writerljberg (403) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Cherry red with a thin off-white/creme colored head.
N: Cherry, iron, lavender, cinnamon, and wood. Chili peppers show up with a fruity and spicy aroma.
T: Very spicy due to the adjuncts. Good level of sweetness to balance this one out.
M: Moderately sticky and medium bodied.
O: My favorite of the series. The spice and malt are integrated together to make for an enjoyable sipper.
tambrico (29) - New York, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky brown color with a quickly fading tan head. Smells of deep earthy notes that I canít really pinpoint because I donít have such a sophisticated nose just yet. Perhaps some chocolate or coffee malts in the aroma as well. Taste is threefold; the bitterness hits right away but rolls on smooth - almost reminds me of the Old Guardian Barley Wine in a strange way. The bitterness fades and the taste of the peppers comes through. I didnít LOVE the taste of the peppers, but I could appreciate it for what it is. The finish is warm with the alcohol peeking through. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Overall, interesting beer. I like its uniqueness, but I didnít think its features were as unique as the 12.12.12. which I think I like better.
minihame2 (123) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice dark and clear amber colour with a tan head, looks really good. Aroma has malts, syrup, some coffee and maybe cherries? Taste is quite special... Itís almost like cough syrup or something. A little bit bitter with syrupy sweetness. Even the texture kinda oily like that. This oneís quite different but the taste really kills it for me and I donít really find it that good.
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy deep copper and amber-tinted bronze coloured body with a thick, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of alcohol, chiles (naturally), caramel, toasted malt, oak and a bunch of deep earthy notes. Full-bodied; Strong spicey flavour of the chiles, canella, earthy malt, alcohol, toasted notes, oak, drying hay and some more warm chiles. Aftertaste shows a lot of depth, but nothing too pleasant - the chiles are perhaps a bit too present, the canella hits too hard and the alcohol and drying notes are way too pungent to make this moderately drinkable. Plus, add in the syrupy, viscous body and the high alcohol content AND the large format bottle and you are left with a big mess. Overall, easily one of the least favourable vertical epic beers - nothing to be happy about in this one except for one thing, they didnít make yet another of the same imperial ipa. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Oliverís Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-August-2013.
evanlarkin (303) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy red.. Smell is pepper forward, with some banana. Some bread. Taste is malty with a red pepper background that eventually takes center stage. Finish is clean.
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olr1984 (707) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz botle pours light orange with small off white head. cant put a finger on the aroma. taste is close to a good belgain with a hit of pepper
puboflyons (1675) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 22 oz bomber leftover in a tucked away bottle shop. Last one in stock. This pours a nice looking medium amber to mahogany brown with a foamy mocha head. The aroma has some pleasant caramel malt notes immediately and then the sharp peppery character kicks in. Cinnamon, Allspice and other deep spices too. The body is medium to full. The taste has a quick sweetness like the nose and then the peppery flavors roar up behind. This aged well.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dark amber almost medium brown hue with a frothy topping of head up top. In the aroma, a bold scent of spicy yeast takes control and lets it be known up front this is a Belgian style ale that should be paid attention to. The drink is heavy with spice and more so with a strong taste of pepper, ground cloves, and a note of the Anaheim chili peppers while the cinnamon only becomes noticeable until the finish. A decent Belgian recipe, though, I doubt this beer will hold up any years of aging.
Bendrixian (860) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
red with a slight cloudy colour. wow, weird aroma, with a cinnamon and chilli aroma and peppercorn and curry. spicy curry aroma and peppers and a really cinnamon and gross texture. not nice beer.
pintbypint (2272) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, RBAG 2013. Orange pour with haze. Has a thin cap. Biscuit, caramel, cookies, toast and banana in the aroma. Taste has toasty notes, caramel some mild spice. Mild bitter finish and cookie notes. Did not do much for me - chile? didnít really find that here.