djd07 (7914) - 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 (1521) - 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 (590) - 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 (3709) - 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 (2181) - 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 (6174) - 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 (1802) - 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 (2128) - 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.
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ home. Dark amber brown appearance with a small light brown head. Wow- actually pretty spicy chili, spicy cinnamon, mild veggie, toasty malty aroma. Toasty caramel malty, floral hoppy, green veggie, moderate chili pepper, light cinnamon, Belgian yeasty, sickly sugary flavor with some of the chili burn on the finish. A little too much veggie flavor for my taste. Actually, I’m not all that impressed by the flavor- kind of a bland, sugary malty flavor with some spices and green veggies.