JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Why did I think this was a porter? It needs to be a porter. Fairly clear, thin-looking pour, dark brown with a good deal of ruby to the appearance. Thin head, gone in a flash. Nose is by-the-numbers spice at first but some chilis come on just a bit (I’d have said serranos too, but what do I know?). Prickly mouthfeel, suggesting far more carbonation than is actually present, with the midlest heat from the chilis. Spice seems perfunctory, and it ends up that the beer seems thin and faded as a whole. Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Sample at Bruery Provisions. Pours a reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Sweet spices like ginger and allspice in the nose, plus a bit of malt. Medium body with flavors of cinnamon, ginger, bready malt and caramel. The finish is sweetly spiced with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
750 ml. bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks man! Pours a reddish amber brown pour with a medium off white head, sticky, clings to the glass. Aroma of clove, all spice, orange peel, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor of strong clove. Toffee malts, cinnamon, spice. Certainly the spice plays a big deal in this. Mild chocolate and caramel. Tastes pretty good. Full-bodied, lots of carbonation. I’d say this is a petty solid winter ale. Chaseman (50) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Dark brown pour, smells of cinnamon and nutmeg with slight chocolate. A little funkier than I was expecting (I was expecting something more along the lines of a chocolate stout with some winter spice kick), but it was a pleasant surprise as the cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate spice are quite strong and create a unique mixture of flavors, but almost in an overpowering way. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head. Strong spice aromas of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There’s a nice little bit of banana aroma and dark fruit, too. Maybe a little bit of coffee. The flavor is nicely sweet with quite a bit of caramel, toffee, and spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon seem to be the most prominent. Some hints of banana as well as cherries. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.
JDBaker11058 (2427) - Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Appearance: medium to dark brown, with clear ruby highlights around the edges; short off-white head vanishing quickly. Aroma: spices (clove, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice), brown bread, and chocolate. Taste: notes of chocolate, a hint of coffee, strong impression of cinnamon, clove, bit of ginger, and as it warms, some heat. Finish: finishes long and smooth, with the heat of the chiles coming on very subtly. Notes: An interesting beer, but perhaps trying too hard. Mailer that came with it called it a spiced porter, but this was too light in the palate (almost watery). Definitely a spicy beer, but all the spices were almost overpowering, rather than complimentary. For the second glass, I actually mixed it half and half with Vintage 50’s Sordid Past, which made for a pretty good beer. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting. Pours a brown body. Aroma is toasted caramel malts and a touch of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is thin, with notes of watered down chocolate, cinnamon, and caramel malts. Ehhhh. j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a clearish brown with a thin white head. Malt on the nose, toast and caramel, a bit of spice. Medium bodied, sweet malt and toast. Gentle spices on the finish, malt and toast, a little bitterness. Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a ring of tan head. Aroma is chocolate, spices and warm bready notes. Flavor is dry spice, ginger and all-spice. Finishes with lots of spice evident. mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
not so sure about mexican hot chocolate did not get much spice or chocolate got banana and clove.