Pours a muddy deep brown color with a zesty half inch mocha colored head. The head is soda like and dissipates quickly leaving no sign that it ever existed. No lacing.
The aroma is zesty with spices and chili pepper and a roasted chocolate malt hiding underneath.
The taste is very similar to the aroma. Roasted chocolate malts provide a backbone for a blend of zesty spices and chili pepper. A bit of heat from the peppers, but seems to be balanced well with the chocolate malts. A spicy zing on the after taste that lingers on the palate.
Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate with a prickly zesty finish.
Overall, a very nice beer. A unique style that I have not had very often, but I do enjoy. I am a big fan of chili pepper, so I might be a bigger fan of the style than some. A solid beer with a nice balance to the spices and heat provided by the smooth creamy chocolate flavors. This is not a beer that I would want to drink all night, but one hits the spot! Try one!
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