Livid (49) - - JAN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber, thin head that dissipated quickly. No real lacing, though I’ll note that I’ve had this on draft and it had a much better head/lacing. Spicy aroma - the chiles come through nicely. First sip tastes like a belgian amber, hint of cinnamon, light bitterness and little hop aftertaste. As it warms up, the chiles come through, adding a somewhat salty, "olive brine" flavor. I missed out on the early vertical releases, but this is by far my favorite thus far. Very unusual.
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.65 l bottle at Old Bricks Inn, Jyväskylä. Dark amber color. Aromas of cinnamon and tart alcohol. Sweet flavor with cinnamon, toffee, clove, strawberry and bitter spiciness. Hint of chili burn. This combination works. Slightly less bitterness would allow the spiciness and belgian character to come through better.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bronze colored and mostly clear, 1.5 finger head, smooth and rich, with good lacing. Smell is heavily Belgian with caramel malt, bread, yeast, clove, and candied sugar. Taste follows the nose pretty close, very spicy with lots of clove, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, great caramel malt. The chilis are moderately notable, and the cinnamon is barely there, which I don’t like cinnamon in beverages much so that’s a good thing. Body is medium and tangy going down. Alcohol and presumably the chilis are notably warming but not overpowering. Overall it’s a very fine beer and certainly worth a try.
Frank (3970) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kind of a mess. Strong and fruity without balance. Sticky and heavy. Kind of a Belgian dubble but it just doesn’t work.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper color with beige head. Aroma is belgian yeast, caramel malt and light cinnamon. Flavor is the same, caramel malt and belgian yeast are a little strange together, but the mouthfeel is creamy and nice. Some hops in the finish. I am not sure I taste the chiles, unless it is just a mild bitterness in the finish.
dchmela (3006) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 22oz bomber. Pours a hazy deep amber with a thick light tan head. Chile’s are the first thing noticed in the aroma, fresh but not overbrearing with hints of the cinnamon poking through. Smooth malty body, caramel malt, residual sweetness with the bite of the chile’s mixing with earthy hop bitterness. Light notes of Belgian yeast. Decent brew.
olio (9188) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle @ Konttori, Tampere.
Pours clear ruby red colour with small head. Aroma of chili, dish water, spices, herbs, malts and some red wine notes. Flavour of spices, mild chili notes, caramel and mild malts. An odd mesh of vegetables and chilis with
laiti (8031) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
66 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori
Aroma has vegetable-like jalopenos with hints of peppery-like spices. Flavour has jalopenos, vegetables and sone sweetish malt. Not my cup of tea, too much vegegtables.
ration (2126) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours nice amber red. Aroma strong in spices, hops. Slight chili taste with some sweetness. Not Bad.
cheap (5251) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2011
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at the 1 for the road. Now this is my first ever vertical epic anything and knowing what I know about most big beers, I was already biased against it. Nice looking darker beer. Creamy thin head Smell is a little sweeter than anticipated. First taste is quite strong of course, beind at 9%. It does not even attempt to hide the alky content. Nice lacing, looks like lingerie. Now a hint of vanilla and spice er sumthin. Bitterness eventually sets and and continues to build. Overall medicinal in nature. Not real impressed but I guess for an american strong ale its on style. Not as refined as a belgian strong ale should be, just my humble opinion. No hot pepper spice effects detected.