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 (3224) - 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.
Block (1342) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber pour. Nice hoppy aroma and potent flavor. Smells kind of juicy. The alcohol is definitely felt but masked really well. I canít really detect the cinnamon. The spice is pretty mild, just a very slight amount of heat at the finish, probably in combination with the alcohol. Overall its a solid beer, just not exactly what I was expecting after reading the description.
bp (787) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours dark brown with a thin head, aroma of spices and candied sugar, taste is spicy, dry finish.
LilBeerDoctor (3437) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a light brown with a thin white head. Aroma of chile powder, Belgian yeast, sweet fruits and malt. Flavor of chile powder, raisin, sweet malt. Odd tasting and just not very good. The chile is bland, I donít get any of the cinnamon, and the malt is also bland. An interesting concept for a beer, but didnít work out.
radagast83 (4548) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a medium dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malts, roasted chilies, yeast, notes of alcohol. Maybe a ginger taste, or just a smiliar one to ginger? The chilies are pretty nice in this one. I donít know how well those are going to stick out as this ages.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This red pour smells of chili powder. Tastes of spice from cinnamon and pepper. Spicy lingering after taste.
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Dark reddish-brown with a medium tan head. Smells of the peppers and clove. Taste is nice. The heat of the cinnamon and pepper don?t overpower the rest of the brew.
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Glad to find this in MN after passing it up on a recent trip to California. Rich, roasted malt aroma with some sweetness and hint of alcohol. Murky, reddish brown. Thin off white head. Strong alochol flavor. Hint of cherries. Drier than it smells. I had heard this brew wasnít up to snuff compared to other vertical epic brews from prior years. I think Iíd have to agree. Not bad, just not particularly distinguished.Alcohol is pretty hot and overwhelms any complexities that lie underneath. Weíll see if it improves with warmth.