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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Nice amber color with a medium white head. STRONG chili and brown sugar aroma. Strong plastic, chili and brown sugar flavor. I keep trying to like this, but I really donít. Iím afraid this is my first Stone drain pour. :-(

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Draught. Pours a dark clear amber. Smells faintly of black currant and hops. Tastes of peppers, caramel and dark fruits. Finishes slightly spicy and bitter. Not well balanced. Medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2012
On tap at Kellehers in Peoria. Definitely some interesting aspects to this one, with the chile spice coming through decently, but the cinnamon fails to make a strong impression, at least for me. Bubblegum is prominent in the nose, along with sweet caramel candy, yeasty grains, minor booze, and chile spice and herb. The pour was with a small layer of starch white head, and medium caramel-amber body. Again, more sweet candy in the body of this one, with some booze and a slightly off-bitter coming through. Caramel is big in the taste, with yeasty cereals, sweet mixed fruit, spicy herbs, and earth. Overall, this was alright, and maybe just a bit too much candy sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (501) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2011
(bottle) Chestnut body with a medium tan head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, lots of yeast, spice (pepper, clove), banana, bread, mild alcohol. Full-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation. Sweet, nice roasted malt flavor, noticeable alcohol, cinnamon, a little sourness (or is it the chilies?) that stays mostly under the radar.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (483) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bomber pour 3rd in 09-12 series..medium crimson like hue..aroma is showing the chilies and cinnamon..quite smooth and enjoyable..good carbonation..enjoyable..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is mahogany with three fingers of kaki head that coated the glass very nice. Nose is chili peppers, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, and bananas. Taste is right on key with the oily feel of the peppers very apparent. As with most Belgians, the key highlights of the yeast really lowers the score for me. I have had some really similar renditions, done with an American yeast strain, and I loved it. The chilies are quite exquisite in this one, and I believe it would be great if not for the banana yeast thing lurking throughout.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a dark amber color with off white head. Fruity, yeast aroma. Flavor was like drinking a tripel and a dubbel at the same time, sharp, malty, spicy, but not overwhelming. Lots of character with a dry finish. Very different and very enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (469) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Growler. Pours translucent, amber-brown with a medium light-tan head. Aroma is malty sweetness, bubblegum and clove from the yeast, and very mild chile. Initially, the flavor is dominated by a mix of Anaheim chile and bubblegum. As it warms, the gum quickly recedes as malt and cinnamon move to the forefront, and the chile remains strong throughout. Mild chile burn in the back of the throat on the finish. Surprisingly light and dry, considering the ABV. Really unique and actually quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackflag321 (465) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Shared bomber, tulip glass. Unique taste; the chilis dominate the taste, but are not too hot or peppery. Would have been better paired with Mexican food or something spicy.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Belgian spice and some green pepper in the aroma. Also a bit of sugar. Pepper flavor comes through, but not a lot of heat. Belgian yeast flavor appears in the finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not apparent, even at 9.4% abv. This didnít do a whole lot for me. Pepper flavor didnít really work for me. Not really a beer that makes me want more.


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