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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 is a crystal clear ruby ale with a thin, light khaki head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite spicy, warm and... food-like. There are notes of cinnamon, clove, apple, pear and vegetables. There seems to be a touch of sweetness in the nose. Itís pretty full bodied and lively. It leaves the mouth feeling slick for a while. Thereís a lot going on in the taste. Overall, itís pretty earthy and fruity. The sweetness I smelled doesnít seem to be present in the mouth. Thereís a hint of apple right at the beginning. Then, itís stone fruit, cinnamon and clove. The finish is a little phenolic and very peppery, but in a black pepper sense. I wasnít able to isolate the flavor of Anaheim chilies. There seem to be hints of soy sauce, vegetables (like a V8) and possibly smoke. I dig this. Itís probably clichť to say itís unique, but, well... it is. I feel like if I let this one age, Iíd interpret some of these flavors as possible oxidation. I tend to appreciate beer with crazy stuff thown in it and this is no exception. The Belgian yeast provides a curve ball here, and makes things a lot more complex than they would be otherwise, I suspect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/1/12. Had some friends over last night for New Yearís Eve and decided to pop this bottle, whilst playing some darts. Poured my allotment into an Allagash chalice. Pours a ruby garnet with a bountiful beige head on top. Great lace rings left behind after each sip. The nose is very "West-Coast" with fresh hops abounding. Slight astringent note with a yeasty twang. Good nose. Carbonation is moderately high, a bit of bubbly zest greets me each sip. Not too heavy. The chilies bring out a nice complement to the beer, and in no way overpower it. Light heat given off by them. The cinnamon as well is more of a background flavor, thankfully. Belgian yeast adds its expected zip on the finish. This beer is actually better than I had anticipated. Nothing really stands out at the forefront, but each player adds just enough to this beer to keep me sipping and enjoying. [Per usual, I grabbed an extra bottle to age].

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (1000) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2012
From notes: Poured hazy red-amber with a 1 1/2 finger light tan head. Complex aroma-mild chili pepper with light notes of cinnamon and smoke, maybe some clove too. Medium-thick with a light mouthfeel and a very slight lingering oilyness, likely from the pepper. Light spice flavor with a sweet note, maybe malt. Mild notes of chili and smoke bloom in the finish and linger nicely on the tongue with a mild piney hop note as well. As it warms, the chili and spice become more subtle and the hops move to the fore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2012
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 isnít overdone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2012
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 wouldíve been better at its most piquant eleven months ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smaynard6000 (988) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
On tap at OíNiellís. Dark red with small frothy off-white head, significant lacing. Aroma is average caramel malt and hoppy. Somewhat spicy flavor with some booziness. Medium bodied with sticky mouthfeel. This was enjoyable.

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