umich03jm (2043) - 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.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled December 21st and poured March 19th.
Appearance: Pitch black with a sort of.. frothy (awful word) head on it. No lacing though.
Smell: My immediate thought is Band Aids with the chipotle and malt working together in this one. Not a great smell, but still not awful for some reason.
Taste/feel: Has a bit of that Band Aid flavor one the front, but it turns into a woody/smoked flavor, and then it transforms into almost a nuttiness on the finish. Pretty nice depth of flavor here. The chipotle flavor is definitely there, but the heat? I get none of that at all. If I really think about it, I might the absolute slightest warmth from spice, but it’s pretty much non-existent. That’s a bummer, because I’d expect and enjoy a little bit of heat. Firestarter is an incredibly misleading name for this beer. The feel is really nice -- medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking. The Band Aid flavor and smell suddenly changes into more of a jerky aroma and flavor with the woodiness. The nuttiness on the aftertaste is still there as well. Again, slightest warmth ever from the chipotle, and it’s more on my lips than anything else.
Overall, a good one from Right Brain. $6.99 is a bit high for the bomber I got ($5.99 would be what I’d probably pay for it), but it’s still quite nice. The chipotle presence is nice with the flavor, but some more spice would be welcome. I wouldn’t mind having this one again. Try this one out if you like woody/smokey porters or stouts.
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, smoke, and faint chipotle peppers. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a two finger tan head that eventually fades to a thin film. There us some thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate chocolate and faint roasted malt. The finish has moderate smoke, light coffee, and initially just a hint of chipotle peppers. The pepper flavor really builds after you finish taking a sip. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.
superspak (2681) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/21/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, coffee, smoke, chili pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and smoked pepper notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, light coffee, smoke, chili pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness and pepper spice on the finish with light heat; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, smoke, chili pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and smoked pepper flavors; with a great malt/pepper balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming other than pepper heat on the finish. Overall this is a very nice pepper porter. All around well balanced dark/roasted malt and smoked pepper flavors; and very smooth to drink with the moderate pepper presence. A very enjoyable offering.
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep almost black with a tan head. Aromas lots of chocolate and chipotle smokiness. The aroma follows through to the taste but with a sweet chocolate upfront followed with a light chipotle smokiness but with little or no heat. I believe I would love this beer if it had more bite to it.
firstsip (460) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Royal Oak Beer Fest. Dark pour. Rich mouthfeel. Pepper comes off more as a subtle smokiness here. Not bad, but definitely a mild offering for a chipotle beer.
milewide (1535) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Starts with roasted malt. Some smoke. Heat lingers. One of two similar porters from same brewer. Dark brown color. Average head and body.
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Right Brain. Pour is dark brown with little head but smokey aromas with a little chocolate. Flavor is chipotle heavy... lots of chipotle that covers up the porter to a large extent. I like this beer quite a bit, though.
darb85 (67) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok. No heat. A bit of flavor from peppers but a passable porter. A bit one sided for me
Sledutah (4918) - Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of toasted malts and green peppers. Flavors of roasted malts and some heat in the back of the throat