DrnkMcDermott (2781) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Firkin at Bavarian Lodge, 13 oz IPA tulip for $6. Not much smell at first, because the glass is full to the rim so I can’t poke my nose in there. But, a much deeper brown than the average pale ale. A thin ring of foam, well, chile pepper does affect head retention. Still, the beer looks pretty rich. First taste impression is nothing but hops, maybe even more than the regular Dale’s. But then, if I hold the sip a little before swallowing it, I can just get a bit of chile burn in the back of my mouth. Mango would seem to be a pretty light flavor anyway, and this may have fermented out, but there is a thread of fruity sweetness in the back.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at tylers Carrboro. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a thick steady sudsy white head. Nose is light pepper, diacetyll,candied mango. Flavor is relatively spicy upfront, some light fruity notes, but can’t taste much hop flavor or mango. Interesting to try, but I can’t say this one is a success for me. A little too much diacetyl.
Mora2000 (5568) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Common Table. The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head. The aroma has some nice green pepper notes with some mango and orange citrus. The flavor is very similar. I get some light pine, which is accompanied by some nice biscuit malt and juicy mango. There is also a nice amount of flavor from the peppers but only a little bit of heat. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice pepper beer that went very well with brunch.
swoopjones (5666) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Pizza Plant, Transit. Copper orange pour. Mild aroma considering the ingredients. Immediate pepper heat in flavor, caramel maltiness soothe the heat a tad, mango sweetness appears as beer warms a tad. Heat lingers on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask pour at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Welcome to Chicago, Oskar Blues! Pours a well hazed darker orange copper hue, good haze makes it a bit darker and dulled in the body but the glow comes on on the edges. A loose bubbly tannish head sits atop, a small layer remains and laces small. Aromas are distinct bready and toasty malts mixed with a fresh blast of lemony and floral hops. Distinct mango gives is some more fruity citrusy slant, grapefruit hops with a bit of heat showing some presence on the back of the nose as it warms a bit. Really like this fresh fruity nose with a nice peppery accent, earthy chiles. Initial is lighter end of the fold, with some firm floral and citrusy of making some nice hop presence, grapefruit and lemon. Touches of florals and fresh hops grow. Some bready and pale malts overall, jabs of mango, mellow fruit and touches of light prickly heat slowly grow on the palate through the experience. Gentle plucks of chile and Habanero compliment the more vibrant hop/fruit flavors well. Heat builds slowly as opposed to an all out Capsacian attack. Really nice beer here, some vibrant fruit, firm hops (especially considering it’s a cask pour), gentle carbonation, soap and florals with that mango, grapefruit, and citrus sitting well and a slow heat growing in aftertaste and down the esophagus. Really well done. Glad to hear that more new casks and fun offerings should be coming here. I really dug this.