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RATINGS: 672   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22ox bottle. Clear brown color with a medium head that leaves some nice lace. Earthy, spicy aroma with some russet potato skin and candied yams with cinnamon on them. Banana floats in and out of the background, accompanied by a strawberry or two. Nice balance of flavors with fruit, spice, and lightly toasty malt coming together well. Lingering tangy fruit in the finish and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied whit soft carbonation. Sweet cinnamon covered anaheims? Seems to work. Definitely a little earthy fruit from the chiles or otherwise. The yeast character blends well with the spicing. Alcohol is well integrated on the whole. I can see some people not digging the spice here, even if there is pretty much zero heat from the chiles (anaheim is a very mild pepper), but this is a well made beer on the whole. Kudos to Stone for pulling this unlikely marriage off.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dinkle50 (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Crimson red pour with hardly any head. Smell is sweet with a slight smell of chili peppers. Taste has a banana flavor to it. The cinnamon really burns in your mouth a bit and makes this appear to have way more alcohol than it does. If you let this warm up a bit, the taste of the chilies really come out. This was interesting, but not the best Iíve had.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Pour was chestnut brown with an off white colored head. Aroma of spices and fruits and bread. Flavor was the same with strong bready bitterness amd ginger type notes finishing with definite peppers, coming off almost medicinal. Mouthfeel was moderate to full with light carbonation. Meh, not a huge stone Belgian fan, although normally liking stone!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1548) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber. Dark brown and clear with a very small head. Nose is a bit winey and herbal with little malt or hop presence. Taste is bit herbal/perfumy, with some mild peppery flavors and a sticky sweetness. I donít get this as a Belgian strong ale, which I always assume would have much more maltiness and a firmer body. Overall a decent beer but for a vertical just average.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap at Bad Apple, Chicago. Murky ruby with just a dusting of head. Medium bodied. Maybe the best chili beer Iíve ever had; itís a full, lasting flavor thatís more than just a spicy overtone. Belgian base is a nice counterpoint, with over-ripe fruits and a hint of sweetness to start. The spice dominates the rootsy finish in a very nice way. Very well made. Not an instant favorite, but glad I had it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber shared by Dos. Chilies and cinnamon.... Well I was somewhat jazzed about trying this but had a feeling that the flavors might not jump out at me. Well I was half right. The chilies were there but not really the cinnamon. Enjoyed this one but it could be so much more.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (385) - Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Very interesting beer. Up front there is a ton of hatch chili flavor. There are a lot of things going on here, but not the type of beer you can drink a lot of.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Draft at Stone. Mostly clear dark ruddy amber pour with a lacy two finger light khaki head. Belgian candi sugar aroma with a hint of cinnamon/spice and chile pepper. Belgian yeast and candi sugar flavor with a good level of cinnamon and pepper. Well-balanced and tasty. Medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation. Haters gonna hate, but I think this beer is pretty well-done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Draft at mad mex willow grove. Pours a hazy gold with a slight head. Aroma is sweet and thin. Taste is very refreshing but not very Belgian. Canít taste the chiles.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nittanytide (239) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Poured deep copper in color with a thin, bubbly head. Aroma is very floral with a hint of citrus. Taste is complex, but not overpowering: grapefruit, grass, and a little bit of candied fruits. Nice dry finish. The chiles and cinnamon used in this beer were in the background and shouldnít scare people away from what is a pretty good beer.


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