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RATINGS: 641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 This beer leaves me with a confused look on my face. The spices they used in this beer seem to have worked very well. The base beer however, seems a bit dull, especially when combined with the interesting chili notes. The initial taste that I get is full of the spice from the chili and cinnamon that is quickly followed by waves of yeast and belgian beer characters that frankly donít work to compliment the spice at all. I feel that these spices may be better served with a beer that has a deeper malt background instead of one where the yeast character is fighting with the spices. Altogether this is not as good as 10-10-10 and I didnít love that beer. The aroma is quite perplexing with the chili spice taking the place of the hop characters on the nose.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewdork (204) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours reddish-brown with very thin head. Sweet malty aroma with pronounced chile notes. Flavor is all chiles up front, with a smooth malt finish with hints of chocolate. It certainly isnít for everyone, but if you like the taste of chiles (no heat here, just flavor) this oneís a winner.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CarlJonas (203) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
Slightly cloudy, light brown liquid with a small off-white head. Drapes aplenty. Robust malty aroma of dark fruits with a hint of hot spices. A bit underwhelming, medium sweet taste, some almost medicinal bitterness towards the finish, a little alcohol. There is definitely chilli and cinnamon there but they feel kind of tired like an old spice jar left on the rack though the best before date passed years ago. Some chilli heat in the aftertaste. Medium to rich mouthfeel, low carbonation. Think I held on to this one a bit too long, but still pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Nut brown in color. Off white head in color. Good lacing. Nutty aroma. Cherry in the taste. Smooth finish. There is a slight creamy texture. Stone is a very good brewery and I will try another one in a heartbeat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours dark amber with foamy off-white head. Sweet aroma with yeast, cinnamon, other spices, citrus. Spicy flavor; sweetness from the aroma is absent. Dry finish with lingering spice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (199) - - AUG 11, 2012
This beer is different! Iím not sure what fruit they added but its not good. First taste was awful but after two or three more out was ok. Doing think Iíll try again

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Pours deep ruby brown with a quickly fading cream colored head. Nose initially of clove and yeast, but chili peppers become more apparent as it warms. Less sweet than its brothers, with an obvious focus on the smokiness of the pepper, and cloves coming out in the finish. Full-bodied, foamy mouthfeel, with some lingering heat. I really wasnít expecting the peppers to be so prominent. I thought it would be pretty subtle, but they went a different way with this beer, and I applaud them for it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Thanks Thomas15 22oz Bottle A - Pours caramel with a small tan head. Good lacing. S - Cinnamon & butterscotch. T - Cinnamon, malt base, mild pepper, & bitter hops. M - Medium bodied. Mellow carbonation. Dry/astringent finish. O - Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (187) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series. P: A vivacious clear amber to copper body that has a dollop of tan bubbly head. S: Nice a peppery, Anaheim pepper, picketed bell peppers, picketed jalapeŮo peppers, banana phenol, orchard fruit, cinnamon. Nice heat to this. T/M: Spicy peppers continue with a spices and sweet malt background. Medium smooth tight body crisp carbonation. O: Nice and spicy. Tons of different variations of spice to this. Spicy hops and vinegar soaked peppers. The heat was really brought with this beer and it developed nicely. I have to expect that it was quite intense when fresh. Serving type: bottle

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Gorgeous beer, a deep, rich, cloudy copper. Strong cinnamon on the aroma, brown sugar, chiles are lurking, spice... well-made, great mouthfeel, assertive flavors, nicely balanced, alternately bitter & sweet, tinge of heat, really well crafted beer, delicious.


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