johnnnniee (2233) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light, huge tan head shows great retention and moderate lace. Smells mostly of chocolate and alcohol with faint hints of caramel, licorice and a faint spicy earthy tone. I would never guess form the aroma there were chili’s in here. Taste is moderately malty and sweet. Lots of chocolate and caramel flavors up front. Slight melanoid and toffee type flavors midway with a warming earthy spice that lingers long into the finish. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet sticky chocolate mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this brew. The chocolate is there, the bock is there, the peppers provide some nice flavors and subtle heat. Great Job Sam Adams.
MadIndian (2350) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with a earth, smoke and cocoa aroma. Nice chocolate taste, with hint sof smoke and dry / sweet choolate and cinnamon finish. Nice.
tmoreau (2325) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bomber at a recent group tasting. Poured to a sampler with a dark brown color, ruby highlighting, modest, light tan bubbles & foam head, and light, spotty lacing. The nose was distinct and rich cocoa, sweetness, vanilla, and some spice mixed in. The flavor was similar, with maybe a bit pepper under the more noticeable note of soy sauce. Not really any heat to speak of, but a nice novelty brew nonetheless.
skibumma70 (30) - USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth and rich, very dark appearance with a thin tan laced head. Roasted malt, cocoa nibs with a sweet chocolate spicey aftertaste. There is a slight peppery warmth to it when the beer is warmed and sitting for a while. You get more of it when it is warmer rather than straight out of the cooler. A pretty unique, intriguing beer. I love anything different than the norm, and this was a decent attempt at it.
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this a lot. I didn’t get any chili though which may be a good thing. Sweet malty aroma from a dark brown pour. The flavor is malty sweet with a nice roastiness to it. A bit of bitterness cuts through on the back end. Nice lingering finish.
jimhilt (2392) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a one-fingered light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black with faint ruby highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is almost sweet chocolate with cinnamon, no chili. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
bubbleflubber (1787) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black into the glass, with the faintest of ruby to the fringes. The chocolate tan head is initially a 3-finger froth that reduces to a thin cap leaving wispy lace. Chocolate malty aromas abound. The flavors are definitively sweet, with milk and semi-sweet chocolates. The pie spices arrive toward the end of the pull, and the chili pepper does strive to come forth at the back of the tongue, but it just doesn’t hit as full-force as I would have liked. If I hadn’t known the recipe called for it, I don’t know that I would have blithely noted its existence past a "pie spice" contribution. A smooth chocolate milk mouthfeel makes for a nice quaff. I think this brew would suffice better with a touch more complexity, although it does go down well in the transitioning winter mountain weather. Decent enough.
MaBeer1972 (1270) - 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 (1590) - 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 doesn’t make it to the tongue. Good stuff but needs more chili (and cowbell).
Pailhead (4637) - Brownstown, 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, it’s decent, but 22oz was more than I wanted to drink. It really started to wear on me about half way through the bottle.