sulawang (1161) - - MAY 20, 2012
pours coffee black, small head, micro CO2 ringed retention. Coffee and heavy malts on the nose. Roasted coffee hits your first, followed by mocha, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cocoa nibs, all mixed with a creamy mouthfeel, and 5/10-level sweetness and coffee-like viscosity. Finish is soft and bittersweet. Medium-high complexity, high depth, excellent transitions, great carry, excellent drinkability. Sourness is expertly controlled leading to a smooth drinking and very sippable experience. tderoeck (9724) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2012
15/V/2012 - 37.5cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Klaas’ place - BB: 17/VIII/17 (2012-503) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2012
Dark deep brown to black beer, small dark brown head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of mocha, very woody, some caramel, touch of vanilla, some cocoa powder, some whisky (could be my mind playing tricks though). MF: ok carbon, full to medium body. Taste: pretty sour start, some vinegar, mocha, caramel, bitter hops, some chillies. Aftertaste: caramel, some vanilla, chocolate, slight chilli burn, little bitter, alcohol is noticeable (which is weird at 6.6, I guess it’s the chillies fault!).
Thick blackness with a 3" dark crown floating on top. Sweet chocolaty roast aroma, with medium to light scotch, almost a soya sauce but never really develops fully. Taste is similar.....the barrel seems to have killed off most of the chipotle flavour but some heat shows up in the finish. What is this sweetness?? cherry? strawberry? mystery red popsicle? I can’t pin it down, I’ll call it sweet red flavour. Thick smooth yum!! This probably is the best spayside aged brew I’ve ever had. the spayside and the chipotle seem to work perfectly together. Earth, wood, chocolate, red stuff, the end. patricks110 (2495) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2012
One of the tastiest brews I’ve ever had. Pours a purely opaque black with a finger of dark tan head. The nose is sweet and woody with a hint of smoky sultry barrel and a massive roast atop notes of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and scotch. The middle is sweet and almost syrupy with notes of subtle chocolate and vanilla and a French roast espresso bean coming through. The finish is dry with medium bitterness from the roast (no hop detected really) and a lingering earthy wooden note. This is a really complex brew with a great array of flavors. Scotch wood lingers in the aftertaste with a big torrefaction coffee flavor. Full bodied and almost syrupy. Drinks like an Imperial Stout, but only 6.6%. WOW VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - MAY 10, 2012
In the end I like this version better despite the near total fade of the pepper effect. Black with a medium brown cap and sparse spotting. The sweet strength of the speyside dosage has not entirely killed the pepper like the flavour had happen to it. Mellow scotch notes showing vanilla, borderline grains and apple, deep nonsweet roast, maraschino cherries, biscuit, dark chocolate somewhere maybe and maybe even a relative to soy sauce... not sure but it all smells good minus the lack of chipotle that was so prominent in the regular version. The first thing that hits in the flavour is a sweet red fruit thing that does morph into the veggie pepper flavour uniformly. The heat comes mainly near the finish but in a mellow way. Smooth and soft mouthfeel and taste. Plenty of hard roast and vanilla and chalk, fuck balls - Suicidal Tendencies: Controlled by Hatred.... how did I forget about this song for years? Scotchness, xnerg. Yes, xnerg. Finishes strong and clean with lots of roast, a bit of scotch woodiness, a slight heat and a drying end.
Ratman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2012
375 ml green bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, scotch, vanilla, roastiness, chipotles and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, scotch, roastiness, vanilla, light chipotle and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering chocolate scotch finish. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2012
Appearance is opaque black, 1/2in cappucino head, sticks nicely to the glass. Nose of bakers chocolate, honey and butterscotch from the whisky, some peppers. Pretty one dimensional though. Tastes of chocolate and coffee as par for the course. Some oak, but if I didn’t know this was Speyside aged, I wouldn’t have guessed. Mouthfeel is coating and pretty much on cue for a porter. No complaints. Overall, it drinks really well and is very well balanced, especially for being a pepper beer. However, it’s not terribly complex, which is a shame. ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2012
375ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a smallish dark tan head, which lasts fairly well and leaves good lacing. Bitter dark chocolate and coffee notes are blended with the peaty, maritime tang of Speyside scotch and the smoky heat of chipotle chilli in an unusual but very pleasant aroma. Mild herbal hops mix with more powerful chipotle smokiness up front before giving way to smooth, dark malt notes of black coffee and dark chocolate. The Speyside barrel ageing becomes more evident towards the finish, with a definite flavour of peat and faint brine notes. The chipotle asserts itself strongly at the end, leaving a lingering smoky heat. On paper the combination of porter, chilli and whisky does sound a bit odd, but it works very well. The result is an unusual but very impressive beer. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
(375ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of DEET, bourbon, chilies, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, chilies, smoke, bread, wood, and caramel with a dry finish. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a simple-looking, black body with a smallish, dark tan head.
Smell: Moderately roasty, smoky aroma staked by reserved notes of chipotle peppers, peat-smelling Speyside whiskey, chocolate, and caramel.
Taste: Essentially roasted malts with a fair amount of upfront sweetness and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Heat from the added peppers begins slinking in, building on the tongue. Noted smoke element contributed by the malts as well as the chipotles. Little hints of sea salt caramel, vanilla, earthy peat. Dry finish with some lingering pepper heat.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I thought it was alright. Yep, just alright.