brigg (527) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
blackflag321 (527) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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 don’t. I’m afraid this is my first Stone drain pour. :-(
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
pottygok (494) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Very spicy--cinnamon and clove--almost like a cookie.
Appearance: Dark amber, cloudy, with minimal head.
Palate: Medium body, slick texture, long spiced finish, minimal carb
Taste: Medium sweetness all the way through
Overall: Nice, deceptively sweet and spiced beer. Not getting a lot of the chiles, but it’s still quite solid.
fishonmyplane (492) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting combination... belgian ale meets southwest cuisine. And it works. It packs a wallop, and has the same rich palate as their Double Bastard ale, but there is also a lot of complexity and subtlety. The cinnamon and anaheim peppers are used sparingly, and they mingle quite well with the belgian yeast. The aroma is weaker than I expected. Overall, Stone has really out-dogfished the competition with this innovative brew.
pablo951 (478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had it at World of Beer in Evanston IL. Pours a deep copper hue with a firm head and uneven lacing. Smells of musty hops and taste like puntang hops.
stevencon (476) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle and draft. Clear amber pour. Spicy pepper and basil. Slight burn on the nostrils from the pepper. Habanero? Thin body pepper more present in bottle. I like it better than others but its still meh.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.