DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Solstice Fest at Oak Forest, during the Blackhawks victory in Game 5). This is a small sample in a big glass, so it’s a little hard to catch the full nose. But there is that note of sweet chocolate and java. Blackish brown body with a thin layer of foam. I catch the alcohol immediate,m and am brought up by surprise by the not of chile: I had not known until I asked the brewer that there was indeed cayenne pepper in it! Not so much the pomegranate, but this certainly is a porter with a new dimension or two. A big surprise that stands out in its style.
Mindwarp (86) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark muddy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, spices and something sweet that could be either the chocolate or spices. The flavor is very minimal but the pepper hits the back of your mouth and hangs around long enough to be annoying. It doesn’t seem hot though. Overall a really unique porter. I’m always looking forward to finding good porters but this is to strange for me. Not hot and annoying.
islay (1245) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Approximately 8 ounces from a 12 oz. bottle. Sharp, malty, acidic aroma showcases roasted malts and roasted pepper. Pleasant but not extraordinary smell. Pours a translucent medium brown with a small to moderate amount of tan head. Quite spicy taste, leaving spice heat in the back of the throat, but in far from an off-putting way. Just the right amount of pepper, which is to say a lot, but not an overwhelming amount. The pomegranate is evident in the form of a tangy fruitiness. I’ll count the spicy burn as a strong favorable element in the palate. Medium body. Soft and lively. Good and tasty beer! I like it! The cayenne and pomegranate work very well together in a way I would not have expected.
Bulk_Carrier (2247) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter.
Bottle courtesy of JT, thanks man.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated with about a minute. Light lacing was here and there in a speckled sort of fashion.
The smell had a really nice bittersweet pervasive chocolate to coffee delicacy roaming underneath my nose. There’s a decent peppery spice that slips in to kick it on up a bit.
The taste took the chocolate and coffee to let a nice roasty and yet sweet silky smooth flavor all in. Peppery spice adds a bit but not too much.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipping aspect to it. The carbonation falls off a bit but is still okay for the style and for me. Peppery spice hits the tongue but doesn’t make it submit too much.
Overall, this was a strong sweet and peppery imperial porter that I could have again.
rxeight (1510) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent stout/porter, lots of pepper and chili. Like a Bloody Mary. Had a hint of sweet and tart, but the chili on the back end really took over. It seemed a little thin for the 10.8%
AWISLguy (1418) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from DiCarlos in Mundelein and cellar aged 3 months. Shared with ck1 on the last afternoon of the family holiday weekend; the kitchen will smell good. Heat and chipolte. Some caramel and a bit of roast but the pepper leads. 13.5
madvike (2843) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Pours brown/black with a thin white head. Nose smells like a straight-up porter with light pepper. Taste is lightly roasty and a touch of fruit. Really hot peppers that build and just overpower--real hot. Too much heat--it really distracts.
Niko100 (2058) - Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted/smoky malt, dark chocolate, & coffee; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, dark chocolate, some dark fruit, and chili/cayenne peppers Hot spicy finish; Unique for sure - but a tad too spicy.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Spicy hot flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
Niners (5) - - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of the most unique beers on the market. It blends the tartness of pomegranate, chocolate roasted malt, and heat from cayenne pepper perfectly. It has a distinct three stage tasting profile. You get the tartness from the pomegranate on the front of your tongue. Then you taste the roasted malts across the middle of your tongue. Finally, you get a kick of hear from the cayenne.
HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a rich dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, mild fruit and smoke, touches of pepper and mocha. Some chocolate and mild roast notes. Flavor is mildly bitter with a medium amount of spiciness and heat, with a dappling of fruity sweetness. The heat is surprising, but welcome, as a lot of pepper-centric beers skimp on the head. Medium bodied, somewhat chocolatey, with creamy carbonation. Finishes long with heat. Impressive.