MaBeer1972 (1130) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark ruby black brew. Big frothy tan head. Almost like a nitro stout. Minimal aroma and flavors. Somewhat roasty, very smooth body. Heat is minimal, but lingers on the lips. Complex. ABV really kicks in after a while.
dfinney23 (1004) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a couple fingers of beige head. Aroma is chocolate, cinnamon and a hit of chipotle. Sadly the spice doesnít make it to the tongue. Good stuff but needs more chili (and cowbell).
Pailhead (3859) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists chocolate, lighter caramel, cinnamon, and a hint of pepper. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights when held to the light. It has a three finger tan head that lasts a minute or so before fading to a thick film that leaves behind a combination of webbing and rings for lacing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of milk chocolate. There are some faint cinnamon notes in the background. The finish is a mixture of caramel and light fruit/raisin with the slightest hint of smoke. I did not taste any spicy heat initially, but about half way through the bottle, I did get just a hint of a spicy burn in the back of my throat. As it warms, the alcohol starts to lightly come through. Medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, itís decent, but 22oz was more than I wanted to drink. It really started to wear on me about half way through the bottle.
thornecb (3643) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Off-white head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet dark caramel and cinnamon aromas. Slick with sweet toffee, cocoa and cinnamon front to back - mile cinnamon-like spice burn in the finish.
rougeau13 (1593) - Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with a good sized beige head with decent lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, chipotle, and cinnamon. The taste is malty and chocolatey sweet with a faint hint of pepper. Medium-full bodied and a bit creamy. Decent beer, but the chili aspect is much too faint to really apply.
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Brown, near black pour with a medium light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, maybe some light perceptible heat in the background somewhere. Flavor of chocolate, cinnamon, with a bit of heat towards the end. Finishes almost salty. Same Sam Adams yeast profile as all their other beers. Medium bodied, almost nothing suggesting a bock. This is pretty middle of the road which is what I should have expected.
jtclockwork (5099) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown almost black. Tan head. Nose/taste of cinnamon, vegetal chilis, cocoa nibs and caramel malt. The heat from the chilis is mild and melds well with the chocolate, cinnamon and caramel. Medium body.
Cletus (6177) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a tan lingering head. Smells of chocolate, cinnamon, soy sauce, spicy, earthy. Tastes of spice, chocolate, some subtle heat that is barely noticeable, some tartness, earthy with a medicinal finish. Disappointing.
Arayaga2 (1622) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cola brown/black with a dense inch of light brown head. Aroma is light milk chocolate, and some caramel. Taste is cocoa/ ovaltine, with a very minimal smokey chili presence that lingers into the finish. $6/22oz