njager246 (463) - 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 (2249) - 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 (350) - 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 (1132) - 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 - itís 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 (2403) - 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 itís pretty much non-existent. Thatís a bummer, because Iíd 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 itís 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 Iíd probably pay for it), but itís still quite nice. The chipotle presence is nice with the flavor, but some more spice would be welcome. I wouldnít mind having this one again. Try this one out if you like woody/smokey porters or stouts.
Pailhead (5347) - 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. Itís 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. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.
superspak (3070) - 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 (552) - 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.