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.
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The auburn colored body looked quite different than most BSPA’s. The head that formed in the tulip glass was three finger thick, and beige. The smell was more similar to the darker Belgian beers as well, with lavender, juniper, white pepper, orange peel, and coriander being evident. The taste was very herbal, with a strong, almost overwhelming cinnamon and mint presence. I could detect the smokiness of the Anaheim chiles after the initial flavors calmed down. The mouthfeel was actually pretty good, with a oily, coating action. The aftertaste was a lingering herbal note. I think this would be better after mellowing some more, as the flavors tend to clash a bit right now.
hapjydeuce (983) - 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.
daleharshman (981) - 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)
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.
jw0406 (935) - 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.
beer-yum (930) - 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).
fraternie (928) - 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.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown color. Had a malty taste. Pretty decent beer. Had the 2010 version of this beer. Good