A chestnut and jalapeno brown ale brewed for GABS 2017. Normally I would classify "[RECOGNISED BEER STYLE] with adjuncts/chilli" as a [RECOGNISED BEER STYLE] (in this case, a brown ale) but in this case I'm going with the adjunct foremost just because the brewer, in his Q&A with Australian Beer Writer of the Year Glen Humphries, called it a "kind of but not-quite brown ale". Tried at the festival in a sampler.
Pours a darkish brown colour, pale enough to see that there's a light haze in it. Head is beige in colour, foamy and retaining nicely. Looks good.
Smells quite spicy. Jalapenos on there for sure. Notes of chocolate on the malt, a slight hint of smoke and a distinct turmeric kind of character as well. Pleasant.
Taste kicks off chocolatey, and quite sweet. The heat from the jalapenos builds subtly but surely as it develops some vegetative undergrowth and capsicum flavour late-mid and a strange but welcome fennel character towards the finish. Not a lot of chestnut but it would naturally get lost in this mix. Bit too sweet overall but the heat is welcome.
Body is a bit full and gluggy, also a bit flat which doesn't help as it could use more cut-through.
Nice heat, but not amazing otherwise.
I did retry this beer at the end of the festival, but it failed to crack my top 20.