fishonmyplane (503) - 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.
Hopmaestro (481) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of this beast is sweet malts with cloves and cinnamon. Thereís a yeasty tone in here but not overwhelming. The taste is like a big plate of figs, prunes, raisins and other dark fruits. Actually, I catch a kind of marzipan untertone also. The cinnamon is there a little bit, but the chili thatís supposed to be in here is long gone. I would have loved to try this one when fresh for comparison, but thatís impossible so Iíll have to stay true to what I know from this one.
ellolovey (479) - Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber. Quickly dissipating white head. Smells like teriyaki sauce and nutmeg. Tastes of pine hops and caramel malts. Good carbonation. Has a spicy and dry alcohol finish. Spice lingers down the pipes.
gpekar (476) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy caramel color. Almost like a freshly pressed apple cider. There was a tall creamy dark tan head. The aroma was mostly yeast and bread. There was a hint of cinamon and some other spices. There beer itself had a thick creamy texture and a very unique flavor. There was a good amount of caramel sweetness along with some dark fruit flavors. There was a hint of cinnamon and some fall like spices, but it also had a bit of an unfiltered fresh apple cider bit of tartness. I didnít get much if any of the pepper aroma or taste. This beer was pretty interesting and I enjoyed it. It was definetely unique in flavor, but nice.
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.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
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.