Thursday, November 26, 2015

Elevator Ghost Scorpion Lager

This 5.0% ABV lager is brewed with Ghost (Bhut Jolokia) and Trinidad Scorpion chiles, the two hottest peppers in the world. The bottle calls it the world's hottest beer (spoiler alert: it is).  The Elevator Brewing Company is in Columbus, Ohio.

The beer pours a cloudy, dirty-looking brown amber. There is a tall head of very fizzy off-white to light brown foam. It fizzes down to nothing quickly like pop. The aroma is strong of hot, hot peppers. There is also a sweet and tangy fruit note behind the hot pepper notes. The beer is scorching, scorching, hot, hot peppers. The peppers have a nice earthy, roasted note, but it is immediately wiped out by throat burning heat. This is the absolute hottest hot pepper beer I have ever tried. Sip it slow or you'll burn your throat. It is hard to imagine there is one hotter. Unfortunately, it is so hot, it is very difficult to drink, and I enjoy very spicy foods. This would probably be best as an ingredient in chili or similar spicy foods.

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