TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Speckled ruddy-orange. Off-beige head settles into a thin covering. Zingy peppery aromatics tickle the nostrils, as touches of red licorice, phenols, and a berrylike fruitiness lurk beneath. Big-bubbled carbonation expands on the palate. Quite airy. Pepper-derived heat immediately pricks the palate with a poignantly peppery spice which lends a fiery glow and intensifies the crackly notes of malt. The thicker malt textures are enhanced by the faint fruitiness which imparts plenty of jammy qualities. Pepper character is delightfully ripe and snappy. Phenols are held in check, though they augment the dryness and slightly allay some of the sweetness. Attenuation is lovely, and the somewhat gooey residual sweetness is beautifully curtailed by the peppery heat. Finishes bitterly yeasty, greenly peppery, and slightly tacky/medicinal, with lingering notes of pepper-dusted tobacco. Bottle conditioned and unfiltered, the way it ought to be, and the peppers are aggressively spicy and vividly defined. That said, needs more cleanness (less yeastiness and tacky sweetness) to better allow the malt to shine through. Well made. Thanks for the bottle, KrausenJockey!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled in mid-July 2006: Pours a hazy dark bronze copper with a thin-lacing off-white head. Sweet malts, fresh hops, smoke, and spicy peppery aroma. Body starts with lots of fizzy carbonation, lightly smoky flavor and a hot, spicy lingering finish. Fairly well-balanced and drinkable and I generally don’t even like spicy things.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 One of Steve Altimari’s great creations, personally I loved this beer (yes, I’m also a certified chili head). The aroma of this beer is slightly smoky, like a roasted pepper but it still maintains that malty aroma. Appearance was dark orange in color. Mouthfeel was lively enought to keep things going but never dead and lifeless and never harsh. Flavors are like a nice smoky chili, perhaps adobo in flavor, and there’s a little heat you get as the beer goes down the gullet. Making a chili spiced beer is hard enought and these guys do it up right.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chipotly nose with a touch of butter and lemon zest. Very malt forward, with a wonderful spice balance. Caramel notes fight for dominance with the big peeper body that builds heat all the way thru each sip. A nice lingering pepper burn.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy dark amber color with a medium beige head. Chili pepper aroma comes right out. Smells pretty smokey like a chipotle (which I now see is included). The combinations smells like something I used to smell in in childhood. I can’t remember what. A toy, a food something. Weird I am thinking gauze wrap but not in a bad way at all. I find the smell pleasant like comfort food. Ok I am going on way too much about it. Nice malty and smokey flavor with just the right amount of heat that only starts at the back of the throat. Doesn’t leave your whole mouth on fire. Great balance and drinkability. I would love to have more pair with some mexican food.