bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a somewhat hazy brownish/ruby red color with a half inch off-white head. The head doesnít stay around for long, and thereís a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like cinnamon, cloves, peppers, and a bit of bananas. It tastes like cloves, cinnamon, spicy and sweet peppers, bready malt, bananas and a bit of dark fruit. The heat from the peppers isnít close to being hot, but the spiciness is noticeable. Itís sweet, spicy and bitter all at the same time. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit oily and coating with moderate carbonation. Itís also easy enough to drink. Overall I liked it, itíll be interesting to see how this one ages.
coolfunnj (310) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma of sweet malts,apples yeast earth and cinnamon/spice...reddish brown color with half inch tan head plenty of lacing..complex flavor of cinnamom spice caramel malts apple citrus yeast n pepper perhaps a bit like wine at the end..fairly full bodied and thick in texture,light carbonation..long bittersweet finish..overall a top notch curiousity with plenty of winter warmth
beernovice39 (3079) - Montana, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a clear amber/red with a thin off white head. Scent is caramel, fruit, and yeast. Taste is yeast and spices.
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from the QFC in University Village. Fluffy light tan head, with a dark copper colored body. Looks decent, to me. Lots of yeast, sugar, and a tough of cinnamon. The aroma is a bit cloying, but itís not that bad. Very pungent aroma, with a soft pepper backing. Not bad, in terms of nuances, but this fucker smells way too sweet. Wow, itís sweet for about two seconds, and then a pepper flavor hits, and lingers, and melds somewhat well with a soft bitterness. The sweetness is poking through, intermittently, and doesnít seem to go along with the general theme. To me, the peppers are a huge mistake. They simply donít add a thing to this, other than a pepper flavor that annoyingly mixes in terribly with the overall Belgian style. Nice try, Stone, but this misses the target.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Triangle grocery. It very well may have been purchased on 11/11/11. Aroma-is banana, slight clove, nuts, sunflower seeds, a lil peppery. Flavor: Sweet flavor, but relatively dry mouth feel-good. Begins with some fruitiness-cherry, and yeasty. Nicely phenolic in the finish. Dries out quite a bit in the finish-some caramel nuttiness there too.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark orange with amber hues. Offwhite foam that rims the glass. Aroma is filled with yeasty esters of bananas and spice. Some vegetal notes as well. Flavor is very spicy. Bananas, cloves, peppers. The spice from the yeast, cinnamon, and chiles really blends together nicely. Great improvement over last years release. Curious to see how this ages.
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Murky ruby muddy brown hue with an eggshell thin head. Lots of spice, gourd, some pepper, dark fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma....even has some faint banana notes as well. Bananas, vegetables...that hints at maybe that chili addition...with some slight dark fruit notes, pears, and a bit of toffee. Medium body with decent carbonation with a mildly warming touch on the back of the throat from the pepper. This is weird and not even interesting.
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle. Reddish brown pour with some head. Aroma of liquid smoke, cinnamon, mild spice from the chiles, toffee, caramel. Chile flavor starts out mild at first but some spice starts to open up. Some caramel sweetness, some cinnamon, lots of sweet bread. Towards the middle of the beer the chile dies out completely and it becomes a simple spiced yet cloying amber toffee bready mess. How this is supposed to age for a year I have no idea. I remember the halcyon days of my beer youth when new Stone offerings were exciting and wonderful. Now, itís not even enough to upset me. Just mediocre and disappointing.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark reddish-amber with a modest but tenacious off-white head. Nose is fairly typical for a strong darker belgian (brown and candied sugar, fruit, yeast, light floral hops) with just a hint of spice and the much-discussed pepper. Flavor is a little weird and earthy; front is abrasively funky but without much depth or character. Backside is quite bland and difficult to describe, frankly, but Iím not a fan of it. Neither the chilis nor the belgian qualities of the beer come out much on the flavor, instead leaning toward a boozy, bland herbal ale. This is probably the most disappointing brew Iíve had from Stone.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber from a BevMo! nearby. Clear orange brown with a one finger beige head, low retention. Smells very Belgian, in the typical American way--a little too fruity (banana) with just a hair too much sweetness. Moderate vegetal chile notes with just a little heat tickling the nose. Flavor is much the same, however the chiles dominate here. There seems to be a little less fruity Belgian esters, and a little less sweet than the aroma leads on. That said, I still am getting some caramel malt. With as much chile going on, Iíd have thought that thereíd be more heat than just a tinge in the back of my throat--though I guess Anaheim chiles arenít that crazy hot to begin with. Bitterness peaks at a 2-3. Low carbonation with a big full body. Since this beer really only needs to keep for 13 months, they couldíve brought the alcohol down by 2-3%. Oh well. Different enough, I suppose--but even as a lover of chiles, the Belgian esters and overall sweetness reflect poorly on my rating.