Today’s review is one I’ve been excited to write for a little while now. I’ve had the painful honor of enjoying this beer twice in my life, and I hope I get to enjoy it many more times. While this isn’t your average, drinkable beer, this is an experience to share with friends for some really great stories. I’ve never had a bottle of this by myself, and I’m not sure I’d want to make such an attempt. While I can drink this with a smile on my face, I have to have a tasty snack nearby to help cool the burn between sips. This time we shared it with our excellent friend Derek, who provided some delicious pretzels and cheese to help us survive this monstrously good beer.
While Ghost Face Killah weighs in at 5% ABV, the capsaicin rush makes this beer as intoxicating as if it had twice the alcohol content. Sporting six kinds of peppers, (because apparently ghost peppers on their own aren’t strong enough for this beast), this beer would appear to be all heat and no taste, but this is far from the case. The light yellow body may fool the eye, but a quick whiff tells the real story here. Ghost Face has such a great smoky aroma that even those afraid of the spice will be tempted to give it at least one brave sip before accepting defeat. The beer initially mimics its scent in flavor, before building to a fiery peak, mellowing out slightly on the swallow, allowing the drinker to remember that this is still a beer, not just a test of endurance.
While I’d hoped that the first musically themed beer would be named after a metal group rather than a legendary rapper, I’m thrilled to have this as my first inclusion on this blog. After all, the only thing more metal than spicy food and beer is taking the two and putting them together. If you’re able to get your hands on this one, do yourself a favor and try it at least once. Even if you can’t finish it without the help of friends or a good snack, you’ll definitely have a good story to tell. If this one seems a bit daunting, try Twisted Pine‘s milder pepper beer, Billy’s Chillies, for a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into. Or drink both in one session if you’re a daredevil. In fact, I may have to try that soon. Thanks for reading, I’ll have some awesome music reviews (and possibly reviews of excellent seasonal beers) later this week!