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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A dry black ale with dark roasted malt flavors blended with bittersweet chocolate, red Mexican chili peppers, and ground cinnamon for an exotic punch on the palate. Inspired by a 500 year old Aztec recipe for Mexican hot chocolate.

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2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7438) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, fully diminishing. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of berries (blueberry/raspberry), vanilla, fusel alcohol (acetone), chiles / vegetable matter. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery/oily texture, soft/flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic, heavily burning. Sheesh, what a mixed bag of aromas...nail polish remover and berries and chocolate and chilies...I like some aspects, but others are clearly unpleasant. Theres no such dilemma in the mouth, though, where its limp and watery and dirty and overly sweet and extremely burning from the chilies...an effectively undrinkable novelty beer. A bad first impression from this brewery, but I will overlook this for now since a recipe like this would be hard to like from anyone.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mbgrayson (731) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Pours very dark brown, with a cream colored head. Aroma of peppers. Taste of red peppers, and a hint of chocolate. This one is too heavy on the peppers for me. Cant recommend it unless you like spicy hot beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9461) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2016
22 oz bottle shared with drsordr and Corey at the team meeting. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have bigger peppery spice, some berry like notes, spices, chocolate, peppery heat to the finish, would like to see the double version or coffee version for comparison.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2448) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose milk chocolate, red fruit, green chilies, light cinnamon. Taste big cinnamon up front, red fruit, milk chocolate then cherry red fruit. Late palate some faint chilies and hint of burn. I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6924) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle shared at Jasons. Dark and chocolate with a medium to light body. Some fruit in finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Derek881 (1255) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass. The beer had wet dark brown-black appearance with a deep ruby hue and a good-sized creamy dark tan head with average retention and cling, but good lacing. Its aroma featured a mix of malty flavors, including chocolate, cocoa, caramel, and bits of pepper and cinnamon. The taste had a smooth wet chocolate flavor with a bit of caramel, that quickly gave way to spice and cinnamon. It was a fairly wet and watery beer with lower carbonation and a lighter mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (355) - - APR 20, 2016
22oz bomber. Aroma is very off putting, strong metallic notes slight cocoa. Flavors of cocoa, faint coffee, chilli finish. The chillis finish warm on the tip of the tongue. Smooth mouthfeel somewhat watery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2407) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2016
650 bottle. Bottle was a gusher. Black with a medium tan head that had somewhat poor retention and soon faded to a fine ring. The aroma was quite pungent with chili peppers and cocoa. Taste mirrored with aroma with chili peppers in the forefront backed by cocoa and dark chocolate. The whole concoction has an underlying lactate sweetness that seems to work rather well here. The palate was medium and appropriate. Finished long with lingering sugars and chili peppers. Overall: Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thechasm442 (856) - Chicago heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle pour. Black with an average mocha head and ok lacing. Aroma is cocoa, chilies, and cinnamon. Taste is cocoa, cream, cinnamon, and more chilies. Average mouthfeel with a dry finish and lingering chili heat. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (11361) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Bottle thanks to Kevin. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast, chocolate, peppers. Medium mouth, strong spice and heat, dark chocolate, wood, bitter finish, good.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (1070) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Pours opaque black with an ecru head with decent lacing. Aroma of peppers, chocolate and whiskey. The taste was somewhat vegetal with subtle hints of chocolate, oak and bourbon. Medium/full bodied with light/medium carbonation. Decent Mexican stout but nothing special.


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