ElGaucho (2388) - 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.
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 (9533) - 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 (1611) - 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 (606) - 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 (2192) - 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 (6560) - 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 (1803) - 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.