Headbanger (3360) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 8/11/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-50° in English Pint-Pours black with ruby tints with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and peppers. Taste of smoke, malt, coffee, chocolate, and pepper. I wish this medium bodied brew had a bit more pepper taste but this is still well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.
kathouse (1057) - Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a nice tan head. Fades away with age. Aroma is light pepper. Flavor has chocolate, smoke, and pepper spice. Finish is nice with just a little ash.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of dark chocolate, chipotle pepper, and a bit of rubber. Pours black with a filmy white head. Taste is ok. Bitter coffee and black pepper up front with a nice roasty hop to follow. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. Solid.
dmac (4161) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared by Dean. Poured a thin to medium density of pitch black liquid with an average sized light beige head. Aroma of burnt rubber tire,. Chocolate, peppers, black licorice, tobacco leaves. Thin to medium bodied with softer carbonation and slight pepper heat, the more I sip this the more the body seems to thicken. Flavor of earth, dirty fruit, pepper skins, chocolate, dark toast, black pepper and heat on the end. Not bad.
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle fairly hard poured into a Stone Brewing Company pint glass.
Pours a dark brown with a beige one and a half finger head. What a beautiful aroma, smoke and chipotle come through very clearly. This brew almost smells as though your nose is placed over a grill as chipotle peppers are roasting without the heat. Opens with pleasant smokiness jointed by accents of chipotle pepper, smoky,roasted malt with a touch of sweetness joins in and then the finish is smooth and silky. Just a bit of mild heat lingers on the tongue courtesy of the chipotle. Medium-bodied, with a slick, silky mouthfeel. This brew is a dream pairing with barbecue, and I can’t wait to try it with grilled fajitas. Possibly one of the best American-brewed smoked beers available and a great example using an added ingredient to highlight aspects of the base beer. The added chipotle is incredibly successful in highlighting the base smoked porter. A marriage made in heaven, indeed!
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark with a light red hugh at the edge, light tan head and medium bubbles that settled fairly quickly. Aromas were smokey with hoppy notes and spicy maltyness. Flavors of toasted malts and hops with a spicy bite at the tip of the toung. Interesting brew, very well balanced.
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with good, foamy, tan head / Mild nose of coffee, chocolate, and peppers / Medium body, chewy, mostly dry, with good, spicy, bitter finish / Mellow, simple flavors of roast coffee, bittersweet coffee, and hot peppers / Not a lot going on, but well done.
J_man (725) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definite campfire smokiness on a beautifully dark brown and ruby body with a tight dark tan head. That smoky, charred aroma follows into the taste along with dark and bittersweet chocolate and some molasses. The chipotle heat doesn’t show up right away, but when it does it’s fairly hot and persistent. Chipotles being a smoky heat, this just compliments the other flavors here and is really well balanced. This finish is more chocolate with a bit of vanilla and smoked pepper heat. Another great variation on a theme by Stone.
douglas88 (6246) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is roast and chocolates. The flavor has spicy hot peppers, but not overly hot, some earthy dry cocoa and light roast fits in. Pretty mellow but lots of flavor. Good.
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs Foco. Pours a black appearance with a foamy brown head and nice lacing. Moderately spicy, light taco seasoning, dark chocolate, somewhat smoked aroma. Light veggie, somewhat chewy, rich dark chocolate, smoked chili pepper, light vanilla, somewhat smoky flavor. Pretty tasty but I prefer the normal version and the vanilla bean version better.