Datil

Datil by Motorworks Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This dark & dastardly brew has huge chocolate notes on the nose, with a subtle fruity sweet-heat present from fresh Datil Peppers. Cacao powder gives this brew full bittersweet chocolate flavors, with a mouth coating medium-full body. Intense heat from the Datil Peppers builds with each sip. Fiery and not for the faint of heart.

2016 U.S. Open Beer Championships Gold Medal winner

2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards Silver Medal winner

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ABV: 
8.9%
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is being evaluated in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category from the BJCP guidelines (Category 30A) featuring datil peppers and chocolate in an Imperial Porter. The aroma is somewhat subdued overall but notes of chocolate, hazelnut, and dark roast coffee are evident. There is no sign of hops or pepper in the aroma. The very dark brown beer struggles to develop a head, even with a vigorous pour. The flavor is everything you want in a great porter – rich and complex dark malt flavors with enough bitterness to balance things. The pepper does not make its presence known until the swallow where capsaicin heat lights a fire in the upper esophagus. The heat isn’t intolerable but it certainly turns this into even more of a sipping beer than it was to begin with. The mouthfeel also offers a medium-full body and a creaminess that plays a wonderful contrast to the pepper’s heat. A very well crafted beer overall. Since the peppers don’t seem to contribute anything aside from a fiery mouthfeel, it comes across as a bit gimmicky but for dark beer lovers that also enjoy the heat, this is a clear winner.  

Brewery Introduction

Bradenton’s first craft brewery, was co-founded by Frank and Denise Tschida. As soon as they laid their eyes on the Bradenton property, they knew they had found something special. Built in 1923 as an automobile dealership – complete with a concrete ramp that was used to move cars from the ground... Read More

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