slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aromas of choclate, coffee and chiles. Flavors of choclate, coffee and light smoke with the chile flavors coming at the end; fairly thin body. bigben873 (257) - Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Aroma - Smells like a nice java stout
Appearance - Deep dark brown, light head
Taste - slight smoky flavor
Palate - Creamy finish
Overall - I’m not a huge porter fan, but this is a pretty tasty bear for a variation. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
The color is perfect and the fragrance promises lots of smoked chiles. There is a lot more depth to the flavor than just chiles, though. There’s bittersweet chocolate, anise, and the smoky chiles.
There is some subtle heat, and at just a touch under 2000 Scoville units, that puts it at about the same as a poblano. It’s just enough that you know it’s got chiles in it.
Smooth, complex, drinkable, and just enough heat to have you know this is something unique. BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Dark brown with a finger of fizzy head that vanishes within ten to fifteen seconds, leaving behind a thin skim and a rocky ring. Aromas of burnt chocolate chips, lingering smoke, mild peppery notes, coffee grounds. Something weakly catches the back of the throat, like ground black pepper or cinnamon. Sweet and slightly watery but blossoms into light roasted malts, bitter, dry chocolate, and peppercorns. A little bit of heat, accentuated by the carbonation and the body. You can feel it linger in your throat and on the top of your tongue. Like a flickering numbness that fades slowly. Aftertaste is slightly smoky. The heat will build, as I found when I got two bottles in, into a nice, warm baseline. Really pleasant. I enjoyed this beer more than the other pepper-concoctions of recent months. Surprisingly drinkable while preserving that little kick of heat that I am sure we’re all hoping for. kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Very prevalent pepper-spice. Slight burn in the throat on the back side. A nice unique brew.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Dark garnet pour with a tan head. Good retention. Recedes to a thin layer of bubbles at the surface. Aroma is smoke, getting some red (hot) chili pepper with a touch of Flea and Anthony Kiedis, hint of coffee. Sweet up front which slowly leads to bitter and finishes balanced with a mild burning in the back of the throat. Not a bad burn, either. Medium-full body, medium low carbonation, hard to tell if there is any alcohol warmth as it could be masked by the peppers. Good beer! Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Pepper, pepper and more pepper. Off the beaten path, a nice change in pace as far as the flavor profile. Very good. brinehart (213) - Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Cask presentation at the brewery. I was excited to try this beauty on cask, but was a little disappointed. Nose was very subtle and the beer a bit flabby. Pours black with a tan head with beautiful ruby and mahogany hues. Very balanced all the way through with roasty and chocolaty flavors, with chili pepper in the background. The chili flavor is long though - which is nice. I also tried the regular tap version and liked it better. Much better and more vibrant nose and chili flavors. Would give it 7, 4, 8, 3, 16. foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours very dark ruby brown with a small khaki head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, toffee, and smoke. Taste is more of the same with slight chili pepper notes on the finish and pleasant chili burn that hits the back of the throat. A bit thin and watery on the palate. A nice Porter with just enough chili flavor & heat to make it interesting. Jerm719 (193) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Mild nose. Mild sweet chocolate, roasted chipotle peppers. Light lactose, bit of earthy hops. Nice body, long finish. Almost like a chocolate covered (very mild) jalapeño. Niced balanced well made chili porter.