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Review by SAP on 01/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 9 13 4 7 2008
November 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled January 2009
A soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite sweet more from spice notes and a touch of cinnamon than from the actual malt. I do believe I detect a touch of spicy chile in the nose as well, it is just a touch in the finish, but seems to add an earthy chile note. Caramelized malt adds some brown sugar like notes and there is also a light toasted grain character. By far the sweet spice notes are the most noticeable part of the aroma, but as the beer warms a bit more of the chile starts to come out; this accentuates some berry notes and there is also a touch of cocoa now towards the finish.

A prickly carbonation greets my tongue up front and adds a tartness from the carbonic acid. Some aggressive swirling releases some of the excessive carbonation, but there is still a tartness to this brew. This has a spiciness reminiscent of sweet baking spices (a mix of cinnamon, clove and perhaps a hint of nutmeg), that also add a touch of bitterness to the finish. The chile adds some spice and chile flavor to the finish without really being hot at all. There is a bitterness here in the finish from the roasted malt, which also adds some roasted, toasted character to the front end of the beer as well. This is pretty light bodied, though it does have some heft to it that becomes a bit more balanced as the beer warms up. This is quite fruity tasting at times and reminds me of tart currants, some berry notes, as well as some tannic red grape flavors. The malt also seems to contribute a touch of dark cocoa flavors in addition to the toasted notes.

This is an interesting beer. The ancho is not quite prominent enough and the beer itself doesn't quite seem like it is rich enough to support the additional ingredients. This definitely has a certain tartness to it as well, though I think this is due to the dark grain and mash schedule than from any infection.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 07/22/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 15 4 7 2008
Just was cleaning my desk and came across this review. Thanks to Westsidethreat for the bottle, bottled on 12/31/07. I would guess I had it two months ago.

A - Deep brown colored body shows garnet highlights when held up to a light source. Half finger beige head, fairly fizzy. Reduces to a floating mass in the middle of the glass with a ring around the edge.

S - Big time cinnamon and nutmeg here. Huge sweetness of molasses and toffee. Reminds me a bit of a Skor candy bar.

T - Starts off with big spiciness of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Sweetness comes in with light molasses, toffee and caramel. In the background, there is a slight heat of chiles. Light chocolate comes in at the end, making it sort of like spicy hot chocolate.

M - Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation that makes for a smooth feel.

Overall - Good winter brew that has a nice twist on it with the low heat of the chiles.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Westside Threat on 03/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 7 14 3 7 2008
A: Pours a clean auburn color with amber highlights. Head is medium sized and beige with almost a pink tint to it.

S: A lot of allspice and cinnamon in the aroma. Really dominates all other smells. Secondary you can find dried cocoa, ginger and perhaps rootbeer.

T: No surprise, this beer is way over seasoned. Cinnamon, coriander and all spice start right out of the gate with ginger following as a close second. Fruity essence with black berries, raspberries coated with chocolate begins to form after the swallow with strong hard water mineral aspects. Little bit of a dirty persona takes over which tends to happen when spices get muddles. Little bit of raisin can be found contributed by the ancho chiles. Finishes muddles but not overly cloying..little bit sweet with hints of brown sugar, rust and plums.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D: Better than I expected to be honest. This really could have gone off the deep end…but it didn’t turn out that bad. Any time a beer is heavily spiced you never know how its going to turn out.

Served In: Pint Glass

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