talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a hazy, crimson ruby color with a moderate, off-white, pillowy head which settles to a thin layer and leaves drippy, Belgian lace. The nose is very faintly cinnamon, very mild chile peppers, a thyme or rosemary herb note, light esters, and some bready yeast. The flavor is very similar with chile pepper notes and mild cinnamon, still a prominent rosemary note, estery, bready, and subtle toasted caramel. The palate is lively, more than medium, and velvety. The finish is herbal with a peppery bitterness, rosemary still, and cinnamon on the tongue. I guess it is something I have not tried yet which is always something to expect from Stone but fairly boring for Stone standards. The ABV was almost negligible for a nearly 10% beer. I expect more from this brewery.
djd07 (5885) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy beige head that leaves sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt with cinammon and spice. Medium mouthfeel with a sugary malt with light spice and cinammon with a nice lingering sweet finish. A good Belgian strong ale from Stone.
jhamp9 (1273) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear brown with a tan head. Aroma is mostly green chilies. The chilies are definitely in the taste and balance nicely with a hint of cloves. Carbonation is nice. Very interesting drink.
brigg (541) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Chestnut body with a medium tan head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, lots of yeast, spice (pepper, clove), banana, bread, mild alcohol. Full-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation. Sweet, nice roasted malt flavor, noticeable alcohol, cinnamon, a little sourness (or is it the chilies?) that stays mostly under the radar.
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with off-white froth. Nose is banana, clove and green chili. Hints of cinnamon and plastic. Medium body with a sharp tingle. Taste is green banana, yeast, bitter grass, bitter spices and earthy chili pepper. A nice inclusion of spicy heat is about all that makes this brew worthy of consumption.
That1Guy (2051) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a tap. Very sticky head. Dark brown/reddish pour. Chilies and a weird kinda ginger, medicinal nose. No hint of cinnamon. Flavor is more medicine and weird ginger. Not sure how one would age this. Not my style.
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. From Kenny. Clear and copper with a nice off white head. Therevis so much going on here and maybe too much. Pepper and other spices. Things kind of get muddled. Each sip brings out new tastes. This is robust. I would love to sit down with a bomber and just pick out flavors.
pinkzambia (1641) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Cloudy brown almost see thru. Nice off-white head with sticky lacing. Toasty aroma of wood, figs, apricot and mildly ripe bananas. The flavor is sweet with tangy yeast notes, soap and leather varnish. The finish is kind of soapy. Pretty good.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of sourdough, cinnamon and slight clove. Pours ruby red with a tan head. Tastes initially of the bitter chile then the sweetness of the malts and yeast punch through. No real bite after the initial sting. Very nice. Reminds me of a manly Christmas beer.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Finally found this. Pours out an orange color with a white head on it. Smells fruity with plenty of spices. Smells kinda like a pumpkin beer. Taste is sweet and easy to drink. No hops, probably very little aging potential, so thankfully this one is released now. Should be better by December of next year. Perhaps my rating is marred by 5 celebrations before this one.