Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very deep brown colored body with an inch thick, dense, foamy and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is grainy toffees and a solid amount of cocoa nibs with a moderate sweetness accompanied by a nice, light vanilla. A touch of toast, some dark fruits, and maybe just a hint of pepper. Flavor is cocoa nibs with a bit of a cocoa powder up front with some toffees, grains, and vanilla. Gets fairly earthy in the middle with a few dark fruits as the cocoa picks up towards the end. There is a light chile pepper flavor in the finish alongside the cocoa, vanilla, toast, and earth. Pretty dry with just a hint of chile heat coming in during a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Well balanced with a good amount of cocoa nibs, vanilla, toffee, and earth. I was hoping for a bit more chile pepper, but it is noticeable in the aftertaste. Not bad at all.
brigg (562) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Dark, opaque brown body with a big brown head that clings to the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and traces of vanilla. A nice mild peppery flavor to the beer--pretty unique. The vanilla also comes through, particularly in the finish, and some cocoa as well. It’s sweet with some mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body. A little unusual but well done.
Slipstream (2281) - USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks promising, and it is always nice to imbibe for a good cause. Dark and foamy pour, with a sizzling head. Smells like chocolate and yeast - yeasty chocolate? It tastes malty and earthy, with plenty of chocolate and a mildly astringent finish. Pretty dry and well-balanced - goes down easy for a big beer. Nice.
zvikar (4091) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer of the month, pours like coke with a decent beige head, aroma of wood, vanilla, nuts and milk chocolate, flavor of coffee, mocha, roasted coffee beans, some smoke, bitter towards the end, silky mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, nice
dmac (4965) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits CBR, good call. This was a good beer. Poured a mediumdensity black body underneath a smaller to average sized size frothy off white head. Aroma is dominated by chocolate pudding skins, vanilla extract, brown bread, wet toast, bad citrus, Flavor is loaded with peppers, followed by burnt dark toast, hint of dark toast, more peppers, touch of vanilla and a hint of chocolate. This is one hot beer, better like spice for this one.
BrewBoxer (2482) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reminded me a little of the Jewbalations but not as strong. Dark purple/black color smells of raisins, toffee and cocoa nibs. Taste is the same. Nothing specially out of the ordinary, but not bad.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Foil wrapped, 22oz bottle. Collaboration with Shmaltz Brewing. Vintage 2011. ABV 7.6%.
Dark brown color, thin rocky off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit sugars, date sugar; alcohol, raisin, vanilla extract, cacao. Tastes of dark malts, some chocolate malt. Then there is a peppery tingle. Chili tingle down the back of my throat. Mild heart burn sensation, chili pepper burn in my esophagus, very light heat. Heat is just not my thing. This could have been a pleasant offering, I just don’t dig chili beers. I’ll stick with heat in my food. Very memorable!
tennisjoel (1256) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased while on vacation in North Carolina. Shmaltz seems to have more influence on this beer than Terrapin. I tend to get some of the same malty flavors I get in some of the Hebrew beers, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The chili heat is well done. Not too overpowering, yet still noticeable. A good beer that might benefit slightly if were a little bit more on the hoppy side.
jrob21 (3050) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brickstore. A little bit of a syrupy nutty sort of scotch ale. Back end of this is a little chalky and alcoholic and just sort of weird. Texture is chalky as well. The aroma is a toasty grain. The chalkiness here is ruining the rest of the drink for me.
drfabulous (5233) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to Debi. Big brown body. Raisin. Coca. Some vanilla. Winter spice. Vanilla again toward end.