Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Review of Four Chipotle Beers

Dee:  “This review arose from a visit to the beer shop to find a drink or two to accompany the sausage chilli stew that we had lined up for tea.  We spotted the Mayan beer first and, after browsing the other beers, found another chipotle beer, then another, then another, and the tasting session was quickly arranged. 
Not all of the beers had chilli flavour, or the distinctive smokiness, but I am pleased to say that all four were of very good quality.  All were winners, and we would happily drink any of them again.  So here they are.  Cheers!"

Beer 1:  The Mayan
Tasting Notes said:  “Inspired by an ancient Mayan recipe and brewed with Chipotle chillies, chocolate malt and real chocolate, this extraordinary stout is velvety smooth, bittersweet, and has a subtle, smoky fire in its belly.  The time has come to put yourself to the ultimate test; dare you take on….The Mayan?!””.
Dee said:  “Big initial hit of chocolatey aromas.  Nice dark colour.  A good, strong stout, despite it having the lowest strength of the four beers we chose.  Heavy on the dark chocolate with only a slight hint of chilli to finish.”
Jay said:  “Creamy chocolate aroma.  Same tasting with a dry finish.  Luscious”

Beer 2:  Fire
 Weird Beard Brew Co.
Tasting Notes said:  “Is that chilli you smell?  Are you getting a little tingle on the tongue as you drink this beer?  Everything is better with the addition of chilli!  Surely it is an unwritten rule and undeniable truth (well, except for those who don’t like chilli) Then yes, this beer does contain chilli and it is also a Rauchbier, the style of beer that has put Bamberg, Germany on the beer map.  Made with 100% Beechwood smoked malt, a few small additions of Apollo and Magnum hops, and then fermented with a nice lager yeast…then it had the healthy addition of a kilo of smoked chipotles in the fermenter (the burn is subtle.  It creeps up a little but won’t blow your head off).”.
Dee said:  “Golden colour with a sweet and smoky aroma, which was carried through into the taste.  It reminded me of the super smoky German Schlenkerla beers, but this had a much lighter overall texture”.
Jay said:  “Ooooooh, bonfire.  Big beautiful burning bonfire.  And that was the predominant flavour.  There may have been chilli burn but I couldn't find it on top of the burn from the sausage stew we'd just eaten.”

Beer 3:  Dragon Tips
Tasting Notes said:  “Stout brewed with actual bacon, maple and chipotle.”
Dee said:  “Poured like engine oil.  Didn’t get the promised maple or bacon flavours, but it was a strong, rich and bitter drink which delivered a punch in a velvet glove.”
Jay said:  “I don’t think I can add anything to what Dee said.  Yes, I liked it a lot.”

Beer 4:  Chocolate Sombrero
Tasting Notes said:  “Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chile plus cinnamon plus vanilla extract plus a chocolate loving, beer drinking, Clown Shoes wearing, multi-limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label. That’s the recipe for a Chocolate Sombrero!”.
Dee said:  “Black with a light coffee coloured head.  Lots of chocolate in the aroma and a smooth texture to the taste.  No smoke or heat but that didn’t matter.  A good chocolate stout.  Highly quaffable considering its 9% strength.”
Jay said:  “I did get a bit of spice from this.”

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