Westchesterco (769) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
roasty, toast, earthy, raisin, brown, hazy, minimal head, medium bitternessfull body, bitter, long finish,
Iphonephan (2606) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a dark cola brown with a thin off white head. Enticing aroma of roasted chipotle peppers. Chipotle flavor not so strong as in the nose -- smokey notes more forward. A bit of chili kick in the finish.
glennmastrange (2121) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of toasted cereal and dark chococlate, light herbs and dough for the hops and yeast, with background notes of smoke and wood. head is small, frothy light tan with a few spots of slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown yet clear. Flavor starts faintly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation and finishes with a little chili pepper heat. Nice twist with the peppery heat, though I didn’t notice any pepper in the aroma.
PhillyCraft (2763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank in Oct ’12. Tasted side by side with a vanilla smoked porter. Pours mirror black with thin beige head. Not enough lacing to note. Aromas and flavors of chipotle pepper, roasted nuts, malt, chocolate powder, and some more pepper. As it warmed it smoothed out a bit but still too spicy to drink in quantity. Light to medium body. Ok but I prefer the vanilla bean.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at North Bar, Leeds. Pours an inky black, small creamy head. Aroma is earthy, a bit meaty, cereals, toasted malts, only s little smoke. Taste is brilliant - black chocolate and coffee, with an earthy note and a meaty smokiness. Jalapeno flavour present from the start, but the spice really kicks at the end, with it mingling very well with the chocolate notes, and sparkling for ages through the finish. Medium mouthfeel, CO2 prickle. It tastes much more rich than 5.9% would suggest. Really good.
bleeng (1472) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Nose is light pepper, and a bit of roastiness. Taste has a very light pepper flavor, with some roasty maltiness. Not a ton of flavor in this beer-had potential but didn’t work out. Body is very thin for the style.
cgarvieuk (12784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... soft roast ... soft smoke ... light capsicum on nose ... soft sweet chocolate roast ... smoked chillis ... soft roast ... ok
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, smoke, some meatiness, and earthy. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, trace of peppers, and peat. Peppers beers scare me, but peppers in this very subtle and complimented well.
yackery (151) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle like the picture. Coffee-foam head dissolves quickly to thin cover with frosty but very fast lacing over a nearly opaque mahogany body. Aroma is tea, chocolate toffee, roasted coffee and pepper and little or no smoke. But the taste delivers the sweet and bitter smoke and the pepper. Finish is peppery spicy and lingering. Body is medium/full. Overall very good.
StefanSD (1990) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from bev4less. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that slowly recedes. The aroma is soft with roasted barley grains and peppers. The flavor is a good balance of sweet smoke and spicy peppers. The palate is full and silky smooth with medium carbonation. Finishes with lingering chipotle and bitter earthy hops. Overall: Very smooth drinking concoction