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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyalFlushing (322) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle to tulip glass poured a mahogany with orange hues, small off-white head, and good lacing. Strong aroma of chiles, clove, and hints of banana malts. First sip begins with toffee, raisin, banana bubblegum, raisin, followed by chile flavor and mild heat. The finish provides pleasant warming mouthfeel and slight spicy chile burn. Well balanced, smooth, and very enjoyable considering potentially overwhelming ingredients.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle Brownish-red with a medium off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, a distinct green pepper aroma from the Anaheims. Taste is medium sweet, mild bitter, and quite vegetal, with some spice and more of the Anaheim peppers. Finish is dry with more pepper coming through. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
I was kinda of caught in the middle on this one. It really didnít blow me away but I did enjoy it. The chilies donít make to much of an appearance here. They do show up in the end more and more as the chilies build up. Giving a slight burn. The beer is more cinnamon, cloves, and some banana. But even those flavors arenít to big. Itís a decent drinking beer. Nothing more and honestly donít see it getting much better in a year.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Pours a ruby brown with little to no head. Malty sweet aroma with a little spice. This is a very smooth drinking beer. Light carbonation with a strong malt presence. The chili flavor is light and mostly comes through on the finish. A good beer but not 'epic'. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Poured a rich ruby red from a bomber bottle, with a very thin layer of yellowish foam. Aroma is heavy on spice and something close to overripe pumpkin/cinnamon. There is also a good bit of sweet dough. The taste is heavy on the cinnamon, a bit of spice and some belgian sourness. The chilies certainly stick around heavily on the aftertaste. The chili peppers, though present, are balanced out really well against what is expected of a belgian strong ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (307) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
Reviewing a somewhat fresh bottle now. I have more in my cellar. Poured into a duvel tulip. Cloudy, dark, amber brown. Thick, light tan head that takes forever to shrink. Now at one inch 2 minutes after pour. Floral, pine, grapefruit, pepper, caramel, and malty notes in the aroma. Taste is pepper, apple, grapefruit, orange, toffee, and more pepper. It actually picks up on the flavor of the aneheim pepper besides the heat. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit sticky. I canít wait to try it in a year.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours hazy red.. Smell is pepper forward, with some banana. Some bread. Taste is malty with a red pepper background that eventually takes center stage. Finish is clean. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhp40219 (304) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a reddish hue. Nice one finger, light tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is very Belgian. Malty and sweet smelling with hints of cherry, citrus, candy, hops, chiles, and cinnamon. Taste is also candy-sweet and malty with the cinnamon and chiles coming through and blending together very nicely. Surprisingly not overwhelming or as heavy as most other Belgian Strong Aleís I have had. The alcohol is hidden rather well, as this one is very smooth with a nice, sweet but light chile burn on the backend and malty finish. Full body, slick body that becomes a bit creamy as it warms. Carbonation is average. Very nice, easy drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Pours a amber to brow. Generous white to off white head. A sour raisiny malt carries into an interesting jalapeŮo note.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BadAprilia1000 (272) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Stone comes to surprise me every year with the vertical epic. Last yearís Belgian Strong was fantastic and this yearís does not disappoint, This beer has a nice nose. Smells of booze typical of a belgian strong. Nose is very strong cant pick out all thatís going on. Flavor in this beer is huge as well. Nice Sweet booze note followed by a nice spicy cinnamon. I imagine the spice comes from the chilies. Good beer will rate agin after i have had a few more.


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