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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
poured a amber with no head. aroma cinnamon, spices, hops.jalapeno. flavor the same. didnít care for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2012
On tap @ Specific Gravity, Salisbury Md-Deep ruby/mahogany pour w/a moderate, foamy off-white head. Aroma of candied sugar & yeast. Sweet flavors of a classic Belgian, candied sugar, yeast, light fruit/banana, & sweet malt. Has some spice as well, with notes of cinimon & colander. This was very enjoyable, alcohol was evedent, but didnít overpower. Gave it my highest rating of any of the Epic Ales "right out of the box". Weíll see how they all age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle. I was pretty impressed with this one. It is kind of like a Beligian strong ale, mixed with a German Doppleweiss, with a kick. The palate is what was mindblowing to me. At first, it makes the tounge tingle, as it warms and as I adjusted to it, the cinnamon really came out and almost burned, but quickly subsided.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Hazy red/brown pour with a white head sweet malt aromas with cinnamon and subtle pepper notes. Flavor is similar with the pepper character being just enough to add some nice complexity to the beer. Abv is well-hidden. This one was very easy to drink. Aged very well. Props to StFun for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 2, 2015
22 oz cellared - Iíve been sitting on this one. The time was right. Nice ale, gold color, froth. I really had no sense of the chiles or the cinnamon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (1041) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
The auburn colored body looked quite different than most BSPAís. 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1038) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 25, 2012
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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 On draught at OíNeillís on 12 Nov 11. Pours a clear and impressive deep dark amber with lasting tan head. Medium to full body. Rich malty flavors with subtle spices and a slight warming note. A bit filing but nice cold weather sipping beer. 11/12/2011 On draught at OíNeillís Stone Beer Dinner. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Full-bodied. Even match between chile and slightly dry malty flavors. Late bump from chile heat. Belgian yeast character comes out when paired with clam chowder. Cinnamon spice not pronounced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Really unique. Sweet flavor comes through from the peppers, and the spice is all from the hops and cinnamon, not spicy hot, just spiced. Sweet malty flavor carries it home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Pours a deep rusty orange-brown with a moderate off white head. Aroma of honey, orange, marzipan, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and traces of earth or toast. Maybe itís cold, but Iím not getting chilies on the nose. Flavor begins kinda sweet with brown sugar, honey and cinnamon, followed up with some toast, earth and raisins. Finishes with a slight bit of heat from the chili peppers, and a drying sensation on the throat that almost seems like its from too much cinnamon. Thereís also some earth and bitterness, but dry sensation and aftertaste that resembles over-steeped tea is TOO big of a departure from the initial flavor for me. Moderate carbonation, creamy and full mouthfeel and no detectable alcohol. Itís not gonna be confused for a Belgian ale from Belgium anytime soon, but I love the mouthfeel. For me, thereís more to like here and be intrigued by even though I can see why people donít like this.

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