isn't reserved for the stouts and porters of old.
For our purposes, a chile beer was anything brewed with chile peppers. Hmm . . . . . . deep. Here's what made our list in the order we opened them:
- Theobroma, Dogfish Head Brewery (Delaware)
- Cocoa-Mole, New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)
- Chocolate Sombrero, Clown Shoes Beer (Massachusetts)
- Mexican Cake, Westbrook Brewing Co. (South Carolina)
- Hunahpu's Imperial Stout, Cigar City Brewing Co. (Florida)
- Ghost Face Killah, Twisted Pine Brewing Co. (Colorado)
Certainly the craziest taste experience of the tasting was Ghost Face Killah. We'd been warned to save this one for last and that turned out to be essential advice. It's brewed with anaheim, fresno, jalapeno, serrano, habanero and Bhut Jolokia (the ghost pepper). Ghost peppers are the hottest in the world, having 200 times the heat of a jalapeno. Twisted Pine Brewery doesn't stop with adding them to the boil. They "dry hop" with them, too. One whiff and you know you're in trouble. The low abv (5%) won't save you on this one. After the first sip, you're tasting nothing else but high heat coming from the innocent looking golden brew.
It occurred to me later we could have added Black Butte XXIII to the list as last year's Deschutes specialty has pasilla negro chilies. Still, the taste buds get pretty tired after just five chile beers and are totally obliterated after Ghost Face Killah. There's always next time.