Bif (1712) - 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. Can’t beat fresh on tap.
574deadzone (1223) - 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. It’s a very good looking beer in the glass. A nice treat, but certainly not an all-the-time kind of drinker. Decent.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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 isn’t really hot, which seems to work with this. A light cinnamon adds a nice complexity as well. I liked this one.
baraciisch (2349) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am yet to be disappointed from Stone’s Vertical Epic series... Beer is dark mahogany with spicy aroma... Flavor is slightly spicy from the chilies with nice cinnamon sweet backbone... Well done...
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at one of the myriad of places around here that I forget. Fuck. Stone brewed another Belgian ale. This has obnoxious sweet, super estery mutant bananarama yeast notes in the nose. There might be a little peppery spiciness, but I’m not sure if I would have picked that up without a prior hint. Not much else here. Filtered, transparent orange-amber body with a small, quickly dissipating off-yellow head. Starts quite sweet and sugary, before some of the fruity banana-like yeast esters take over. It then becomes a little spicy with just a tiny touch of heat, Finishes very dry and almost burnt. Warming with some ethanol present as well. It’s an interesting and unique beer. Not as bad as I had expected, but still nothing world-class, either.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany red with a short lived off white head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Flavor is big and malty with a spicy background with just the right bite. The finish leaves a little burn in the throat from the chiles. This would go well with flame grilled red meat (especially bison).
TIP: Let this beer warm a little after pouring to bring out the full flavors.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice brown body with a tan head, retention was good and the lacing was minimal. Aroma had a great banana note, but the cinnamon and chillies seemed hidden. There was a slight brown sugar note in the background. Flavor had a little more balance the banana was there but i could get a little more of a spice note. Nice esters. Alcohol was present. Carbonation was great.
Gription79 (2653) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz botlle
Aroma: pepper, earthy, fruity
Taste: caramel malts, spicy, heat from the peppers, earthy, dusty/dirty, yeasty
Overall: A good beer that finished dry.
Sammer (1090) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Holy Grail in Plano, Texas. Spicy, hoppy and boozy. What else could a man want?
Sregnar35 (1028) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really unique. Sweet flavor comes through from the peppers, and the spice is all from the hops and cinnamon, not spicy hot, just spiced. Sweet malty flavor carries it home.