Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of burnt carmel, cinnamon and light chilies. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of burnt carmel, cinnamon, toffee and a hint of chilies with a crisp lingering burnt carmel finish.
rlgk (8508) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber/copper beer, small offwhite head. Cinnamon aroma, sweetish, the spices kinda kills the rest of the aroma. Cinnamon flavor, chilli, yeasty, some fruits. Very odd.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DraftÖ Pours a clear, dark, deep Longhorn-orange with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Fantastic, creamy retention. The bouquet is a melange of banana and toffee with whispers of chili pepper and clove. Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced and presents notes of banana and light toffee. Finishes crisp, spicy and lightly sweet with lingering mineral bitterness.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). The description alone on this does not sound appetizing to me. Cinnamon, chilies, yeast, and some brown sugar.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Mr. Beaumont as a prize for my most fantastic Movember moustache (RIP). Deep hazy brown pour with a thin off white head. Fairly sticky lacing. The aroma is odd - fusely with a little bit of light banana and a sort of vegetal character. There is a little bit of light pepper flavour although there isnít much pepper heat at all. A little bit of cocoa and some soft cinnamon flavour - although there isnít a whole lot of this in the flavour. Itís almost peppery and a little bit chewy, but there is a touch of banana on the back. As it warms up, the pepper flavour does pop out but the sort of dirty fusels also amplify. This is a bit of a mess really. Maybe itíll age into something different.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour. Tan head. Lots of caramel, spices, sunflower seeds, nuts. Sweet flavor, yeast, caramel, not much chili.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big Cinnamon beer, thanks Jason. Spicy, with heat in the finish. Brown with big lace. Interesting but also some astringency. OK drinkability, unique, but perhaps not the best of the vertical series.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear amber to lightly red hued body with a small, off-white head. Decent retention, but a ring of bubbles is always constant. Okay lace. Aromas are earthy, light banana/bubblegum esters, slight nasal burn, vegital, pepper, alcohol and a bit of caramel. Really a lot of green/vegital/chlorophyll notes. A hint of cinnamon and lightly bready as it warms. Flavors are bit different. Some initial maltiness, caramel and a bit of alcohol richness (maybe more than a bit of alcohol, but it comes across as a richness instead of a harsh fusel), bitter, very mild heat towards the finish. Noticeable banana esters, but minimal yeast phenolics. On that note, it is a bit earthy and peppery, but not in a yeast based way. Vanilla and cinnamon. Pretty bitter overall although the alcohol helps ensure a neutral balance. A touch chalky. Medium bubbles, medium to full bodied, a touch of pepper heat and a bit of alcohol warming on the palate. Different, but the flavors come together pretty well overall. Unique and well done.
adnielsen (7596) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ home. Dark amber brown appearance with a small light brown head. Wow- actually pretty spicy chili, spicy cinnamon, mild veggie, toasty malty aroma. Toasty caramel malty, floral hoppy, green veggie, moderate chili pepper, light cinnamon, Belgian yeasty, sickly sugary flavor with some of the chili burn on the finish. A little too much veggie flavor for my taste. Actually, Iím not all that impressed by the flavor- kind of a bland, sugary malty flavor with some spices and green veggies.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep coppery ruby with 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is funky yeasty malt, mild spice, peppery. Tastes rich, malty, with resiny and astringent syrupy funky notes. I definitely get a chili peppery flavor here, but overall the syrupy sweetness doesnít gel so well with the funky malt and resiny syrupy hops.