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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pablo951 (575) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2011
22oz bottle: Appearance is dark brown with creamy off white head that lasts. Aroma is of cinnamon and raisins. Flavor is balanced nicely with again cinnamon and raisins along with a fair amount of malt. Decent brew but doesnít taste all that Belgian.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle from 99. Cloudy amber pour with an off-white head leaving moderate lace. Spicy, malty, chili nose. Medium body and carbonation. Belgian malts, burnt toast, roasted pepper and toffee. Finish is long with cheddar, chilis, cinnamon, tobacco and some soy umami. Probably not my favorite VE, but they are always interesting, arenít they?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2012
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 itís still quite solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
brown color, aroma of cinnamon and chillies, same flavors with caramel, slight roast, dark fruits, candy sweetness, interesting and worth a try

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours red-brown-brown with nice creamy head. Aroma of sweet malt with mild cinnamon. Taste is smooth - nice Belgian ale with notes of banana - flavor of pepper minimal w no heat and cinnamon presence could have been subtler. Good brew without major deficits; OK for Stone.

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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevencon (517) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
magdalar (516) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2012
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.


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