maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours a very dark brown with very little head. Lots of spices in the nose. Hints of chocolate, as well as many things I would expect in Mexican food. A little sweet, a little spicy. Really interesting.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown/black with a small brown head. Light cocoa and spice on the nose. More complexities show as it warms. A lot going on in the mouth. Nice chocolate in the middle surrounded with just enough spice. Nice beer for Fall day watching football.
rhsiung (732) - USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
amazing, what can come out of a can these days. my only regret: having to leave lunar before the 400 wings came out. creamy, bubblegum, medium, smoke, earthy, astringent, flat, brown, thick, golden
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a light brown foamy head. Very little lacing. Aroma is plums and dark fruit. Sweet malty stout aroma. Oh, pretty light bodied, hit of chocolate right off the bat, then bitter roasted flavor that is pretty flat. If the bitter chocolate could last longer this would be great. Starts off impressing, but fizzles out to average
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay, so I bit on this one despite my general aversion to SKA products, mostly because I love stouts with cocoa/chocolate and/or peppers and there are so few of them out there - pour is clear dark brown - initially fizzy, but quickly turns headless and almost still, looking like flat cola - interesting nose, with a complex mix of cinnamon, anise, dates, light cocoa, a hint of smoke, perhaps from the peppers, but no pepper character to speak of - carbonation is low to non-existent and the beer is thin and flabby in the mouth, which is a damn shame because there are some good things happening here - some lactose sweetness up front - followed by drier notes of cocoa, moderate cinnamon, some tartness, date, raisin - slight heat on the tongue, but the spiciness really comes through as a strong warmth at the back of the throat - some interesting and enjoyable individual parts, but as a whole it is a little weak - seems like an attempt to replicate Copper Kettle Mexican Chocolate Stout (suspiciously so, like they were literally trying to copy it) - Copper Kettle’s is much better and quite a bit spicier.
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Preface: I hate peppers/anything with peppers. Pours a clean dark black with copper edges and one finger of tan head. Interesting nose, capsaicin is well integrated but still makes me wretch. Some roast comes through and medium roast coffee. Probably done well enough but I just hate this type of beer.
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz can) clear brown, little to no head. Nose of smoky chiles, cinnamon, brown sugar, spicy, awesome. Taste of smoke, sweet chile, bits of roasted pepper, chocolate, really easy to drink, bit of lactose. Nice.
Scipio (699) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown or black with a tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is unusual yet appealing, with chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, and pepper. Taste is unique. Lots of cinnamon and pepper initially along with cocoa. Chocolaty notes underneath with an impressive spicy zip at the end. Cinnamon and cocoa aftertaste. The spiciness lasts a long time. A bit of sweetness in noticed as well. Medium bodied with some carbonation, and slick when drinking. Burns a little bit. This one is very different for this style, or most anything for that matter. You really must try this to understand what is going on here. I am very impressed.
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. A new beer experience. Just when I thought I had tasted everything, this beer is like none other, yes none, not "no". It may as well be black in color but its not. The head is like bubbles swimming on the surface of a black lake. No, I’m not stoned. You just have to see it. No other beer I have seen does this. The aroma is coffee and anise, the taste, much of the same but accentuated. The mole comes in on the finish and lingers. Its like spicy, licorice, thin coffee, but it is unique and therefore enjoyable. Its what makes you different that’s special.
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Flying Saucer. Thin black with a small brown head. Aroma of cloves, christmas spices, chocolate, and chili pepper. Taste is sweet and clovey with a little bit of pepper. Thin for a stout, but still creamy and smooth.