popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle. Great spice and chocolate notes. The chili is mild but provides a touch of heat. The taste has a some good sweetness but finishes without any stickiness. It’s about half stout and half winter warmer. Lots of chocolate malt. Some caramel. Mild roast. Some dark fruity notes. The spice is really the star and lends a mix of cinnamon and chili. Mouthfeel eventually gets creamy and smooth, but it’s initially over-carbonated. Very pleasant beer and has some very good holiday spicing. User134089 (1644) - - DEC 31, 2011
Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was dark mahogany, closer to black than anything else. Just over an inch of head. Nice amount of frothy lacing on the top, that stayed throughout the beer. The film was sporadic, but stayed. The film always looks better in a pint glass than a pilsner glass, so I’ll take that into consideration.
Initially smelled deep spices with cinnamon and gingerbread the only two I mentioned. Gingerbread is a spice you say? Well it is for this beer. Also smelled cloves, caramel, chocolate and toffee. Good smelling beer.
The taste wasn’t as much like the smell as I would have thought. I got gingerbread first, followed by cinnamon and a deep dark chocolate aftertaste. Spices rule the day here.
Full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long spicy finish.
I liked this beer. It was definitely what I could call a winter beer. Too bad I live in California and can’t really appreciate the winter nature of it. Good beer. mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2012
750ml courtesy of thome50. Pours medium brown into a snifter with a big off white head. Aroma of BIG cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove notes with almost a hair of some pumpkin like vegietal presence. Very pungent aroma. Flavor is just a blast of all spice, with cardamon, nutmeg, whole cinnamon sticks, graham crackers, banana bread and pumpkin pie. Just a hair of the ancho chilies shine through towards the back of the finish. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation, which helps clean the palate at a steady speed. Sure enjoying this one. rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2016
Draught at the brewery in Santa Barbara, California. Deep amber beer with a rich lasting beige head. Fruity spicy flavor, caramel, chocolate, tiny chili. Malty chocolate flavor, caramel, cinnamon, chili notes. I really like this. zentaoist42 (11) - Hayward, California, USA - JAN 6, 2017
This beer must be allowed to come up to temperature, at least 60 degrees F. Also, the ABV was 7.7%
It pours a beautiful amber, like that of a good scotch. The beige head does not linger, yielding to lace around the glass.
The nose is gifted with the spices, pepper and chocolate. There is definitely a presence of chilis. The caramel malt is not overdone. A bittersweet taste with a very slight burning from the anchos. Very reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate.
A very smooth finish on the beer with just the slight tingle from the chilis lingering. A very nice beer for warming the body in a cold winter evening.
Would be interested to find ou what a couple of years of aging does to the flavor. The bottle conditioning makes it possible to find out
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Not my favorite. I wish I would have known about the chiles and spices before I drank it, because the finish really affected my enjoyment. I will try it again next year. mjg74 (3156) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from Whole Foods. Deep amber in color. Aroma is quite spicy with an almost sourish note. Spices and chile in the flavors. Somewhat smokey. Interesting take. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2009
750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a murky dark brown with a dissipating beige head. The nose is complex with cocoa, spices, and some funky sour grapes. The flavor is sour and spicy, with pumpkin, cocoa, grapes, apple and chestnuts. The mouthfeel is full and silky smooth. The finish is long and dry with lingering spices. Overall: A very enjoyable winter ale, it kinda reminded me of Alpine Ichabod 2007. bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle from Ledgers Liquor. Pours a dark ruby color with a fine four-finger tan head. Aromas of cocoa, malt and spice. Flavor is somewhat mild chili over chocolate. Quite a spicy treat. Body is medium with fine carbonation. Finish comes on chocolate/cocoa with a little chili - not really hot, just chili. Really well done. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
Deep mahogany, reddish brown, tan head. Spicy aroma is similar to pumpkin ale Alcohol is noticeable. Gently carbonated but big mouthfeel. Goes well with the chili chocolate we have. Really like this, it’s nice and smooth.