magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Draught. Pours a dark clear amber. Smells faintly of black currant and hops. Tastes of peppers, caramel and dark fruits. Finishes slightly spicy and bitter. Not well balanced. Medium bodied.
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at The Game in Las Cruces, NM-Pours deep amber with a very small hed not much at all kind of boring looking-nose of dark fruits, currants, lite black cherries alot more dark fruit than i was expecting. wow lots of dark grapes and black cherry flavor with some fussel alcohol in there as well. not very well put together and balanced. The alcohol is burning for the most part here and its not even that high of an ABV beer-i dont get how they can do double bastard where the alcohol is not over the top then do this , which is way hot. definately the worst of the veritcal series i have had ( but i missed quite a few)
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. This was a really tasty offering from Stone! Sometimes, Stone beers are too much for me to handle, but this Belgian Strong Ale has a not too heavy body with a nice black color. There are notes of root beer, sweet tobacco, leather, and a sneaky spiciness from the chiles. Really tasty sipper.
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
pilgrimoutlaw (866) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at TJ’s. Pours reddish brown with thin tan head. Flavors of chile, caramel, cinnamon. Spicy and sweet. Medium, malty body. Not bad, but the spice was a bit over the top.
mensch (280) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
While this is a belgian strong ale, it more properly belongs in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer category as the chiles really dominate the aroma and flavor. They add those qualities without the heat that infests other chile beers I’ve tasted. It’s dressed in an inviting reddish brass color. The cinnamon peeks through in the middle with a long chile finish. There is a solid fruit/malt/alcohol belgian ale backbone. Very interesting. The low scores are because I don’t like chile in my beer. I’m anxiously awaiting the 12.12.12 vertical tasting to see how it changes. ANYONE GOT 02.02.02 FOR TRADE?
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured copper with a beige head. Aroma was peppers up front, then caramel, slight chocolate, cinnamon, and dark fruits. Flavor was chilies, plum, cinnamon, and some slight citrus. Body was medium with low carbonation.
Beerman6686 (5378) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a darker red color with a beiege head. Aroma was of darker candy sugar, yeasty characters, light chilies and some caramel. Flavor was much the same, not much chilies or cinnamon, basic belgian dark, but not bad.
Lowe1983 (1391) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a darker amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of spices, chiles, caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is of spices, a hint of chiles, and some alcohol warming on the finish. Just a hint of some spice but not too much.
bu11zeye (12301) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear copper body with a medium beige head. Aroma of dates, raisins, Peeps Easter candies, leather, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, banana, caramel, and rye. Flavor of dates, raisins, wood, cinnamon, mild chilies, banana, vanilla, and herbs.