7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tulip.Purple color small white head. the smell is actually weak all I get is medicinal alcohol. It taste Mostly like prunes and I can sense the coco and at the back I do get some of the chilli but absolutely no vanilla. The best about the beer it has to be the mouth feel, it has a sense of dustiness like a cocoa would feel like.
tmongoose (933) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft at wwbf (asheville) poured dark brown and you could smell the chocolate and vanilla up front. gave it a few seconds to breathe and the flavor was quite enjoyable with that chocolate and vanilla mixing well with the sweet maltiness and the hops. a little bit of a back bite on the end i do believe the pepper was kicking in overall a nice beer.
mcmisko (348) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a light brown fluffy head. Vanilla and cocoa is very easy to smell. Nice simple taste, with hints of cocoa, vanilla, and a little bown sugar and banana. Texture is pretty thin. Not much of an after taste. Just a little bitterness from the hops to leave you with. I enjoy it, but is not the most interesting collaboration, and a very safe beer.
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from GBX. This is a very dark brown ale, looks more like a porter or something of the sort. Good head retention and lacing as well. The aroma is sweet and balanced with pronounced bite from the peppers. The vanilla is thankfully quite mild. I was surprised at the amount of heat in the flavor. It is not overwhelming at all, but is noticed after every sip and provides a pleasant burn to counter the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla. I am so impressed that Terrapin has managed to use spices, especially vanilla which is so often overdone, in good taste.
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight mahogany hue and a thick frothy light brown head that dissipated slowly down to a layer of fluffy residue that puddled on top and lasted throughout, which created some really excellent sheeting of lace on the glass.
The aroma was upfront with a strong alcohol scent followed by a dark roasted malt and a sweaty doughy yeast with notes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, some dark fruit and a peppery spice (probably from the chili’s).
The taste was mildly sweet and very malty with hints of chocolate and vanilla at first and then had a nice dose of coffee and dark fruit take hold with a pronounced peppery finish. The flavor lasted a short while after the swallow leaving behind a chili pepper bite to linger on well after everything else faded.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and a bit oily and quite creamy in texture with a soft carbonation.
Overall definitely a different twist on a brew, bold tasting with a surprising spicy finish.
wedgie9 (1664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 1/12/12 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Midtown. Pours a muddy dark brown with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to fairly thick lace, leaving a ton of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is full of toasted cocoa nibs and vanilla, with additional chocolate and caramel malt, and maybe a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is the same with sweet chocolate and vanilla up front, moving to the toasted and roasted cocoa nibs, and some chili pepper spice starting to kick in. The body is full with a creamy texture, average, but very smooth carbonation, and a long finish that starts off with some vanilla and cocoa, but ultimately finishes with pretty intense chili pepper burn on the back of my throat and belly.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head which dissipates rather quickly. Very chocolaty aroma, almost heavy as you need to take a deep inhale to pull the aromas away from the surface of the beer. Some anise, vegetal aromas, some strong brewed tea and a bit of spicyness. Color is a dark reddish brown. Lots more chocolate in the flavor with a bit of vanilla and a late onset of heat from the chilli peppers. Just as the description states. Just a hint of the peppers so they don’t dominate the flavor which is nice. Lingering spicy and dry chalkyness. An interesting and decent brew.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear reddish brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of maple syrup, caramel and grain. Caramel and chocolate malt flavor up front, then a bit of pepper before a sweet malty finish.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: September 04, 2011
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: light dark chocolate and peppery aroma, hint of vanilla sweetness
Flavor: bitter dark chocolate flavor, hint of spicyness, dry and bitter, just a touch of the vanilla sweetness coming through to offset the heavy bitterness of the dark malts, peppers adds nice depth and a hot pepper finish
Overall: much drier and more bitter than the Shmaltz version
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a dark brown color with a small white head. Aroma is of lots of chocolate, cocoa, and light roasty notes. Taste is very rich chocolate, sweet vanilla, some spice, roast and a building lingering chili pepper note on the finish, which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Very tasty!