zebra (1801) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
i like "wicked delayed heat". obviously, wicked in a good way. brown, pale, roasty, clove, light, thick, rocky, creamy, leaves, hazy, ginger
Brian2d (43) - SPAIN - DEC 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’m a sucker for spicy beers and this one is an excellent example of this catagory. Very picante and with chocolate, coffee, chipotle. Tasty.
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter a dark cola brown color with almost no head. Batch #106
Aroma of serious chocolate with slight vanilla & booze cinnamon there.
Flavor is wonderfully chocolate milk. Cacao nibs done well here. Thinking I get vanilla and a highly unexpected zing of peppers at the end.
Balance is exceptional. The sweet the spices the surprise pepper.
This beverage is outstanding. Lovin’.
BobbySolo (27) - - MAY 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark with a rich khaki head, the aroma is fantastic and gives away a bit of the subtle cinnamon flavor. Tastes sweet delicious and achieves excellent balance of cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa and then the heat rises up smoothly and almost out of nowhere for an amazing finish. A fantastic beer.
frank0830 (70) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Poured deep brown in my snifter, very beautiful. A strong spice hits the nose at first but is taken over by the chocolate and slight toffee notes. A little coffee comes through. The chocolate comes through, the spice really sneaks up at the end. Wow, what an awesome beer. Thanks Mike for sharing!
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at RBSG. From notes. Loads of chocolate and a decent chili pepper spice. I think I’ll need a bottle of this for myself.
soulpolisher (33) - Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Let this one warm up a bit out of the fridge. Pours black with a tan head that disappeared when I looked away. Aroma is great. Roasted cocoa but the spice was lingering at the end in the back of my sinus cavities. Taste is sweet malty chocolate. The heat comes on in the finish. Nice full oily mouthfeel. Overall a very good spicy beer.
MsBedelia (10) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I found this beer to be unique, exciting, and exactly what I was in the mood for at the time. You can taste the cacao and the chile peppers- but it also still tastes like beer (I.e. it’s not flavored to the point that its not recognizable as beer, a criticism many lob at flavored beers like pumpkin ales, etc). It receives a very high score from me mostly due to its uniqueness and its agreement with my personal taste. But such a bold and brave beer deserves to be rewarded. A friend desrcibed it was a party in one’s mouth, and she’s rit even though that’s a litrle cliché and juvenile. If you don’t like Mexican hot chocolate, you likely won’t like this beer; if you don’t like beer, you likely won’t like this beer (or be on this website). If flavored beers aren’t your thing, you may only give this a medium score. But it was a privilege to taste this beer and will remain a personal favorite for me. Definitely requires long sips, or you’ll miss a lot. Enough to make me a lifelong fan of Pipeworks.
Pfeezor (12) - - AUG 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank at home...pours a cola like syrup with a fair amount of carbonated head...chocolate with strong spices late in the game.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with the boys. Tried side by side with the first batch. This is so much better, it’s almost laughable. Pours a deep brown-black with a tan head. The nose is cinnamon, vanilla, guajillo pepper and a hint of smoke. Cocoa also comes through very nicely. On tasting, there is a pleasant burn at the front, more of the cocoa and vanilla and perfumey cinnamon. All well integrated. Medium-full bodied here and creamy, this stuff is outstanding and just fantastic.