GTAEgeek (953) - 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.
tmongoose (942) - 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.
Petrucci914 (879) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donít remember much from this brew but I tickíd it high. Enjoyed it at the time.
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 chiliís).
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.
Gachupines (748) - 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.
jcweaver (748) - 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.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Pourhouse in Westmont, NJ. Deep dark espresso color with faint reddish highlights and a thin medium tan head. Aroma of sweet cocoa syrup. Rich chocolate milk flavor right up front followed by a hint of dark fruit and vanilla. A steadily building cayenne chili burn starts about midway through the fourth sip and sticks around through the semisweet chocolate, slightly bitter finish.
hivemind (692) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 9th Ave Vintner enjoyed on 10.29.2011 with Tony the Tiger, a clown, an Eastern European trainer, two priests, and two cats wearing kitten mittens. Pours dark brown to black with an enormous coffee-colored head. Smells like sweet chocolate and earthy malts, but somewhat muted. Palate consists of chocolate, nuts and booze. Slightly warming. Mouthfeel is a little on the heavier side but consistent and still smooth to drink. Good beer.
paultheguru (650) - 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.
gorditoabd (607) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st rating??!! Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a clean dark brown, decent finger or two of tan foam, not too dense. Aroma is oddly muted. Some hints of toasty malt and vanilla but nothing too striking. Taste is also a bit muted in the early palate especially. Eventually some vanilla and mocha kick in, and maybe thereís a hint of cayenne at the end (it picks a bit at the tongue) but itís all a bit more muddled than I had hoped. Maybe as it warms it will pick up some continuity. Iíll give it the benefit of the doubt, but even thn itís an average beer among the craft brew crowds.