Peacehammer (562) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 isnít as harsh in the mouth as one might think, but it isnít 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.
Syzzer (552) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting spice (sweet cloves especially). thick mouthfeel. Light brown and cloudy in color. One taster said he tasted cinnamon.
rob6239 (550) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours very dark with brown head. Good roasty aroma with malt, cinnamon and was hard but I got a little bit of the chilli peppers. Taste was very strong and surprising with a light bitter tone.
TheRealMGD (548) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from 99. Cloudy amber pour with an off-white head leaving moderate lace. Spicy, malty, chili nose. Medium body and carbonation. Belgian malts, burnt toast, roasted pepper and toffee. Finish is long with cheddar, chilis, cinnamon, tobacco and some soy umami. Probably not my favorite VE, but they are always interesting, arenít they?
thooper41 (544) - Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: Appearance is dark brown with creamy off white head that lasts. Aroma is of cinnamon and raisins. Flavor is balanced nicely with again cinnamon and raisins along with a fair amount of malt. Decent brew but doesnít taste all that Belgian.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown color, aroma of cinnamon and chillies, same flavors with caramel, slight roast, dark fruits, candy sweetness, interesting and worth a try
mikesaum (523) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nice amber color with a medium white head. STRONG chili and brown sugar aroma. Strong plastic, chili and brown sugar flavor. I keep trying to like this, but I really donít. Iím afraid this is my first Stone drain pour. :-(
Bricks (519) - Delaware, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy golden brown unfiltered appearance with an off-white small head. Smells fruity, almost like bananas with a touch of spiciness (pepper?) and maybe a little smokiness. Initial taste of malt, alcohol and peppers -- it actually has some "heat". Some good hops in there amplifies it too. Fairly complex. A little abrasive in the mouth. Itís like a cajun style Belgian. Different. Nice.
Wittales (515) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance was amber with 2 finger head and lacing. Aroma was sweetness of malts, slight chilis smell spice and yeast .Taste was sweet and balanced with complex flavours of all kinds.Malts of all types and sweetness of honey. Mouthfeel was meduim body with creamy carbonation, a beautiful long balanced finish. New top 5 beer...