mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
Sampled at The Blind Tiger Very Special Cask night 2009. "Holy shit. Reddish brown. Blood and mud. Spicy chocolate, amazingly strong finish. Similar notes to an imperial stout. Vanilla, but honey! Full chocolate nose! Alcohol hides."
Based on the exclamation points, I was really excited about this beer. Found this review written on a wrinkled napkin, it’s like a message from my past self demanding that I find some more of this ASAP. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2009
Post 75 mile MS bike to the bay on draft. Poured a cloudy blond color with small head. Aroma was lots of grapes some honey and spices. Flavor was much the same tons of grapes and pepper. Good beer was refreshing.
tomspalla (9) - Orange Beach, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2009 does not count
Very unique beer. I feel that the chilis are a little overpowering for the proposed showcasing of cacao. It does remind me slightly of the classic "Mayan chocolate," but only to a lesser degree. It’s a fun beer to showcase as unique in a beer tasting, but the cost is a little much ($14.99 per 750mL) to stand alone with a meal. punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - APR 5, 2009
2009 Bottle. Not at all what was expected. Aroma of cocoa and malts (not spicy as expected). Tastes very similar to ale with hints of dark malt and cocoa. Perhaps a hint of salty spiciness, but it’s not apparent or overbearing. Very interesting and worth having again. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Started off really lame and light, but then the flavors of chili powder and cocao powder really came through, increasing the delisciousness. Not worth the price, but darn good. It would probably taste better in the dark, where I could pretend the beer was black.
JoeinDahlem (1521) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 1, 2009
Amber color with thin white head. Nose full of chilis and more subtle cocoa. Tastes maybe a little sweeter and boozier thn necessary, but I’m always impressed how DFH throws all this nonsense into beer and still keeps it so drinkable. Interesting, anyway. mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2009
750 ml bottle courtesy of Acknud. Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1/2" off white head. Nose is honey and malt. Flavor is same with a touch of cocoa and a hint of spice. Moderate mouth feel with low carbonation. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle at the Seventh Annual Richmond Beer Dig on 03/08/2009. Clear light amber body with a medium off-white head. Sweet spice and light cocoa aroma. Sweet chocolate and pepper flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
GABF 2008. Amber pour with small fizzy head. Nose of sweet malts, honey, and some chocolate. Low carbonation and very light palate. Flavor is sweet and almost cloying....no chili flavor, but the chocolate is there. Interesting, but not great. DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Smells good, tastes good, with a nice palate and solid all around. Would probably be an ideal beverage for Halloween, since it’s kind of a surprise beverage, being from so long ago, and full of flavors, with more subtle hints of chocolate and chile.