deyholla (11201) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewery during the 5th anniversary party. Poured black with opaque edge and a near white head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was mainly cinnamon and chilies with a bit of cocoa and coffee. Flavor started with roasted malt and cinnamon with growing chillies leading to a spicy finish with the underlying notes of coffee and cocoa.
JStax (6137) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap into a snifter. Appearance is dark black with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is of chilies, cinnamon, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is much better than I expected. The peppers used in this were a great deal less offensive than I expected because they were playing more of a secondary role. This beer was a nice surprise.