Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Rogue Chipotle Ale
Rogue Chipotle Ale is a beer that is brewed with smoked jalepeno peppers. The name alone makes me want to drive to nearby Charlottesville for lunch tomorrow (they have a Chipotle restaurant)! The brew is an amber color that produces a two-finger off-white head of fizz.
This beer smells surprisingly dark and rich - almost like a smoked porter - but with some definite spice and pepper in the nose. The first taste is liquid smoke with a slow burn at the back of the throat. It is full of dark malts with some caramel and chocolate, but the defining presence here is hickory smoked flavors.
I actually really enjoyed this brew, especially with the aftertaste of spicy peppers, but I wish I had shared this large bottle. The flavors are so rich and potent that it is almost overpowering.
Peaks of Otter Winery made from the essence of jalepenos, habeneros, ghost and 27 other spicy peppers that tastes like fire in a bottle - and I loved that too!