MattH (659) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
optimator13 (31) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a medium amber-brown color with a beige head that slowly recedes to film. The aroma is moderately funky with Belgian yeasts, sweet roasty malts and mild peppers. The flavor is definitely highlighted by the chili peppers, they are distinct, but not particularly strong, however they make it hard for me to pick out any other flavors. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration with lingering spices. Overall: Very tasty ale, one of the better examples of an ale made with chilis. This is not for everyone, but I really dug it. Paired well with a summer sausage sandwich and kettle chips.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden to light orange with a short lived fizzy head. Strong chili pepper aroma with some fruit notes lingering in the background. Tastes of caramel lime and chili pepper with a bit of warmth to the finish.
tomciccateri (1027) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 On draught at O’Neill’s on 12 Nov 11. Pours a clear and impressive deep dark amber with lasting tan head. Medium to full body. Rich malty flavors with subtle spices and a slight warming note. A bit filing but nice cold weather sipping beer. 11/12/2011
On draught at O’Neill’s Stone Beer Dinner. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Full-bodied. Even match between chile and slightly dry malty flavors. Late bump from chile heat. Belgian yeast character comes out when paired with clam chowder. Cinnamon spice not pronounced.
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank on 11/11/11, because, well, because it seemed like the right thing to do. Clear brownish copper, decent sized beigish head. Sure enough, it smells like cinnamon and pepper. Flaovr has the cinnamon, but I can’t really pick out any peppery notes. I do get some molasses, though. As it warms, some pepper comes out. Dry, woody finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours a nice copper amber with a dissipating beige head. Aroma of banana esters and candy red hots. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of belgian malts (chocolate, amber), but the chilies and cinnamon are pretty dominant, and blended well. Warming and very phenolic finish, heavy on clove and mustiness. The problem here is that the yeast strain, malts, and spices are not harmonious. Maybe a non Belgian yeast strain would tie everything together, but this beer is a perfect example that some things just don’t mix. An odd, but not enjoyable beer. Worst of the series by far
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.