GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Pours a nice deep chocolate brown that settles in black in the glass. The head is tan, thick and enormous, refusing to go anywhere and leaves sheets of lacing.
The aroma is massively roasted with almost a burnt malt character. Plenty of cocoa powder and only the faintest hint of chipotle pepper, though it does grow as it warms.
The taste is much like the aroma except for the finish. The start is all about the black malts, heavily roasted, with chocolate and hints of espresso. But the finish is where it gets interesting with the pepper flavors coming out and leaving a serious burn on the palate after each sip.
The mouthfeel is smooth and close to full bodied for a normal porter. This thing almost has the feel of a Baltic porter, which is impressive given the ABV.
There is certainly no doubt that Mikkel knows his way around stouts and porters and this is one of the more interesting ones I’ve had. It’s a big, robust porter with a big dose of peppers in the taste. Certainly not the most drinkable porter, but very complex and tasty for a porter. tfredvik (1941) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 This is the most viscous looking beer I’ve had in a very long time: the pitch black liquid barely drips out the bottle! A large, creamy and very dense head with a scary dark brown colour forms easily and stays big for a long time before settling as a thick layer. Lots of foam is still clinging to the glass after the Texas Ranger is gone. The aroma is very strong and not surprisingly on the malty side. It’s heavily roasted with dark caramel, coffee and liquorice, some fainter chocolate and in the back I get traces of fruits and berries and even some juicy tobacco. Delicious! I can’t say I pick up any chilli in the aroma, but the chipotle certainly is obvious in the flavours! Especially in the long, moderate bitter aftertaste, the burning chilli makes this a beer you don’t hurl down, this is definitely a sipper. The initial taste is moderate sweet, and this soothes the palate for a while, until the next wave of chilli attacks. Other flavours include roasted notes, coffee and liquorice, and more pronounced notes of chocolate and tobacco that I found in the flavours. I also get vague hints of leather. The mouthfeel (and throat feel!) is very rough due to the chilli, and in the beginning it was actually a bit unpleasant. Further down in the glass I’m slowly getting used to the roughness. The body is full, the texture is very oily and slick, the carbonation is soft. A wonderful and intense beer, although it’s a bit demanding. The most demanding part is of course all the googling that’s involved: how to pronounce "chipotle"? Lunkie (1932) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2015
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
Chocolate cherry malt herbal aroma. Dark brown colour good head and lacing. Malt herbal chilli spice flavour . Smooth lingering palate. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Thick black pour with a creamy brown head. Aroma of chili peppers, chocolate and espresso. Flavor is great chocolate and roasty espresso with a bit of the peppers coming through. Awesome. ebone1988 (1918) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20, labeled as "Chipotle Porter." Aroma is smoke, sweet roasted malt, pepper, milky dark chocolate. Appearance is black, light brown head, thick. Taste is strange, smoky, roasted malt, fresh pepper, yet sweet and fruity. Mouthfeel is thick, heavy body, great soft carbonation. Overall, I’m not surprised why they don’t classify this as a porter because of the pepper presence.
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
bottle shared at 5000 tasting - nice and spicey, chocolate and a bit of roast. Very tasty smokey and throat burning. Perfect dark, spicy ale. BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2011
[keg at BrewDog Edinburgh] Deep chocolate brown pour, verging on the black. Thin white head. Pretty spicy pepper aroma, coffee and extreme bitterness. Nothing fruity about this one – black pepper at first, then rising through the spiky chilli kick. Oily bitterness. Harsh on the back of the throat. Well made, but beer should be rewarding. I guess chilli beers just aren’t for me  Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2013
Svart farve med mørk beige skum. Lukt av malt, sjokolade, kaffe og krydder. Smak av chili, sjokolade, kaffe og malt. Vinmonopolet. lesifflebiere (1887) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
D’un noir extrême, aux notes chocolatées et piquantes, mousse couleur cacao, elle est épaisse et très aromatique dans l’ensemble. Soyeuse et adorablement corsée, elle émet les saveurs attendues de chocolat et de café, mais le mélange est admirablement bien équilibré, de main experte de toute évidence, à défaut de détecter à fond le chipotle. En dehors de ce détail, c’est un stout qui frôle la perfection. Mikkeller frappe encore. vanvenlo (1881) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2015
(26-Oct-2015)Light roast choc coffee aroma.Black,ok head&nice thick sheet lace.Choc plum spice flavour.Chilli roast choc finish&hot spice roast aftertaste.