17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Nice for 7.2%, big roast which is distracting, like the light pepper notes though, very nicely done there, fairly dry in taste but smooth silky in body, bit overly carbonated which is also a bit distracting, but much nicer as it sits. Bitter chalky char aftertaste. Maverick34 (3393) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draught from the Habitat. Dark pour, not much head. Thinnish consistency. HEavy on the licorice. Eh. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown color, clear, no head. Full body and smooth but the smoky pepper comes through in the taste and finish. Not at all spicy.... a little different. Seems like a pretty good porter with the extra smoky / pepper. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2012
Chocolate aroma, with hints of smoke. Pours a nearly opaque black, with a thin tan head. Full roasted flavor, with hints of dark fruit and smoke. It may be that I am used to much spicier fare, but I do not detect any chili pepper heat. This is an interesting twist on the traditional porter, and something to try if you like the unusual. gunnar (9924) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours almost pitch black with no head at all. Aroma of dark malts, liquorice and spices. Taste is moderate sweet dark fruits. Refreshing mouthfeel, with a lovely liquorice addition.
Idiosynkrasie (8220) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2012
355ml bottle. Deep dark brown with small quickly fading grey-white head. Intense roasty and slightly smokey dark malt aroma, some ham. In addition an effluvium with the power to clean the respiratory system. Taste starts minimally dry and dark malty. A peppery hot spicy note gains weight at the latest from the middle part on, reaches its climax right before the finish, and lasts long, less peppery but reasonably hot. Nice pepper could bear more body or would tolerate fruit notes alternatively. tderoeck (10682) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2012
3/VI/2012 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home (2012-595) BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Clear dark brown fading to black beer, small beige head, unstable, dissipates, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of mocha, coffee, some caramel, liquorish, earthy, tobacco. MF: good carbon, medium body. Taste: sour start, mocha, chillies, chocolate, some vinegar. Aftertaste: very hot chillies, little bitter, coffee. Bit too peppery for me...
Light pepper on the nose from a jet black pour. The blak pepper seems to work much better than chile. This one had some roasted grain notes to it and a little hint of smoke. The pepper wasn't overpowering, which was nice. Tiny tinge of sweet keeps it drinkable. Nicely done.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2013
355ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga)hotstuff (5282) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Rich roasty aroma, slightly dry, earthy and savoury rather than sweet. A little Chocolate orange as it opens, perhaps? Pours basically black, with just a ruby glint, and with a tight but brief beige head that settles to a ring. Full in the mouth, pleasant carbonation. Lovely roasty retronasals. Slightly more burnt taste, but not astringent. Something odd - a bit of plasticine, off in a way, a little dirty definitely. On swallowing, the palate feels like it was almost a little thin and watery. The finish is dry and burnt, and with just a gentle dry barky and almost smoky bitterness. No chili, but I had a home-made curry for supper, and I like to make bottom-burners. (6:4:7:4:13=3.4) Ruined by the plate of beer snacks I just gave myself, alas - they make it even thinner, and really not so good at all (6:4:6:3:12=3.1)
Rated on 02-13-2011 on tap at 800 Degrees in Fort Wayne, IN. This draft beer has a very small head that quickly dissipates, black opaque body, and no lacing. The aroma is roasted, malt, licorice, chocolate, and a suggestion of pepper. The flavor is light pepper, roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, and has a modest dry finish. The mouthfeel is soft carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This is a nice sipping beer with some hotness on the back of the tongue. It is not super peppery tasting and is worth trying.