ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
A: Pours a surprisingly clear dark mahogany color with a two finger light tan color head of decent lacing.
S: Cinnamon, chiles, chocolate...and tomato juice? If I didn’t know better, this is slightly reminiscent of a spiced bloody mary. Not completely offputting, but not what I want in a beer.
T: Thankfully much better than the smell. There’s a noticeable spiciness, not just from the chiles, but from the cinnamon notes. In that regard, it reminds me of a winter warmer - even the malt backbone is very winter warmer-esque. It doesn’t seem very spicy at first, but after a while the peppery sensation will build in the back of your throat (and later on the tongue), albeit not overly so. The chocolate notes also increase as one progresses through the drink. This is a beer that improves significantly after several sips, so one shouldn’t write this one off after the first swig. It reminds me exactly what a chocolate-spiced mole sauce would taste like, so mission accomplished, New Belgium.
M: Slightly coarse bodied, with a medium body and a slightly numbing finish. It works for what this beer is trying to accomplish. Average carbonation.
O: I love beer, and I love hot food, but I’m not so sure about combining the two. Still, it’s a complex, interesting experiment that’s well worth a shot. Good stuff.
Headbanger (4021) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
22oz bottle DEN L/O Pours a clear brown with a small ring for a head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, and peppers. Taste of the same with some cinnamon and heat on the back end. This full bodied brew kicks ass. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2012
A - Pours a fairly dark ruby-brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of chili pepper, cinnamon, roasted chocolate malts, with a bit of bread.
T - Starts off with some chili pepper with some heat and some roasted chocolate malts. Through the middle, more spices come through with some cinnamon and a bit more heat from the peppers. The finish is a mix of heat from the peppers with some chocolate and cinnamon.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with hot, spicy, and chocolatey finish.
D - Very drinkable. Very unique combination of flavors but everything really comes together nicely. I really like the head level on this one. valerieglasgow (5) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2012 does not count
Picked a bottle up at the brewery. The beer has an aroma of a chocolate spice. First sip is kind of an impact of flavors with a chocolate taste but finishes with a spicy kick. This beer definitely is a heavy/rich beer. Not my cup of tea but still a good beer. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
az wine. bomber.
...dark porter color.small almost white head.
A+F are choco,coconut,bs,spice, cinnamon,vanilla. Realy sweet and hard to drink
AT has a lot of spice and capsicum heat.
appreciate what they are trying to do but...7/4/4/3/12
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
Sampled on 3/16/2012. This spiced ale pours a medium copper brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, hint of pepper and mole. A medium bodied spice ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, touch of pepper and some chocolate and cinnamon. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. A touch of heat from the pepper, with a nice clean flavor that is very well balanced by the chocolate. Very nice beer. Nice mix of heat and sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. crackedmachine (536) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours a dark but clear brown with a small, brief tan head. Cinnamon with sugar dominates the aroma, and dark malt is in the background. Likewise, the flavor has a heavy cinnamon presence, but that is decently balanced with the other elements: sweet dark malt, a hit of cocoa, and a semi-caustic spicy chile finish. Sweet and spicy. Cinnamon is a bit excessive. Body is somewhat thin. Gachupines (1252) - USA - APR 4, 2012
Brown with a white head, aromas are chocolate with mild pepper. It actually smells a lot like spiced hot chocolate. Flavor is cocoa with a strong but not overpowering pepper presence. A little heat in the finish, but not in an unpleasant way. Very interesting, well done beer. greeno29 (2) - Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2012 does not count
Great beer. Smells like cinnamon sugar but finishes with a chili hotness. Smell is different than taste but this is a great beer. Love the Lips of Faith series by New Belgium IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2012
Pours a deep deep brown color. Taste is magnificent. Brown sugar and a very mild vegetable spice. This is one of my favorite new Belgium beers to date. Lots of.brown sugar in the aftertaste. No recognize of any high alcohol taste. This beer simply is well balanced, mildly spicy, and sweet sweet cocoa brown sugar to finish. Delicious. Thanks new Belgium.