cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours dark orange-brown with a medium sized head. Average retention and minimal lace. Interesting belgian style. Chili and cinnamon in buckets with a bit of candi sweetness. Oily texture of chili and spices with a long sticky, warming finish. Better than I expected.
beer-yum (992) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at F&B during a "Tap Takeover" in Wellington NZ. Considering I had had many other Stone brews in the days leading up to this one, and all had been singularly excellent, I wasn’t surprised when I found this one the same. Same (excellent) but different (flavoured).
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a beige head. Aroma is of cinnamon, chili, spices like clove and black pepper, some dark breadiness and sugary notes subtle banana. The flavor follows the nose with subtle fruit notes of red apple and banana which leads in to spices like clove and black pepper, the chili and some heat. I also get the sugary notes and dark breadiness. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a pretty interesting brew and the cinnamon and chili isn’t overdone.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased ten months ago (at the time of release) at Holiday Wine Cellar ($6.99). Pours into my Stone IRS snifter an interesting muddy red-brown color with one finger of vigorous light brown head. Aroma has a lot of vegetal chiles along with significant spice (cinnamon, clover, ginger, holiday spice) and some fruitiness. Flavor also has the mild Anaheim chiles right off the bat, but is soon followed by additional layers of complexity with notes of gingerbread (the cinnamon), caramel, banana, clove and other spices, some sticky dark fruit, and Belgian yeast. The flavor certainly improved as it warmed up. The significant fruity-sweetness actually works well here. The high ABV is deceptively well-concealed. This is certainly not the train wreck that some people think it is. I applaud Stone for making a decidedly different beer here, but this is not something I would want to drink very often. (479, 737)
hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Deep amber color with a fine bubbly off white head. Very beautiful red hue. Slightly smoky aroma with a fruity pear and cinnamon aroma. Flavor leans sweet with earthy tones of peat, pepper and grass. Dry and slightly acetic finish makes the Flanders character shine. Pretty good.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright red/mahogany sort of colour, quite clear with a light head. Hot peppers and cinnamon on the nose with a really curried feel and some dark fruit in the back. Red licorice was my first impression on the palate with peppers and cinnamon. There’s just too much spice in this stuff and I think it’s the cinnamon more than the chiles. A little astringent and warm.
jw0406 (976) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aromas of spice, chilis and cinnamon. Medium bodied, spicy, got better as I drank it. Interesting beer.
alex_leit (969) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 650 ml. 4 years old. Bronze-amber color with noisy cream foam. Aroma: pleasant,sweetness and port wine, malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruits, plums, raisins, cinnamon and other spices, light chilies. Taste: malt sweetness, port wine or sherry, caramel, toffee and dried fruits (figs, raisins, plums and apricots), spices, cinnamon. Finish rather dry with chilies and hop bitterness. Great brew, good balanced (thanks aging).
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to Chimay glass. Amber color pour, aroma of cinnamon and chiles. Taste is caramel malt and Earthy chiles. A little heat from the chiles is noticeable but very well integrated into the beer at this stage of its existence. Best chile beer I’ve had. Quite flavorful.