FatPhil (10892) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 15, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
660ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga)
Pleasant chilli aroma. Nice deep red. Sticky malty taste. Spicy, but unbalanced. actually this is a mess. Mashy and sticky. Nope.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Date: December 21, 2011
Appearance: clear dark red, beige head, icy lace
Aroma: big green chili pepper aroma, backed by slightly sweet caramel malt
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, balancing chili pepper spicyness, light bitterness
Overall: train wreck of disjointed flavors
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Score: ** /4
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours clear and sparkling mahogany with a large, frothy and creamy light tan head, long retention with light excellent lacing. Aroma is honey and caramel malt with notes of light toast and biscuit malt, dates and figs, cinnamon notes, huge fruity esters with some cooked banana notes and faint vanilla and peppery alcohol. Flavor is artificial sweetener and Belgian yeast esters, medium sweet malt, light spice/pepper, notes of cinnamon, and a sweet, near cloying finish. The flavor goes downhill after this initial impression, with warmth not helping at all. I am not sure what was meant here, but I hope this was not it. The closest thing I can come up with is dates topped with Sweet-N-Low to describe this - what a horrible mess. I suspect there are some Anaheim peppers in there because the flavor does finish slightly spicy, but the heavy residual sugar masks it. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
Drake (10507) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of peppery, earthy notes, stone fruits, toffee malts. The taste is peppers, stone fruits and pale malts in the finish. Medium bodied.
daknole (10280) - 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.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft… 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.
adnielsen (10070) - 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, I’m not all that impressed by the flavor- kind of a bland, sugary malty flavor with some spices and green veggies.
Benzai (9999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Murky red - red brownish color, medium to full sized dense beige head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, sweetness, a touch of herbs or spices. Taste malts, again quite sweet, alcohol or liquor, some herbs or spices, but slightly hops and a very nice bitterness as well. Medium to full body and carbonation.
hopdog (9829) - 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.
Sammy (9537) - 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.