mckieran (12) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Full bodied, brewed with only two ingredients: fire and smoke. This beer is amazing, basically brewed for temperatures below 40 degrees. Moreover you can marinate steak with this beer, make beef stew, etc, its every bit as much culinary as it is a good beer.
flatmatt (1316) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan head. Cocoa roasty aroma with a slight bit of heat. Smoky pepper flavor, roasty coffee and cocoa. Well done here.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at Crunchy’s dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, roast, pepper, some slight coffee notes into a bit of dark fruit, smoke, chipotle notes. Taste was a mix of dark fruit, coffee, nice cocoa powder into a bit of smoky, peppery notes with a hint of heat, slight roast, finishing slightly bitter.
gregwilsonstl (1567) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black. No head. Super Smokey. Rounds out to chipotle at the end. Nice. Would be really good w bbq. Tasted at Right Brain.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Completely black with a luscious, foamy tan head. Creamy. Aroma is simple, but enjoyable. Roasted malt, light cocoa powder, semisweet chocolate, & a touch of back-end peppery spice. Big baker’s cocoa & a heavy toasted nut compliment up front with each sip. Peppers creep in thereafter, tingling the senses with a nice amount of heat. Builds with each sip. The chocolate malts & nuttiness try to maintain balance but the heat is pretty intense about halfway through the beer. Quite tasty, as I typically like spicy things, but smaller sample sizes are definitely the way to go.
njager246 (678) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is, bread and roasted malts, taste is chocolate a little vanilla and peppers on the back, not too spicey, very nice
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Porch Nite. Pours a dark brown with two fingers of tan head. Aroma is malty and slightly roasty. No real pepper on the nose. Flavor is roasty with some dark fruits and maltiness. Very smooth. Not really any chipotle flavor but there is some burn on the finish. Overall, a nice porter.
TheBear11D (364) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Firestarter pours black with a dark brown head that lasts a bit. The aroma is chocolate, caramel and a bit of spicy pepper. The flavor is chocolate and caramel initially with the pepper joining in the aftertaste and the spice hanging on for a while. Overall this is a pretty decent brew.
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from a 22 oz bomber, it pours out a chocolatey brown like a porter should, with a hint of smoke and some other tangy/spicy elements that are hard to pin down. chipotle character is more apparent in the flavor, although to call the heat even "mild" is an overstatement - it’s more of a peppery element than anything spicy or hot. it becomes a little more acidic throughout the lifetime of the glass with a rougher finish. decent i guess.
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Slows. Pours black with a small creamy head that lingers nicely and leaves nice webbing. Aroma is a nice mix of sweet cocoa cereal, smokey peppers, and roast. Taste is the same with an almost sugary chocolate cereal flavor. Nice smokey pepper finish. Soft carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Solid but wish it was just a little less sweet.