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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
11/14/11. 22oz bomber. Sort of a special beer... one of my best friends has the birthday 11/11. Light brown pour, clear red under the light, with a small frothy tan head that fades fast but leaves clumps on top and laces plenty. Huge estery profile in the aroma - banana, cloves, yeast, and definitely cinnamon - it reminds me simultaneously of cinnamon toothpaste and pumpkin beers. Slightly sweet caramel entry followed by bold, fruity Belgian yeast, bubblegum, bitter tannic roastiness, a bit of coffee, definite cinnamon, and just a hint of metal. The flavor lingers both caramelly sweet and roasty bitter. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
In bomber from the brewery. Drank on 11/11/11. Looks amber caramel with tan head. Smells of thick dark caramel and earthy smoothness. Tastes of caramel but molded by the cinnamon and slight tinge of pepper on the back end that makes this beer drinkable and savory. I cant wait to taste it aged a year from now. Overall 7.5 of 10.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2011
On tap at Stone. Mahogany pour with a nice white head. Aroma was spicy, yeasty, some breadiness and cloves maybe? Flavor was spicy, yeasty, malty. Mouth feel was really thin. Would have been nice to have a bit more to chew on. Good beer though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4352) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours bright mahogany into a snifter. White head recedes to hug rim. Sweet toffee, yeast and cinnamon aromas. Thin and spicy with upfront smoky pepper turning to sweet toffee before the lasting hot chocolate finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (619) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 opened on 12-12-12, cellared at exactly 55 degrees since its release. Much more malt, and Belgian yeast aroma. Hints of a cherry cinnamon aroma. More of those in the flavor. A little touch of heat and pepper flavor, but much more malt and Belgian character than when it was fresh. Has aged nicely though. This beer pours a dark copper. Aroma of malt, and almost fruit. It isn’t as harsh in the mouth as one might think, but it isn’t a smooth beer either. Malty taste, but the peppers really shine through without being abrasive. It hides the 9.4% well, until you get about halfway through. Should be an interesting beer as it ages.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Draft. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and chilli peppers aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet & hot flavor with a medium to heavy hot & sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Not sure if my expectation where met.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (642) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tap at Lucky Baldwin’s in Pasadena. Aroma of plum, raisin and strong alcohol. Taste is about the same as the aroma with a little alcohol burn that may also be enhanced by the chilies. Light carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Good amount of aromas on the nose. Some licorice candy, caramel and some sweetener. Nice amber body with dirty dish soap head that disapated rather quickly. Sticky sweet candy with some starchy yeast not the beat bt fits the style. Bad aftertaste on palte sticky sweet candy but has a body warming effect. Alright beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
optimator13 (31) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Slight bronze, clear light tan head plenty lace. Belgian yeast meets mild cinnamon and back end pepper. Gabi. Similar taste, more Belgian yeast and slight caramel notes. Creamy medium. Body. Better than it sounded.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Growler. Pours translucent, amber-brown with a medium light-tan head. Aroma is malty sweetness, bubblegum and clove from the yeast, and very mild chile. Initially, the flavor is dominated by a mix of Anaheim chile and bubblegum. As it warms, the gum quickly recedes as malt and cinnamon move to the forefront, and the chile remains strong throughout. Mild chile burn in the back of the throat on the finish. Surprisingly light and dry, considering the ABV. Really unique and actually quite enjoyable.


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