DrnkMcDermott (2717) - 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 itís 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.
kaser (1768) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at the Arrogant Frog Bar. 12 oz in. Tulip. Black. As described this has great balance of coffee expresso chocolate and hot! The cayenne pepper stands out. Unique and good
brian60625 (701) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bad Apple in Chicago. Muddy brown appearance, low level of foam. Aroma is freshly cut hot peppers and Mexican chocolate. It reminded me of spicy candy from a Central American grocery store. Flavor is heavy on the pepper heat, mild malt backing and a soothing chocolate presence that helps keep the pepper aspect in check. Thereís some crisp fruit aspects, possibly the pomegranate, on the back end too. Lighter bodied than I expected, pretty smooth and crisp despite the dark appearance and rich flavor profile. Long lasting taste that throws in with a slight nasal kick. Overall this is a very dynamic and complex beer that melds several bold flavors together nicely, and one of the spiciest porters Iíve had in recent memory.
tmoreau (1919) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brixieís in Brookfield, IL., and snifter served displaying an opague, darkest brown color, with tan head foam that diminished immediately to a small ring & film, and later, showed spotty lacing. The nose was roasty, coffee, with a chocolate backing. Medium plus bodied, the flavor was peppery, but not overly so, dark fruit, and smooth malt. The carbonation was lively enough to work well with the cayenne. With a fairly hidden alcohol presence. Not altogether "Imperialish" imo, but a nice offering from this new, local, brewing establishment.
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 Draft. Huge brew, terrible on a 85 degree day. BUt I loved the spicey heat and the cocoa.