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Ghost Scorpion Lager - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 40.15%
Wants: 38
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CFHMagnet on 03-22-2012

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by CFHMagnet:
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.22/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off by saying this beer has me worried. I've been hearing wild stories about it overpowering people at a spicy foods festival; people who's tongues hurt so bad after drinking it they couldn't talk. It's been said the brewer wanted to make this brew undrinkable. It already has an imposing reputation. But the beast must be sampled.

An aggressive pour yielded no (yes I said NO) head. I fizzed quite a bit up top, but left me with nothing up there. The body is a murky orange-brown.

I smell nothing but hot peppers. As I near the sampling of this, I'm worrying worse and worse.

I take a swig, and hold it. "This isn't so bad," I think. It tastes like vegetables, lightly of peppers... holy SHIT! It burns! My mouth is on fire. This is possibly the hottest, spiciest thing I have ever consumed. At two sips in, I'm crying, my esophagus is burning like a highway to hell and my lips are almost numb already. With the third and forth sips I can taste the sweetness of the peppers before they punish me for continuing. I don't know if I'm even able to score this fairly as after a second or two the only sensation I get is pain.

Very fizzy. Refer to last sentence of previous paragraph.

This beer is punishment. My lips keep on alternating between sweet, sweet numbness and excruciating pain. If you are reading this, and thinking about drinking this beer, be forewarned: Finishing it is not to be taken lightly.

Edit: I was unable to finish this beer. I was working on it slowly, doing chores, when suddenly my stomach cramped up. As I do have acid and stomach issues, trying this beer was ill-advised anyway, so I decided to stop after consuming a third of it rather than continue the punishment.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PSU_Mike
1/5  rDev -61.4%

If i could give less than 1 star, I would. Excessively hot. I like spicy things. But, I could barely get down a sip before a wave of heat completely coated my mouth. I understand trying this for a novelty, but other than that, avoid this at all costs. Your intestines will never forgive you otherwise.

Photo of rwilde
1.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of menschenfresser
1.5/5  rDev -42.1%

Photo of prototypic
1.61/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ghost Scorpion pours a darker straw color. It’s very hazy. Wasn’t expecting that. Backlighting gives it a slight copper or orange look. A white head covers it and stands over a finger in height. Nevertheless, it was very quick to dissipate. Lacing is hardly worth mentioning – very light and spotty. Eh. Not bad. Interesting color.

The nose is sort of interesting. It really doesn’t possess many qualities that are reminiscent of beer. The impact of the chiles is definitely noticeable. There’s no questioning its heat. One whiff is all it takes to know it’s on its way. There are some earthy and grainy notes. There’s really not a lot otherwise though. Definitely not a lot that resembles beer. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. It’s not good, but it’s interesting. After you smell it…you’ll get it.

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD! This beer is HOT! Wow! There simply cannot be another beer on the planet that rivals its heat. I’m stunned. There isn’t much else to discuss about the flavor. The strong spicy flavor and the heat mask anything else that could possibly come through. I can’t imagine who could possibly be into this beer. It’s way too hot to enjoy. I’m not fanatical about hot, spicy things, but I’m not averse to them. This one is bad. Just bad. Wow.

The body is light. It’s really tough to tell how the carbonation is. The heat is so intense that you simply can’t focus on anything else. Drinkable? Uhhh….no way! I’d love to see someone polish off an entire 12 oz. bottle of this. That would be a huge challenge!

Ghost Scorpion is brewed with supposedly the two hottest chiles in the world (Ghost and Scorpion). From where I’m sitting, I’ll buy that. It makes for awful beer, but it’s damn hot! I guess if that’s your thing, knock yourself out. I’d suggest steering clear of this one though. Seriously….heed those words!

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of deathcharms
1.27/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Shared at a recent tasting as a finale beer. But this isn't really a beer... You get no hop, malt, yeast qualities from this liquid it is just pure fire. Poured vigorously it yields no head. Smell is sweet-ish tons of cayenne not to hot from the smell. Taste isn't really a factor with this beer, if I could I'd give it a 0, this beer has no taste, just burn. The mouth feel is just burn. I only got 2 sips into it.

Really this beer should be a 0-1 since it has no beer quality sans a few bubbles and its golden amber color.

Photo of Lanstrum
1.48/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Interesting appearance and smell, but very hot

Photo of wellsnb
1/5  rDev -61.4%

Photo of Dirt
3/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of MarkJBurch
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev +51%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Many thanks to inebriatedjoker for hooking me up with a couple of these long-anticipated beauties! Taking the first 12oz straight to my dome piece.

Pours just like any other of the more extreme chile beers - think Wildfire or Ghost Face. Murky red/copper with a tinge of green hue around the edge of the glass. A half finger of fizzing white head subsides to a thin collar before vanishing completely, leaving me with a scary looking glass of fire.

Extremely aromatic. I don't get any of that bland green veggie thing... there's an intense barbeque spice from the Bhut Jolokia and curry-like contribution from the Scorpion (at least I assume it is, I'm not that familiar with the Trinidad Scorpion). So far, this is living up to my every expectation.

That is one spicy beer. Clean on the front of the palate before it swells up to a massive crescendo of dry pepper heat. It's interesting how different these two strains are, being that they share a seat at the top of the scoville scale. The ghost chile offers that black pepper, smoky BBQ flavor while the Trinidad provides a Indian or Caribbean flavor... like a jerk rub or something. The flavors are much less muddy here than in any food I've had which incorporates the ghost chile.

Very intense beer and I look forward to the other bottle. If you are a true chile fanatic, this beer is an absolute must-try. It delivers precisely what it is I'm looking for. It's not even remotely as over-the-top as some have said... it's exactly what it claims to be.

Photo of vrbulldog22
3/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of buschbeer
2.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - As soon as I broke the seal beige foam gushed out of the bottle. I poured it into a glass to violent effervescence. The foam settled down to nothing within a minute. The vile liquid that remained was orange with sunset highlights. I could see yeast suspended in this concoction.

S - It smells like hot sauce.

T - At first nothing . . . then the back of my throat starts to get warm. As I take a couple sips, my tongue begins to feel the effects. It starts at the back of my tongue, and it creeps forward. Meanwhile the warmth at the back of my throat slides down my esophagus. My chest tightens and gets warm. Finally, the heat lands in my stomach. This is going to be bad.

M - Thin and watery.

O - What the hell was I thinking? I tried this at a bar last year. I thought I could drink a bottle. If I do it will take all day. It may just end up in the chili I am making. This is a bottle to share and punish your friends. It is not as hot as last year's version. It was made with pepper purée. This batch was just steeped with peppers, so I was told. I like spicy food, but I think I am done with this beer.

Photo of Darwinbms
4/5  rDev +54.4%

Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4/5  rDev +54.4%

Photo of markwillus
4.15/5  rDev +60.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought 2 bottles and opened one to drink. This is not a beer, this is an event. The hottest thing in the world. I agree with the numbing effect on the lips. Two sips in, I had to do a shot of milk to get to the third sip. Poured the rest down the drain and two days later made chili with the second bottle. 2 quarts of chili with one bottle of this beer and my coworkers thought I was Texas Red. This beer is a pretty good idea, but a better ingredient. Maybe even better as a party toughman contest...need another bottle.

Photo of cosmonick
3.25/5  rDev +25.5%

Photo of jhillwastaken
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of ttylicki
2/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of drdiesel9483
2/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks or no thanks to Rudzud for sharing...

Barely any head, hazy funky looking beige color with no carbonation, it even looks evil.

Nose pure capcasin, just pure extract of hot pepper smells like satan fucking my sinuses (thanks for the descriptor Mark), Pure Jolokia flesh grown in the depths of satan's bowels, I need a nose or tongue condom to even get close to this one. Beer? Unlikely to actually be any beer in this liquid hot sauce.

Tongue , oh god do I dare... Best of luck to us all... Well its quite hot but not kick me on the balls hot, yet. The heat ramps even more on the second sip... by far the hottest beer I've ever had, lots of crazy hot pepper, extract of capcasin hot, my stomach is curdling and my face is steaming and feels like it's swelling, wow..!!! The heat hits well like a nice big pepper, but doesn't stay as long as I expected, more down the throat than anything. Not much by way of actual beer underneath it though, or at least I can't get my mouth to detect anything other than alarm.

mouth is almost non-existent other than ridiculous heat and I can tell that there is some form of liquid in there.

Overall, why?!!

Seriously though. My stomach is literally boiling and curdling itself. It is very unhappy with me. The heat on the mouth and throat was good, mostly tolerable, but once in the stomach my body seems to be rejecting my stomach. It's not like I want to throw up, more like my body wants to shovel my entire stomach out of itself. Am I going to die!!!

Photo of jrcmlc
3.25/5  rDev +25.5%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +66%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a snifter. Split this with two buddies.

A- Pours an ominous looking golden/red color, it looks murky and has a color gradient, it actually gets slightly more clear towards the edges, produces no head whatsoever and no lacing.

S- Peppers and heat, not much else, I can already tell how hot this is going to be.

T- Fire. Straight up. I drank Ghost Face Killah a few weeks before trying this one, so I thought I was ready, but this is considerably hotter. I took one very small sip and could just feel a burning sensation creep down my throat. This is an extremely hot beer, it's difficult to taste much besides heat, but from what I can tell the peppers taste really nice.

M- Can't say much here, I guess it's light bodied, has a.... damn hot feel, seriously it just burns like crazy.

O- I had a great time drinking this beer. One of my buddies gargled with it, so then the rest of had to follow suit so we wouldn't look like bitches. It's hot, way hot. If you're looking for the hottest beer in the world this is probably it. It's definitely an interesting experience and, for what it is, it's great. High marks for this one, because seriously, if you're drinking this, you know what you're getting into, don't act all surprised when it burns the hell out of you.

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Ghost Scorpion Lager from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
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