charule (2268) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Tasting at LUSH. Poured clear burnt amber with a rim of foam. Aroma of slight nut and soap. Quite smooth slightly spicy taste. Not my taste. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
On tap at Fountainhead. Pours dark murky brown with small head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel with some faint spices. Flavors of caramel, dark malts, chocolate, some earthy spices. Did not really pick up any of the heat or smoke I was hoping for. Bit disappointing. jjgmd (2161) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Dark amber pour, no head. Nose is grainy and not very agreeable. Taste is grainy and actually quite rancid. Could not finish it. Would rather drink a lager ! Please ! Quaff Score 2 / 10 zebra (2136) - Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
aroma: complex caramels. appearance: deep amber. taste: toasted sugar notes, depth and complexity, but not heat or strong chile flavors, from the roasted ancho chile, and a long, elegant spicy finish. #10! holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle version. Pours a amber brown with a tall beige head. Sweet malty aroma candy like with a touch of yeast and banana. Sweet caramel malts with a touch of roasted malt. Red fruit flavors underneath that black pepper ancho spice. No real heat to the spice but a bitter lasting black pepper finish. I enjoyed the tap version a little more which seemed to have more dark fruits in it, but this one is pretty tasty as well.
mikem409 (2026) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Pours dark red with light brown head slight spice and malt aroma. Very thin body slight spice katrinaez (2014) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2016
Interesting beverage. Medium body. Spices are even and don’t run you over. Earthy, grassy, and almost gritty.Tap DocJitsu (1974) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Pours a cloudy brown with nearly no head. Very unassuming nose. Faint notes of chocolate syrup and British porter. Soft with mild carbonation burn. Subtle astringency. Strong horehound hard candy flavor throughout. Mild undertone of chocolate. A bit of a metallic note. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pint pour at Maproom. Poured a dark brown coca cola color with light fluffy head. Aroma of piloncillo, carmel malts and spices. Light body with a malty backbone. Taste is of strong pilloncillo with a spicy finish. Decent brown ale. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2013 Clear, dark red-amber with good, foamy, beige head, modest legs / Mild, toasty nose of dark caramel, chile, and tobacco / Light to medium body, zesty carbonation, some sweetness and stickiness, modest hopping, with lots of spicy heat on the finish / Mild flavors of dark caramel (cola), molasses, and chocolate, with vague vegetal notes underneath / Lacks sufficient ale character, making this seem more of a Marzen with cayenne pepper added.