Third Rail Alternate Side

Posted: June 20, 2015 in American Stout, Reviews, Third Rail Beer

The first bomber release from Third Rail? Absolutely that’s something that I want to try. And wait, it’s a chili stout? Oh, most definitely.


ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our next new beer, Alternate Side, an 8.1% chili pepper-infused American Stout, is sitting in the fermentor as we speak, and should be ready for an early February debut! In addition to a limited number of kegs, this beer will be our very first bottle release, in 22-oz bombers. Brewmaster Loren Taylor-Raymond says ‘Alternate Side is a bold American Stout brewed with a blend of specialty dark malts that delivery a full body and rich flavors of strong coffee, dark caramel, and spicy rye. As those flavors fade the smoke and warmth of aging on Guajillo and Chipotle peppers and Mexican Cinnamon reveal another side to this complex beer.'”

Random: I wonder if my chili peppers are growing. If I have enough, I’m making hot sauce.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing. The body was black with some visible carbonation. The nose was pleasant with dark chocolate and chili, but didn’t have any cinnamon, which was concerning. Roasted malts and coffee were there as well. The taste started with chocolate and roasted malts. It went into cinnamon and then chili pepper at the end of the sip. Coffee came through at the end too. The chiles warmed the throat, but I still wish that they were more assertive in the beer. The booze wasn’t detectable and it had a medium thick body with medium carbonation. It finished rather quickly with smoke, ash and dark chocolate. This was $13.99 for the bomber ($.64 per ounce). I think that was a fair price for a beer that was pretty good. If you still see this on shelves and like the combination of a stout and chili peppers, pick this up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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