tgncc (2956) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is chocolate, nuts, vanilla. The appearance is brown, white head. The flavor is malty, chocolate, brown sugar, resiny hops, hot peppers (just enough to be enjoyable). The finish is peppers, resiny hops. Again, the peppers are pleasantly subtle. Medium/thick in body. Prety good, unusual and unique.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany in color, lacking in lacing and head retention. Aroma not huge, but flavor profile. Cocoa nibs first, then vanilla, then the head from the peppers. Nice chocolate notes.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Caramelly malts on the nose with brown sugar aromas. Pours a rich brown color. Caramel malts up front with chocolate notes after about the 3rd sip you get a tingle in the throat. Nice spice!
TURDFERGUSON (4002) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy dark brown with a small white head. Nose of cocoa, peppers, light vanilla, spices, pumpkin. Peppers are more noticeable in the flavor, cocoa and vanilla are more faint. A little one-demensional, but drinkable. Doubt I’d drink this again though.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Whole Foods, Raleigh. Woo-ha this fucker is not shy about the chilis. I’m not saying it’s like pure habanero salsa, but it’s more than the modest Chocolate Yeti thing I was expecting (and more along the lines of that Danish chili tripel whose name I can’t remember). Dark ruby pour with a moderate head and carbonation, leaving sticky lacing. Nose is mild bourbon and sweet malts. Body is medium, but the taste is pretty aggressive. The vanilla and oak in the nose are more or less scorched here, and the chilis run riot. Decent but 22oz seems pretty imposing for such a one-dimensional beer.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one had a deep amber body with a sudsy thick head. Aromas were light yet floral of yeast, vanilla and peppers with some roasted notes as well. Tasted pretty malty upfront, but settled into a mellow cocoa and vanilla aftertaste. Sip by sip revealed a nice spiciness from the peppers. Light drinkable and unique is all I can say here.
zizzybalubba (1537) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Muddy brown pour with a foamy khaki head. Cola-like aroma with sweet caramel malts dominating the nose and hints of floral hops faintly in the background. The flavor is hard to pinpoint although I guess vanilla is the easiest flavor to recognize. It almost comes off as a strong brown ale in trying to compare it to anything. Nothing really jumps out at first but the heat from the chilies does make itself known eventually. Overall drinkable but very forgettable.
ChainGangGuy (4451) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a medium brown body with a fairly high-standing cap of lightly tan foam, though it founders quickly.
Smell: Sweet-scented aroma of sugary chocolate, caramel, and vanilla bean, with a bit of dark fruitiness underneath and even less of that chopped green chiles.
Taste: Toasty, chocolaty, caramelly malts with a medium degree of sweetness at the start, then, some of the promised vanilla, some of the nibs (though more of a Tootsie Roll element), and some of the spicy chili peppers (delivering no more heat than needed - or wanted). Slight hint of raisin. Modestly nutty. Herbal undertones preclude a mild bitterness. Lingering chili pepper spice beyond the sweetish, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Fairly flavorful and interesting. It’s not great, but it’s pretty good. Always glad to use my alcoholism to help sick people.
deyholla (7315) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can’t remember who sent this, but thanks for the bottle! Pours a cloudy deep brown with a slight ruby hue and a earthy white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains with some toffee and vanilla. Flavor begins with sweet grains and a bit of earthiness, with some vanilla and toffee coming out in the finish.
Roonai (281) - - SEP 2, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by deyholla- thanks Derek! Pours a deep fig-mahogany. nose is malts, slight deep /dark fruits and a hint or red wine. taste shares the notes, but ends in a distinct red wine taste i cant shake. Im torn; super interesting and semichallenging beer but also not my cup of tea.