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RATINGS: 671   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle:   Somewhat of a rusty hued deep caramel, fiery, moderate to thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Interesting spiced nose, minor heat.   I had to look at the bottle to figure out this one.   It makes sense, cinnamon chili aroma, and flavor.   Somewhat of an odd duck, but its one you cannot put down.   You keep sipping it to see just what the heck it is you are drinking.   Otherwise I would say its an herbal sort of shrubby aroma and flavor, like high mountain low lying shrubs.   The 9.4% abv is well hidden, despite the warming.   Backside has some earthy/soily notes.   I really wished this one had more fruity sweetness to it, instead its a weird mix of spices.   Well put together, but not one I would have again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4653) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2011
A funky aroma of wild yeast and chilies. This is quite strange. Lots of flavors battling here. Not really hot or spicy, which is good, a somewhat sticky caramel mixed with chili and the cinnamon. Crazy. Should be a Belgian Strong though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1328) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Reddish amber, one-finger cream colored head and excellent lace. Dark fruit, like black cherry form the foundation of the aroma, accompanied by brown sugar, spices, yeast, and hints of cinnamon and the chilis. Flavors were more Belgian in character, with dark fruit and bread notes leading the way in front of a background of bubblegum, cinnamon, clove, yeast and warming alcohol.medium to full body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a wonderful dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle consumed on 11/11/11 moFO. clear ruby pour with nice white head. Very pretty beer. Aroma has some Belgian presence with some cloves, spicy fruit esters and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is sweet at first then i get a hint if chilies with a little bit of cinnamon and a mid bitterness. Lots going on here....very unique but couldnít drink it alot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Bomber. Pours a beautiful almost ruby red with a medium beige head with good retention; leaves a little lace. The Belgian yeast imparts banana, bubblegum and clove in the nose; itís also a bit nutty with dark fruit and the cinnamon is prominent. The taste is a flavor-explosion of pure beer goodness. Itís meaty and sweet at first before a medium-level bitterness takes over. The cinnamon is high in the mix but itís not overbearing. I donít taste anything resembling a chili in here, but Iím not exactly sure what an Anaheim chili tastes like. This might be the best Vertical Epic yet. Itís definitely interesting. Addendum: the chilies made themselves known in the second glass, making a great beer even better.

12/22/12 re-rate: Pours hazy amber with a medium beige head with good retention and lace. Aroma is initially doughy; chilies (like the diced green ones you can find in a can) come out after sitting about a minute. Taste is sweet and spicy with a nice green chile flavor. Iím getting the feeling these Vertical beers are better after aging about a year or less; after that, the oxidation sets in and they depreciate. The more recent the vintage the better these beers seem to be. 8/4/8/5/19 = 4.4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brenn79 (1582) - Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 22 oz. bottle- Pours dark autumn brown but ruby red when held up to the light, it has a thick creamy off white head, the lace looks like itís going to stick around as well. The aroma is chilies, very nice, I also detect subtle cinnamon but I am not sure If I would have detected that if not for the description on the bottle, man those chilies really resonate, love it. The flavor is definitely more cinnamon than the aroma, and the chilies are still there, there is a decent amount of heat burn after the swallow. I am detecting a grain off note mid palate, which is a little surprising. Overall I loved this beer, the aroma more than the taste, but this beer is very young, I can not wait to rate this again in the year to come. Rerate, 12-22-12- Aroma is still nice, green chilies, I love it, stays the same. Appearance stays the same too, taste is awesome, green chilies with a nice heat burn, it goes up by one point, from an 8 to a 9, nice! Palate remains the same,overall does too. Nice beer still, maybe better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a gorgeous dark ruby red with a fluffy eggshell head. Big Belgian yeast aroma of banana and clove. Taste is very interesting. Alcohol warmth fills the palate on the first sip, then flavors of cinnamon, clove, and toast come through. Finish is sweet toasty malt, gingerbread, subtle chili heat, and floral hop bitterness. Thin to medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. A great choice for the holidays and another unique beer from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarinaMarket (211) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Aroma of chilis, sugar, alcohol, spice. Pours well with beautiful head, red/brown reminiscent of Insanely Bad Elf. Unbalanced in flavor, with chilis, sharp vegetal hop flavor, Medium bodied, strong carbonation, and a bit of tropical note. Warming for sure, and needs a bit of time IMO. Tasted from the bottle @ 58F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours a clear, brilliant red-brown color khaki head. Awesome color! Aroma has chili, cinnamon and candied sugar. Taste is sweet with some earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. A bit of heat from the chilis. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9449) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Brown pour. Tan head. Lots of caramel, spices, sunflower seeds, nuts. Sweet flavor, yeast, caramel, not much chili.

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