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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of chilies, malt, slight cinnamon, pepper, and slight Belgian yeast. Poured orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear but slightly cloudy. Full of tiny particles throughout. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and slightly spicy. Tastes of malt, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, slight caramel, and a hint of chili. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, Belgian yeast, slight cinnamon, hint of chili finish. 9.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Poured a nice amber colour with a slightly khaki head. Pleasent nose of cinnamon and malt. No hint of the chiles, but a very nice drink, with alcohol completely hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Found a bottle at a local liquor store. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Deep copper color with a small head. The cinnamon really comes out in the aroma as well as some heat from the mixture of chilis and alcohol. Taste is a little bit sweet with almost a ginger bread flavor. I could only taste the chilis after eating some spicy food but even still they’re very subdued. Mouthfeel was nice and silky making it a pleasure to drink. Going to purchase another bottle and age it for a year or so, this one definitely needs to mature. All around very good, definitely prefer it to the 10-10-10, but definitely needs to mellow out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caveslug (3) - Aloha, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2011 does not count
I was leary of this brew, and of this review. Its complicated, and this is my first. I am biased in that I know Stone makes some good stuff, and but I am sceptical of adjuncts. Also, by reading the label I know this beer is green - best after 12/12/12. Well, I saved 2 more bottles for then - but what about now? Color is a rich copper. Aroma is first banana - the yeast is taking center stage - then more complicated fruits. Taste is very fruity with some spicy alcohol, no heat. Peppers add more richness and cinnamon adds to the sweet and fruity theme of this brew. Mouth has light off-white head and light carbonation. bit syrupy at this stage as this ale is still in its youth. Overall a brew who will have its fans - and not. In its current form it is a bit sweet for my taste and needs more time. Not spicy - more complicated. I’ll try this again 12/12/12. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
properhops (88) - - DEC 4, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6Vx_nhxIc4

Appearance: Transparent dark amber, 1-finger head dissipates to ring, above-average lacing

Aroma: Jalapeno spice, banana pepper, clover, cinnamon

Flavor: Full body, clove, cinnamon, jalapeno, banana peppers, sweet spiciness, plum, raisin, banana esters, black pepper, spiciness +cherry layers, creamy + smooth mouthfeel, mild carbonation, drinkable

Pairings: Asian, sushi, Indian, Thai (panang curry, pad thai)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2011
On tap; poured a very dark auburn color with a khaki head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, cinnamon, fruit, earth and peppers. Flavor definitely had a pepper note to it, but not over the top. Not spicy hot. Some cinnamon notes, alcohol, Belgian yeast, and caramel/fruit. A touch of sweetness. Ok overall, but probably not my cup of tea.

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