BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at PP Carlsbad. Pours with a black hued body and a retentive tan head. Aromas are deeply chocolatey, lightly spicy, earthy, woody, with alcohol. Nutty and a light burn. Flavors are hot with alcohol and spice, chocolate, earthy, medium heat and quite a bit of alcohol. Base beer is a bit hidden. Thick body, low carbonation, velvety mouthfeel.
JohnnyJ (3529) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at PP C’bad. Pitch black, creamy light tan head. Milk chocolate, light jalapeno (not spicy), earthy pepper, and Mexican chocolate. Very smooth and creamy body. Good.
Peacehammer (480) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Cask at Pizza port Carlsbad. pitch black. Excellent spicy chocolate aroma. The cask gives it a milky smoothness. The spicy chocolate flavors really stand out. I love that combo in a big stout.
BOLTZ7555 (2371) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So excited to see this on cask...interested to see how aggressive/assertive the other ingredients would be and how they would play with the already incredible base beer. Truthfully, the subtleties were a bit disappointing. Hint of agave, pinch of jalepeno flavor but without heat, and the Mexican chocolate influence was swallowed up by the already intense cocoa addition. Very tasty...just not different.