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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.6
   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 Year’s 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].

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (996) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, 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 isn’t overdone.

3.4
   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 would’ve been better at its most piquant eleven months ago.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (983) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (946) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smaynard6000 (931) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
On tap at O’Niell’s. 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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