AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I was pretty impressed with this one. It is kind of like a Beligian strong ale, mixed with a German Doppleweiss, with a kick. The palate is what was mindblowing to me. At first, it makes the tounge tingle, as it warms and as I adjusted to it, the cinnamon really came out and almost burned, but quickly subsided.
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown with thin mocha head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, cloves, chilies and some malt. Taste is exactly as advertised; a Belgian strong with chilies. While itís not as harsh or hot as some pepper flavoured beers Iíve sampled of late I donít think itís a variation I love. The heat is subtle and lingering but, like with chocolate, I donít really want spice heat in my beer. Overall well made but loses points for the chilies.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a rich ruby red from a bomber bottle, with a very thin layer of yellowish foam. Aroma is heavy on spice and something close to overripe pumpkin/cinnamon. There is also a good bit of sweet dough. The taste is heavy on the cinnamon, a bit of spice and some belgian sourness. The chilies certainly stick around heavily on the aftertaste. The chili peppers, though present, are balanced out really well against what is expected of a belgian strong ale.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a lovely reddish copper with a foamy head and aromas that are sweet (fruity) and have a little edge of vegetation, maybe even chiles if Iím feeling generous. Flavor is a fairly interesting mix of fruity sweetness (orange blossom and honey with some peach or something similar) with just the faintest hint of heat from the peppers. Iím lost trying to pick out the cinnamon, however. It borders on cloying at times and is a little bit of a sugar bomb at times.
HstoutNH (7) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice peppery cinnamon aroma. A red brown color with a tan colored head. A medium bitter with a sweet finish. A oily texture with the carbonation coming off soft. Overall pleasantly suppressed.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby amber, frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, nut, toffee, clove, spiced bread, not much cinnamon or pepper, and thatís a good thing. Taste is sweet fruit, molasses, lots of Belgian yeast flavor, much more normal that I was expecting from a Stone Pepper/Cinnamon/Belgian beer, earthy, woody bitter finish. I was thinking this was going to be more of a novelty, but it is just a well made Belgian beer with light notes/almost no notes of novelty items. Glad to see they can do something mellow and still unique.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Belgian spice and some green pepper in the aroma. Also a bit of sugar. Pepper flavor comes through, but not a lot of heat. Belgian yeast flavor appears in the finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not apparent, even at 9.4% abv. This didnít do a whole lot for me. Pepper flavor didnít really work for me. Not really a beer that makes me want more.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BevMo. Pours a maple color with a trim beige head. Smells of green chilies and sweet malts. Tastes of cinnamon, caramel, bananas, and candy sugar. A bit too sweet.
jaybo99 (1) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
After three samples on different nights, Iím disappointed. Ruby-amber color, with minimal head. Spicy aroma with cloves and banana, but no cinnamon. Taste is medicinal, surprisingly unpleasant, sweet but without any balance from hops. Itís the only beer from Stone that I havenít liked.
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby pour with tan head. Banana pepper, cinnamon dominated aromas. Cinnamon forward and spices with pepper flavor. Pepper dominates for one who doesnít like red pepper.