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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3849) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
22oz bottle 12/29/11 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Trappist Glass-Pours a medium to dark copper with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of malt, chiles, slight cinnamon, and spices. Taste of the same with a bit more sweetness and the chiles coming thru on the back end. This medium to full bodied brew is not bad but I was expecting a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6445) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
660ml bottle @ Pannuhuone, Kuopio

Pours dark reddish orange with a foamy head. Strong spicy and bready aroma with notes of ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and hops. Tastes like a spicy Belgian ale with a lot of spices, ginger and cinnamon. Finish is quite bitter and dry with spicy and warming notes. Okay, but slightly unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7689) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
650 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pannuhuone, Kuopio.
Pours an amber copper colour with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malts, chili and some light spices. Flavour of caramel malts, grass, chili (somewhat similar to Cave Creek Chili Beer actually with the raw jalapeno-like notes), light spices such as cinnamon and toffee. Christmassy flavours and chili doesn’t burn. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a long, warming and quite spicy finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Bottled 0,66 ltr (Beer Hunters)
Rating #9000
Deep ruby color, small beige head. Berryish, banana and cinnamon aroma. Medium-bodied. Sweetish (US-)Belgian yeasty, fruity flavor has banana, cinnamon and clove - Christmasy taste! Mild chilli burn in the aftertaste, just tickling a bit and then even less when you have drinked more. Ok package, but wouldn’t order another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8178) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Belgian yeasty aroma, with light tropical fruits, some spices, and a hint of chili pepper. The flavor is more restrained and balanced than I anticipated. Belgian yeast, obviously, with light fruity notes, a little bit of chili pepper heat, and some cinnamon-like spices. Solid, not to sweet, and easy to drink. I liked it better than I thought I would based on the description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1681) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a high, pillowy, mashed-potato head. Nose is roast, toast, dried chiles, a touch of spice, and some dark fruit richness -- no sweetness, though. This is a first: a chile beer where the chile seems to be the central rather than an afterthought. Definite green chile notes, laced nicely with cinnamon; the beer has some heat to it. Still a little disjointed, though; I suspect this will age nicely. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2011
(Bottle, 0.65 l, at Pikkulintu, 20111228) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had aniseed, pepper, Belgian style yeast and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were pepper, Belgian style yeast, malts, spices and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, spicy and bitter. Finally a non-burning chilli beer with pepper flavour. I liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Clear reddish hue, good head fornmation. Dominant belgian yeasty clove aroma, mild peppery spice and toast. Sweet clove up front turns to banana bread with good amount of peppery spice, slightly roasted peppery chili as opposed to the mildness I expected from an Anaheim chili. Still not a big fan of chili beers but this one is definitely more than drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Clear reddish copper pour with ample offwhite head. Smells like Chile meat, but not hot like other chili beers I’ve had. Flavor is similar, in that the full flavor of the chili comes through but without the spiciness. Some honey and vanilla. The cinnamon is more on the tail. Malty bomb. I’m enjoying this more as it grows on me, but it is really not my cup of tea. Interesting, but I Don’t care for this very much at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1526) - Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Dark red pour some head. Aroma was sweet malt initially but belgian notes struggle to show with hints of candy bannana or bubblegum but is more of a dry minerally carmel malt aroma almost dusty but in a good way.I gues the chocolate has a cinimin with the chili making it seem dusty like with all of it going. Yeah as it warms the chili and cinnimin take over. Flavor is carmel malt vanilla then a strange cinimin chil combo,giving it a dusty earthy like taste , pretty smooth, with toasted malt, light chocolate, with a grassy bittering and lingering flavors of cinnimon and chili. There is some citrus towards the end also maybe before the bittering.The finish is a bit harsh maybe from the cinnimin or bittering.Pretty shure its the cinnimon,its like if you added to much cinnamon that kind of harsh taste,but isnt overflavored with cinnimon by any means. The belgian also becomes more noticable as it warms.

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