Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of the Rare Beer Club. Served in a mug.
Pours a deep brown color with a thin light tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a bit of chile and spices plus a slight metallic note. A bit of roast as well. Flavor has spice and a dosing of chile heat. Light chocolate and roast. Medium body with good carbonation. A little bit to it with a semi-sweet finish. Nothing too off, but not particularly enjoyable.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged - Batch No. 95. Pours very dark, opaque brown with a voluminous, foamy beige head. Strong cinnamon and allspice in the aroma along with big peppery notes. Taste is peppery and slightly spicy with more cinnamon notes, caramel, light cocoa, toasted malt and gingerbread cookies. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Faint lingering heat from the peppers. Ends with more spicy pepper, big cinnamon, caramel, faint chocolate, cocoa, and hints of gingerbread.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fantastic medium brown with 1 finger. The aroma is of brown sugar and a great Belgian spice! Taste follows the nose. Thus us just a great winter warmer beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tgncc (2818) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Paulís. The aroma is spicy (ginger, nutmeg, etc.), molasses, caramel. The appearance is a brown/red color, translucent, off white head. The flavor is spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, caramel. The finish is spicy. medium in body. Pretty good.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cinnamon and spices on the nose. The beer pours a dark amber almost brown with a thin off white head. Spices dominate the flavor with vegetal pepper notes and hints of chocolate.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle from thome50. Bottle opens with a nice pop, and there is an immediate spice presence emanating from the bottle. Deep mahogany color with a medium sized, barely, off white head. Aroma is mainly cinnamon and all spice. Pretty potent with those two ingredients. There is also a small cocoa and caramel presence. Wow!! Thatís a beer filled with all spice and cinnamon. Flavor starts off with a nice dose of cinnamon and finishes with a long lasting, intense, all spice flavor. There is a hint of heat from the chilies towards the finish, but honestly I wouldnít know it was there if it wasnít for the fact that it is listed in the description. Donít get a ton of the malt profile in this, but there is a hint of chocolate, but it is so masked by the spice profile it really doesnít add much. I guess this would be considered unbalanced due to the extreme presence of the spices, but it is still really enjoyable if you like a good spice presence in your beer.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml courtesy of thome50. Pours medium brown into a snifter with a big off white head. Aroma of BIG cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove notes with almost a hair of some pumpkin like vegietal presence. Very pungent aroma. Flavor is just a blast of all spice, with cardamon, nutmeg, whole cinnamon sticks, graham crackers, banana bread and pumpkin pie. Just a hair of the ancho chilies shine through towards the back of the finish. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation, which helps clean the palate at a steady speed. Sure enjoying this one.
BucannonXC5 (855) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was dark mahogany, closer to black than anything else. Just over an inch of head. Nice amount of frothy lacing on the top, that stayed throughout the beer. The film was sporadic, but stayed. The film always looks better in a pint glass than a pilsner glass, so Iíll take that into consideration.
Initially smelled deep spices with cinnamon and gingerbread the only two I mentioned. Gingerbread is a spice you say? Well it is for this beer. Also smelled cloves, caramel, chocolate and toffee. Good smelling beer.
The taste wasnít as much like the smell as I would have thought. I got gingerbread first, followed by cinnamon and a deep dark chocolate aftertaste. Spices rule the day here.
Full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long spicy finish.
I liked this beer. It was definitely what I could call a winter beer. Too bad I live in California and canít really appreciate the winter nature of it. Good beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Why did I think this was a porter? It needs to be a porter. Fairly clear, thin-looking pour, dark brown with a good deal of ruby to the appearance. Thin head, gone in a flash. Nose is by-the-numbers spice at first but some chilis come on just a bit (Iíd have said serranos too, but what do I know?). Prickly mouthfeel, suggesting far more carbonation than is actually present, with the midlest heat from the chilis. Spice seems perfunctory, and it ends up that the beer seems thin and faded as a whole.
Dogbrick (8140) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Bruery Provisions. Pours a reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Sweet spices like ginger and allspice in the nose, plus a bit of malt. Medium body with flavors of cinnamon, ginger, bready malt and caramel. The finish is sweetly spiced with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.