gramity (1518) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
RBAG Summer Session 2012. Pours black with a thick and steady light beige head. nose is fairly muted, some light vanilla, cocoa, smoke, very mild chipotle. Flavor shows a bit more of the pepper but again it’s very subtle. Medium bodied, maybe a tad over carbonated with minimal smoke and roast. Kinda bland, but drinkable.
PorterPounder (5826) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Portland, Or - John’s Marketplace - 12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan colored head that leaves a light trail of lacing. Aroma has some light chocolate accents, a bit of potting soil and a very faint trace of the peppers if you try really hard. Flavor has some nice smoky chocolate accents, some earthy potting soil and the chipotle peppers come through nicely in the finish and produce a satisfyng burn. Nice thick mouthfeel. Pretty solid, but not quite as over the top as I was expecting.
anders37 (18146) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty smoky spicy aroma. Roasted malty smoky spicy chili flavor with hitns of chocolate. Has a roasted malty smoky spicy chili finish with hints of caramel and chocolate.
DocLock (8163) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love hot peppers, and I love Stone beers, so Dasilky is going to be doubly pissed by this review (or is it Cobra who hates hot peppers? (Ah, who gives a shit). The pour here is turbid dark blackish with 1-finger tan head. The head lingers, laces well, and is somewhat loud. Fortunately, I don’t deduct for auditory stimuli, nor do I understand why I insist on putting beer near my ears. Goddamn you, Fred Eckhardt, and RIP! The nose is roasty smoky black patent malt, chocolate malt, hops. Tastes malty, rich on the palate, complex, with a pronounced chipotle pepper flavor that melds well and folds seamlessly into the malt in this one. Smoke + heat/smoke = more smoke + heat in this case. I know that’s an elementary equation, but it is true in this, as the ingredients complement each other, the peppers work extremely well with the malt in this beer, and the whole thing is quite delicious. As expected, the heat increases as this one warms, and just intensifies the pleasure received by the papillary glands and olfactory membranes.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Bottle. Mainly roasted coffee scent with a small hot tinge. Black pour, thin head, film to ring. Medium body with a silky smooth palate. Coffee fronted taste, bitter, smoke is mixed with hot pepper, but subtle on the finish, stays on your tongue and back of throat.
robforbes (2084) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a dark brown with a red tint, a small tan head, and great lacing.
smell is of cocoa, malt, a touch of caramel, and some smoke.
taste is of cocoa, a little chilli kick, malt in the back, and a touch of smoke. ends a little on the dry side.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has a nice pepper spiciness up front with some smoke and earth evening things out after the initial whiff. Some dark chocolate malts and a medium roast backing keeps everything balanced. Some peat and a bit of a toffee sweetness showing up too. Flavor is similar. Green peppers and earth up front with a light chipotle spiciness before some richer dark chocolates come in to balance. Slight woody peat note in the middle with a moderate roast backing. Finishes dry with a bit of a peppery heat kick, but not overly spicy. Medium, earthy, roasty bitterness with a bit of a vegetal note from the peppers and wood in a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body with a softer, moderate carbonation. Overall, I liked this, but not nearly as much as the original. The pepper heat and spiciness is well done while never getting too hot, but it’s pretty "green" throughout. I’d love to see the malt backing kicked up a bit. Nonetheless, this was pretty enjoyable and a nice take on a style I really enjoy. Nice beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden copper edges and a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Smokey roasted malt aroma with a nice chipotle pepper presence that compliments the notes of the base beer very nicely. Hints of charcoal and smoked meat along with coffee bean, burnt toast and dark chocolate. Some lactic cream, sweeter chocolate and toffee as well. Peppers become more prominent as it warms contributing to the smokiness.
Medium bodied with a spicy, peppery kick that compliments the smoked/roasted malt without becoming too hot or overpowering. The meaty smoked malt flavors still dominate with hints of burnt toast, charcoal, BBQ, bacon, coffee bean and dark chocolate. There’s some sweeter malt and lactic cream for balance. Hints of lighter chocolate, caramel and toffee before more peppery heat shows up in the finish. The peppers are nicely integrated into the flavor without taking over and killing off the characteristics of the base. Peppers become more prominent as it warms but it’s still nicely balanced and really tasty.
mcberko (7776) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a very dark brown / black with a reddish tinge and a small beige head. Aroma of mild roast, subtle chipotle peppers (not very prominent on the nose) and some vanilla-like notes. Flavour of muffled chipotle peppers, over top mild roast, and not much else. The peppers become more and more pronounced and monolithic with each sip. Not a fan of this edition.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tullip glass. Pours a dark color with a light tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is smokey but spicy with some roasted malt and chocolate undertones. Flavor is similar to the aroma. You can taste the spice and some of the smoke. There are again notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Overall a decent beer, I got the smoke out of this better than the original and I loved the spice component. Average mouthfeel overall with decent carbonation. Something I would easily drink again.