Jonathan_E (21) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Poured from twelve ounce can into Riedel Overture beer glass. Coy sooty and ashy smells were difficult to extract from the beer unless practically scuba diving in the tarry, black as pitch brew. Its display enviable to even the most ancient volcanoes as a thick head resembling igneous rock and bonfire smoke rose to surface where it remained. Then, there’s the first anticlimactic sip. Intense minerality and cedar flanked by thinly grated chocolate atop horribly extracted espresso. Chipotles make their appearance on the finish and feel restrained, more like bell pepper essence than anything involving capsaicin. The peppers are exemplary of what’s wrong with this concoction for without a malt backbone other flavors fall flat. Mouth feel is unsubstantial and more watery than the Pacific. Could be remarkable if Maui Brewing would refrain from reigning in the additives and malt. bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Can from Bine & Vine. Pours dark brown with a dark tan head. Aroma is primarily chocolate with underlying cinnamon and something that might be chili. Full bodied. Flavor is dark malt, chocolate, definitely something chili, and lets the cinnamon flourish in the finish. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Can. Black hued body with a large tan head that lasts. Aromas of dark fruit esters, plums, dates, vinous Belgian yeast, bready malt, leathery and floral with a moderatly strong chocolate presence and some earthy chipotle. Baked apples and chocolate muffins. Flavors are earthy, bready, dusty and roasty with mild pepper and stronger chocolate. Medium bodied with a roasty finish. A bit drier than expected. Medium carbonation. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Nearly black in color with a tan head. Watery aroma with a decent amount of roasted malt. Mild earthiness, coffee grounds, banana, and a touch of sweet fruit. I don’t really get any spice from the cinnamon or peppers. The flavor is acidic, earthy, and roasty. It’s also a bit watery. Some coffee, mild spice, chocolate, coffee, and banana. Pretty meh. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
12 ounce can purchased from Total Wine in Rancho Cucamonga for $2.99. As I poured this out of the can into my tulip glass, it poured a dark black pour with a chestnut head. The aroma had initial black pepper, chocolate, and spicy peppers. Taste is initially bittersweet chocolate with just a hint of peppers. I don’t really get any cinnamon from this though. Medium lively carbonation with a dry finish. Overall very enjoyable.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Dark black in color thick with a small tan head. Big Chocolate and light pepper flavor and aroma. Very tasty beer warms up well and is very drinkable. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2013
"Belgian Stout" should really be a category here on RB.
12oz can picked up at Bier Thirty in Bown over the weekend... Poured into my HotD goblet.
1/2" dark brown head dies back very quickly leaving little in the way of a head or a cap... the brew is black.
The nose is pretty full.. dark chocolate, light roast malt, some lesser cinnamon and something that I guess is chipotle.. slightly smokey and possibly chili’eque.
Not much in the way of any thing contributed from any Belgian yeast... a bit of clovey phenols, but I could be confusing that for the cinnamon.. Dark malt/chocolate deliver the main palate punch... cinnamon is fighting to stay afloat, the chipotle has an even more difficult time.. the chili only shows a a minor smokiness.
Body is a medium/light with a light carbonation and a light carbonation... sorta silky on the palate...
Despite my above negatives, this is a pretty decent beer... It just needs more of everything in the aroma and flavor to take it to the next level.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Can. Pours black with a large brown head. Moderate retention and no lace. Soft roasted aroma and flavor with a touch of chocolate. Minimal spice or chilies. Medium body, soft carbonation and a short finish. This came off flawed to me. Disappointing. junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 27, 2013
This what i describe as a’’flat cocacola’’ beer. Looks beautiful. Pretty tight on the nose. Taste is however packed with flavour. Distinct charred notes. Smooth finish with a slight bitterness. Medium bodied. crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours a thick, opaque, black with a large, lasting, foamy brown-sugar head. Aroma of cinnamon, mild chile, subtle dark chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate dialed up a bit, cinnamon quite subtle, and Belgian yeast contributing only subtly. The mix of flavors is really nice, nothing overpowers. Excellent.