Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of hellbilly. Pours up with an amber body supporting a tan colored head of foam. The aroma has sweet malts, sweet apple esters, some chili pepper notes and a mild level of smooth smoke. The taste delivers sweet fruity esters, sweet malts and then a firm level of chili pepper notes and chili pepper heat. In between those notes are smooth smoky bacony goodness. I noticed that after a few quaffs the chili heat spreads harmlessly to the lips. Nice stuff.
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Filled my pint glass with a dark and opaque brown liquid that created a minimum amount of foam on top as a head. In the aroma, my nose picks up on an instant scent of perfectly smoked black malts that has mouth starting to salivate. The flavor is initially tart while a mild base of blackened malts is really the only highlight of the drink since the smoke seems not to even be noticeable anymore. An okay attempt at a smoke/rauchbier that is well balanced and easily quaffable, but I need more smokiness other than a light aftertaste finish in order to give a higher rating.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Casa De Oro. Strong BBQ aroma. Very roasty with some strong heat from the peppers. Quite full flavored. I didn’t notice that this beer was brewed with peppers. I was wondering what that heat was from. It didn’t seem like alcohol. Pretty cool. Another solid brew from Manzanita. Quite a lot of heat from the peppers.
BobbyAnalog (323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaked chile peppers and some coarse, peppered rye ensure that this ale is a savory, complex, well oiled machine. This ale pops with flavor. A solid, stiff mouthfeel and some palpable heat jab your tongue like an Ali left hook. One of the better bats in Manzanita’s lineup.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Dark brown w red tints. Small creamy light tan head. Nose sweet roast malt and light hint of peppers. Taste sweet roast malt creamy and light. Almost no pepper flavor. Bit of clear spiciness in finish. Crisp and clean.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with almost no head. Rye bread smoke and chili pepper aroma and taste with some decent pepper heat on the finish.
StefanSD (2088) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 650ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head that slowly dissipates to a fine film. The aroma is fairly strong and distinct with smoked malts and perhaps a bit of peat. The flavor features smoked malts in the forefront with chili peppers kicking in towards the middle and back. The smoke and chili are so strong and distinct that I really don’t get much else in either the nose or the taste. The palate is full, rich, creamy and a little bit slick. The carbonation is prickly. Finishes long and slightly astringent with lingering peppers. Overall: Fans of both chili beers and smoked beers will love this--count me one of them. A real taste explosion, I loved it. Re-rate note 12-29-2012, Bottle from Sprouts. Thought this was horrible the second time around; acidic with off flavors, lowering my score from 4.0 to 3.0
skmikeg (841) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Pours a dark brown-black wtih a foamy tan head. aroma is mainly of smoke with some pepper, roasted malts, and some carmel. Taste is dominated by smoke with some peppers on the finnsih and some roasted malts, and some rye notes. Has a medium body with a oily, creamy mouthfeel., and a slick, spciy finnish. overall, a very interesting and tasty combniation of two styles, smoked and peper beers.
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours very dark brown with a monolayer of tan that left rapidly. Aroma of smoked malt. Can’t make out rye. LIght pepper aroma. Full bodied. Boy this stuff has some pepper, and now I get the smoked rye. Brewer should either get a medal or be arrested for tongue abuse. I highly recommend the experience.