almost completely faded out. Medium body.
USMC4U (1) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Scrumptious little gem with the Ancho chili’s. Delicious and yeasty, good setiment. Overall a great beer for the price!
Tselloufc88 (277) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Petaluma Market, CA. Aromas of red fruit, funky yeast. Taste is red berries, some herbal resinous, and a slightly spicy finish. Definitely tastes 6.8%. Drinkable, but subtle for its strength.