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, I’m 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. It’s the only beer from Stone that I haven’t liked.
vtafro (4501) - 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 doesn’t like red pepper.
Block (1650) - 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 can’t 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 (820) - 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 (3512) - 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 don’t get any of the cinnamon, and the malt is also bland. An interesting concept for a beer, but didn’t work out.
radagast83 (5417) - 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 don’t 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 (2285) - 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 wasn’t up to snuff compared to other vertical epic brews from prior years. I think I’d have to agree. Not bad, just not particularly distinguished.Alcohol is pretty hot and overwhelms any complexities that lie underneath. We’ll see if it improves with warmth.
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured on a Trappist glass. the aroma its very quite, very little notes of cinnamon, clove and some alcohol but not much going on. Small white head, brown gold appearance to a very clean and clear body. Up front the cinnamon its the first guest and an even stronger sour taste of the flanders yeast and at the back strong clove. I think the mouth feel its the best about this beer its solid, and oily. Over all a bit better than expected I was a bit disappointed with the lack of aroma on this one but the overall mouth feel gain some of my respect for it but considering that kind of beer and the $$$ for it not bad.