May 07, 2008
Cave Creek Chili Beer
Bruce of Back to the Batcave supplied tonightís brew. He gave this to me a while back, but I was saving it for the Cinco De Mayo beer review. Why, because tonight Iím reviewing the original Cave Creek Chili Beer by the Black Mountain Brewing Company in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.
It comes in a clear 12 oz bottle, which means if it sits on the shelf too long or is exposed to light itís going to skunk up on you pretty darn fast. It has a gold label with a green Chili pepper on it outlined in a red dripping sauce. The words Chili Beer are in bright red underneath it.
There is actually a nice golden lager color to it. No head formed at all when it poured and it leaves no lacing or ring on the glass. The only remarkable thing about this beers appearance is the green chili pepper floating in it.
The smell is an over powering scent of pickled peppers. If you take a long hard smell to it, you can get a hint of beer in the background. The taste is pretty much nothing but peppers. If there is any malts or hops to the flavor, they canít penetrate the overpowering flavor of peppers. This reminds me of a prank that was played on me when I was in college. A friend of mine poured about a quarter of a bottle of Daveís Insanity sauce into a can of Keystone Light. The flavor is much like that, only not has hot. The aftertaste is that of a mild hot sauce.
This is a light bodied beer. Actually I didnít keep it in my mouth long enough to get a good feel for it.
First off, let me just say Bruce is a dick. This really is one of the more vile beers Iíve had the displeasure of drinking. If you have any type of stomach or gastro problems, Iíd avoid this beer like a snail avoids salt. If you ask, I did not eat the whole pepper, I did take a nibble, but that was just to see what it tasted like. The beer and the pepper werenít too hot; itís just not a good taste for beer. I give this beer One out of Ten.
I also give Bruce the finger.