jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Not much aroma, maybe a hint of spice and vanilla. Flavor comes in distinct phases that donít really gel and is very light on the palate. Starts off tasting like a cream soda followed by a light chocolate flavor. Ending and finish is pepper, pepper and more pepper that dominates the flavor of the first half of the beer. Interesting but not a great beer.
PorterPounder (6294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Lounge - on tap. Dark black pour, khaki colored head, light lacing. Aroma has some spicy peppery notes, a hint of vanilla. Flavor is interesting and complex. Initially it is sweet and subtle with some vanilla notes and a touch of cherries. Spicy pepper notes come through in the back end and dominate. Flavor fades a bit near the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the flavor. Enjoyable.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had both the Terrapin and Shmaltz versions back to back the other night at Johnís Apt. Thanks Ryan Dank for sharing. Iíll start off by saying that Iím not a big fan of either. Theyíre just not my style at all. The Terrapin is hot. Itís spicy as can be. Not much balance here. The palaate isnít as terrible but the flavor and aromas are lacking. Especially the nose. It was borderline gross. Somebody will love these beers. Not me though.
Rustyham (1807) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Just like everything else from schmaltz, this beer tastes muddy, old, dusty, and unfocused. I donttaste any of the listedingredients, I taste prunes. I couldnítít finish my pour, sorry.
Gachupines (1091) - USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy brown with an off white head. Aroma is vanilla and chilies which makes for an odd but not unpleasant combination. Flavor is a bit more muddled. Strong cocoa with vanilla overtones followed by a heavy spiciness which almost burns. Reminiscent of dark chocolate bars with chilies but oddly less complex. This beer could benefit from a fuller body, I think it would have worked better as a porter. Itís wildly inventive and very interesting, but I canít say it works overall.
TheBeerGod (5598) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a medium, frothy tan head. Aroma is caramel, toasted malt, cocoa and light toffee. Taste is toasted malt, cocoa, light chocolate notes, light chili pepper heat, and caramel. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and a lingering peppery heat. Ends with more caramel, chocolate, cocoa, peppers, and light toffee.
tmoreau (2997) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared with Jack at Lunar Brewing Co., and decided on Duvel glasses for presentation. Poured a dark brown with some ruby highlighting, tan, silk & cream head foam, and clingy waves of lacing. This brew experience started with a mellow, peppery dryness and finished that way. In between were nicely layered notes of smooth malt, roastiness, brown sugar sweetness, molasses, caramel, and toffee. Loved the variety that the yeast instigated, and intensified nicely as it warmed. Full bodied, but not syrupy or cloying, with subtle alcohol warmth. An interesting take on a Strong Ale that was highly appreciated!
GTAEgeek (1504) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a large tan head with lots of lacing. The aroma is coffee and chocolate, caramel, and hay. The flavor is sweet up front, mellow through the middle and burning spiciness in the finish. The palate is light to medium, smooth and clean. The spiciness is powerful and lingers for a long time. Overall, this beer defies style. Like a baltic porter with chiles.
Cybercat (4088) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the bottle a clear dark cola brown with a thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some respectable lacing. Strong aroma is spicy with malty, nutty, earthy and caramel notes. Malty flavor has spicy, nutty, caramel and molasses notes as well as a peppery zing. Average-bodied texture is fairly fizzy with needle-sharp jabs from the pepper. Fortunately, the chili zing is just another player in this delightful beer rather than trying to dominate both taste and texture - they make it feel as if small fireworks are going off on oneís tongue. If you are adventurous when it comes to beer, grab a bottle!
emacgee (4407) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky dark brown with ruby highlights and one finger of creamy tan head. Nose is lightly sweet with caramel and java notes, hints of vanilla beans and spicy chiles. Flavor is a bit more dichotomous, vanilla and chile heat. Some light coffee roast. Spicy palate and dry and light bodied.