decaturstevo (4958) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper/amber pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of some dried fruit and a hinto abv. Flavor is dried fruit, abv warmth, and a good bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A pretty nice beer.
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Translucent fiery orange-red body, thick puffy cream head. The nose is a pleasant blend of aromatic chiles, cinnamon, and clove. Lots of cinnamon in the initial sip with some vegetal pepper heat; also toast and spice. Hints of alcohol. The pepper heat is mainly evident on the lips. Interesting.
zizzybalubba (1394) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark brownish-orange pour with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of tangerine with cinnamon and nutmeg spices and brown sugary sweetness. Cinnamon permeates through every other flavor so any citrus detected at first in the aroma is completely overtaken. Oh, there is the chile flavor that I did not detect at all on the first sip but now overpowers even the cinnamon. The chile really provides just an interesting flavor but does not seem to provide any heat at first. It seems like the heat does build some momentum as I drink more of this one. I donít hate it but I would hardly recommend this beer.
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber, hint of red, clear. Aroma is caramel and unidentified spice. Flavor is caramel accented malts, Belgian yeast notes, slightly of dark apricot fruit, and a spicy finish, presumably from the chiles and cinnamon, although these notes arenít identifiable to themselves. Clearly spiced, but much more subtle than I had expected/feared. A nice dubbelish sort of ale. Not great, but solid.
Slipstream (1995) - USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sweet start to this - maple syrup-like taste followed by a very noticeable shift to a drying, bitter, hop tingle. An interesting and hard-to-categorize brew (like a lot of other beers Iíve been seeing lately). There is a bit of chili that becomes more noticeable on the palate as it warms.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich brown with a nose of earthy jalepeno and light cocoa. Flavor is a quick rush of chocolate quickly tempered by an organic pepper and dirt essence that leaves a leafy aftertaste. Average mouthfeel. Intentions were good but it misses the mark.
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany bronze with a light tan head. The aroma has brown sugar, hot peppers, black pepper, cinnamon, toasted bread, earthy Belgian yeast and some caramel. Medium / full body with a viscous body and semi-sharp subdued carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet malt, brown sugar, dark toffee, earthy yeast, woodiness, cinnamon, some meaty peppers and a bit of smoke. This is pretty nice, but the melding of flavors is not a good as Iíd hoped. The sweet Belgian traits donít seem to work with the peppers as well as some drier styles. The finish has more meaty peppers and spiciness. Things dry out a bit more on the finish. Nice and interesting.
Bif (1392) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Exit 6 in Cottleville, MO Served a clear mahogany color with a small head with some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and spice with a trace of sweetness. Very enticing aroma. Nice flavor of cinnamon, bit of spice and trace of fruity sweetness. Very subtle bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, very smooth and clean. There is no hint of the alcohol, just a pleasant warming feeling. Excellent balance. One of the best beers I have had this year. Canít beat fresh on tap.
574deadzone (1000) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Definitely for fans of Belgians. Just a hint of spice from the chiles that blends with the cinnamon really well. Dark amber in color with a substantial, tight bubbled khaki head. Itís a very good looking beer in the glass. A nice treat, but certainly not an all-the-time kind of drinker. Decent.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep amber colored body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is fairly sweet with some caramel, Belgian yeast esters, figs, earth, and a light vegetal pepper. Some banana and bubble-gum, a light biscuit, and a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is similar. Some caramel sweetness and a slightly bready malt up front with a good amount of earth that is somewhat bitter. A good amount of chile pepper becomes noticeable and seems to go well with the earthiness while offering no heat. Some Belgian yeast esters with a light banana as well as some raisins and figs before some cinnamon comes out in the end. Finishes somewhat sweet, but fairly earthy, yeasty, and dry with a light bitterness and a nice, vegetal chile pepper flavor. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a unique and enjoyable beer. This has a nice malt sweetness, but is fairly earthy and yeasty with a good amount of chile pepper. The pepper isnít really hot, which seems to work with this. A light cinnamon adds a nice complexity as well. I liked this one.