ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2017 BcOneSeven (46) - Newville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet, with some heat in the finish but really nothing in between. Okay. No need to have another.
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12oz bottle. Pours a deep black color with a very thin light tan head. Aroma is of sweet cacao and dark malt with a light peppery scent. Taste is same as aroma with mild sweet spice notes and bitterness, and a bit of smoke. Mild peppery heat with chocolate malt on the finish. A medium body on the palate, slightly creamy with good carbonation. HourGlass13 (1009) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Pours up a dark black, with a nice frothy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roast malt. Rich and thick, mild sweetness, with roast and bakers chocolate. Finishes off with a slight peppery hop character. Chocolate flavors throughout. Smooth easy drinking beer. Full body. Good stuff. ryanscourt (1518) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Spicy chocolate flavor. Love spicy food, chocolate and beer but can’t drink that much of this. Voodoo (695) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown with a slight light brown head which dissipates quickly......aroma of coffee, chocolate......taste is chocolate, bittering, earthiness, very slight heat, booze rears its head late, then a short aftertaste of burn. NikkTwist (3307) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Draft at the Irish Pol. Very dark orange brown pour. Solid amount of light brown froth up front, though it largely disappeared after 10 minutes without leaving any lace. Strong chocolate/carob flavors. Chipolte peppers bring some smoke up front but the heat starts around the 4th sip. Builds quite a bit by the bottom (I had a pint) but this brew has a subtle creaminess that helps calm things. Not bad for a hot beer, but no complex flavors.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head is rather poor: not even a finger high (khaki shade), and the bad retention doesn’t help. No lacing, either. In fact, it looks worryingly undercarbonated.
S: The aroma works, really well, in fact. Subtle chipotle smoke/heat comes out immediately, but when allowed to warm up, more and more chocolate notes will claw their way through to the nose. The stout brings a mild roastedness along with some brown sugar. Not bad DuClaw, not bad at all.
T: Chocolate immediately opens the flavor profile up. A combination of pepper heat and smoke gradually accumulate on the palate, suggesting good layering. While I also pick up wisps of fruitiness and roast, it’s not a terribly complex beer...nor does it need to be. Both additions are showed off very well here.
M: My worst fears were confirmed - this is undercarbonated. And not the creamy kind of undercarbonation I like from a good stout, but the "there’s something wrong here" kind. I think what really exasperates the lack of fizz is that the texture is more angular than creamy. Having said that, it’s easy to drink.
O: Damn, damn, damn. This is honestly a solid recipe - both the chocolate and chipotle are intertwined quite well - but the feel lets it down majorly. I *do* like this beer a lot (this would be an incredible chili adjunct AND be incredible with chili), but this could have been something special with a better feel. Still, it’s one of the better DuClaw 6-packs.
MarkSachon (1044) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. A little disappointed with this one...
Light on taste and body. Could have used a lot more. jgb9348 (6438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Rich deep brown coloured body with a slight cola coloured glow at the bottom and a thinnish, half a centimetre tall rich brown head. Aroma of milk, chiles, chocolate, roasted malt, earth, alcohol, mushrooms, soy sauce and a hint of plums. Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malt kick at first with a touch of noticeable heat from the jalepenos and a very meaty, earthy taste soon afterwards with the chocolate and peppers battling it out. Aftertaste shows a more balanced flavour of sweetness from the chocolate, heat from the jalepenos, roastiness from the malt and a good balanced earthiness to mellow them all out. Overall, an interesting beer that is fairly well balanced through the nuances and turns out to be a good beer, especially for the style, which seems to have something askew in each variant. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington (12th Street Location), literally under my place in Washington on 05-March-2014 for US$2,29 sampled at home here upstairs on 03-October-2014. hershiser2 (3591) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle, Wine Warehouse. Pours black & thick. Dusting of a head. Smells of dark chocolate, dust, and dirt. Tastes like chocolate candy, yuck. Dirt. Spicy finish. Might be good if the chocolate didn’t taste so much like cheap candy. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2014
On tap 5 oz. sample at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.
Opaque, brown-black with a small khaki head and fair lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, chili peppers, sweet dark fruit and smokey roasted malt.
Taste of chocolate and sweet smokey roasted malt with a peppery hot finish.
Medium/full body and low/medium carbonization.
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