Oakes (10935) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JUL 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It didn’t come out of the bottle too well. Way too much foam and fizz. Eventually settled into a hazy amber. The aroma has a citric, slightly phenolic tartness...presumably what TAR alluded to has spent the subsequent five weeks becoming more pronounced as the beer has clearly continued fermenting. Underneath of that is a complex chile character punctuated by an insistent chipotle smokiness. Flavourwise...ok it’s got a lot of carbonation and some footy yeastiness, which definitely muddies things up a bit, especially the malts, which come of as a bland caramel-earth two tone. Then the chile steps forward, bringing again the complex chile of a proper mole oaxaqueño. There is lingering smokiness and some capsicum warmth at the end...mild but pleasant...I could go for more, personally. There’s some malt behind it...the earthy aspect of the malts is uninteresting of itself but plays well with the intense earthiness of the chiles. It’s a great mix of chiles - I appreciate this a LOT on that level - and it’s entirely possible the surrounding beer is well-thought-out but probably a bit too yeasty/overattenuated for its own good.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber, whispy beige head that swirels into creamy lace, malt aroma with a nice spicy edge, hot chili flavor on a dry smokey malt base, a balanced and smokey chipolte beer
Score: 3.2 to 3.5
sweet peppery aroma with a good balance between the strong pepper and some sweet caramel in the background,
lots of pepper flavor, lingering heat, hint of sweet malt stays in the background,
much more pepper than before
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle@Noogfest4.0-thanks to beerguy101–pours an off white ring for a head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt, jalapeños. Taste is medium malt-smoke then jalapeños roll in like a steam roller. Interesting.
CaptainCougar (7093) - 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.
after4ever (5279) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-ounce. Thanks, Aspidites! I really flipped for this beer. Especially because so many other brewers try to make a good chili beer and either fail or just make a boring beer. Pours deep hazy amber with ruby highlights. Towering fluffy tan head. Sweet peppery nose--you really pick up the ribs of the bell pepper, that salady vegetal note. Super complex and tangy mid-palate with all kinds of plant life blending across it: cereal/malt sugars blending with peppery sweetness and heat, alongside sharp spicy hops. Really an amazing mixture of flavors that is better enjoyed than discussed, because the vocabulary of beer tasting can’t quite capture it. At least my meager version of the vocabulary can’t. Big capsicum kick on the finish and the clingy aftertaste, Wonderful stuff.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at Noogfest 4.0 (2008). This chile beer pours a medium amber color from the bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, some chili and some spice. A medium bodied ale. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy. There is an intense and clean chili flavor at the finish. It just sort of comes out of left field at you. Nice. A great beer with Mexican food. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and HOT!
heemer77 (5008) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 Noogfest ’08. The body was dark copper with a khaki head. The aroma was malty with smoke and chile. The taste was very spicy, a big surprise for me. Not bad, just a shock. There was also some bread and carrots. Very well done.
Suttree (4452) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown, no head. Faint peppery, woodsy aroma, and the flavor is also earthy then...wait for it...wait for it... HUGE peppery explosion of flavor. Even with a small sample, heat dominates (in a good way, of course). Fun and tasty. Sampled at Noogfest Four-O. Thanks to beerguy 101 for this one.
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.
decaturstevo (4075) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy brown pour with no head. Veggies and peat on the nose. Blast of smoke and heat on the flavor. Tad foamy and thin. Unusual, hot and nice. The heat wasn’t overpowering. Pretty nice.