boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Draft at beer fest. Pours hazy copper with a small tan head. The aroma has cinnamon and hot peppers. The taste is sweet Christmas ale with a spicy kick. onceblind (9631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Tap at Oskar Blues HMLS. Clear dark ruby/brown with a thin beige head. Heavy malty aroma with earthy caramel, honey, and a little molasses and cocoa. Taste is smooth and full with some dark earthy maltiness, caramel, hay, light cocoa, some light raisin, and very gentle roastiness. drjay44 (3708) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, short lived light beige head, over a clear reddish brown (SRM 18) body.....nose is pecan, hints of cocoa, chocolate.....taste is cocoa, chocolate to start, hints of toffee/caramel sweetness, leading to light lingering chile heat, with tones of cinnamon, and umami, ....mouth feel medium, sticky, slight alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. This is an interesting conglomeration of ingredients. The pecans are the most dominant of the additions, adding to both aroma and flavors. The cocoa nibs (they aren’t yet chocolate) come through in a pleasant way. The chile and cinnamon were used with a light hand, so they are in background rather than dominating in the front. All in all, this is an interesting experiment. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7 Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Tap. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt, nuts and spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet & hot flavor with a medium hot & sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where exceeded.
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
On draft at Tap 25. It pours brown with red highlights and a khaki head. The aroma is toasted malt, roasted green chiles, pecan pralines and chocolate. Nice. The flavor is toasty with noticeable alcohol, strong pecans, smoke, cocoa and a little chile heat on the back end. Interesting beer, and pretty much exactly as advertised. I liked it, but definitely in small doses. I couldn’t have more than a few ounces.
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose is light chilies, cocoa, and some nutty roast. Clear brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is a very lightly peppery warmth, chocolate, and chilies. Finishes lightly warm. Decent but not great. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
I was a little scared by the mix of ingredients but this beer really comes together. The aroma foretells the spice and toast notes that come in strong on the flavor. Spicy without numbing. This would have been great for Thanksgiving. marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours near black with a decent tan head and a chocolate and hot pepper aroma. There is a rich chocolate and treacle flavor with a fairly hot peppery finish. j12601 (11706) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2012
On tap at Gingerman after our our bar crawl through Brooklyn. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a thin to medium sized beige head. Light roast, cocoa. Light sweetness, roast, cocoa. Too sweet, a little bit one dimensional. Sweet warming alcohol into the finish. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Light slightly malty chocolate nose.Taste is a bit sweet/sugary to start, with a spiciness and hotness that comes toward the end. Alcohol kick is noticeable. A bit viscous and sticky. A myriad of styles but not married to any one style. Interesting.