Red Hot Chocolate | Invercargill Brewery

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Brewed by:
Invercargill Brewery
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by laituegonflable:
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3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark-brown stouty colour, clear with tan head. Decent, could be blacker.

Roasty and stouty nose, with coffee and chocolate characters. Could have slightly more chilli aroma, but there is some vaporous chilli spice wafting through. Very complex, but lacking a little in the chilli stakes.

Oh. Did I ask for more chilli? Silly, silly Sam. Actually disappointly watery palate mostly, with a hint of roasty flavour towards the mid. Masses, just masses, of chilli on the end. Spicy and hot without a lot else suggesting itself. Aaargh.

Yeah, thin on the feel as well. Flat carbonation too allowing the chilli to strangle the mouth. Could use far more body.

I like a good chilli beer but this has nothing really going for it except the massive chilli heat. It needs to be a component, otherwise I might as well just drink from my crushed chilli jar. Not a big fan.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Stout brewed with chilli and chocolate. Hooey. Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a full black colour, seemingly opaque but strangely clear at the edges. Quite a light body as well for a stout. Head is a light brown colour, forming a solid ring that leaves chunky lacing. Looks pretty good.

Mild roasted characters on the nose, but it feels pretty empty. Like low-quality chocolate or American filtered coffee. Hint of berry to it, but it might just be the suggestion of the chilli.

Light mild chocolate on the front of the palate quickly descends into an oily sweetness, before everything is wiped off the face of the earth in the brunt of the BURN. CHILLI. BURN. BURN. CHILLI. The feel is intense—it tingles with the chilli burn for ages. It's impressive, but seriously just destroys the palate.

Oh god. The pain.

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clearish brown colour with some red notes. Not too bad. The aroma is full of spicy ginger and some earthiness. Touches of caramel. Not bad. Spicy on the palate with a hefty dose of chilli. Light sweetness and a touch of earthy character. Not all that amazing. A medium-light body and moderately-high carbonation is good. An okay beer. Nice chilli notes but the rest is dull.

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Red Hot Chocolate from Invercargill Brewery
3.15 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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