Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2011
On tap at the Fort Worth Gingerman. Christobel! Black pour with a very small brown head. Aroma is kinda weak, but roasted, coffee, and a little spicy. Taste is coffee, a little chocolate, and roasted. Creamy. cwsample (164) - Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Faint scent of chocolate and creme, not much there though. I can’t get much of a head on it, not sure if it’s this batch. Good flavor of chocolate, not too overbearing. Good mouthful and finishes smooth. Cavie (4905) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Tap at Ginger Man FW. Pours a very dark brown color with a reddish color that has a slight foamy tan head. It’s difficult to work up a head which is odd because I remember seeing someone with this beer last week and it was very foamy. The aroma is fairly nice. Roasted malts with chocolate cream and light coffee. Dark roasted chocolate with sweet cream and toasted notes. Easy coffee ground finish. This is fantastic! Great flavor and finish. Very nice but I think the keg is a little flat. jumpjet2k (330) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Update: Came back the next week and the carbonation was improved and the peppers much more pronounced. I like it even more!
On tap at the Houston Flying Saucer a few weeks back. Deep brown-black with a foamy chocolate-brown head. The beer opens medium sweet and finishes with a tingly pepper spiciness. It’s a little spicy, but definitely not too hot or overwhelming. A fun experiment and another tasty brew from (512). HalfCockedJack (16) - Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
This is a great stout. It is creamy, full-bodied, and has a great finish. The aroma gives you tons of malt, with just a hint of the chiles. The appearance is a very dark mahogany brown with a thick dark tan/light brown head. The taste is fantastic, with roasty malt and slight hint of raisin, and a little burnt ginger. Notice that i did not mention a pepper flavor; this is due to it being very subtle. This is a great stout that does not use the peppers as a gimmick. You will not notice the peppers until you have finished half to three quarters of a pint. Then the peppers will come on with a pleasant hint of capsicum build up on your tongue. The beer is creamy and full on the palate, the only way to really pick up on the chiles is to swirl it in your mouth. Overall this is a pleasing stout, with a slightly spicy finish that manages to avoid the gimmickry of being a chile beer.
degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Growler from Fion. Pours an opaque dark brown with a quick-dissipating head. The nose smells like chocolate, and something I can’t quite define -- if I said Frosted Cheerios, I’d be selling it short, but that’s as close as I can get. Punchy, powerful flavor -- you get the stout roastiness first, and the peppers are a light hint, but they are there, and their smokiness is a perfect counterpoint. Rich, oily mouthfeel. Less sweetness on the tongue than on the nose. The best chile beer I’ve ever had. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
It’s about time (512) came out with a stout... what a better time than probably the coldest, freakiest winter we’ve had in ages. The bartender told me I’d like this if I liked the (512) Smoked Porter - not sure what that says about this beer (yet). An interesting name - a giveaway, but really curious how this peppered stout will taste. Overall, it’s a great stout! Not too creamy (I’m not a big fan of cream stouts), and the peppers really make this palatable and adds a nice little kick to an otherwise partly boring style. Boasting only a light roasted malt aroma, this beer looks dense and creamy, is a dense black color with brown hues and a small, bubbly head with slow carbonation appearing at the surface. The flavor, however, provides a nice, smooth roasted malt character, followed by a cozy, peppery warmth in the throat. A real treat in the mouth, very smooth and enjoyable. For a stout, I really love this. Leaves a light, lingering burn in the throat - not something you’d normally expect from a stout, but i LOVE it! What a good idea... legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Nice nose of sweet malt. Not much to look at in the glass- minimal head, but deep, deep black in colour. Very smooth mouthfeel and just the right amount of heat from the peppers. A nice smokiness in there. Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
On tap - Addison Flying Saucer.
Happy hour biggie pour. Black color with a decent tan head. Smell is interesting - chocolatey with the slightest hint of chili spice. Pepper flavor is there as well but not overdone in the least bit. Adds a very interesting dimension to creamy, smooth stout. Yum! mar (5470) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Tap at holy grail. Pitch black with a light khaki head. Nose is chocolate, light pepper, light sweetness, and dry. Nice palate, the roasted malts are heavy in the front, chocolate, and a spicy finish.