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RATINGS: 641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Draft at Blue monk. Pours a reddish brown with an off white head that is very frothy. Sweet Aroma with brown sugar and some spice. Tastes sweet up front with a lot of brown sugar and belgian yeast. Not too spicy, but there’s definitely something going on.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
From the bottle, pours a deep dark red with an off-white foamy head, nice lacing. Deep sweet malty aroma with hints of alcohol and a bit of yeast. Heavy flavor, earthy, dark malt, some cherries, alcohol, can’t find the cinnamon. Quality as always from these guys.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
aroma is strong clove, cinammon, belgiany yeast esters, and lots of hot pepper. flavor is somewhat spicy but also sugary sweet. smooth and medium body with slighlty sharp finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikesaum (592) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Pours dark amber with khaki head, aroma is strong belgian yeast and a bit of cinnamon, no chiles, the yeast is spicy in aroma. Taste is complex, semi sweet with a deep rich flavor, nice belgian spice from the yeast, some heat from the chilies and a dash of cinnamon, abv is masked well, very good, would love to see how this ages

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bomber pours dark copper with a nice rocky khaki.head. aromas of cinnamon some chillies some funky yeast and heavy malts also candied sugars and a bit boozy. Flavor is mixed sweet and funky from the chillies also yeast comes through. Body is medium full and finish leaves a weird chilly flavor

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericdevin (591) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2012
22oz Bottle from 16 Tons Cafe in Eugene Pours a medium brownish red, maybe a half inch of tan head, with medium opacity. Small hints of cinnamon in the nose, the spice is even fainter. The finish increasingly reveals the warming, with the yeast rolling away to show the alcohol. A really strange beer, it seems to start as one thing and then become another, the prominent yeast leading the way. The medium body makes for a good vehicle for this, but perhaps this would’ve been better at its most piquant eleven months ago.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (589) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 opened on 12-12-12, cellared at exactly 55 degrees since its release. Much more malt, and Belgian yeast aroma. Hints of a cherry cinnamon aroma. More of those in the flavor. A little touch of heat and pepper flavor, but much more malt and Belgian character than when it was fresh. Has aged nicely though. This beer pours a dark copper. Aroma of malt, and almost fruit. It isn’t as harsh in the mouth as one might think, but it isn’t a smooth beer either. Malty taste, but the peppers really shine through without being abrasive. It hides the 9.4% well, until you get about halfway through. Should be an interesting beer as it ages.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemooner (586) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Pours a dark amber with shades of ruby and a medium brown head. Aroma is yeasty with malt and spice. Flavor is yeast, malt, noticeable spicy chili notes, some cinnamon, peppery notes, and sweet alcohol on the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very good and unique brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (586) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours a reddish brown with yellow hues on the outside. Thin head with good lacing. The aroma is full of typical Belgian sugars and yeast. The flavor is rather ordinary, but there are cool spices... cinnamon, maybe anise, that really make the beer pop. I found it to be more enjoyable than several others in the vertical line.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kdm1984 (586) - Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours to a reddish orange hue - head is not enormous, but lots of lacing is left as it evaporates - more than typical. Smell is phenolic and fruity, as one might expect from a Belgian Strong. Heavy-bodied with orange fruit, yeast, chile spice, a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, and noticeable alcohol kick at the end with a tinge of bitterness and malts. Solid, but not outstanding, example of the style. A worthy attempt by Stone, but not at the level of Chimay. Too much alcohol burn at the end, and a bit over-bodied at the start, but the complexity in the middle makes it recommendable at any rate - certainly not faulted for lacking flavor!


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