DrnkMcDermott (2738) - 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.
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 (3063) - 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.
drdisque (491) - Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 From a bomber in a snifter. Pours mostly opaque black. Aroma is rich fruity malt. Initial flavor is sweet and crisp. Cayenne pepper only comes in on the roof of your mouth in the finish. Very well balanced for such a spicy beer. Definitely spicy but doesn?t hit you over the head with it and has enough sweetness and maltiness to keep up. However, the more you drink the spiciness becomes unappetizing. I recommend splitting a bomber 3 ways at least to enjoy it.
markducommun (65) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep-hued, clear red-brown. No head. Smells predominantly of pepper, coffee, molasses, some hints of chocolate. Starts slightly bitter, some sweetness. Spiciness creeps in and then gets stronger and stronger until it is essentially the only flavor. Quite a light body for a porter, incredibly lively from the enormous acidity. Creaming and oily. Amazingly long finish. Unbalanced a beer as they come when drinking by itself, but quite interesting. Could be awesome if the cayenne pepper was toned back a bit, it hides a lot of complexity.
kaser (2030) - 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 (722) - 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. There’s 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 I’ve had in recent memory.
tmoreau (2061) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 On tap at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL., and snifter served displaying an opague, darkest brown color, with brownish tan head foam that diminished immediately to a small ring & film, splashing some spotty lacing on the glass. 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. Next time was a shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters. Some caramel sweetness was notable in both the aroma & taste. There was slight pepper in the nose, and more of an intense and lingering variety in the taste. Same favorable conclusion.
crossovert (6119) - 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.