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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Using rich Mexican chocolate nibs, cinnamon, toasted pecans, and green chilies, this brew will feature decadent chocolate notes with a subtle spice character to pique the taste buds. A complex blend of traditional southwest flavors brought to you by way of the Northwest.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2687) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/8/2012. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, light roast, chile pepper, clove, cinnamon, herbal, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, brown bread, light roast, clove, light chile, light nuttiness, light cinnamon, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Zero bitterness and minimal pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, light roast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chile, light cinnamon, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt flavors with moderate cocoa and light spice/chile notes; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced strong ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malts, cocoa nib, and light spice/chile flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Would have liked more spice presence in the taste, but they have obviously faded due to age. Still a very enjoyable offering overall.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (516) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Appearance: the beer is pitch black, can see the slightest brown on the edges when held up to the light, pours with a small tan head that dissipates quickly Aroma: sweet, coffee, chocolate, dark roasted grain, Taste: dark roasted grain, sweet, coffee, hints of bitterness on the finish, you also get some chili spice on the finish too Palate: leaves a spicy aftertaste, heavy mouthfeel, soft carbonation Overall: pretty cool to add the chili to this stout, think of a stout with a spicy finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1803) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
A nice complex beer. Pours a cola color. Aromas of chocolate and nuts. Flavors are bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt nuts, and a great mild heat at the end. Almost Ginger like. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroSpud (1707) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2013
22oz bottle (in a box) poured into a snifter. Poured reddish brown with a tan head. Not sure if I tasted the green chilies but did imagine at least that they were part of the aroma. Definitely got the pecans and alot of other subtle notes that changed as it warmed. Really interesting beer and one that I am surprised to be liking this much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (212) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A thick chocolately concoction with zero cream on top. Tastes exactly like the bottle says... Chocolate, pecans, heat. Surprisingly drinkable, not just another annoying gimmick.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wagman (14) - - OCT 19, 2013
Pours pitch black no head what so ever. Aroma of toasted nuts, chocolate and hints of the chili. Up front you're hit with a slit heat from the chilis. Then settles in chocolate coffee. Very unique. First chili beer I've actually enjoyed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle, the eighth in our tasting lineup of Beers of Fall. No pumpkin in this one, but it was agreed that the profile fit the season. Dark brown with golden amber highlights. Nutty chocolatey aroma. Nice malt profile, roasted nuts, chocolate, light fall spices, and a welcome tingly heat in the finish. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (990) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Poured into a tulip snifter out of a 22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark cola brown with a one finger caramel colored head. Sweet, roasted aromas of carame and vanilla. Moderately thick and a little creamy, with microscrubbing co2 for balance. Sorghum, cocoa mix, and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle from MGM Woodbury, dark brown pour with res hues, ring of tan head. Aroma is some chocolate/cacao, maybe a hint of vanilla and chiles. Taste is chiles up front and then a rather sweet nutty malt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Pours a dark cola brown, similar to a brown ale. Very aromatic. Full of nut and cocoa notes. Very sweet. Flavor is bright and rich. Lots of cocoa, but not too bitter. Finishes sweet and spicy with Cayenne pepper notes. Drinking a bottle leaves a nice beer buzz plus a little endorphin rush from the peppers.Very good.


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