Skyview (6021) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2016 elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep ruby red, so deep that the color is only perceptible when held up to the light. Thin, off-white head that hangs around for a while and then dissipates into a moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is unmistakably a mixture of chocolate and cinnamon, sweet and spice. Taste profile is very dense at first and takes a few sips to comprehend. There is an immediate burn from chiles that also lend a slight tinge of saltiness, followed by the sweetness from the chocolate and honey. The chiles reassert themselves near the end. Not much in the way of either malts or hops (make no mistake, the chocolate flavor is from cocoa, not chocolate malts). However, there is some noticeable alcohol--like a brandy. Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery, with some slight carbonation. In sum, a good beer, comparable to efforts by Dogfish Head (Theobroma) and Samuel Adams (The Vixen). I’m forced to admit that I prefer those two slightly over this one, but it is worth a try.
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber from The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear color brown colored brew with a quick dissipating light tan head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of chocoalte malt, a hint of pepper, herbal spices and a touch of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of chocoalte and mild peppers with a touch of basement cellar with smoke. Finish is neutral with aftertastes of smoked chocolate malt, chili pepper and some floral hops. Taboada (1340) - Compostela (Galiza), - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle sample tasted at BBF Lab Madrid 2016 on the 02/07/2016. Dark amber, almost brown, colour with a lacing medium beige head. Aroma of cinnammon, mole and other spices. Taste is cinnamon, mole chiles and some caramel and chocolate. Aftertaste is great with spicy presence. A surprise on the mouth! Next one please! Bricks (1124) - Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Appearance is medium dark, somewhat lifeless. Smell is of peppers, some malt, cocoa. Taste is of sweetness and peppers. Nice aftertaste. Very different beer. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a motor oil black with a oily brown head. Aromas of chilis, coffee, and some chocolate. Astringent chocolate and coffee flavor, not much chili. thunderswine (4) - Alabaster, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2016 does not count
Great chile and cinnamon flavor. Smooth for the ABV. A contender for the crown established by Stone Xocoveza
UXO (1896) - CANADA - APR 1, 2016
Appearance: clear brown with one finger of loose light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin ring, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: roasty malts, chocolate, red berries, chilli pepper, caramel, cinnamon? (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild spice. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry building spicy finish. (3/5)
Not radically dissimilar to e.g. Prairie Artisan’s Christmas Bomb!, in that it has a decently integrated chilli spice, but the thinner body and lighter chocolate flavours don’t seem to work quite as well. Certainly I’m not getting the impression of Mexican hot chocolate or mole (molé? my research indicates no) sauce the way I did with Christmas Bomb! The upside here is that although the spice builds, it never becomes overwhelming. Pleasant, but not overly memorable. (13/20) BeerdedDave (1703) - Beckley, USA - MAR 20, 2016
brown with reddish highlights and a quickly dissipating head; roasted malt aroma with chili spice and alcohol notes; chocolate notes in the aroma come out more as it warms; semi sweet roasted malt with chocolate notes, chilis, and warm alcohol notes; just a bit of heat from the chilis; lots of chocolate and burnt brown sugar notes and slightly smoky chipotle notes minutemat (5471) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Draft @ The Flying Dog, Stockholm. Pours deep brown, off-white head. Chocolate aroma. Taste presents lots of chocolate with a chili kick on the finish. BrettTaylor (776) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Poured from bomber into snifter. Pours a dark brown you can just barely see through with an almost white head; head dissipates but never goes away. Aroma is like Mexican hot chocolate - cocoa with sweet/spicy pepper notes. Taste - cocoa, slight spice that lingers throughout the finish, just enough to encourage another drink. Really tasty! juiceisloose (1491) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish hue and topped by a small layer of beige colored foam that settles slowly to a thin film and leaving patches of lace around the glass. The aroma shows notes of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and chili pepper spices with an underlying tone of earthy roast, and toasted caramel and toffee sweetness. The peppers are quite prevalent in the nose, but come across more as spice as opposed to whole peppers. The flavor follows with the dark cocoa and toasted caramel and toffee malts showing a nice sweetness up front and then washed away by the cinnamon, and chili pepper spices. The peppers add a good amount of spice and a touch of heat through out, while notes of vanilla act to balance things out. Medium bodied and fairly smooth with moderate carbonation that leads to a lingering spicy pepper finish with a touch of heat. This is a solid and well made spiced Porter. Tasty stuff.