sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at 2010 Winterfest. smells like i opened a bottle of peppers at a campfire, not a bad thing. dark brown ale with no head, a very very smokey nose. the smokiness comes on strong at the taste and finishes with the pepper bite. definately one of the more unique beers iíve ever had.
tennisjoel (1230) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Winterfest (St. Paul, MN). Well, I was really hoping for the best here. Iím not sure if this was the mild or hot version, but the smoked peppers completly mask the wee heavy that I know and love. Regular Wee Heavy is my favorite beer, but Iím sorry, all I can taste here are the smoked jalapenos. Disappointing. The peppers arenít so hot that it is undrinkable, but when I see Wee Heavy, I expect better.
islay (1540) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Approx. 10 oz. pour of the mild version, on tap at the brewpub. Sampled on 2-7-09. Very strong, smoky, tobasco aroma. Pours an opaque brown with almost no head. Smoky and spicy taste with an underlying sweetness. Reminds me of a rauchbier, but itís more spicy and less smoky. Solid malt undertone produces a roasted coffee taste. Burns the throat. Medium body. Surprisingly drinkable. A little much, but not horrible.
badgerben (4630) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried a sample of the ímildí. Dark brown color with a very thin head. Strong, smoky aroma with some general spiciness. The chipotle pepper dominates the taste. Slight burning. A little oak/earthiness.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. I had to get a sample pour of the hot and mild since they were both on tap. They are near identical with the hot having a greater burn - though not that much more since the mild is a spicy beer. Pours a thick amber brown with a thin off white head. The chipotle fills the aroma, in a wonderful smoky woody way with an essence of smoked fish. Spicy chipotle flavors complex with earthy wood and smoke. A decent burn to this as it goes down. This thick beer really holds up to the chipolte peppers like Iíve never seen in a spicy beer. If you love chipolte this beer will knock you over. This is the one that I couldnít stop talking about.
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Winterfest 2009. First of all, they pretty much ruined their best beer with the peppers. I wish they would have chosen another beer to try this. Considerably thinner palate than the original. Aroma has peppers, and it is unmistakable in the aroma. I donít get the smoke that others picked up, there is only a little. Hot pepper flavor and a mild pepper burn. Its good they try something different, but how about new beers rather than infusion of old recipes?
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draught during Winterfest 2009 in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-hazy dark cola brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates nearly clean. Aroma of smoked chipotle peppers, a hint of BBQ pork ribs, some caramel malt and a touch of green peppers. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of smoked chipotle that overpowers the Wee-Heavy scotch ale character. Finish has a mean chipotle pepper bite that stands out followed by a smoked malt aftertaste.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark copper with very light head, which quickly dissipates to no head. Aroma is incredibly strong and can smell the spice. Smells of smoked paprika and roasted chipotle peppers. Definitely a smoky, coal/fire aomra. Flavor is roasted chipotle peppers but can taste chipotle not just heat. Flavor is largley roasted pepper. Taste is sBody is creamy with light carbonation.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 At Town Hall on 2/7/2009, small goblet of the Hot version appears black with minimal head. The aroma is of sweet malt like a pillow for the chipotle and smoke. The flavor is sweet and hot, married perfectly in a unique way that can only be compared to how malt and hops go together. The palate is rich and coating. Overall, this is outstanding... Heh, obviously a "love it or hate it" offering. I for one love it.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy crap. Had this on tap at t hall, 2/6/09. They had the Mild and Hot versions. I had samples of both, and a pint of the hot. Unbelievbable aroma of heavy smoke and peppers. This is all that is great about craft brewing. One of the most unique brews that has ever touched my lips. the hot version instantly delivers heat to the pallate, followed by a big blast of smokey flavor that is amazing. Leaves a nice burn on the toungue and stomach, but not overpowering like some pepper beers. I wish they sold growlers of this. Not somting you could drink all night, but the glass I had was amazing. I saw this was at Winterfest tonight, but I was not attending, but so happy to roll into T Hall and see it on tap tonight. This wouldnt be for everyone, but for a guy that LOVES pepper beers and rauch biers, this was where it was at.Truly one of the finest and unique brews I have ever consumed.