83 / 100
Choc-chilli porter, tried on tap at the K&B.
Pours a red-tinged cola colour, quite cloudy looking, with thin but nicely dense and creamy rim of beige head. Looks alright, and I think the pour was bad rather than necessarily the beer.
Smells of chipotle, and chocolate. Smokey character with a touch of vegetation, undergrowth. Dark but sweet and alluring chocolate underlying. Cocoa-rich but smooth. Maybe a touch meek but otherwise very enticing.
Taste is gorgeous. Big chipotle note upfront; smokey that develops some nice chilli heat running through the mid to late palate. Light caramel malt upfront that gets darker with some lovely rich bittersweet chocolate midway and underlines the whole finish. Lovely sweet-spicy interplay with a touch of pepper flavour, this silky chocolate character as well and some finishing roastiness. Really lovely, moreish palate.
Smooth, with the heat that starts to burn early on the finish and retains a nice lingering warmth that's really quite pleasant.
That's a cracker of a chilli beer. Lovely dark sweetness with plenty of biting spice but without going overboard, and intermingling it well with the other components. I want to try the sauce brewing range now.