KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2009
very spicy, hot... much better then a typical habanero/chipotle ale as the porter adds a nice balance... probably could not drink too much of this... JAXSON (608) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Nice roasty chocolate aroma, faint cofee and spices. Really linear, crisp, guiness-like look. Creamy and kind of bland at first, then turns into a nice roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and finally kind of intense heat deep in the throat. Almost felt like a food after a few sips, like I would take a sip of it, then quench my thirst with a drink of some other beer. Pretty good and really interesting. Makes me want to try the Ring of Fire thing. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Darker brown color with a light head. Aroma is quite roasty with some moderate pepper spice. Flavor has a substantial roastiness that is immediately overtaken by some moderate jalapeno/peppery/spicy flavor. Mild finish. Not bad at all - quite interesting. The kind of beer you need a lot of to make your mind up about. theisti (4203) - Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Shaker pint, draft at the brewpub. Pour is dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is really interesting, a very full roast, sweet chocolate and spicy pepper nose. Despite the differences of these three aromas, they blended together really nicely in the nose. Taste was nice full bodied roast Porter, with Habanero spiciness coming on in the middle and finish. As with the nose, the spiciness melded nicely with the roast and dark chocolate notes of the porter. Palate is medium, with the peppers drying it out quite a bit. I paired this beer with a spicy dish and it worked really well. Nicely done! kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2008
12 oz handbottle, shared by acrdz. Pours a dark brown body with a small light brown head that faded fairly quickly. The nose had a nice mix of roast, chocolate, and peppers. Really reminded me of a cayenne pepper chocolate candy I had once. The flavor started out pretty much like the average Porter, and it wasn’t till the finish where the pepper spiciness really came out. Chocolate and hot peppers is just a match made in heaven. Though I will say that the peppers didn’t bring near enough heat for me to guess that they were habanero, it really tasted like cayenne. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice beer. Up there among the best chili pepper beers I’ve had.
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
From a hand-bottle shared by EDA. Word. Delicious aroma, brown malts and a fine spicy had aroma behind. Not dominant at all but perfectly complimenting the beer. Flavor has spice at the finish, though is a bit thin in body. A little roast and peanut present. Very enjoyable. Could’ve used a touch more habanero flavor. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
12oz handbottle, thanks to acrdz. Aroma is distinct in having that peculiar half-cooked pepper pith ester/phenol/rubber character. This turns me off. Since I know where it’s coming from, I’m not as disturbed by it as I would normally be. Pours a deeper brown, with little head. Flavor is interesting, mostly a really chocolate heavy porter backed with a finishing flash of heat and spice in the backend. The porter base is nice, but some parts of Habanero confuse it. The heat is clean and fleeting. Body is rather dry, but carries the heat well. Interesting. Not particularly complex. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Courtesy of arcdr. Dark brown body with a tiny beige head. Sweet, toffee, raisin nose with some milk chocolate and cola. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with peppers, some green fleshy pepper, toffee and milk chocolate. Medium body is round with light carbonation. Finishes with a lasting heat. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 5, 2008
12oz handbottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a medium-brown color; mostly headless with a thin perimeter of light-tan bubbles. Some pepper and heat and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; slightly messy dark bitter chocolate, warm pepper (slightly hot, minimally vegetal), and cocoa; tasty, messy, spicy porter. The pepper isn’t a clear expression of habanero, but there’s definitely some heat here. Medium finish, showing cocoa, bitter chocolate, and some lingering pepper. wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
Thanks to Mike for this one. Light brown color. Aroma shows a slight peppery spice and a fruity sweetness. Flavor is almost absent other than a hot spice and some smoke. Watery body leaves much to want.