NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Draft at Maria’s Party. I’ve been waiting months to try this and was sadly underwhelmed. Pours a reddish brown, clear, with minimal head that dissipates. Nose is lightly sweet, faint cocoa and just a hint of smoke. On taste, flavors are quite subtle. Slight warming, light smokey chiles. It could really use more depth of flavor here as it just seems undwhelming. Okay, but far from great. 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. IanIPA (20) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Poured from 12 oz into shaker. Color was brown amber with a tan head. Aroma was caramel with the hint of spice that it was brewed with. Taste was malty follow with the chili spice but not over powering. The flavors are very balanced. The adds a nice zing but overall the beer is neither exciting or thrilling Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottled. Poured deep garnety-amber with a tall, creamy, well-retained eggshell head. The aroma picked up toasted biscuits and rye bread with accents of sweet cocoa and toasty chiles.. too much sugar in the end for me. The flavor found sweet caramel and lesser cocoa at the core with toasted chilis and vanilla around.. finished with a pinch of peppers and raw, earthy sugar. Light-medium bodied and sweet on the palate.. the chilis helped interesting it up, but it was far from great. phaleslu (10338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Draft served in a pint glass at Bakersfield. Pours a deep, mostly clear amber color with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted chocolate and brown sugar, dried leaves, and very mild ancho chiles. The flavor is the same. Light-bodied, with a malty, earthy mouthfeel that isn’t spicy until late. Low-to-moderate carbonation. Went well enough with our Mexican food.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Brown sugar, caramel, and very light chili aroma. Deep chestnut with a large beige head. Caramel malt, herbal bitter chili flavor. No heat to speak of, just vegetal bitter pepper flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation. alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted malts, mild caramel notes, light peppery spice, and a hint of earth. Not too bad, but wouldn’t seek out again. kaser (6314) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Light red amber pour from 12oz bottle. White thin head. Prune and juicy flavor. Sweet also. Not bad MrBunn (2839) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle. Somewhat thin looking deep brown body with reddish highlights and a big tan fluffy head. Aromas are nuts, toffee, roast and a little vegetable matter (ancho?). Flavor is sweet and dusty with a little bit of smokey heat in the finish. Not much, but it is there. The sweetness is distracting though, and the whole beer comes across as a little under attenuated in my book. edwardbass (847) - Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Better than its 44 point rating if you ask me. Dark brown color. Aroma is malty, similar to a porter. Taste is similar to a lighter porter, malty, chocolate, with a tiny bit of sourness, very little hops and a tinge of chile spiciness, but not very much. It’s OK.