crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this at a tasting. Couldnít taste any of the cinnamon or chilies. Like the 12.12.12 this one was just off from Stoneís normal God status.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a nice ruby red color wit ha thin tan head. Nose is of dark fruits with a clear cinnamon presence, though nearly sweet. Taste is rather interesting, clearly a rather pepper like taste, though not as dry as I was expecting, as the cinnamon tends to pack quite the punch in the back end. Noticeable spice however.
ChiGuy68 (440) - Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 Tasted on tap at World of Beer in Evanston, IL. Poured a hazy amber with an off white head. Fruity taste and aroma with a spicy kick.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jhgrantjr (439) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried on tap. Pours a dark brown color with some reddish tints. Little to no head. Aroma is malty and spicy. I think the chilies are in the aroma. Odd, I think. Taste is malty but spicy, again, there is a chili aspect to it. Not one of my favorites of the epic series. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bronze colored and mostly clear, 1.5 finger head, smooth and rich, with good lacing. Smell is heavily Belgian with caramel malt, bread, yeast, clove, and candied sugar. Taste follows the nose pretty close, very spicy with lots of clove, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, great caramel malt. The chilis are moderately notable, and the cinnamon is barely there, which I donít like cinnamon in beverages much so thatís a good thing. Body is medium and tangy going down. Alcohol and presumably the chilis are notably warming but not overpowering. Overall itís a very fine beer and certainly worth a try.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark reddish-amber with a modest but tenacious off-white head. Nose is fairly typical for a strong darker belgian (brown and candied sugar, fruit, yeast, light floral hops) with just a hint of spice and the much-discussed pepper. Flavor is a little weird and earthy; front is abrasively funky but without much depth or character. Backside is quite bland and difficult to describe, frankly, but Iím not a fan of it. Neither the chilis nor the belgian qualities of the beer come out much on the flavor, instead leaning toward a boozy, bland herbal ale. This is probably the most disappointing brew Iíve had from Stone.
benpickens (425) - Camarillo, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with light carb and massive head that holds well. Sweet aromas of fruit, sugar, and chilies? Interesting finish: sweet then something then sweet... good but not great.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, deep amber body with a one finger off-white head. Caramel, cinnamon, bananas. Not getting the chilis. Just ok.