bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear copper body with a medium beige head. Aroma of dates, raisins, Peeps Easter candies, leather, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, banana, caramel, and rye. Flavor of dates, raisins, wood, cinnamon, mild chilies, banana, vanilla, and herbs.
mcberko (12393) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle, split many ways, pours a dark reddish amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted hazelnuts, dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar and some spices (cinnamon, coriander, and some other undetectable ones). Flavour is quite spicy and sweet, with a melange of spices, sweet, candied sugar / caramel malt, toasted nuts, with burnt sugar / cloying sweetness on the finish. Nasty medicinal finish. Not impressed with this series, least of all this latest installment.
Benzai (12335) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Murky red - red brownish color, medium to full sized dense beige head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, sweetness, a touch of herbs or spices. Taste malts, again quite sweet, alcohol or liquor, some herbs or spices, but slightly hops and a very nice bitterness as well. Medium to full body and carbonation.
Pinball (11808) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear hazy brown, smooth white head.
aroma is malts, cinnamon, faint peppery
flavor is chilli, peppery note, malts, fruity notes, pretty well tasting.
BeerandBlues2 (11725) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours clear and sparkling mahogany with a large, frothy and creamy light tan head, long retention with light excellent lacing. Aroma is honey and caramel malt with notes of light toast and biscuit malt, dates and figs, cinnamon notes, huge fruity esters with some cooked banana notes and faint vanilla and peppery alcohol. Flavor is artificial sweetener and Belgian yeast esters, medium sweet malt, light spice/pepper, notes of cinnamon, and a sweet, near cloying finish. The flavor goes downhill after this initial impression, with warmth not helping at all. I am not sure what was meant here, but I hope this was not it. The closest thing I can come up with is dates topped with Sweet-N-Low to describe this - what a horrible mess. I suspect there are some Anaheim peppers in there because the flavor does finish slightly spicy, but the heavy residual sugar masks it. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
Scopey (11525) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Churchill’s, San Marcos. It pours deep amber, with a decent beige head. The nose is banana, chilli pepper, earth, cinnamon and caramel. The taste is caramelised banana, caramel, toasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, some chilli pepper, wood and earth, with some bitterness in the finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. An interesting brew for sure, but I just don’t thing the balance is quite right.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of peppery, earthy notes, stone fruits, toffee malts. The taste is peppers, stone fruits and pale malts in the finish. Medium bodied.
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). The description alone on this does not sound appetizing to me. Cinnamon, chilies, yeast, and some brown sugar.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Date: December 21, 2011
Appearance: clear dark red, beige head, icy lace
Aroma: big green chili pepper aroma, backed by slightly sweet caramel malt
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, balancing chili pepper spicyness, light bitterness
Overall: train wreck of disjointed flavors
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Score: ** /4
Dogbrick (10870) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Petrol Station. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and spices. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, dark fruit, herbs and subtle chili pepper. The finish is fruity and malty, with the chili pepper all but nonexistent, possibly due to the age? Pretty good regardless.