degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark amber-red -- very pretty -- with a high creamy head solid as blown insulation. Nose is very strong -- lavender chai comes to mind, dry floral, vanilla and intense spices, especially cardamom. The first thing that hits the tongue is black pepper, followed by the faint anesthetic sting of clove; the floral notes are gone, replaced with black tea-like tannins and some additional baking spices. Long dry palate that stays with me. I don’t find the spices out of balance, but they are intense; you had better like that sort of thing, or just don’t bother. I do, so I will, and the numerical ratings above reflect that; reduce aroma and taste by at least three each if you’d rather drink straight quinine than chai. Your mileage may vary. Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2013
The nose is primarlly spicy - cardamom, clove, and cinnamon. Pours a copperish-amber with a mostly diminishing off-white head and no lacing. The taste is - whoa - enjoyablely SPICY! Clove, cinnamon, vegetable, and herbs. Pepper and and a grainy flavored were also noted. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, surprisingly enjoyable. I wouldnâ€™t want to drink more than one of them at a time, but very tasty as a single. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
The best thing about this beer is its color. This is probably one of the best-looking ambers I can recall, with a deep, deep amber red color and an off-white head. Although the aroma is completely dominated by spices (specifically cardamom and cinnamon), it actually smells a little like it’s supposed to be that spiced, more like a food than a beer, with a meaty nose that seems slightly bready.
Where the beer takes a turn for the worse, in my snobby opinion, is in the flavor. Straight up, it’s way too spiced for such a light malt presence. For a beer to handle this much spice, it needs to be heavily roasted and dense. Although there is a somewhat bready flavor to the beer, there’s nothing bready about the mouth feel.
If you can ignore the spices, it tastes like a cross between an amber and a thin-bodied brown ale with minimal roast, but then the spices come up in your face... well, from the start it’s more of a fresh cardamom and cinnamon (mostly the latter), then you get a touch of the malts and residual sugars, but then you’re slammed in the face with so fresh of a spice presence that it’s like sucking on a fresh cardamom seed covered in straight cinnamon. Nothing to counter-balance its intensity. Cinnamon up front, cardamom in the back... it’s not that easy to finish a glass of this.
This reminds me of my first attempt at spicing a homebrew. Since then, I’ve learned to use (at most) half of the amount of spices I used then. I’m surprised that Rogness hasn’t figured that out by now. You can get all the characteristics you want without sacrificing comfort. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle. Nose is full of the expected spice, dominated by cinnamon and cardamom, with a light sweetness. Deep amber with light head. The spice is definitely upfront but restrained enough so as not to be overpowering. I’m not personally a huge fan of chai spices, but this is clearly a well-brewed beer. TizzleJizzle (792) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2014
Poured a clear amber with a thin cream top. Taste of spice, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and caramel malts. High fizzy carbonation, medium body. Quite spicy, perhaps too spicy for some
gringo332 (650) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is very spicy, as expected. I get some cinnamon and clove notes, as well as some additional spices that sort of all run together.. There is some clove and cinnamon once again, as well as some ginger and some earthy tea notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
This beer pours a beautiful deep reddish brown and definitely has a bold spice aroma. From there it goes a bit down hill. Very strong cardamom presence and maybe a bit of some of the other spices in the back but also a minty menthol presence that doesn’t play well with the other flavors. jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2012
On tap at the Whip In.
Pours dark amber with a tan head. Aroma is tea, honey and spices.
Taste is unique - it tastes like spiced tea. Not my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the flavors of this beer. colinize (316) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Wow, talk about an aroma! Brown sugar, spice. Sweet but not cloyingly so. Kind of spicy. Not my normal thing, but quite good.
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