Chocolate Chili Christmas Thing | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Deuane on 12-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by CaptinRedBeard:
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth chocolate dipped in liquified Belgian candi sugar. Also present are light hints of dark fruits - raisins and plums - and lighter hints of heat from the chilis. As the beer warms the chilis contribute more toward the aroma with a restrained earthy heat.

Tastes very good. As with the aroma chocolate - both milk and dark - flavors share equal billing with the BSDA side of this beer - sweet malts with hints of dark fruits. Midway through the sip a very light amount of heat enters into things and carries through to an ending that's equally bitter and sweet with just a hint of dryness.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, as am I a fan of the whole blossoming chili fad in general. Certainly worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of sideshowe
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 7/2/10. Beer pours a pitch black color with a small very dark head. The smell is heavy on the chocolate with no hint of the chili peppers. The taste is very chocolatly and the peppers come out at the end which provider a nice hint at the end. The beers had very little carbonation which I think really helped it overall. I really enjoyed this beer and I hope it becomes a regular seasonal for Bullfrog.

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The special offering at the 2009 BFB Pub Club Holiday Party. A brew straight from the mad scientist brain of Terry H. High quality French dark chocolate combined with chilies in a deep, dark and mysterious Belgian brew.

A-Deep, dark brown with lighter highlights along the edges. Thin tan head retains nicely and leaves decent lace.

S-Light, musty bitter dark chocolate notes with a light zing of spice. Nice toasted notes in the background.

T-Whoa! Where is all of this flavour hiding in the aroma? WAY more flavourful than aromatic. Bitter chocolate and a complimenting spicy zing. Rich, musty, complex malt character adds good balance. Very interesting and flavourful.

M-Medium bodied and very hard to pinpoint anything.So "busy" but at the same time smooth with a drying finish.

D-Complex, tasty, chocolate becomes more assertive with warming. Never becomes too "hot". This is a very interesting brew that is quite the head scratcher. I am impressed with this one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the El Diablo Deluxe

A-pours a dark brown, almost black color with a dense creamy khaki colored head.

S-the nose brings roasted malts, notes of chocolate, light spicy chile peppers with some sweet dark ripe fruits to balance.

T-great balance to it, roasted maltiness, hints of chile peppers but working with the beer not acting as its own element, nice rich dark chocolate with ripe plums and cherries in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy with a medium body and well carbonated with a crisp prickly finish.

D-well balanced and easy to drink with flavors really working in harmony to create a tasty complex beer. had next to hunahpu's and actually think this works better and hides the alcohol more.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones and sampled this past week.

A - Pours dark brown with a fair head and lacing.

S - The chilli smell dominates over the chocolate; bitter and spice smell. Nothing too attractive in the smell.

T - Follows the nose in that the spice and pepper of the chilli dominates the chocolate backbone of the beer. I tried this when first served cold and then let it warm to see the flavor profile change. Did not care for it either cold or slightly warmed.

M - Nothing outstanding about this one. Slightly thin to boot.

D - A one and done for me which is the norm with most of the Bullfrog beers for me. They certainly try to do a lot but another one which falls flat at the end to me.

I am quickly getting to the point of crossing them off. More misses than hits for me from this brewery.

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Photo of treyrab
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the El Diablo Deluxe release a while back in July. What better time to review it now while I sit here early at work and Christmas quickly approaching.

A: Poured a nice dark black with dark tan (khaki head). Held up to the light you can see a little translucency but not much. Looks like a stout, really. The head is thick and creamy and leaves some spotty, cobweb lacing down the glass.

S: The smell is incredible The first thing I got a whiff of was Hershey's chocolate syrup. This was rather sweet chocolate as opposed to baker's bitter chocolate. Reminded me a bit of Southern Tier Choklat, but better. Fudge brownie smell with hints of cinnamon and an array of spices that I would be blind guessing at. So much going on.

T: Again, the sweet chocolate really develops and comes through, which I really enjoyed. Tastes like a liquefied fudge brownie at first, before it is bombarded by spices. Tons of spices: cinnamon, pepper, and a ton others. The spices seem to fight a bit with the chocolate. Chocolate wins, but the two do not blend together perfectly. I'm sure some age would blend the two together great.

Overall, a wonderful beer. One that I wish I could sit down on Christmas eve with and relax on a cool night.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Who would have thunk to combine chocolate, chili n beer??? What I am hearing is that Bullfrog combines French Dark Chocolate with chilis in this Belgian Ale. Aroma of cherries, taste is rich and chocolate....leading in that chili kick in the aftertaste. Quite the different after dinner drink. I'd love it more without the kick, I don't think beer should be "chilized" I'm giving this beer a good rating, because there is no room to rate the aftertaste, it is only judged on appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeelm and drinkability...

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Photo of beerman207
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Capones and this was easily my favorite of the visit.

A: Wow - dark brown, 1 finger head, great skim on the glass, and fantastic lacing.

S: Smell is of dark chocolate, chili, belgian spices. Just very intriguing to me for this combination

T: Any concern I had of this combination was erased with the taste. Wow. Just very unique and complex. The chocolate was dominant along with some of the belgian spices. I pick up the cherries as well in there and the chili comes in for the finish which leaves you with a unique warmth and somewhat sour finish. Just fabulous.

M: Very mild and easy to drink

D: Wow, even considering the high ABV, this is one to try if you can find it somewhere. Based on the low number of reviews, I'm guessing this is a rare find. Fantastic trip to Capones.

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Chocolate Chili Christmas Thing from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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