Blairgus (2728) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black/dark ruby w/ thick brown head
no chili on the nose. dark chocolate malt and some copper hints
med body and slightly fizzy
This is really interesting. i want to say there is no chili up front but then i realize it does start there, though it is muted. Background beer is alcohol and lalty red ale w/ some fresh coffee hints. chili becomes noticeable in the middle, where it is just pleasant pepper flavour. it becomes spicy in the finish, where it has a long lingering spice.
this is really fun and a very nice pint!
iíd say it could be a bit spicier but then it might change into something freakish. as it is, there is a bit of chili spice there but at a level where it is pleasant and complementary. any more and it would be excessive.
AshtonMcCobb (2923) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the Stockbridge Tap. Pours opaque black with a decent head. The nose has burnt chocolate and just a hint of the capsicum. The taste has more of the chilli coming through and it builds as you go down the glass. The background taste is charcoal and liquorice which is expected since thatís the dry stout style of the Cauld Reekie on which this is based. The palate is medium bodied with a creamy texture and itís fairly refreshing despite the chilli. Overall, yes a good ale!
stravale (2258) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Blue Blazer . Dark brown, bubbly tan head, not much lacing. Nose of roasted malt, quite earthy dark malts, slight vegatal, some chilli heat. Taste of dark roasted malts with quite a lot of chocolate, some fruitiness in there, plenty of chiili - it isnít subtle and itís fairly hot, gets better the more you drink. Has a medium body, smooth and the finish has dark roast, chocolate with a chilli burn linger - hot but not too much. Seemed disjointed at first until I got used to the heat - liked the smooth dark chocolate underneath the chiili.
Scopey (7405) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Holborn. it pours deep red-brown with a decent light tan head. The nose is malt-driven, earth, toast, wood, cocoa and light peppery chilli. The taste is bitter upfront, then wood, pine, varnish, resin, cocoa, toast, chilli pepper kick, caramel and leather with a dry, light chilli linger. Medium body and fine carbonation. Really great balance here. The chilli adds something to the party without overtaking the base beer. Tasty.
JohnRMurdoch (3404) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 Cask @ The Queens Arms, Edinburgh. Malty aroma with a hint of peppers. Almost black colour with a big foamy head. Creamy malt flavour with a hint of chilli bite. Very smooth. Quite original.
BenH (2495) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at HW. Blackish with tan head. Aroma has toffee, caramel, hint of vanilla, wood, earthiness. Taste has light licorice, molasses, toffee, hint of chili. Quite flat and oily with a lingering spice.