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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9350) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
On draught at Petrol Station. Pours a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and spices. Medium to full body with flavors of caramel malt, dark fruit, herbs and subtle chili pepper. The finish is fruity and malty, with the chili pepper all but nonexistent, possibly due to the age? Pretty good regardless.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK thanks to craftycarl21. My man! Pours a clear red tea. Bubbles to medium carbonation. Spotty lacing. Nose is salt, rose, lavender, caramel, chamomile, some off vegetal character like parsnip. Okay.. Taste is rose, some medicinal character, sage, cinnamon, no pepper to speak of. Clean, simple palate albeit too minerally, some seltzer character. Weird one for sure.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (9239) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Poured from a 650ml bottle. Bubbly fawn-coloured head over a bright mahogany coloured body. Drying aroma of herbs, old books and caramel. Rather strange and unusual taste of bread, spices, wood and, in fact, beetroot joined by some jammy fruits as well. Drying end with warming alcohol. Quite well bodied. Not sure what to make of it, anyway, not a great one (TromsÝ 17.04.2015).

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (9220) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split many ways, pours a dark reddish amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted hazelnuts, dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar and some spices (cinnamon, coriander, and some other undetectable ones). Flavour is quite spicy and sweet, with a melange of spices, sweet, candied sugar / caramel malt, toasted nuts, with burnt sugar / cloying sweetness on the finish. Nasty medicinal finish. Not impressed with this series, least of all this latest installment.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (9089) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2012
650ml bottle. It pours a reddish brown with a huge slightly sandy head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is good but the Belgian yest is far too upfront. Underneath the huge blast of yeast is some nice spiciness from the chilies and cinnamon. The flavor is better. Nice chili flavor though not a ton of spiciness which would have been nice. It tastes like a hot pepper candy with a hint of sugar and fruit. The yeast s a bit more dialed-down in the flavor but still plagues it. They messed up with the yeast.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8817) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Tap at Churchillís, San Marcos. It pours deep amber, with a decent beige head. The nose is banana, chilli pepper, earth, cinnamon and caramel. The taste is caramelised banana, caramel, toasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, some chilli pepper, wood and earth, with some bitterness in the finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. An interesting brew for sure, but I just donít thing the balance is quite right.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock was hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, bready notes, hints of slight chili pepper and a hint of vegetal notes, touch of citrusy hops play in as well, hints of spice and cinnamon notes come through as well. Taste is a nice mix of biscuity bread with some caramel and brown sugar notes, hints of chilis in there with a touch of spice, finishing fairly clean. Not bad, but wouldnít want to age it much.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8428) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2012
650 ml bottle at Konttori, Tampere, Finland.
Clear reddish deep mahogany colour with small off-white head. Ginger, malt, spices and mild fruitiness in refreshing aroma. Ginger, chili, vegetable, spices and hops in balanced flavour. Alcohol warmth. Interesting and tasty.


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