ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Hawaiian chocolate and Hawaiian chilies, eh? I’m sold! The aroma alone is enough to make you submit effortlessly to its charm. Extremely dark brown in color… well, let’s just call it black… this has the nose that’s like an all-star sports event. All the best players (at least for a stout). There’s the smooth, slightly Belgianish, rich, sweet, classy chocolate stout character, the chili pepper meatiness, the great balance of spices and vegetables (cinnamon and chipotles), and the perfect level of sweetness – not too sweet, not too dry. It’s just rich and roasted enough in the nose to keep your attention, and not so much that it takes away from its subtleties.
Although it’s very impressive in the mouth as well, it’s not quite as fantastic as the experience in the nose. Still, it’s wicked good. I love chipotle (or any chili pepper stout for that matter). The meatiness from the peppers is hard to beat and a perfect compliment to the rich, roasted character of the dark malts. As much of a fan of chipotle stouts as I am, this one doesn’t let me down, and only facilitates my faith. Once you drink some of this some of the smokiness begins to present itself… even in the nose, where it wasn’t obvious at first. There’s practically no burn to this. Almost all of the chipotle character is in the flavor, and it’s issued very well. It finishes with a touch of cinnamon, pepper, and chocolate with almost no pronounced roasted malts. What is or may have been there are graciously making way to some great
Meaty and rich, but with a smoothness thanks to the Belgian yeast strain, this is, all-around, perfectly balanced in every way. I’m very impressed by this beer. fezzy (105) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
I was looking forward to this one, but it is simply "okay" - their coconut porter is much better. Anyway, nose is roasted malt and cocoa, as is flavor. Most of the advertised spice in the flavor profile is in the dry finish, and in a blind test I probably could have been convinced was just lingering bitterness from the cocoa.
A decent beer, but nowhere near as interesting as I had hoped. Also, I’m confused as to what makes it a Belgian-style stout. Oh well. adamah (214) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Chocolate and cinnamon aromas are present. Dark black color with minimal tan foam. The taste is sweet up front which gives way to mild bitterness and has some very light lingering spice to it. The body is a little thin but slick on the palate JDBaker11058 (2157) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Appearance: pours a cola brown that turns purplish black in a snifter, with a tight but foamy yoohoo-colored head that reluctantly fades to a thick cap and decent lacing. Aroma: dark chocolate, hint of lactic tang, ancho chile heat, vanilla, and a whiff of oreo cookie. Taste: burnt black bread, ash, stone, a surprising hint of herb (cut grass?), then maybe some chocolate. Finish: dry, ashy, bitter, with a hint of black pepper. Notes:Palate was overly light, almost watery. It was really noticeable on first sip; when the beer crossed my lips it was almost as if there was no flavor at all, like drinking a slightly burnt mineral water. I was hoping it would get better, because the pour and nose were excellent. Unfortunately, this just absolutely fell apart once I started drinking it. Drain pour, dammit. Hoped for so much more.
dfinney23 (3255) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Chocolatey with a hint of cinnamon but I get no hint of chipotle. What’s with all these beers I’ve had lately promising assorted chilies but showing little or no sign of them? Tasty but not worth the price of admission.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2013
12oz can as an extra. Pours dark brown with dark tan head. Chocolate aroma. Roasted malt and chocolate taste. Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Pours dark with a brownish head that dissipates after a bit. The carbonation propels the aroma of chocolate, toasted malts, and spices. The taste is similar: chocolate, toasted malts, spices, cinnamon, and faintly coffee. Palate is somewhat thinner than I expected giving it a "dry stout" kind of feel. Overall, it’s easy drinking and the aroma and taste upfront are interesting/different. Drake (13652) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2013
12 ounce can from Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a large foamy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate, roast, spice, warm savory notes. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, tart fruits, spicy finish. Medium bodied. Nice. Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Aroma of chocolate, and vegetables, with hints of dark roasted malts and coffee. Pours a solid blackish-brown with a long lasting khaki head and abundent fine lacing. The taste is dark chocolate, and roastiness, with hints of dark roasted coffee, pepper, and cinnamon. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a very enjoyable and tasty brew. BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
This ebony colored beer has a very pungent aroma. It is spicy. This chipotle and cinnamon overpower the other flavors however.
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