ekstedt (5076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget. Black with fizzy brief beige head. Strong chile pepper aromas with some roasted chocolate aromas in the background. A light hot burning aftertaste.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Black pour with a tall, brown head. Aroma is cocoa, peppers, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is cinnamon, peppers, dark chocolate, roasted malt and spices. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation and a moderate heat from the peppers. Finishes with more peppery notes, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cinnamon notes, cocoa and spices.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, with a loose white head. Smells like chocolate and cinnamon. Chocolate and cinnamon flavor, too. I’m gonna say pralines? Is that an acceptable descriptor?
Miksu (4801) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.355 l bottle at Vihreä Haltiatar, Jyväskylä. Dark reddish brown color with instantly vanishing head. Slightly sweet woody cocoa and chili aroma with perfumed spiciness (cinnamon and clove). Taste of cocoa, licorice, cola, black pepper, clove, cinnamon and peppermint. Medium body, slightly woody palate with long lasting tingling spiciness. Chili tastes clearly but heat is low, nice. Quite complex. 1/2 feels good amount to drink, full bottle alone is a bit too much.
mar (4590) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour, cream head that dissipates rather fast. nose is peppers, cocoa, cinnamon, creamy, and more pepper. nice on the palate, pepper flavor, back with cinnamon and spice, easy drinker.
notalush (4583) - 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.
SaintMatty (4495) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Black in colour. Dried fruit, roasted malt and a hint of smoke in the aroma. Dried fruit, roasted malt and plain chocolate in the taste, with notes of fruitcake in the finish.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was a big surprise. BIG Surprise. Pours a medium stout brown with a tan head. Nose is earthy peppers, some roasted malts, and cocoa with chocolate, and earthy spices. Flavor is earthy peppers right in the front with roast, cocoa, chocolate, and spices. Medium in body and lingering earthy spices in the finish. At 5.5% if this was around me, I would drink the hell out of this beer. Top-notch.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from Sam’s, Durham. Surprisingly good, this one was a bit thin in the body but the mouthfeel was full enough (if slightly waxy). Chocolate everywhere, more like a bold brown or a porter than a stout (woulda been nice if the base was foreign or dry stout) but the choc combines well with the pleasant heat from the chiles. I’d happily have a couple of these on a chilly evening.
gyllenbock (3941) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Almost black with no head. A lot of spices in this one, ginger and some cinnamon. Also pepper, licorice, ash and chili. A lot of carbonation. A strange beer, hard to rate.