jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Quite spicy with strong milk chocolate flavors. Has flavors of cinnamon and roasted barley and very little head or lacing. Slightly thin body that seems more like that of a porter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rxeight (3243) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2013
Really not getting much sweet stout. More of a chipotle porter. Thin body, spicy pepper. Decent stuff but nothing special Sarlacc83 (2290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2013
22oz bottle from Shane. Consumed April 21st, reviewed from notes.
A: Pour brings out a dull opaque mahogany body with a fizzing mocha head. Head then diminishes into a thin ring. Can see some of the carbonation showing at the surface.
N: A bracing nose of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon. Roasted malt and coffee. Spice from the anchos shows upon closer inspection. Hints of caramel.
T: Heavy spice from the anchos. There’s a moderate mixture of sweetness from the malts and some hop bitterness. However, there isn’t quite enough here to stand up to the chilies and that’s a shame.
M: Oily, medium mouthfeel. Milk stout lends a pleasant smoothness and alcohol is hidden.
O: A decent beer, but it doesn’t explode with flavors like I’d hope. I get a lot of pepper and not much of the ancillary flavors. trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2013
pours a very murky dark brown. Smells of chocolate, cinnamon, and spice. Taste start off with a very smooth dark chocolate, then cinnamon and then the chile hits on the back end. There’s a nice tingly spice that you’re left with. I really liked this. arkurzynski (2463) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle from BA eorwar. Thanks! Thick, deep black pour with tan head. Nose is rich with dark, semi-sweet chocolate. Light notes of spice and a touch of plastic. Flavor is initially a lightly sweet lactose, chocolate, and roasted malt that quickly fades to low-grade cinnamon/pepper heat. Flavors are muddled in the beginning, but even out with further drinking. Heat/spiciness also builds, but only to moderate level. Nice thickened mouthfeel. Overall, a bit too choppy for me, but certainly drinkable.
Atom (2572) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bomber batch 29 thanks to Pawola22, pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, raspberry, with molasses, and vanilla. Taste of milk chocolate, fruits, slight cinnamon, and spice. Kind of thin, not bad but I’m not to crazy or impressed with this one. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Batch # 62. Black pour with a light tan head. Sweet chocolate aroma with vanilla in the back. Taste was chocolate, vanilla and spicy pepper finishing it out. As I drank, the pepper aftertaste gets more serious, a little heat on the palate. Can taste a little cinnamon in the finish. The head disappeared but that doesn’t matter. The beer is complex and damn tasty. The beer clings to the glass. Well done. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle from batch #29 shared by a friend. Brownish-black pour with a medium thin tan head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, malt and a bit of spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, raisins and subtle chili peppers. The finish is malty with a mild peppery aftertaste. Pretty good all around. MsBedelia (10) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2013
I found this beer to be unique, exciting, and exactly what I was in the mood for at the time. You can taste the cacao and the chile peppers- but it also still tastes like beer (I.e. it’s not flavored to the point that its not recognizable as beer, a criticism many lob at flavored beers like pumpkin ales, etc). It receives a very high score from me mostly due to its uniqueness and its agreement with my personal taste. But such a bold and brave beer deserves to be rewarded. A friend desrcibed it was a party in one’s mouth, and she’s rit even though that’s a litrle cliché and juvenile. If you don’t like Mexican hot chocolate, you likely won’t like this beer; if you don’t like beer, you likely won’t like this beer (or be on this website). If flavored beers aren’t your thing, you may only give this a medium score. But it was a privilege to taste this beer and will remain a personal favorite for me. Definitely requires long sips, or you’ll miss a lot. Enough to make me a lifelong fan of Pipeworks. douglas88 (9622) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a totally black color with a small brown head. A nose of roast, cocoa, some ash. A big flavor with chocolate, chillies are throughout but not massive, more of a mole mix, some cinnamon, vanilla. Very good. Mellow at times. Green chillies. The more I think about the mole the more it makes sense.