mnmike (1030) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the Sam Adams holiday pack at Sam’s Club. Uniqueness points win the day with this one. Spicy cocoa nibs!
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 pint 6 ounce brown bottle. Opaque deep dark mahogany color with slight tan head. Complex aromas of malt and spice. Full body and rich mouthfeel. Nice dark malt flavors. Slightly sweet flavor balance. Non-traditional but interesting blend of slightly heat-generating flavors and rich maltiness. Overall, OKAY.
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--clear dark dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is dark and smokey with a meaty and roasty malt backbone, along with some slightly earthy toffee tones. Flavor is a little wanting in the palate, with earthy toffee dominating, along with a little roastiness and sweetness. Kinda ’meh’.
maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours a near black color with a small tan head. Nose has a little bit of chili in there with just a hint of chocolate coming through. Taste is very slightly sweet with the chocolate coming through more. Very smooth.
BillWyce (711) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes: Poured deep opaque brown with a 3-finger dark tan/mocha-colored head. A mixture of cocoa and sweet malt aromas with a touch of the chili pepper underneath. Body is medium-to-full with a slight oily thickness. Deep, rich chocolate/cocoa flavor with a mild lingering heat from the peppers underneath. The cinnamon doesn’t really come through on its own, but helps provide a nice depth by mixing with the cocoa and chilies. I wanted a touch more heat, but thie was very good.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definite bock notes on nose tangy soft dark fruit light chili notes. Dont get much.chocolate. dark brown pour reddish hies thin head. Sweet brown bread dark fruit soft chili dry spice. Thinner.body lingering caramelized sweetness. With a light back of mouth sweetness. Pleasantly balanced. Interesting beer.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle poured deep, dark rich brown into a pint glass. Nice khaki head. Sweet aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, & faint chili (way in the background). Flavor is similar to the nose, sweet malt, huge chocolate & yeast. The only hint of chili is the ever so slight numbness left on my tongue. I’d really like some more heat with this one! Medium body, not overly filling. Quite drinkable.
wmubronco1992 (611) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a near black with slight red hue. Large tan head. Aroma of coco with just a little chili spice. Big flavor of chocolate. Hearty palate. Very smooth. Overall I liked this one a lot, but I think its too heavy on the chocolate (if that’s possible) and not quite heavy enough on the heat. If there was more roast and heat this would be delicious.
BillHick420 (424) - North Dakota, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown, with a thick, brownish head. Nose of refined cane sugar, and some dark notes. Aroma of coffee, some chocolate, and some undefined component. That’s probably chili. Not too bad, but nothing special. So far, I have had 3 of 4 of the Sam Adams Small Batch Series. So far, it hasn’t been worth the 26 bucks I paid. They are decent, but overpriced.
BVery (6076) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Town Hall Tap. Rich deep red / brown pour with a pure white head. Sweet chocolate, cocoa, and some chili heat. Fun brew, good stuff.