Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This red pour smells of chili powder. Tastes of spice from cinnamon and pepper. Spicy lingering after taste.
Staffan47 (887) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Får lite associationer till ingefära. Att det skulle vara chili i känner man inte ett smack av
Vells (885) - Riga, LATVIA - SEP 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting brew. Decent malty background, caramel with quite intense spiciness, quite herbal, dried fruits, bit wood. Sweet all the way with light bitterness. Feels bit messy, but pleasant and enjoyable
fraternie (885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber body, tons of caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon spice on the nose. Lively carbonation, malty but innovative, as sweet, sugary cinnamon stick flavors pick up a blast of chili pepper as it lingers with a touch of heat and residual sweet caramel malt, banana and clove. This would be a perfect pairing with my chili recipe. Booze and spice linger.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours amber with off-white foam. Smells slightly spicy of peppers. Tastes slightly sweet with hints of spices and ends with a slight twinge of spiciness.
jw0406 (872) - 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.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter..
A: Pours a solid amber color with a dirty, off-white head forming on the pour.
S: Sort of soapy with some chili and some sweet dark grapes. Mild cracker malts.
T: Chili pepper with some earthy dirt. Dried chili flake heat with some sweet bready malts.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level and some chili heat on the finish.
O: The chili had subsided. A fascinating beer for sure with sweet malts playing off the mild chili heat. Iím a fan of chili beers so I enjoyed this one more than most.
Serving type: bottle
maley1 (869) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark clear copper pour with beige head, quickly dissipating. Aroma of dark fruit, spices, cinnamon, honey and yeast. Taste of caramel, malts, yeast, dark fruit, cinnamon, iced tea and faint chili heat on the finish. Full bodied, nice carbonation, long hop syrupy finish. Tasty and interesting but became cloying by the end of the bottle.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From notes. First reviewed 11/14/2011. Served on tap at Fish Bar in a mason jar.
Vertical Epic 11.11.11 has a medium brown color with amber and ruby edges. Quite a large eggshell head sits on top when the beer comes out. I suspect this may have been an overly aggressive pour. The head retains fairly well and leaves a bit of lace down the glass.
The aroma is kind of strange. I notice cinnamon first, with toasted bread, banana esters, and a fair amount of booze. From the aroma I donít even get a hint of chiles.
The flavor starts with slightly sweet toasted grains tinged with a bit of caramel. Then it starts to go a bit crazy. Cinnamon is really the dominating flavor here, but it somehow does not mix with the other spices. Cloves and banana notes clash with the malt and cinnamon flavors, and I only get a light sense of the chiles at the end, after the beer has turned into a medicinal ethyl alcohol bomb. I wonder if some time (like a year, a month, and a day?) would heal the distracted flavor.
Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is the real victim of the brewing process. After seemingly half a sip, my tongue feels covered in some immutable oily coating that is fairly unpleasant. Like most other Stone beers, it is properly carbonated and has a heftiness to the body, which I appreciate. Just a very soft burn in the back of my throat from the chile.
This is the second beer from Stone I have had recently that has stunned me with how bad it is. I will continue to try everything they make, but I wonít be coming back to this beer anytime soon. Overall this is just too much of a disjointed mess.
pilgrimoutlaw (835) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at TJís. Pours reddish brown with thin tan head. Flavors of chile, caramel, cinnamon. Spicy and sweet. Medium, malty body. Not bad, but the spice was a bit over the top.