TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Sampled on tap at Map Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice darker amber pour, touches of brown with a good frothy decent sized whitish head. Laces small, sticks around decent sized in the end. Aromas are touches of brown sugar, caramel and toffee malts, with biscuits, a touch of toast, and a minimal pepper spiciness that touches on the end. Initial is sweter up front, mellow bready and biscuity malts, a lighter end of medium bodied with a touch of sugar, faint pepper which only lingers in the finish, just minimally with a touch of heat. Touches of crisp malts and light sweetness linger on, light toast, faint pepper. A simple fairly clean beer with just light peppery spice sticking on the palate after the finish. Surprisingly, this beer grows on me. A bit of a fuller Amber ale, with good lively freshness, not too sweet, quite drinkable with a touch of heat in the finish that grows a bit. Simple yet quite, pepper scores some point on the backend as opposed to getting to sweet in finish. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle at coles in Chicago. Deeper amber pour, medium bodied. Caramel, molasses notes upfront with pepper/chili heat towards finish that lingers on the palate. Ok wlajwl (6812) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2013
Aroma is pale lager sweetness with a hint of spice. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a bit more spice and mixed with a slight tartness in the finish. ajnepple (6622) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2015
12 oz single bottle from Molly’s Spirits. Dark brown appearance with a small tan head that dissipated to nothing quickly. Aroma of chile peppers, brown sugar, caramel malt and toffee. Similar flavor, adding chocolate, cinnamon, mild earthy bitterness and a light spicy finish. Light to medium body, a bit dull and watery, with a light dry feel. Not awful, but kind of unpleasant and tough to drink. Pairing: Phish - Vultures -> Limb By Limb, from 09/21/1999, Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2012
This poured a slightly hazy lighter brown to dark red color with a beige head. Aroma was toasted and lightly roasted malts, some spice notes, maybe form the chiles, and some dark fruits. Flavor was very light chile spice and heat, but detectable, rounded of dark fruit and toasted grains finish. Better than expected.
Patrickctenchi (6590) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours clear, dark, wet copper with a tall, thick, tan head.
Scent is spiced caramel....sugar...
Taste is caramel....chilis are noticeable but not overblown.....
Increasing peppery tones as it warms and finishes.
An interesting little oddity....well worth a try. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Tap @ Monk’s Pub: Deep amber, nearly brown with golden highlights, fading head but good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, burnt sugar, pepper, some prune and raisin, herbal, flowery and a bit wierd. The taste starts roasty with lots of caramel and butterscotch sweetness. Some wet graininess and herbal veggie overtones. Light spice and ashy tones upon the finish but not enough the clean up the palate from the Diacetyl and Dimethyl Sulfides found lurking about. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated, pretty smooth (too smooth for a brew with Ancho Chiles if you ask me) with a ashy finish. Meh, I fully expected more, either step up and give us a spicy beer or do not waste my time. mansquito (6438) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2015
State and Lake, Chicago tap: pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is light chocolate and pepper. Chili taste is not very light in there, and this is not spicy as some beers are, but the flavor is there. Mostly a malty beer that is moderately sweet. Not bad. kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Light red amber pour from 12oz bottle. White thin head. Prune and juicy flavor. Sweet also. Not bad nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12oz bottle. Amber-brown body, respectable beige head. Big fruity ancho pepper aroma, coupled with some mild caramel chocolate. An interesting enough beer, sort of a Schwarz with some mild pepper tones. Not really balanced though, kind of a mess. Worthy of a tick, but probably not one to seek out.